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Matt Archer: Monster Hunter

(Matt Archer #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  706 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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.
Paperback, 299 pages
Published August 18th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published July 18th 2012)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt Archer Monster Hunter by Kendra Highley and narrated by Chris Snelgrove is about a 14 year old boy that not only has to worry about school, homework, girls, bullies, and his Uncle being deployed again, now he has to worry about monsters in his home state. Seems supernatural knife chose HIM to use it's power to fight monsters. So now he is working with the government, behind his mom's back, fighting monsters with crack fighters. Some of those fighters also have supernatural knives. It's a fu ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poor Matt, he’s that kid at school who is smaller, less athletic, kind of geeky and fodder for the school bullies. Well, he was until that fateful camping trip with his uncle, the hardcore soldier and they were attacked by a monster. Who knows what Fate was thinking when giving Matt the power over an enchanted knife, making him its wielder?

Can a fourteen-year-old high school freshman be the one warrior to save humanity from a prophesied dark war? The school outcast is changing and has become par
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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 borin
Kimber Wheaton
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Fun. That's the word that comes to mind if I had to describe this book in one word. If I could add a few more: witty, exciting, action packed, and hilarious. Frankly I was planning to have my 12 year old son read and review this one since I didn't think it would be my thing. Boy am I glad he is surfing in sunny San Diego right now and too busy to read. I would have missed out on an awesome read and what I anticipate to be a fa
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Matt Archer goes on a hunting trip with his uncle Mike when he is attacked by a monster. He grabs the nearest knife and kills it. But it isn't any ordinary knife. It was wielded with magic and it has chosen him. It would have never worked otherwise. The knife will no longer work for his uncle so his uncles decides to take Matt for military training. Uncle Mike is in a special supernatural branch and wants Matt to train if he is now the only one able to use the knife.

Matt was the under dog. He wa
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I loved this book. I read every free chance I had and could not put my Nook down until I finished it. The first 30 pages had me wondering if this book was too geared towards the younger crowd of boys, the last half had me convinced that it would appeal to everyone. All I could say when I finished was "wow" and "holy crap"!

This book had enough action to keep me completely engrossed. There were parts where my adrenaline was pumping, where I laughed out loud, where I got exc
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
First I have to give a HUGE Thank You to YA Bound for allowing me to be a part of this tour. This book was a refreshing read for me and a change from what I normally read. I enjoyed it so much I am buying a copy for my son to read. In Matt Archer: Monster Hunter we meet Matt and his family. Matt loves his normal boring life of hanging with his best friend and crushing on the school it girl. So when Matt's uncle tells him they are going on a camping trip he is very excited. That is until the camp ...more
Donna (BLHmistress)
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Matt, 14 goes camping one weekend with his Uncle Mike , when he finds out there are things that go bump in the night. And in one night becomes the youngest monster hunter on a special ops team. In that one night everything he knows and his life as an ordinary teenager goes out the window.

I really enjoyed this book, a really good page turner. I found myself deeply engrossed in this book and when it ended, it left me craving for more. The characters were well written and I easily connected with th
Amelia Anne
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Fourteen-year-old Matt Hunter struggles to absorb the knowledge that there are monsters in the world, and that a magic knife has chosen him to fight them. Matt matures, finds love (or at least some smooching), and kills a lot of monsters -- what's not to like? I thoroughly enjoyed this very competently composed YA/11+ read from first-time novelist Kendra C. Highley. Reminiscent of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson, Matt is edgier, rawer -- perhaps in part because he lives in a universe filled with ad
Patricia Walker
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

if you like a good thrill and enjoy hunting monsters then this book and this series is definitely for you. The action hits hard from the first page right the way through and doesn't stop rolling until the last page is turned. Hard hitting full of gore this is a thrilling ride from the start and the action doesn't stop till the last monster is killed. Definitely worth picking up and delving into the whole series.

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Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YA book, Fantasy.

I really enjoyed listening to this book on my Kindle. Fantasy isn't my favorite genre, except for Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings, I don't read much of it. I liked all of the characters in the book. Perfect adolescent fantasy, getting to travel the world and be this heroic monster killer and get the girl in the end. All this with Mom never the wiser about what her son is actually up to!
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I received a free copy of this book from the author via Reading Addiction Virtual Blog Tours in exchange for an Honest review.

I'm going to start this review with a little story. I was recently watching Cinderella with my mom, (Yes I still do that even at my age.) and I told her that it ruined my day when I was a child and realized that more than one woman should have fit the glass slipper. One day it just dawned on
Awesome Indies Reviewers
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Matt Archer is a bit of a dork. We love those sorts of characters, don’t we? One friend, down on his luck, one parent run out on him, bullied a bit by one sibling who’s bigger and stronger than him, pitied by another sibling who’s smarter than him. Living with a hopeless crush on a girl who’ll never notice him, the same girl who’s dating the number one jerk in the school…

…and then you kill your first sasquatch/demon bear monster and all that changes.

There is a ton to like about Matt Archer, and
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Check out my blog post to read chapter one of this book. I promise it will get you hooked! Just click the cover below.

I was really impressed with the start of this series, it showed lots of potential as far as first in a series goes. To me is seemed to be very well laid out with some humor and touching scenes too. It was well laid out, and does a great job of hooking you right into the story.

Matt’s voice in this is youthful, but articulate. He has to grow up fast as he is pushed into this new s
Marked By Books
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulous. Matt is fabulous, Uncle Mike is fabulous, Mamie is fabulous, Will is fabulous, the knife is fabulous. The whole dang thing is fabulous. So fabulous, in fact, that I'm having a very hard time putting my feelings about it into real words, so I'm just going to keep typing whatever comes into my mind and hope that it makes some sort of sense to somebody out there.

Okay, here I go.

Probably my favorite part about this book was how believable all of the characters were. It's reall
An electronic copy was provided by the author to review honestly

Fourteen-year-old Matt Archer is out camping in the woods of Montana with his uncle Mike when they are attacked by a paranormal grissly bear with tusks. Not knowing what to do as his uncle is attacked, Matt grabs the first weapon he finds in his uncle’s bag – a sharp knife that glows at his touch. The knife takes out the monster and Matt is thrust into the mist of a mission to save the world from armageddon.

For a fourteen-year-old t
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews! Be sure to check out my tour stop here to read an excerpt & enter for another chance to win a PB copy of this book, gift cards and more!

This book was just fun! I'm not how else to describe it - after all, I had fun reading it, the language was easy and fun to go along with, and the story was a joy to follow along - and just fun haha ^__^

The language is extremely easy to get hooked on, especially if you're in the mood for something along the lines
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy for review

Kendra C. Highley's Matt Archer: Monster Hunter is a young adult novel that follows fourteen, soon-to-be fifteen, year-old Matt as he navigates a supernatural world full of monsters and a mysterious life-altering prophecy. With a hint of teenaged angst towards young love, and spine-tingling descriptions, Highley's novel is a book that will make the reader both giggle with anticipation, and squirm with what Matt encount
Matt Archer is a typical teenager he hangs out with his best friend Will, has a crush on the beautiful girl in school, and finds it all kind of blah. Matt goes camping with his uncle Mike his mom's brother on a typical weekend camping trip. While on the camping trip Matt has to save his uncle from a strange creature using his uncle's knife. Matt's uncle tells him the story how he the story he about how he learned that there are monsters, and how he happened to have the knife.

Matt learns that th
Sara Meehan
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'd like to start by sharing the paragraph that convinced me to buy the book:

"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."

I laughed out loud when I read that. Original, well-used metaphors aren't that common, and a funny one to boot? Excellent. The rest of the b
Chris Torretta
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author interview at:

This was a really fun read! Matt is just your average kid, average build, average height, actually he is a bit short even so when he and his uncle go out camping and he finds and kills a monster he doesn't know what to think! And then his Uncle tells him that the knife he was wielding chose him to be a Monster Hunter at 14!! And this is just the first few pages! You get to know Mike and Matt a bit more as the story progresses of course
Adam Smith
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was ok

14yo Matt is out camping with his uncle when suddenly something attacks them. Panicked, Matt grabs a nearby knife and kills the beast. Bound to a magical knife Matt Archer is now a monster hunter.

I don't like giving up on a book when I'm not even half way, but that's a habit I'm trying to break. Why keep going when I'm not enjoying myself? And frankly, just over 20% in, I've found I've stopped caring what happens to these people. I'm sure this book might appeal to others, but
Danielle Smiley
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

My Review:
I absolutely loved Matt Archer from the get go!!! He's such a likable character! I loved the "voice" of the first person narrative, endearing Matt to me immediately. All the characters are very well developed; not one felt flat in the least. The family dynamics, the average-teen-high-school issues, the friendships all felt so real. I was amazed at the high level of believability considering the subject matter (I read urban fantasy all the time, but when a high sc
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Look out Buffy Summers! Here comes Matt Archer, Monster Hunter! This book is such a fun read and I really enjoyed it. Kendra Highley has written a great new series that both guys and girls will enjoy.

Matt Archer is a great character and very relatable. He starts as a typical teenager but has to grow up very quickly. What I really like is that he is a really good kid with a strong value system. He is loyal to his friends and family and has a strong sense of responsibility. He is going to make a w
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
We all know by now how found I am of stories that have monsters in them so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book by Kendra C. Higley. I thought that this first book in the Matt Archer series had a lot of potential, and as far as first books in a series goes I thought it was very well laid out.

I love monster stories so I loved reading about the monsters that had taken up residence in his backyard and that awesomely mystical knife that he had to fight them with. What I liked most about the boo
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Matt wields through his life, going to school, trying to ask his long-time crush Ella out, having dinner with his family and most of all, hunt monsters. These monsters are gruesome, and they’re not your average monsters either. They’re hybrids of various animals and that probably makes it so terrifyingly realistic. Scientists could be playing
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book was kindly given to me by the author, Kendra C. Highley, in exchange for an honest review. After finding the summary interesting, I could only oblige.

Matt Archer is your average 14 yrs old. He's got one best friend, a terrible crush on a girl and bully to torment his school days. Then everything goes to hell when he gets attacked by a monster while on a camping trip and ends up paired with a mystical hunting knife of dubious origins, and even more mysterious properties, with the tas
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Matt Archer is your average high school freshman, until he's attacked by a monster and finds out he's not. Average, that is. He's still 14, and has to cope with all the trials of school (& girls!) that come with that.

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 kids. I certainly try to.
2) The action doesn't stop. Seriou
Jemima Pett
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It has a great 14-15 year old hero with fantastic friends and monstrous enemies! It was so well written I found myself getting very nervous for him every time he went monster hunting, except for the last few episodes when he had more back-up. Strangely so, as at this stage it was more dangerous for him but maybe I was just reading the book too fast, to find out what happened next, to be worried for him! I actually read it in one day, being unable to put it down (whatever it sa ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the author through the GoodReads first-reads program in exchange for an honest review.

Matt Archer: Monster Hunter was a true delight. Kendra C. Highley has written a fantastically funny and quick-paced YA novel that never loses sight of its plot. The main character, from which this series derives its name, is a surprisingly forthright hero. He accepts his fate with open eyes, and dives into his destiny with a refreshing abandon that is commonly lacking in boo
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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate

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