Sunday, November 25, 2012

Giveaway & Review ~ Kendra Highley, author of Matt Archer: Monster Hunter



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.

Title: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter  

Author - Kendra C. Highley

Genre: Young Adult

Published: October 19, 2012

Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Createspace

Here's an excerpt:

Before I had a chance to dig out some marshmallows for s’mores, the air turned sharp and the wind gusted cold into the campfire, sending up sparks. Uncle Mike rose to his feet, with an intense, alert expression I’d never seen before—like he could eat a brick and enjoy the crunch.

Without looking at me, he said, “Weather’s changing; best to get inside the tent, where it’s warmer.”

With nothing else to do, we packed it in for the night. Mike didn’t allow me to bring a cell phone or anything else electronic on our trips. I could’ve played cards or something, but being outside always made me tired and I went to sleep early because, yes, I’m just that exciting. On the plus side, I had the craziest dream: Ella Mitchell ditched her boyfriend for me. That’s not weird—that’s plain, old wishful thinking. The weird part was that she hopped up on stage during assembly and stole the microphone from Principal Stevens to do it. Then I ran down the aisle to thunderous applause, swept her in my arms and….

“Get back!” Mike yelled.

I sat up in surprise to see shadows moving across the tent’s walls. One shadow was Mike's, distorted in the bright moonlight. The other…heck if I knew what it was. Bulky, taller than Mike by a long shot, it grunted and snorted like an angry pig. Was it a bear? I rubbed my eyes and squinted. No, definitely not a bear. The thing was much too big and shuffled along on two legs.

When it roared, it didn’t sound like any animal I’d ever heard, but more like a bulldozer’s engine. Every hair on my scalp stood up. Whatever this thing was, it wasn’t natural.

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.

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 (*Yeah…not really. We’ll let the scientists handle that part.)

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My Thoughts:

This book flowed smoothly and had loads of action. The characters were very relatable. Matt's family interacted just like any other family would and I liked it. I enjoyed seeing Matt mature. 

Along with the action, there were lots of laughs too. I thought Kendra Highley's writing style was witty and with the slang words added in it was believable that you were listening to a 14 year old boy talking. (I should know. I have a 13 year old son.) 

I thought it was awesome that there were no swear words used in this book. I kid you not! There wasn't even one. Not that I have a problem with swear words per say, but they seem to be used a little too often if you ask me.

I recommend this to teens looking for a good adventure.

I received a copy of this book from RABT in exchange for my honest opinion.

 I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!

1 comment:

  1. Great excerpt. Grabbed my interest.
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