Book Review: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (#1) by Kendra C. Highley

Title: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (#1)

Author: Kendra C. Highley

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Shelf: Read-in-2013, 4-out-of-5, Children-Fiction, Adventure, Paranormal, Released-in-2012, Author-Request-Review

Synopsis: “Fourteen-year-old Matt Archer spends his days studying Algebra, hanging out with his best friend and crushing on the Goddess of Greenhill High, Ella Mitchell. To be honest, he thinks his life is pretty lame until he discovers something terrifying on a weekend camping trip at the local state park. 

Monsters are real. And living in his backyard. 

But that’s not the half of it. After Matt is forced to kill a strange creature to save his uncle, he finds out that the weird knife he took from his uncle’s bag has a secret, one that will change Matt’s life. The knife was designed with one purpose: to hunt monsters. And it’s chosen Matt as its wielder. 

Now Matt’s part of a world he didn’t know existed, working with a covert military unit dedicated to eliminating walking nightmares. Faced with a prophecy about a looming dark war, Matt soon realizes his upcoming Algebra test is the least of his worries. 

His new double life leaves Matt wondering which is tougher: hunting monsters or asking Ella Mitchell for a date?” (Taken from Goodreads)

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Fourteen-year-old Matt Archer is out camping in the woods of Montana with his uncle Mike when they are attacked by a paranormal grissly bear with tusks. Not knowing what to do as his uncle is attacked, Matt grabs the first weapon he finds in his uncle’s bag – a sharp knife that glows at his touch. The knife takes out the monster and Matt is thrust into the mist of a mission to save the world from armageddon.

For a fourteen-year-old thrust into the tough ordeals of a military nightmare, Matt handles himself extremely well. He is a well-rounded character written unbelievable well by Highley. He acts as a fourteen-year-old would when faced with girl-troubles, but is also smart enough to obey command when necessary. Matt is not irrational and stubborn as most teenagers would be when told that they’re wielding immense power – and that is what I loved about him. Highley has created a person that all readers could root for – rather than another annoying kid given power they’re unable to comprehend.

I found the entire story very well written and paced. Most scenes were definitely filled with action and Highley does not shy away from the prospect of death, which I admire her for. While written for children, it is still to be expected that when you’re fighting a war with monsters, death would always be lurking around the corner.

I have only high praise for the character developments within this story. All the characters were well-rounded and felt completely real. I enjoyed the strong bond of friendship between Matt and his best friend Will, but what I loved most was his bond with his family. His sister Mamie is one tough cookie, even though she’s known as a nerd to people around school. While we don’t see much of Matt’s brother Brent, he is always there when Matt needs him the most. He has his back and that’s what counts the most. And how can I forget the relationship between Matt and his uncle Mike? With Matt’s father M.I.A, Mike is the closest father figure he and his siblings have. Being deployed to Afghanistan serves the family a huge blow, but it is because of Mike’s leaving that pulls the Archer family together. They’re all just so supportive of each other, and it’s such a great thing to read about.

While you may think that this book is just about hunting mosters in the dark, Matt is still a teenager in high school. He has problems just like any other adolescent boy full of testosterone, and the glimpses offered into his ‘normal’ life was quite enjoyable to read about. Not once did I get impatient and want to fast forward to the fighting, because Matt chasing after is dream girl Ella was fun to read about too.

Matt Archer: Monster Hunter was an extremely enjoyable read and I will definitely be reading the next one in the series – Matt Archer: Blades Edge. I hear it’s set in Australia, my home country, so I’m very, very excited!

THANKS TO: Kendra C. Highley for providing me an electronic copy to review honestly.

2013 Debut Author Challenge Masterlist

The following books by 2013’s Debut Authors were read: –

  1. Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
  2. Taken by Erin Bowman
  3. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

2013 Reading Challenges!

This year, I’ll be participating in two reading challenges to really whip my ass into shape with getting through my TBR pile – both physical copies of books and electronic copies on the kindle. I’m really excited as I’ve always wanted to read more over the year, and I hope this is a way that will help my mind expand.

1. 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal for this is to read 100 books by the end of 2013! I’m really crossing my fingers for this as 100 books is A LOT to read over the year because I’m usually pretty busy and don’t have that much time. But, I really want to change that this year!

2. 2013 Debut Authors Challenge

I’m SO excited for this challenge as it’s the first one I’ve actually attended. It’s being hosted by Tara over at Hobbitsies. Basically, I have to read debuts in the YA/middle grade category that are released in 2013 and review it. I’ve set a goal for reading 12 debuts this year, which I think will be pretty reasonable – one for each month. Here’s to hoping I will get there!

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I will be creating a masterlist for all the books I complete in each of these challenges, with links to their reviews once they’re up. Let me know if you’re participating in any challenges yourself! Happy reading everyone! x

Book Review: Kid in Chief by Paul Maguire.

Title: Kid in Chief

Author: Paul Maguire

Illustrator: Katy Betz

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Shelf: Read-in-2012, Children, 3-out-of-5, NetGalley-Read, Kindle-eBook

Release Date: 6 November 2012

Synopsis: “When third-grader Bobby Barton visits Washington, D.C. on a class trip, he doesn’t know he will walk away with a chance to become the leader of our nation. It’s on that trip that Bobby finds a missing part of the United States Constitution telling him how he could become President! Soon after making this discovery, Bobby moves into the White House as the youngest American President in history. With his friends Maria Cagney (Bobby’s Vice-President) and Kevin Sawyer (his Chief of Staff), Bobby is faced with many important decisions, confusing situations, and exciting adventures. Bobby quickly finds out that being President is a very tough job. Join him as he and his friends learn all about how the government works, having loads of fun along the way!” (Taken from Goodreads)

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Book Review: UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) by Chanda Hahn

Ever since I got a kindle for my birthday, I’ve gotten back into the swing of reading. For a pretty long period, I had continued purchasing books, but stopped reading … which was horrible for my wallet, but pretty good for my bookshelf.

With the kindle, I’ve discovered some free books that I’ve never heard of, so I decided that for the benefit of updating this blog and also just to write more than I do now, that I should get into the swing of writing some book reviews! Yay! I wouldn’t mind delving into writing other reviews on tv shows and movies either (because I spend a lot of my free time just watching things) so maybe that’s something I’ll look into if I’m stuck on things to update on this blog.

But alas, let’s move on!

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