Title: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter
Author - Kendra C. Highley
Date to be Published: October 19, 2012
Matt Archer, an ordinary freshman living in Montana, discovers something unusual on a camping trip with his uncle. Monsters are real. And living in his backyard.
But that's not the half of it...throw in a mystical knife, a covert military unit of soldiers dedicated to eliminating walking nightmares, and a prophecy about a dark war, and Matt finds himself in a job he never imagined: monster hunter.
All this insanity will leave him wondering which is tougher--killing monsters, or asking Ella Mitchell for a date.
This is a YA action book that I enjoyed every minute of. Matt’s a likeable teen with a seemingly ordinary life until, on a camping trip, something attacks, almost killing his uncle. It is a monster, a ferocious creature that resembles a bear, at first glance, but is not. This experience opens up a whole new life for young Matt. At times humorous, and at times touching, this well-envisioned story pulses with its own unique rhythm and flow. Matt’s voice in this is youthful, but articulate. He is young man suddenly saddled with a new vocation – Monsters are real and they are gaining an indisputable foothold. Matt and the other characters take on distinctive personalities and traits as more details - background, and speculation - are artfully unveiled.
Pure, fun-to-read, escapist fantasy, this book captured my interest immediately and kept me entertained until the last sentence. I am looking forward to more adventures with Matt Archer, Monster Hunter.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Character Interview with Matt Archer
Today I'm thrilled to have the young protagonist, Matt Archer, here with me. So let's get started with the questions! Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Well, I used to dream of traveling to a lot of places, but since I got drafted into the monster program, I’ve been shipped all over the world. Lately, my idea of a good vacation is a ski resort near my hometown. Someplace no one could find me. Except…dang it, I have a sat-phone, so there really isn’t anywhere I could go and not be found. Vacations are kind of the back burner right now, anyway. Sucks, but that’s how it is.
Tell us about your family.
My family is pretty basic, really. My mom’s a trial lawyer, my sister, Mamie, is a brain who still wears her hair in pigtails even though she’s a sophomore (and she’s my favorite person in the house), my brother, Brent, is a jock, and I’m the youngest. My dad skipped out before I was born, and we don’t hear from him much. Not that I’m bitter or anything…luckily, my mom’s brother is around. Uncle Mike is the coolest guy I know. He was a Green Beret, and…um, I can’t tell you the rest. Classified. Sorry.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I used to think it was when the monster attacked Uncle Mike and I on our camp out. But now I know more…and I think the worst is yet to come.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
This sounds stupid, but when I was little, I wanted to grow up and be my Uncle Mike. Funny how things work out sometimes. Still, I think I want to stay in the Army. Maybe as an Army surgeon or something. It’d be nice to spend time patching people up instead of wreaking havoc.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Hmm, there are a lot, but if I had to choose just a couple:
The Only One by Evanescence
What I’ve Done by
Sail by AWOLNATION
Hero by Skillet
Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Hang out with my best friend, Will. We play video games and air hockey at his place, mostly. Neither of us gets much down time these days, though.
Who should play you in a film?
My sister just whispered, “Liam Hemsworth.” She has a crush, I think.
What would we find under your bed?
Heh, not monsters, that’s for dang sure. Um…probably dust bunnies, a lost sock or two and a magazine I hope to God my mom never finds.
What makes you happy?
*Checks to make sure Mamie left the room* When Ella Mitchell smiles at me. Doesn’t happen often, but when it does? Oh, yeah.
What one word best describes you?
Tenacious. It was a vocabulary word last week, so I totally know what it means and it describes me pretty well.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
My fighting instructor, Lieutenant Johnson, gave me a lot of great advice. The best was how to use your opponents against themselves if you had to fight more than one at a time. The advice was meant for monster-hunting, but it applies just as well to the asshat bullies at school. They won’t mess with me again.
Kendra C. Highley lives in north
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. Texas
Kendra 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.
More information about the Matt Archer universe, works in progress and the nature of the Higgs Boson* can be found at www.kendrachighley.com
(*Yeah…not really. We’ll let the scientists handle that part.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kchighleyWebsite: (under construction, blog will be housed there as well)www.kendrachighley.com
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