Saturday, December 29, 2012

"Matt Archer: Monster Hunter" - today's spotlight book!

Oh, here's a fun one! Teen Matt Archer finds himself battling dark monsters, and matures emotionally in the process. Over 20 five-star reviews for this YA read that is praised as "well-crafted" and "fast-paced."

There are a lot of things I love about this book: 

1) It's young adult, and there's no swearing. It may not mean much these days, but I was glad to read a story where even the adults manage to curb their language around the kids. I certainly try to. 

2) The action doesn't stop. Seriously! I was up until after 1am because I couldn't put it down! And it's not all monster-violence, either - a lot of the book is about Matt and the people around him. 

3) Perhaps my favorite aspect - the book flows smoothly. If there's dialog, it's smooth. If there's a segue of two months, it's smooth. I never had to wonder if I had missed something because the author didn't edit it correctly. 

 There are some very dark, but within-the-book realistic moments, so it isn't all action and fluff. Matt has a lot of emotional growth moments. -- Riamachia, Amazon reviewer

Matt Archer: Monster Hunter, by Kendra C. Highley

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?


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Meet the Author

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 stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

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