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Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (Matt Archer #1) Kindle Edition
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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.
How have I never heard of Matt Archer and this series before?!?! This book had me giggling (albeit smothered giggles coz hubby was asleep), teary eyed, grinning like a Cheshire cat and pouting because the book ended.
Young Matt Archer finds himself thrown into the world of monsters when he saves his Uncle from a savage attack from a "Bear" and in possession of a strange new knife. Under his Uncle Mike's guidance, Matt undergoes some special training and before he knows it, he's recruited as a Monster Hunter.
What a book this turned out to be! I can safely say this is one of my favourite reads in the past 6 months or so. Following Matt's journey as he faces creatures he never knew existed, finds courage he never knew he had, and stumbles over his words when he speaks to the beautiful Ella; the author hooks the reader and the story sucks them right in.
It's hard enough dealing with some of what Matt has to face when you're an adult, so reading about a teenager having this situation choose him, not him choose it, is tough but Kendra Highley has done an outstanding job. This book had me as engrossed in it as much as I was when I read the Harry Potter series.
What I liked: The whole package. The teen love story which didn't dominate the book, the strong family bond that Matt shares with his mother, brother, sister & Uncle, the best friend who has Matt's back every time. I even liked the army dudes :D
The range of characters, from the main character and his big support network, to the monsters is brilliant and all well formed. None seemed to feel flat, or unimportant and each and every one were well woven into this fantastic tale.
What I didn't like: I didn't dislike anything in this story apart from the bully, but then, who likes a bully?
Who would I recommend this book to? Boys & girls aged 13 plus and adults who like to indulge their inner YA. My son just got an eReader for his birthday and I'll be recommending this series to him. I'm hoping he'll enjoy these books just as much as I am.
I'm rating Matt Archer Monster Hunter a big 5 stars and it deserves each and every one of them for the range of emotions it put me through.
Matt is on a camping trip with his Uncle when a Yeti like creature attacks them. Using a knife from the tent, Matt kills it and saves his Uncle, forever changing his destiny. The knife is no longer Uncle Mike's-it it Matt's and he has just been recruited as a monster hunter for the US Government.
This book gets off to a very good start, straight into the monster attack and Matt's new destiny. No waffle, no boring crap, no long rambling introduction or history lesson. I liked that. When the scene switches to Matt obsessing over Ella at school I thought 'oh no, here we go with the YA cliche story' but it didn't go like that. I think it is because Matt, Will and Ella are so likeable and you can relate to them that it works. Will is the rich boy with a talent for sport but his family never spend time with him and Matt's dad abandoned him and his family at birth, leaving Mike as the substitute father. Having him deployed to Afghanistan is a blow to Matt, and the reader because I love Mike! You can't help feeling sympathy for both boys. Matt's sister comes into the book more as it goes on and she is really good fun to read about. The characters really make this book such an engrossing read. It is the same when you start to meet all the army guys-I liked all of them! It's unusual to care so much for all the people in a book with such a large cast! Except for Ella's idiot boyfriend of course. He needs a damn good slap...
"I'm sending you out into the woods with a knife to kill eight foot tall Wookiees!"
The book is a great mixture of monster hunting tension and excitement, and stupid funny humour, which is exactly what I love in my books. Add in the different monsters, the magic knife and shamans and you have a really good plot. The teenage monster hunters aren't always smart and they do mess up a lot, which keeps it realistic in a sense, and it makes the action scenes quite gripping. The story rolls along at a good pace without any boring bits to slow it down, and there are no massive information dumps to confuse. The author does a good job in describing what teenage boys would think, talk and act like in these situations, which makes it easy to bond with Matt and Will.
"Parker's team is in China...dealing with the mutant pandas."
I also enjoyed the chance to see a book with the Green Berets featuring heavily in a supernatural setting. One minute we are chasing Yeti things in Montana, then we are at an army camp and then the jungles of Peru with mutant crocodile things. The change of settings keeps the monster hunting fresh and interesting.
Overall there are no complaints or niggles about this book which I enjoyed enough to buy for my paperback collection this week. If you like action YA like Percy Jackson, I think you will like this book a lot. I very much recommend it
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