I received this book for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series because the action, mystery, quality storytelling, and character development has been very consistent throughout all the books. I love the way that the story had matured with Matt, and It feels like the books age along with him.
There was more romance in this book than the other two and while I enjoyed Uncle Mike’s relationship with “Bad Ass Aunt Julie” and Will’s budding romance with “Tiny-Penn-the-Destroyer”, I’m still not sold on the Matt Ella pairing. Matt loves her and she just dumped him so the fact that he spends a lot of time thinking about her makes sense, but this book is filled with some phenomenal female characters and Ella just isn’t as well developed as I would like her to be. I get that Matt likes her, but I need more than that if she is going to continue to be a focal point of the series. From Matt’s mom and sister to Aunt Julie and Penn the destroyer and even Tink, Matt’s knife spirit, the women in this series rock, but sometimes it feels like Ella is just there for Matt to obsess over in his free time.
Now that I have vented about the one thing that I disliked, let the gushing begin!
Matt was very lonely and isolated this time around. The girl he loves dumped him, both his siblings have gone off to college, Uncle Mike had to move, and because Will is starting to envy Matt’s position as a knife wilder, there is a strain on their friendship. But this is the Matt Archer series, and no matter how serious the content becomes or how much the author puts my boy Matt through, these books never become depressing.
Mamie, Brent, and Uncle Mike may live further away from him, but Matt knows that they love him and they remind him of this fact when he needs to hear it the most. Mammie is especially sweet to him. They have a bond that reminds me of my own relationship with my brother. We never fight, we look out for each other, and we actually enjoy spending time together. That’s Mammie and Matt’s relationship in a nutshell. And although they have broken up, Matt and Ella share some very sweet moments that make it clear that neither one of them is ready to move on.
The relationship that I enjoyed reading about in this book was the one between Matt and Will. I was actually a little annoyed when Will told Matt that he was sick of being the sidekick. I thought that a rift was developing in their relationship and Will might start to resent Matt, but Will’s envy comes from a good place. He doesn’t envy Matt because of his strength or how important he is, he just knows that more lives would be saved if he were more than just bait and a bodyguard. He and Matt hit a few rough patches, but they love each other like brothers and it would take a lot more than a rough patch to tear them apart. Both Will and Matt are compassionate, brave, and caring young men who share a true friendship. .
The action in this series never fail to entertain. Whenever I pick up my Kindle for a Matt Archer book, I know I will be in for some powerful monsters and kick butt fighting scenes.They may not be old enough to enlist, but Matt and Will are 100% Green Berets! They are fighting a war between light and dark, and their enemy is ruthless. The monsters that they have to take on just keep getting bigger, badder, and smell worse than ever! But as the monsters get stronger so does Matt so the battles are more intense to read than ever.
Before I go, I have to spend a little time on Matt’s knife spirit, Tink (I love that nickname even if the knife spirit hates it). Matt Archer has become a favorite character mine so I am very protective of him, and in my opinion, Tink it to hard on the kid. He is a sweet and pure person who doesn’t seem to have an evil bone in his body, but she doesn’t give the poor kid any room to breathe! But even though she is too hard on Matt, I grew to like her in this book. She gives Matt a hard time about staying focused because lives are at stake. Sure Matt is just a teenager, but he is a teenager who is responsible for saving the world some day. That reality may suck, but coddling him won’t change anything. Matt has a mother and sister who are more that willing to baby him AFTER he saves the day so he doesn’t need his knife doing it too. Tink gets the job done, and I admire her spunk!
A lot of things were left unresolved at the end of this book, and I am very worried about what all of these lovely characters will be forced to endure in the next one, but I also can’t wait to read it because I am such a sucker for this series!
Because of language violence and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.