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Thursday, December 21, 2017
BLOG TOUR: Hinder by Kristin Ping
Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Kristin Ping's Hinder, the first book in the Guardians of Monsters series! Follow the tour, HERE, to check out all the various posts from participating blogs! On our tour stop today, I had the opportunity to read and review this first book in an upcoming NA paranormal/fantasy series! Plus, there's a tour-wide giveaway to enter, too! So... Check it out and pre-order your copy today!
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Romance Series: Guardian of Monsters, #1 Publish Date: May 15, 2018 Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing Synopsis:
Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.
Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.
**About the Author**
Kristin Ping resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house.
She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing.
When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house.
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Note: This review contains NO spoilers
I was intrigued with Hinder after reading the synopsis. I found the idea interesting with all Supernaturals living among each other in different "social" classes. The story felt something like a mash up of the Mean Girls and Teen Witch movies... This even had the feel of that Never Been Kissed movie. Of course, this is a story all on its own, but it definitely has the same vibes as the aforementioned movies. I was also drawn to the idea of Wielders and Benders... in relation to controlling the elements of nature. Crazy... Right!?! Anyways, the concept that Wielders and Benders must be paired up in order to control their element was interesting. Then, there's that forbidden part that brings a twist into the story of Ethan and Alex.
I guess the beginning starts off as somewhat a "prologue" in setting up who Ethan is, but then, it is still a bit vague. Further into the story, we learn about this "society" of Supernaturals and the importance of Wielders and Benders. Huh... Who would have thought of their importance... Right?!? So... We get it. Then, Alex comes into the "scene" and all else becomes a teen drama. The various elements of various teen angst, clichés, and stereotypes are abound throughout with the twist that all these characters are Supernaturals. Ha!!! Moreover, all the while these characters are dealing with every day high school life, there's also something else sinister that looms in the background.
The story is interesting enough. This was written well enough to start with, but I think it still needed more character and world development to make it feel realistic regardless of the supernatural tendencies. However, I felt that there could have been more... More character and story development and world building. It is just at the "edge" of realism that would have made these character interactions more realistic.
Hinder was filled with a little bit of drama, a little bit of romance, a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of magic... even a little bit of action and mystery/suspense. It is a good start to an adventurous paranormal/fantasy series that I would be open to continue reading. I would like to see where these characters are destined to go.