Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Book Review: Matt Archer Blade's Edge by Kendra C Highley(Matt Archer #2)

When Matt Archer was fourteen, he discovered monsters are real. As if that wasn’t enough to go on for a few decades, Matt also found out that he’d been chosen to hunt those monsters--with a sentient, supernatural knife. Now fifteen, Matt has spent the last year working with a clandestine military unit, trying to rid the world of monsters, demons and other vicious creatures, all while keeping it a secret from nearly everyone he knows back home in Billings.

Including his mom.

Add in a new girlfriend, family secrets, sibling drama and enough homework to sink an aircraft carrier, and Matt’s life has become more complicated than he ever imagined. Worse, the knife has developed some very definite opinions about Matt’s personal life and it interferes in his business whenever it wants. More and more, Matt’s coming to realize that sharing brain-space with a spirit kind of sucks.

When stories of decimated towns and hordes of zombies start pouring into the Pentagon from Afghanistan, Matt knows he’ll be called up soon. Between the new mission and the knife’s increasing control over his mind, Matt wonders if he’ll survive long enough to take his driver’s exam.


My Review: 
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Matt is a recognised part of the Green Beret team now and has the girl of his dreams, Ella waiting for him when he returns from his monster hunting missions. He also has a new aunt-Badass Aunt Julie as Matt calls her, and he is getting more in tune with his knife. But of course when you add in new countries, strange new creatures and an evil danger, Matt is in more danger than he thought possible.

One of the things I love about this series is the change of locations and new monsters. This book starts with a scary parachute jump into the Himalayas to take on Kali Cult Witches, followed by zombie locals and winged monsters in Afghanistan. Each new threat is scarier and harder to kill than the last which means bigger challenges for our hero. I particularly like when the commanding officers ask Matt how he feels about zombies and he answers 'Braaiinnss!' It was what anyone aged 15 would do in that situation and it's probably what I would do as well, so I found that particularly amusing! I can imagine the blank looks on those military faces when Matt does his zombie impersonation. These guys need to watch more films...

The interesting addition to this book is the big family secrets coming out. Matt's family discover his secret army life causing a huge fight at home. His brother is angry and jealous that Matt was chosen by the knife instead of him and his mother blurts out that she doesn't want her son following his dad. So Matt's dad is CIA and not the deadbeat that we thought he was. This was interesting because I was expecting him to pop up at some point during this book now that we know why he left his family. And we have the added drama of Julie's premature birth to baby Kate which leaves us on the edge of our seats, along with Matt's complicated love life.

Plot wise, the team that we know and love are facing serious danger in Afghanistan, starting with Ramirez who is kidnapped by the winged creatures who want his blade. These creatures are also snatching civilians and turning them into zombies.  Then we have demon scorpions just to add to the danger. This book as always, is action packed with lots of exciting fights and battles and a lot of emotionally charged incidents.

I'm not sure I'm going to forgive the author for two things that she did in this book, and I'm NOT talking about Kate! I refuse to divulge any details but you'll know what I'm talking about when you get to it. Drama, tension, action and fear are all on the menu in this offering. This author has a great way of adding a bit of everything that readers like yet making it blend into a compelling story that you don't want to stop reading. Excellent paranormal action adventure!
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