Matt Archer: Blade's Edge

Matt Archer: Blade's Edge

by Kendra C. Highley

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940016115962
Publisher: Kendra Highley
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Series: Matt Archer , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 921 KB

About the Author

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. She 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.

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Matt Archer: Blade's Edge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Danielle_C_Smiley More than 1 year ago
A Whole New Level of WOWness!!! Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy Publisher Type:  Indie My Rating:  *  *  *  *  * My Review: I love, love, love the Matt Archer series and was super excited when I got a chance to read book two.  I was worried it would be just more of the same and that I'd be disappointed...... boy was I wrong!  Kendra Highley took this book to a whole new level of wowness!!!  Sure, there's more crazy action, more teen-boy-madness, and more even-meaner monsters, but at the same time it's a completely new adventure.  MA2 begins and next we know Matt is parachuting out of a military airplane!  I love how the whole special ops, military details are handled.  There's enough detail to be interesting and to create a complete picture without doing an information overload on a civilian gal such as myself.  It's just so freakin' exciting! I also really appreciate how fully developed the adult characters are, especially Matt's mom.  I find many YA books do a disservice to us parent-types, leaving us to be clueless, whiny obstacles.  I love how Mrs. Archer's written.   When I reviewed MA1, I said it'd be appropriate for older middle graders and up.  In MA2 we see more darkness creeping into the world and Matt deals with more mature issues.  The suspense is ratcheted up and I found myself holding my breath and (yes, I'm such a girl) crying over Matt's loses. Overall, my only complaint is that MA3 is written yet.  I love Matt and I want more!!!  Now.   I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  See more of my blogspot blog, Known to Read.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
"Matt Archer: Blades Edge" is book 2 in the 'Matt Archer' series and a bit darker than the first book. Character development is superb and the plot flows nice and smooth. Matt goes through so much in this book and does a lot of growing up. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. A total must read for YA and not so YA readers. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
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Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
All I can say is this is a great read and a great second book in a series! Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. I read it every free chance I had. I would have to say that I liked this book as much as the first book in the series, Matt Archer: Monster Hunter, and maybe even a little bit more. (See my review here.) Matt is now fifteen and still working with the Green Berets to help rid the world of these monsters that seem to be becoming more intelligent with each incarnation. The knife is also becoming more demanding of Matt, who has a deeper connection to his knife and all of the knife spirits than his four knife-wielder counterparts. Matt has grown a lot in this book. He is becoming more of a man and not so much a boy anymore. And, like Toby and the rest of the guys, I am beginning to see him as a man and not a kid. I love the action in this book. I was on the edge of my seat quite a bit. I believe I gasped out loud a few times and I really felt for Matt and the other men fighting to keep Matt safe as well as the world. There were also moments that made me chuckle (the knife spirit's reaction to the girlfriend) and laugh out loud (the driver's test) The best part, I was in the action. I was there with Matt and the rest of the soldiers. I was a part of this story, not just a spectator. The additional characters were very well-written and well-developed. Matt's brother Brent makes a few appearances, and in those few appearances, we get to know him a bit more. I feel kind of bad for him, that his little brother is chosen as a  knife-wielder and not him. Mamie is still there, still trying to help Matt as much as she can, and still putting fear into the minds of some top military officials. Matt's girlfriend is a nice addition, but I'm curious as to where that is going. Will is still a part of some of the missions and he is a great help and comfort back home. I like Will. He is a great sidekick/best friend. The adults are also great characters. Of course, we have Uncle Mike, Aunt Julie, and the military officers...all great. Matt's mom is in this book a bit more. The revelations that come out were surprising as was his mother's reactions to the news and what is going on.  One thing that really struck me while reading Matt Archer: Blade's Edge was how real the emotions were. Matt has to deal with some heavy stuff. Yes, this is a fantasy/action book for young adults/middle grade kids. But some of the situations that Matt found himself in were as real as real can be and do happen to those fighting in the military. And, no, it does not happen in the same way...with monsters and zombies...but it does happen. Matt's reactions and emotions were very real. You could see how much he struggled. He is fifteen years old but he is mature beyond his years in most respects. How he transitioned back to civilian life between missions was also real to me. I cannot imagine how hard that would be. And I hate to keep saying it the same way, that it was real. But that is the best way to describe these parts of this wonderful book.  I want to talk about everything I loved about this book in so much more detail but that would give away too much! All I can say is this is a great read and a great second book in a series! Would I recommend it: I would recommend it. This was a great read and a great continuation of a story. I hope there is more from Ms. Highley about Matt Archer.  Will I read it again: I will not...unless I read it with my kids when they are a bit older. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago