Friday, July 12, 2013

Review of 'Matt Archer: Legend (Matt Archer #3)' by Kendra C. Highley

Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Book #3 in Matt Archer Series

When Matt Archer was fourteen, he was chosen—by a magic knife—to hunt monsters with a special paranormal division of the Army. When he was fifteen, he was introduced to a global war that the rest of the world knew very little about…and he was determined to keep it that way, no matter what happened to him.

Things change.

Now Matt’s sixteen and he’s lost more than he ever thought he would. He’s also learned that the knifespirits have an agenda he doesn’t totally agree with. The only problem? The spirits have the upper hand, and they plan to control the fight—and Matt.

Now, the next eclipse cycle is starting, a prominent physicist has gone missing, and Matt’s best friend’s heart isn’t in the hunt anymore. If he loses Will—after everyone else he’s lost—Matt’s not sure how he’ll fight alone.

Oh, and there’s one more thing. The SATs are coming.

And you thought high school was hard…

**My thoughts**

I love Matt Archer. I have loved Matt Archer since I read the first book and continue to do so in this third book. Matt is now two years older and has been forced into growing up and maturing in a way that he had never thought possible. He is dealing with the loss of his first true love. Something is wrong with his best friend. The monsters just keep on coming, which means more casualties of war. His knife keeps wielding more and more control over him. And the prophecy he has been told has a few more twists to it. His life is confusing and sometimes almost out of control.

Yet he is able to keep on fighting with a determination and spirit unparalleled by the other men with whom he works. He has the drive in a way that the others don't, because he also as more responsibility to the human race than they do. He has amazing strength to be able to let go of those who are most important to him, in honor of the greater good.

Will, his best friend, also demonstrates some new maturity, despite the issues he is facing in his personal psyche and in his home life. He and Matt have always been a good team. I can forsee more great things coming their way, if they can manage to stick it out together.

I miss seeing Matt's sister, as she is just "badass," as they would say. I also miss Ella, but I have a feeling she isn't going anywhere. And let me just say that someone named Penn is a fabulous addition to the story!

Kendra's writing has also grown in this book. Each story gets better and her writing gets stronger. I can't wait for the next installment, but hear it won't be until 2014! 

(P.S. If you read my interview with Kendra, you will see her allude to her two favorite scenes in this book. I have to agree!) 

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Author Bio:

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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