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Friday, November 2, 2012

Matt ARcher Monster Hunter by KEndra C. Highley Interview +Review Tour Stop

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?

From the get go I was hooked on this book. You are immediately drawn into the story as Matt's life is easily understandable.

I know I found myself waiting with bated breath to see   what new troubles would find our main character and what he would do about it.

I loved the language used in the book, it was the perfect amount of slang that lead you to believe that it was written by an actual teen age boy, the only problem I could see with it would be some of the older generation not being able to understand what they meant. Taking a step back however I learned that you could piece it together and understand.

One of my only problems about the book was the religious aspect the monster's origin's seemed to take. Religion is such a tricky thing these days that it can be either a hit or miss with the audience and I have read more then one book where it was pushed to much and ended up ruining the story for me.

Otherwise this was a great story idea that I loved completely and found myself finishing in one sitting.

4.5 out of 5 Raven's

Author Interview:
What monster scares you the most and why
Oh, wow. I think I write monster hunter books because a lot of monsters scare me. It’s a morbid fascination, really. But, probably evil, very intelligent aliens. Oh, my gosh—that scares me more than anything J Anything that concerns Stephen Hawking seems worthy of my own distress.

what had been your favorite Halloween memory
I remember trick-or-treating on my street by myself. I was probably about ten, so my parents let me go on my own that year. My neighbors had a son who was in high-school at the time. He was a pretty big guy, who went on to play football at Tennessee. So, every year they set up a little scare for everyone. I knew it, but even seeing the cut-up trash bags creating a curtain around the porch, I approached the house anyway. When I stepped inside the “cave,” there was a figure sitting in a chair at the back, dressed in overalls and a hockey mask. I tremulously approached the door, keeping the hockey-masked dude in my peripheral vision, telling myself over and over, “that’s just Eric. Just Eric.” Just before I rang the doorbell, the figure leapt to his feet and roared. Needless to say, I ran screaming down the driveway and headed across the lawns toward home. A moment later, I heard someone laughing and calling my name. Eric had taken off his mask, and was following me with a fistful of candy.
what would you do if the real world turned into a world you created
Seriously hope someone like Matt and the rest of the knife wielders existed. Honestly, if monsters started running amok in Texas, I think I’d find a bunker. Not the most noble path, but I have a huge admiration for military units and all they do to keep us safe. I’d hope they could find a way to rid us of the threat.

What's the harder part of writing.
For me it’s the rough draft phase. I love that phase, when everything is new and exciting and shiny. But I’m also a pantser, so I don’t work from more than a very basic outline. Rather, I write organically, letting the story find itself. On the days my characters aren’t in the mood to chat with me, it’s hard to get words onto the page. I keep telling myself I should outline more, but when I do, I find the prose isn’t as natural. So it can be a struggle.

If you could be a monster what would you be and why.
I’d like to be one with glorious fur! Like Sully from Monsters, Inc, or Gossamer from Warner Bros. A monster who’s loveable, even if a bit scary.

Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to talk with us here at Wonderland reviews. Any parting words before you leave us? Thanks so much for letting stop by! If anyone’s interested, I’ve written a companion short story to Monster Hunter. Matt Archer: Monster Summer is currently free on Smashwords (and hopefully free on Barnes & Noble and Amazon once the price matching goes through). It includes the first chapter of Monster Hunter, so you can try a sample. Oh, and don’t forget to check for monsters in your closet…

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