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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stickshift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica. If she's not writing, she's reading. If she's not writing or reading, she's likely a little cranky.
on July 06, 2013 :
As the first book in a series, 'Matt Archer: Monster Hunter' does not hang around before plunging the main characters, and the reader, into the action.
Writen through the eyes of the main character, Matt Archer, the book feels across between a diary and a story time. The narrative reflects how Matt thinks and sees others and never stops to catch its breath.
From Montana in the US to Peru, the plot introduces us to huge raft of characters, each of whom is weel-defined, believable and instantly knowable.
This book will leave you hungry to buy the next installment and desperate to know more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 24, 2013 :
This book was kindly given to me by the author, Kendra C. Highley, in exchange for an honest review. After finding the summary interesting, I could only oblige. You may also find this review at GoodReads.
Matt Archer is your average 14 yrs old. He's got one best friend, a terrible crush on a girl and bully to torment his school days. Then everything goes to hell when he gets attacked by a monster while on a camping trip and ends up paired with a mystical hunting knife of dubious origins, and even more mysterious properties, with the task of eliminating the unnatural things that now prowl at night in his backyard.
I really enjoyed this book, because, boy, do things get crazy.
I hadn't been expecting the military turn it took. Yes, we are talking about real flesh-eating monsters that allegedly came from Hell as the first phase for a war against evil, but instead of opting for giving Matt sudden paranormal powers, the author put him through more conventional means of developing. You know, like actual combat training and exercise. It says a lot of what I've been reading lately that the normal, logical thing (like getting the goddamn army involved when monsters started eating people) would feel so out of the blue. I loved it.
The only thing I found a tad grating was how much time Matt spend thinking about how hot Ella was. Not how kind or nice or smart. Hot. Always so attentive to her perfect hair, the swaying of her hips or how tight her clothes were. Even once trying to look down her shirt. But that's normal male behavior as far as I know so, ugh, boys.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 09, 2012 :
I loved this book! It has a great 14-15 year old hero with fantastic friends and monstrous enemies! It was so well written I found myself getting very nervous for him every time he went monster hunting, except for the last few episodes when he had more back-up. Strangely so, as at this stage it was more dangerous for him but maybe I was just reading the book too fast, to find out what happened next, to be worried for him! I actually read it in one day, being unable to put it down (whatever it says on my Goodreads list).
Kendra Highley paints a wonderful picture with lovely language choices; some of the words I didn't know but then I'm not a teenage boy in Montana. I got the gist though. The idea that Matt Archer is 'found' by a monster hunting knife is nice (although not entirely new since we all know that the wand chooses the wizard etc.) but the extent of the knife's powers are gradually revealed, both by our own reading of the interactions it has with Matt and others, and with the tales of the legend that are brought in near the end. The monsters are beautifully described and paint a terrifying picture in the reader's imagination. But I did sleep well after reading it; no nightmares!
Matt's own nightmares are intriguing additions to the plot, since the reader interprets some correctly as belonging to the story, but others foresee a future which I look forward to reading about. I recommend this book to MG/YA and up who like a fast paced fantasy thriller!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 25, 2012 :
Matt Archer: Monster hunter is thoroughly entertaining and enjoying read. It is a quick paced, action packed ride with nice character development. You really root Matt and gang. I am really looking forward to reading the next one!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)