Book Review: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter by Kendra C. Highley + Giveaway

Title: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (Matt Archer #1)
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Pages: 299
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1478312696
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Purchase Links: Kindle | Smashwords

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.


Right from the very start I am going to tell you that this book is on my 4 stars list, wanna know why? Well because this book deserves it for being awesome! Let me give you a run down. Matt Archer: Monster Hunter actually reminds me of the Lorien Legacy by Pittacus Lore and you know what I rated those right? Anyhoo, it’s not similar based on aliens and stuff like that but rather the action and the characters. The Lorien Legacy delves with killing + non human race (including our main characters) whilst Matt Archer: Monster Hunter or rather Matt is purely human but our monsters aren’t. They are a whole new freakish baddies that just wants to make havoc. The monsters seems to evolve though and it is up to Matt and Will with  the other wielders to take them all down one group at a time.

This was actually a hilarious book and I enjoyed reading every page of it. I love how Matt, our main bad ass, is such a strong and mature character for a 15 year old. At the start of the story, he seems geeky and lanky but because of his new responsibilities he transformed into an eye candy cutie. Will is a perfect right wing man. I love their chemistry and how they interact with one another, it seems genuine and natural. Another thing I love is the lack of instant love affair – it seems like we’ll be reading more about Matt and his lady friend in the next installment and I can’t wait on the development of their  ”friendship”.

The mystery behind the monster is another great element in the story. Though you are given the “what they are” and “what you should do about them” details, I love the fact that we aren’t given the whole rundown. At least by doing so, we get to anticipate in reading what really happened before peace was disturbed? Highley wrote the story with enough details to let us move forward but leaves enough for the readers to have something to look forward to.

This book is easy to read and Highleys writing style is easy to adapt. you wont have any issues with multiple POV or complicated plot or subplots. Matt Archer is given in a silver platter for all reader to enjoy but if you anticipated the main course, think again this is just the appetizer so you might want to grab Matt Hunter: Monster Summer as soon as you are able to – I know I want to.

So that’s it for me today and on this amazing book. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to read this too! Good luck guys and until the next review. Again, 4 stars!


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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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