Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter by Kendra C. Highley


Today is my stop on the Matt Archer: Monster Hunter tour!!!
And I'm super excited to give you a chance to get to know this amazing read.
Today, you'll get to read about the book, 
hear my thoughts on it (let me give ya a hint:  FIVE STARS!!!), 
get to know the author some,
read an excerpt
enter an outlandishly awesome GIVEAWAY!
So let's get straight into the knitty-gritty of this awesome YA Urban Fantasy 
that will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson (older middle grade readers and up, I'd say):

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. After Matt is forced to kill a strange creature to save his uncle, he finds out that the weird knife he took from his uncle's bag has a secret, one that will change Matt's life. The knife was designed with one purpose: to hunt monsters. And it's chosen Matt as its wielder.

Now Matt's part of a world he didn't know existed, working with a covert military unit dedicated to eliminating walking nightmares. Faced with a prophecy about a looming dark war, Matt soon realizes his upcoming Algebra test is the least of his worries.

His new double life leaves Matt wondering which is tougher: hunting monsters or asking Ella Mitchell for a date?

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

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 school boy gets to be a part of a Navy Seal team, you've got to be a great author to get that sense of "sure that could happen").  The action is quick-paced, abundant and so much fun!!!  I can't get over just how awesome of a read this book is; I can't wait for more!!!  And luckily for us all, there is more!  There's a short story that comes after this and book 2, Matt Archer: Blade's Edge is due out in January!  Yay for more good books!!!

Cover Art:
I really like this cover!  I think it is fitting for the target audience and makes you want to see what's inside.  The title is also very grabbing; you don't really need to read the synopsis to know this is going  to be an awesome read.
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So allow me to introduce this super gifted author, Kendra C. Highley:

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

You can also get to know Kendra better on her Twitter and Facebook pages.

Now are you ready for a sneak peek?!?  

I know you are because this book is sooooo very good!!!  

You've just got to read it!!!  
**Fan Girl Squeal**

Here it is:

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.

Want your own copy?!?
I knew it!!!

Here's where to find it:

Don't forget to add Matt Archer: Monster Hunter to your Goodreads TBR.
Also, download book #1.5, Matt Archer: Monster Summer, right now.  Click here!

Now here's a chance to win some major goodies:
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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. 
Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising* 

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