Hinder (Guardian of Monsters, #1)
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.

Hinder (Guardian of Monsters, #1) Details

TitleHinder (Guardian of Monsters, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 15th, 2018
ISBN-139780998471457
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Hinder (Guardian of Monsters, #1) Review

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review:DNF I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I saw this book on Netgalley. It sounded interesting and I requested. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. This book was so annoying! The love stuff was ridiculous. Even the parents were involved. It was just one cliche after another. It truly annoyed me no end. Do not recommend. Seriously there are better books out there.
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  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I was part of the promotional blog tour for this book, to see the full post which includes purchase links and a giveaway, click on this link: https://marriedtobooksreviewsandblog....Add my book Twitter!: www.twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3I was super excited when I learnt that I had been selected to be a part of the Hinder tour. This 2018 release is one that you definitely need to keep an eye out for! Ethan is a bender which his Mum died trying to protect him. He uses the Earth element and has the s I was part of the promotional blog tour for this book, to see the full post which includes purchase links and a giveaway, click on this link: https://marriedtobooksreviewsandblog....Add my book Twitter!: www.twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3I was super excited when I learnt that I had been selected to be a part of the Hinder tour. This 2018 release is one that you definitely need to keep an eye out for! Ethan is a bender which his Mum died trying to protect him. He uses the Earth element and has the skill to bend it and be in control of witches. The other main character Alex is trapped in her Aunt’s locket and she needs to find her bender before everything crashes around her. When Ethan and Alex’s worlds both collide, they have to stay alive before evil creeps up behind them and swallows them away in a puff of black smoke. I don’t read a lot of New-Adult but when I do, I thoroughly enjoy it. Hinder was visual, action-packed and also portrayed the joys and strains of relationships very well. As this is the first book in a series, I did like how the ending wasn’t a cliffhanger but at the same time, did leave some mystery behind which hopefully is solved in book 2? I would say what but that’s spoilers ;)Edit: There is a little bit of info dumping at the beginning of the book which did knock off a star but once you get past that, the adventure and thrills happen!
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This will be a down and dirty review as I am going to keep spoilers removed. Just know that no matter what, this was a fun read.I liked this more than I thought I would. I felt it was geared towards older YA readers and some NA readers, but it was still good. I'm always open to new and unique stories and this one fit the bill. The idea of magic wielders and benders sounded like so much fun! All of the characters felt very well rounded, developed, and wonderfully complex. I connected with them ri This will be a down and dirty review as I am going to keep spoilers removed. Just know that no matter what, this was a fun read.I liked this more than I thought I would. I felt it was geared towards older YA readers and some NA readers, but it was still good. I'm always open to new and unique stories and this one fit the bill. The idea of magic wielders and benders sounded like so much fun! All of the characters felt very well rounded, developed, and wonderfully complex. I connected with them right away and that made me enjoy the story so much more. The plot was action packed and moved quickly. It felt like a non-stop ride! This was such a visual story that it held my attention the entire time. The ending did set up perfect for book 2 so I'm anxious to see how everything plays out and develops.See? Short, sweet and too the point without giving anything away. Characters were good, plot was fast moving, and the story itself was fun. I do hope people will give this a chance.
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  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Members of a secret society of witches, Ethan and Alex are two earth elemental users… Ethan can bend what Alex can wield. As the earth element is the strongest, those who can wield and bend it are seen as defacto leaders… In order to save one another they must finally meet… but they are forbidden to ever fall in love!The short review...I love elemental magic and the supernatural races. So when I saw this mixed witches up with these two things I Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Members of a secret society of witches, Ethan and Alex are two earth elemental users… Ethan can bend what Alex can wield. As the earth element is the strongest, those who can wield and bend it are seen as defacto leaders… In order to save one another they must finally meet… but they are forbidden to ever fall in love!The short review...I love elemental magic and the supernatural races. So when I saw this mixed witches up with these two things I was pretty excited to read this... Right away I has great difficulty with the book... @ 10.0% I noted: "This doesn’t read well... it feels like a middle grade story but with YA protagonists. The magic system is odd... with witches that are basically the normal supernatural beings mixed with witch stuff and elemental users, its very confusing. We are hit over the head how the wielder and bender can’t fall in love and “get physical.” So heavy handed..." It actually got worse from this point...Here's the thing... I really enjoy when an author takes stereotypes and runs in a totally different direction and changes up what we think we know. And as far as the elemental aspect with the wielder and bender we got some great magic here! The fights were exciting and some incredible things happened during them. And there was an attempt for the adults to have their own back history that impedes the kids working well together, not executed well but a neat idea. The rest just wasn't well executed. The world building was nonsense and the amount of sex was paranormal romance levels! It makes these awkward teens seem like they'd been sexing it up for a decade or more and were well practiced sex gods. It wasn't sexy but made me roll my eyes. And since when are wet dreams a punishment?! And through the course of the story nameless gorgeous girls died but neither we nor the characters understood the danger?! Nothing happened!! I'd be doubtful too if I were these kids. I really wanted to DNF but I read on because it does have potential. Cover & Title grade -> DTo be honest with that cover I totally thought this was a middle grade book. I know in the premise it talks about 17 and 16 year olds but when I originally read about this book it didn't mention ages. So I was even more excited for this book! The cover ended up being more accurate than I would have thought from the premise. And that title... not sure what it is referencing. And the series... not sure I even met a monster in the whole of the first book so now I'm really puzzled. There is a lot of mixed up marketing for the book...How could this book have been saved?#1 - (Problematic Ugliness) Alex is a gorgeous girl, slender with golden skin and tall, thin limbs... to hide herself in plain sight she becomes THE UGLY DUCKLING! Her constant putting down of this new uglier her, just because she was tan-less, shorter and had a tummy really grated on me. It felt like she was HATING on all the girls who are born with features society deems ugly.Why? Alex never adjusted to being ugly. She never thought about how she learned to love herself through being without her looks for a couple months. She didn't get ANYTHING out of being ugly for a short period of time. Sure she and Ethan talked about being shallow... but it felt like 'oh well, love me anyway.' Uh hello?! That is what you were supposed to do!!Instead? Instead of insulting other girls who don't fit Alex definition of gorgeous, make Alex a guy. There is still a HUGE taboo on opposites attracting and a viral guy who has sex with his girlfriend in the back of a car (a REAL SCENE we were forced to read) won't WANT to be attracted to another guy. And having her faint and being hit in the head, etc would have made him look down on her, a chauvinistic point of view which could have been a great commentary on society! #2 - (Trope filled Resistance Test) I talked about the extreme amount of sex in this book and how unrealistic it was portrayed... but there's more! Each set of teens, one wielder and one bender, all endure an extreme desire to have hot, rabbit sex with each other and in order to work together must resist these feelings... If they are the same sex then this doesn't seem to be a problem?! *shakes head* If just doesn't make a lick of sense.Why? This felt like a commentary on conservatives not wanting their children to have sex in high school. How ridiculous and impossible it is to resist these hormones. Well it flat didn't work!! If two partners are going through their resistance test and they are both male... doesn't matter if they are straight or not they are going to have hot, rabbit sex too!! The fact is its suspect that ANY teen even makes it out of this phase if the attraction is amped up so powerfully. The entire witching society would keep their children APART until their hormones naturally lessen with age. Why push together two teens who are bound to fail?!Instead? One idea is to make Alex, an Alex boy instead of an Alex girl... and make Ethan straight! Then add this attraction... That would be a LGBTQ book to read! If you want to stick with their original sexes then make Alex's disguise that of a boy. Either works! #3 - (Acceptance of Bullying) Okay I'm all for the use of bullying to put pressure on a protagonist and the relationship she WANTS with her love interest... BUT I'm not okay with that love interest being okay with the bullying too! His girlfriend seriously bullies and tries to injury Alex through the course of the book... the school did nothing. Ethan laughed it off. Even when he learned the girl really had instigated it he was still willing to be friends with his ex! It made me sick!!Why? What does all this tell girls reading this book?! That bullying is a part of love... its something you should accept as part of the romance process... HELL TO THE NO!! Instead? I'm NOT saying that Ethan necessarily had to run to Alex's defense... Alex herself needed to do something about the bullying!! TEACH GIRLS HOW TO HANDLE BULLYING BY OTHER GIRLS!! But Ethan DID need to stand firm against bullies... they need to be rejected... that is NOT an okay way of being!!#4 - (Girls die, who cares?!) Okay I kept waiting for SOMEONE to be worried for the poor normal girls dying for ALEX and yet not a single one gave a hot damn! I'm not saying Alex needed to bawl over it and contemplate turning herself in but the police should have been around investigating!! Why? There's a clear chosen one complex here that is despicable to me. It's okay for others to die because I'm so damn special! And all Alex can think about is having hot, rabbit sex while girls are DYING for her?! I had so little respect or liking for Alex by the end... And the tantrum Ethan threw was even more absurd!! He whined about the ugly duckling but was pissed when he found out it wasn't true... how freakin' dare you?!Instead? PUT THEM IN REAL FREAKIN' DANGER!! Let them understand the stakes with real necrocretor run ins! The only scene there is Alex is put to sleep and Ethan isn't there at all!! Reveal things to us as different events happen. Put the partners to REAL TESTS and not of the stupid sexual kind!!As a Writer...As a writer, I really dislike not being able to support another author in their work. I know personally how hard it is just to get to the end of a book and how so many wannabe writers fail at that!! So yeah I WANT to love and support... but some quick fixes would have really helped this story and made it a little different! Too much was made of the magical world and yet nothing much happened it it... we didn't even meet various renditions of the different types of witches that were mentioned! Leave off info that you developed for your world if they aren't necessary and develop more for areas that you are touching on that will all depth to the story and back history!Hinder is not a book I can recommend highly. I do think that if you don't mind teenagers acting like 20 year olds then you could easily see this as more of a New Adult book rather than a YA one... It will give you middle grade vibes but by the time the sex comes along those fade some. The battles though are pretty decent and include many of the characters introduced which is really neat!⋆⋆⋆⋆ ⭐ Authenticity⋆⋆⋆⭐⭐ Writing Style⋆⋆⋆⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⋆⋆⋆⭐⭐ World BuildingBOTTOM LINE: Needs tons of rewrites so that the world makes sense and isn't so problematic!Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter...
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  • Mandie
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, this cover is beautiful! The book however did not do it justice. It was an alright read. Confusing at times. But I did finish it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
  • C. Erani Kole
    January 1, 1970
    *voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from NetGalley*The rating falls between a 3.5 - 4 for me because of a few things that felt overlooked in terms of the plot or reasoning behind some of the characters' actions, but aside from that, I absolutely adored this book. It's been a while since I've felt so excited over a story! Immediately I took to the writing style, the way it flowed with its fast-paced action and detailed feels of the current POV. I loved that it drew me in so fast *voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from NetGalley*The rating falls between a 3.5 - 4 for me because of a few things that felt overlooked in terms of the plot or reasoning behind some of the characters' actions, but aside from that, I absolutely adored this book. It's been a while since I've felt so excited over a story! Immediately I took to the writing style, the way it flowed with its fast-paced action and detailed feels of the current POV. I loved that it drew me in so fast and how I kept swooning or screaming when something happened. Yes, I actually squealed. More than once.The story is perfect for the older spectrum of YA readers, as there are swear words and (hilarious) moments of sexual innuendos and appreciation from nearly all the characters, both the young ones and the adults. I personally had no problem with it and rather enjoyed the sauciness of it all, and it showed a different side to the very secretive community. The idea of wielders and benders is brilliant, and the further along I read, the more invested I became in this world. The hero and heroine's friends and family really added to my experience. I loved how complex they were, and it seriously makes a difference when you're used to only caring about the couple-to-be. Alex was an interesting person to follow and I loved her humble journey. Ethan was also someone I enjoyed, and surprisingly so, because he was such a classic good guy jock. There was just something about the way the author wrote them and their story that really made me giddy. And terrified. And hopeful.Aside from the few things I questioned while reading this, I overall recommend it if you love paranormal/fantasy YA reads. It's definitely one of my favorites thus far.
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  • Kristin Ping
    January 1, 1970
    The release date is set for May 2018.Hinder is part of a series called Guardian of Monsters but can be read as a standalone, although you will see at the end, there is room for a second book as they discuss a journey Alex and Ethan has to go on to find Mother freak'n nature, Hahahaha.I don't have the full idea for a second novel following Alex and Ethan, but the rest of the novels have been in the pipelines, some are getting edited others still need to be written.Hinder follows the witching race The release date is set for May 2018.Hinder is part of a series called Guardian of Monsters but can be read as a standalone, although you will see at the end, there is room for a second book as they discuss a journey Alex and Ethan has to go on to find Mother freak'n nature, Hahahaha.I don't have the full idea for a second novel following Alex and Ethan, but the rest of the novels have been in the pipelines, some are getting edited others still need to be written.Hinder follows the witching race,The Aswang series which will follow the Vampires and WerewolvesGuardian of Monsters which will follow the djinns.Still all of them form part of Guardian of Monsters. Think of it as a series, in a series.Fire Quill Publishing is currently giving away five copies of Hinder. It ends in another month of so.To sign up for more news, more giveaways and early review copies go to http://www.subscribepage.com/HINDER or just follow me on Goodreads for more updates to come and blogpost news.
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  • Dirty Dayna
    January 1, 1970
    3 "hindered" stars I rarely jump into the YA world but sometimes I like to read other genres so I don’t just stay cuddled up in my smutmance world. Hinder is a refreshing story about Ethan Sutcliff and Alex Burgendorf. This story is about witches, magic, bending, wielding and demonic races galore. It’s a fantasy and possibly even a dystopia. Alex and Ethan are the rarest people on earth who can wield Earth magic. Alex knows her life is in danger until she reaches the age of 25 and most people wi 3 "hindered" stars I rarely jump into the YA world but sometimes I like to read other genres so I don’t just stay cuddled up in my smutmance world. Hinder is a refreshing story about Ethan Sutcliff and Alex Burgendorf. This story is about witches, magic, bending, wielding and demonic races galore. It’s a fantasy and possibly even a dystopia. Alex and Ethan are the rarest people on earth who can wield Earth magic. Alex knows her life is in danger until she reaches the age of 25 and most people with her power are murdered before he gets to that point. This story has a lot of inner stories about magic and tradition. Alex and Ethan are on a path to learn and wield their magic together forming an intense bond. The problem with their bond… they also just happen to be eachothers perfect mate and even the fear of death isn’t keeping them apart. I could have loved this book. But I didn’t. to me it was a 3 star read because Alex and Ethan are the two main characters and I didn’t even bond with their characters. I loved the Aunt immensely and even the cat more than I really linked with the main characters. I learned YA isn’t all just I kissed a boy and I liked it there are serious issues being presented in the YA genre and its not a genre I will easily write off any more. I liked a few lines in the book and ill leave them here for you She didn’t want me to save her. She saw this as a death sentence. Why? Because it was me? And Don't look at me like I am someone who has a white liver, girls in locker rooms talk I had to google what a white liver is... its a NYMPHOMANIAC!!! OMG .
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
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  • Darque Dreamer
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not going to write a full review on this one. I had received a free e-copy in exchange for my honest review from Rockstar Book Tours, and ended up having to do a spotlight post instead of a review because I did not enjoy this one at all. *There will be some spoilers ahead to get my point acrosss*The magic system created was entirely too confusing. There were wielders and benders, and then people could still learn normal spells and witchcraft...The fate of the love pair was way too tropey, an I'm not going to write a full review on this one. I had received a free e-copy in exchange for my honest review from Rockstar Book Tours, and ended up having to do a spotlight post instead of a review because I did not enjoy this one at all. *There will be some spoilers ahead to get my point acrosss*The magic system created was entirely too confusing. There were wielders and benders, and then people could still learn normal spells and witchcraft...The fate of the love pair was way too tropey, and a little disturbing. For this being a young adult book, there was way too much sex involved, including the destined love pair being fated to share erotic dreams to test their ability to stay out of a relationship since it was prohibited between wielders and benders of the opposite sex. It had promise, but it was not unique enough too keep my attention, and the writing style was awkward. It also focused way too heavily on the "importance of looks and beauty" and the main character, Alex, even had an "ugly" spell cast on her to keep her looks from distracting anyone, particularly her bender. So she was consistently made fun of, and even the parents were crude regarding her looks. The whole book had me cringing, and I honestly don't know why I finished it...
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  • Rebecca Veight
    January 1, 1970
    With a sort of lyrical style for descriptions, badassery that comes out of nowhere and a sassy tone thrown in the narration mix, this book if full of supernatural goodness.Benders & wielders share a symbiotic relationship of elemental power, but getting physical is not only forbidden but dangerous. The mythology is quite complex & takes a bit to understand (I don't believe the bend/wield thing is fully explained) but it is worth it. I guess we have to learn alongside Alex & Ethan.Wit With a sort of lyrical style for descriptions, badassery that comes out of nowhere and a sassy tone thrown in the narration mix, this book if full of supernatural goodness.Benders & wielders share a symbiotic relationship of elemental power, but getting physical is not only forbidden but dangerous. The mythology is quite complex & takes a bit to understand (I don't believe the bend/wield thing is fully explained) but it is worth it. I guess we have to learn alongside Alex & Ethan.With a gut wrenching, action filled 1st chapter, you are caught in an intrigue web that won't let go. Equally interesting multiple POVs done with balance, not trampling over each other.A backwards sort of "She's all that" painting the situation humorously. And there is a lot of humore believe me, sometimes a bit corny. A story full of the bonds of family, bravery & sacrifice, for those you really care about.This is a promising book one, with the reveal of the true danger opening a lot of possibilities for the series and ending on a note of hope.
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  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    January 1, 1970
    Don't you just hate it when a book gets 5 star reviews and then you rock up with a review of 1 star? That's gonna be the case here, unfortunately.This book was just pretty cringe worthy, to be honest. Now, keep in mind that others have given this book 5 stars so I'm in the minority here, but I was so bored throughout this. There was a massive info dump at the beginning, which I found hard to take in. Still, despite finishing this book, I can't tell you what the fuck went on. Something about an u Don't you just hate it when a book gets 5 star reviews and then you rock up with a review of 1 star? That's gonna be the case here, unfortunately.This book was just pretty cringe worthy, to be honest. Now, keep in mind that others have given this book 5 stars so I'm in the minority here, but I was so bored throughout this. There was a massive info dump at the beginning, which I found hard to take in. Still, despite finishing this book, I can't tell you what the fuck went on. Something about an ugly duckling (the male mc has a penchant for associating women with animals - when he first sees the love interest he calls her a fox...because foxy, ya get it? *facepalm*) and benders (every time there was a bender mentioned I kept thinking they were going to get shit faced drunk).Maybe I was just hungover from The Last Namsara. Who knows, but this book wasn't for me. *thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a chance to read this book*
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    Hinder was not quite what I expected but I enjoyed the meeting and learning about Benders and Wielders. I thought that was an interesting part of this book. I think the character were very good together. I think this book and it's author has some great ideas and a new look on witches. I thought this book was ok but it did not caught me as much as I had hoped it would. *This book was given to me for free at my request from Netgalley and I provided this voluntary review.*
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  • books are love
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good start to the series. The story begins with a young Ethan and how he is discovered and how tragedy strikes his family. From there we go to the now. Ethan is a great Bender with no earth to bend. Why? His wielder is not around. The reasoning is this: Earth wielders and benders are rare and coveted. No one wants to have someone stronger than them around and Earth magic is the strongest. It is the one that brings balance but can also destroy. Suddenly in a flash of an eye Ethan’s worl This is a good start to the series. The story begins with a young Ethan and how he is discovered and how tragedy strikes his family. From there we go to the now. Ethan is a great Bender with no earth to bend. Why? His wielder is not around. The reasoning is this: Earth wielders and benders are rare and coveted. No one wants to have someone stronger than them around and Earth magic is the strongest. It is the one that brings balance but can also destroy. Suddenly in a flash of an eye Ethan’s world where he learned to be a great bender with no magic changes.Alex comes into his world and Earth magic is found again. But there is so much danger surrounding her that she is protected up the wazoo...So much so that we have the story of Ugly Duckling enter the fray.We also have a past between Alex’s parents and Ethan’s dad. A past that does influence how her parents are towards Ethan. When we first meet Ethan he seems a little bit snobby. He is the golden boy. He also labels girls by what animal he sees them as. He doesn’t mean for that to turn into something bad but sometimes it does. He first sees Alex and is mesmerized. She is a looker. Next time he sees her, he doesn’t recognize her and she is Ugly duckling. Which stays with her. Both aren’t on each others getting to know you list. In fact Alex makes assumptions about Ethan and she finally gets to know him she finds she is wrong. He isn’t dumb, arrogant or have an ego instead he is nice, kind, and fun. Alex he learns is beautiful beyond the looks. She is smart and witty. He likes to talk to her but it is hard because it is against rules to be together. But they aren’t only feeling tugs of attraction. As they are learning about one another they are training. Training that due to her protection doesn’t go too well. It frustrates them to no end but her mom doesn’t care. We see Alex in danger and do a few reckless things. We see Ethan be a hero and grow up before our eyes. We see his Dad help guide him but also show incredible love and honesty with Ethan. We see Alex’s parents and Ethan’s dad learn to let go of their differences. We see epic battles, love being denied but hope come to light, and we see where everything isn’t always as it seems. There are deceptions, secrets and growth in characters. We even get some cool reveals and works of magic.Ethan is a good guy. He at first doesn’t come off as one to Alex but he is. He is misjudged at first. In reality he is a little impatient but as the story grows we see his growth in maturity and see him change. What once mattered changes. As the danger becomes more palpable and he learns more of his magic and responsibility, he grows into a more serious and responsible person. He sees what matters and understands where things stand and what needs to be done.Alex seems a little spoiled when you first meet her. She is quick to judge and doesn’t really give people a chance. As she lives in her shell, she realizes that it is what is on the inside that matters. She also learns more about herself and others. She gives them time to get to know her and she them. She sees that everything isn’t always as it seems and grows as well. She learns how to fight and work with someone but also to not give up.The story has a good foundation started for the series. We learn about the different characters, why Earth magic is so important and rare and get great character growth. The world is slowly built and intrigue is trickled in. There is a play on emotions and mystery as well with secrets and deception.We are left with questions to be answered and more adventures to occur. All the characters grow in some way and will pull at you either with like or dislike-an opinion will be formed. The descriptive writing and imagination is nicely intertwined and keeps you in the moment. A great start to what seems to be the beginning if an amazing series as we see Alex and Ethan learn about who they are, how to work together and the danger that surrounds them while they try to figure out how to break the issue of Wielders and Benders not being able to be together if you are each others Wielder and Bender. .
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  • Joleen (starlightbooktales)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review. I requested this book for many reasons, the main reason being that it looked right up my alley. It had all kinds of supernatural aspects such as vampires, shapeshifters, but mainly witches. I love a good book about a witch. Except, I didn’t love this book at all. I barely even liked it. I don’t want to be too harsh, but I wanted to quit 3% into the book. I didn’t bond with the storyline nor the characters. I was more concerned for Fibbs I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review. I requested this book for many reasons, the main reason being that it looked right up my alley. It had all kinds of supernatural aspects such as vampires, shapeshifters, but mainly witches. I love a good book about a witch. Except, I didn’t love this book at all. I barely even liked it. I don’t want to be too harsh, but I wanted to quit 3% into the book. I didn’t bond with the storyline nor the characters. I was more concerned for Fibbs (a cat thing) than anyone else. I was insanely overwhelmed with the amount of information dump the book provided. Breaking this down, boy and girl harness rare magic, girl is an Earth wielder and the boy is her bender. They are not supposed to be together romantically under any circumstances. To protect them, the girl’s mother glamour’s the insanely beautiful girl to be ugly. The boy who I wanted to punch several times, decides to call her Ducky, as in ugly duckling. Yeah. He also calls her a fox at one point when he sees her real face. Anytime the boy came into the book, I just eye rolled. He spent so much time proclaiming his guilt over labeling her ugly and a duck but then proceeded to do so. Still they fall in love, he saves her life by having to lay next to each other naked. It was just weird and felt very rushed. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book, I didn’t find it very good. It was lacking a lot for it to be a great novel. I highly doubt I would continue this series. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t.
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    **3.5 Stars**Ethan's Bender power came forth when he was ten, but he would need to find a rare, always in danger earth Wielder to pair with. But by the time he turned 15, he never found his partner and lost all magical abilities. Meanwhile, Alex, an earth Wielder has been living her life cloistered away from any possible threat inside her aunt's necklace. When she is finally allowed to venture out of the safe world in the necklace, she meets Ethan at an event. It appears as if the two of them ha **3.5 Stars**Ethan's Bender power ​came forth when he was ten, but he would need to find a rare, always in danger earth Wielder to pair with. But by the time he turned 15, he never found his partner and lost all magical abilities. Meanwhile, Alex, an earth Wielder has been living her life cloistered away from any possible threat inside her aunt's necklace. When she is finally allowed to venture out of the safe world in the necklace, she meets Ethan at an event. It appears as if the two of them have a bond, possibly the wielder builder bond that Ethan has been searching for his whole life.​I went into this book expecting this to be the best book ever, soon to be my next favorite read​ because I kept hearing about it everywhere for the last few months (and the cover was love at first sight). Well, I think my expectations were a little too high and I sabotaged myself. Don't get me wrong, this was a good book and I think the series has potential to be epic and exciting, but it was not the be all I expected. I found Hinder to be a very different kind of magical world, full of too many types of magical creatures to keep track of, as well as the drama of high school and desperateness of forbidden love. ​There were some things that I was slightly confused about, such as how the magical races (species?) were grouped and classified, and one group had a certain power- yet anyone could learn and master another group's power, and Wielders can't do magic except some can... It seemed like there were some magical rules created but then the book would throw them out when needed. There was a TON of info dumping performed in the first few chapters, where ​we meet Ethan and Alex, but instead of getting to know them as characters I was overwhelmed by info about the magical world (some repetitive) that I was less interested in at the time. Sure, the info was important overall, but I would have preferred it be slowly dolled out after I met and got to know the main characters.There were multiple narrators in the story, be it Alex, Ethan or Meredith, depending on what was going on in the story. Alex and Ethan were likable, typical teens who got caught up in a dangerous war that started before their times.I thought it was kind of odd that Meredith, Alex's mother was a more important character than Alex in the first 50ish pages- we see through her eyes while Alex was incapable due to passing out. (Side note- my favorite character is the intriguing, shape-shifting, pretty much immortal cat creature Fibbs who could also become invisible- He was so cool, where can I find myself one?) The Kristin was spot on in the magical action battles, they were super impressive and so well described and detailed that I could easily picture the fight right in front of me. Hands down, the action scenes were my favorite parts. Overall, I think that the world building laid a really interesting, complicated foundation for what I anticipate to be an enjoyable series. This is just the beginning of the adventure and I would love to see where the next challenge will take them.I received this title for reviewing purposes. Come hang out with me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/
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  • Alyssa Janine Busia
    January 1, 1970
    Hinder is a unique and spell-binding new adult paranormal story. The story is simply about two characters who are looking for one another but the problem was that great danger awaits them. At the age of 10, Ethan already got his power as an Earth Bender but he also needs to find his partner, an Earth Wielder. Without their Wielders, Benders couldn’t do anything that’s why after 7 years, his power disappeared when he didn’t find his Wielder. Meanwhile, Alex has been hiding with her parents insid Hinder is a unique and spell-binding new adult paranormal story. The story is simply about two characters who are looking for one another but the problem was that great danger awaits them. At the age of 10, Ethan already got his power as an Earth Bender but he also needs to find his partner, an Earth Wielder. Without their Wielders, Benders couldn’t do anything that’s why after 7 years, his power disappeared when he didn’t find his Wielder. Meanwhile, Alex has been hiding with her parents inside her aunt’s necklace because she is the last Earth Wielder left and her parents are afraid that something bad will happen to her.I love the idea of having a Bender and a Wielder. It is my first time to encounter such concept even if I have read a lot of stories already about witches and other magical beings. The story did not fail to entertain me even though I’m not fond of the guy main character. The way the story was written is also impressive as it never bored me. The world-building is also good but with a little tweak to make it more logical and understandable.What I didn’t like in this story is the main character, Ethan. I didn’t find him lovable enough but I could say that he, together with Alex, was a developed character. But their chemistry was not that strong to pull me and ship them both. Ethan also has a flaw that I really hate and that’s for you to find out by reading this book. On the other hand, Alex is definitely my favorite character. She grows as an independent character during her long and dangerous journey after she was finally outside the necklace where she was hiding for many years.Another thing is having a lot of information about the world in the first few chapters but for me, I like it because I was able to grasp what to expect in the story. But, I know that some readers might find it not okay so if you’ll read this book, be sure that you will pay attention to the details given.Overall, I like it so I’m giving this four arrows. I’m recommending this book to all NA paranormal readers especially if you are into stories that talk about witches, magic, and other magical beings. Disclaimer: I received a free advance reader copy of this book from the publisher and Rockstar Book Tours via NetGalley.
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  • Rendz
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting a lot of magic from this book. I mean elemental magic! YES. Two people having to work side by side to make it work. Yes. Their journey to finding each other and making it work. Heck yeah.Alex annoyed me only for 40% of this book. After living in a locket for sixteen years, with only her family as company, you’d think she would be a little more socially awkward. Not in this case. Yes, she went through some embarrassing stuff but that’s not what bothered me. Since she was so drop d I was expecting a lot of magic from this book. I mean elemental magic! YES. Two people having to work side by side to make it work. Yes. Their journey to finding each other and making it work. Heck yeah.Alex annoyed me only for 40% of this book. After living in a locket for sixteen years, with only her family as company, you’d think she would be a little more socially awkward. Not in this case. Yes, she went through some embarrassing stuff but that’s not what bothered me. Since she was so drop dead gorgeous, her family made her go under a glamour to keep the bad guys away. Her new face was very unattractive in many people’s eyes and adopted a sick nick name. And while she tried to stick up for herself, she agreed with people. She was, despite her many attempts to not be, vain. One of my highlights of this novel was definitely the magic. In this book, magic is controlled in pairs! You have the source or “wielder”, who can conjure the magic and the doer or “bender” who can control and do all the wicked tricks! So I really liked that part! I also liked the story behind the villains and that there was mention of other types of magical beings!!! The magic just really made this book for me.I did not like Ethan, I thought he was very selfish and irritating. Especially his tendency to label girls as animals. There was also a very over-powering romantic plot. I would have been alright with this had there been less emphasis on the drop dead gorgeous looks. While I like to think that teenagers go for more than just looks, I know that I’m talking about a very small demographic of teenagers. Overall, I liked it. However, I think it could have used a little more umph.
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  • Susan Underbrink
    January 1, 1970
    A big thank you to NetGalley and Fire Quill Publishing for the ARC for my honest review. I have never read a book by Kristin Ping before. I found it to be quite refreshing. It seemed different-the characters were fun and it reads as a stand alone-it is the first in a series. I can see where this can lead to additional books-but it is not a cliffhanger like some books. There is mystery, and a small amount of romance and a lot of violence. I would say high school and up would be perfect. I enjoyed A big thank you to NetGalley and Fire Quill Publishing for the ARC for my honest review. I have never read a book by Kristin Ping before. I found it to be quite refreshing. It seemed different-the characters were fun and it reads as a stand alone-it is the first in a series. I can see where this can lead to additional books-but it is not a cliffhanger like some books. There is mystery, and a small amount of romance and a lot of violence. I would say high school and up would be perfect. I enjoyed the read and hope you do as well. I say give it a go.
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  • Deon Anika
    January 1, 1970
    Just wow!!!! what an awesome book this was a good and fun to read book I just refused to put it down.The chemistry between the 2 characters is just so amazing just love it. cant say anything more on this book don't want to spoil it for others all I can say is this read this book
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  • Giselle
    January 1, 1970
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  • Debbie Victorino
    January 1, 1970
    First I love the cover it is absolutely beautiful. I have read another book by this author and loved it. I do not give away any spoilers. So I'll just say I enjoyed this book. Ethan is or seems like a normal teenager. But in truth he is a Bender which is a witches guardian. He prevents a witch from hurting humans. He can control their powers. He can bend the earth elements, but at 15 he lost this power. A!ex has been living with let parents in a locket. Her mom is a fire wielder her dad is a wat First I love the cover it is absolutely beautiful. I have read another book by this author and loved it. I do not give away any spoilers. So I'll just say I enjoyed this book. Ethan is or seems like a normal teenager. But in truth he is a Bender which is a witches guardian. He prevents a witch from hurting humans. He can control their powers. He can bend the earth elements, but at 15 he lost this power. A!ex has been living with let parents in a locket. Her mom is a fire wielder her dad is a water Wielder. Her parents vowed to protect her because she is the last Earth Wielding witch. Alex must find her Bender or all supernaturals can loose everything. Can Alex find him? Can Ethan find his Wielder ? Can both of them save their world and all supernaturals? You have to get the book to answer these questions. I recommend this book. It was a good book.
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  • Nadwa
    January 1, 1970
    [I received a free advance review copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]DNF @ 13% and it's totally my fault
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to love this book! This synopsis has me so excited, but for me, I just didn't like the writing. The writing and word choice just had me cringing half the time and this was really hard to trudge through, unfortunately. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cassie C
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!Update 12/10/17:See more reviews on my blog Novels and NecklacesHinder by Kristin Ping is a refreshing read that is fun and unique. Even though it's about magic, witches, and demons, Ms. Ping puts her own creative spin on the fantasy genre that many will enjoy. I would have loved to give this book 4 stars (or higher) but there were several things that made me lower my rating to a 3. I really loved the concept of this book and I'm excited to see where the series goes from here. The Review to come!Update 12/10/17:See more reviews on my blog Novels and NecklacesHinder by Kristin Ping is a refreshing read that is fun and unique. Even though it's about magic, witches, and demons, Ms. Ping puts her own creative spin on the fantasy genre that many will enjoy. I would have loved to give this book 4 stars (or higher) but there were several things that made me lower my rating to a 3. I really loved the concept of this book and I'm excited to see where the series goes from here. The story follows Alex and Ethan...two people who don't know the other exists but are trying to find the other. Ms. Ping immediately sweeps you away into a fantastical world of witches, benders and wielders, and an evil enemy. I truly loved this part of the story because it was so unlike anything I had read previously. I loved learning about this new world!! It was fun and exciting and Ms. Ping offered plenty of twists that I didn't see coming. The more I read of this story, the more invested in the world I became. There are a lot of questions left unanswered by the end of the book so I'm excited to see how she continues to build the world up and answer some of these questions. However, the one thing I had a small problem with in the beginning was that it was basically an "info-dump." The reader learns a little bit more throughout the book, but the first 2 chapters are where you find out all of the info that you need to set up/understand the story/plot. I do wish it was spaced out a little more but I didn't mind this too much. It just meant I could jump into the story faster. Ms. Ping's writing is great and she gave her characters a lot of spunk. I would say this is geared toward older YA because of the more "adult" moments and humor. I personally loved the banter between the characters and the "adult" moments, but I know this isn't for everyone. Also, the fact that family plays such a huge role in this story really made me love it that much more. It was a welcoming change from most books where the family basically disappears and the main characters are left to fend for themselves. Instead, Ms. Ping incorporates them into the story and gives them a huge role to play as not only mentors, but as...wait for it.... actual parents . I can't stress enough how important this was because let me tell you, I'm all for parents who actually parent. This is rarely done in YA books and I'm glad that Ms. Ping decided to incorporate them into the story! For the most part, Alex and Ethan were developed as characters but I definitely would have liked a little more. The book is told from dual POV (Alex and Ethan), and Alex had a great internal monologue that I loved. She was the perfect lead for the story and I enjoyed her journey during the novel. I loved seeing her grow and become a more independent person. Ethan was also a decent character to follow--he's the typical good-guy jock. But I didn't like him as much as I wanted to...especially since he is the other main character AND the love interest in this book. Perhaps the biggest reason for this was the fact that he referred to girls as different animals. He repeatedly said throughout the book that he knew it was wrong to do this, but it never once stopped him. I wanted to see him grow out of this habit by the end of the book, but he never did. I felt this aspect of his character was unnecessary and it made me dislike his character a lot. This series has a lot of potential and I'm interested to see where Ms. Ping takes the story! I would recommend checking the story out because it is a unique read and fun. There are a lot of plot twists that took the story in a different direction than I was expecting. I am excited to check out the sequel and see what new adventures await for both Alex and Ethan!Happy reading :)
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  • Ally
    January 1, 1970
    This book was given to me as part of the Rockstart BookTour for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was one of the worst read I made myself go through in a long while. Between information dump that is unnecessary to the story, outrages descriptions, writing inconsistency and cliche after cliche. At first I thought maybe Hinder was aimed for a younger YA audience, but with all the sex and wet dreams involved I wouldn't feel comfortable with a 13-year-old reading this. Hin This book was given to me as part of the Rockstart BookTour for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was one of the worst read I made myself go through in a long while. Between information dump that is unnecessary to the story, outrages descriptions, writing inconsistency and cliche after cliche. At first I thought maybe Hinder was aimed for a younger YA audience, but with all the sex and wet dreams involved I wouldn't feel comfortable with a 13-year-old reading this. Hinder is a mess. Also, I tend to enjoy MG books so I don't believe I have outgrown YA or MG the whole problem was the book. Hinder feels like a fanfiction written by someone who is starting out a writing where the writing feels clunky and choppy, and in fanfiction it is fine, because it is fanfiction. Also, during the information dump (aka the story lore) everything was shoved into my face and I felt quite aggravated by it. These characters obviously known the lore of their world so logically they wouldn't be repeating it to themselves (the completely history of how everything works in their world ). I think it would have been better if the reader found out rather than being told…by three different characters.We have the leading lady Alex who is perfect and slightly clumsy. She is at some point described as the most beautiful girl in the world, and she just can't help it because she is an Earth wielder (the rarest that there is). There is a point in the novel that Alex describes herself as a runway model and it is quite ridiculous. All of Alex’s “perfect” features are overall ridiculous.“I had raven-black hair with midnight blue. My skin, which had never seen real sunlight, looked sun-kissed. I was tall and slender, more like a runway model than someone who’d been on the run for most of her life“In order to protect Alex from her godly beauty her mother forces her to wear a magical glamour, which ends up with the nickname of Ugly Ducky. As Alex is in this disguise all she does is complain about how she is no longer beautiful, it's quite dreadful. For Alex all that matters is her beauty and frankly it is quite a damaging message to be promoting in the YA genre. Beauty is not everything, unless you're Alex, which then it is the only thing. Because this a the optimal cliche YA book, the leading boy, Ethan is also perfect. He even says it himself. "I was a senior at Sky View High, a jock to be exact. I played varsity football and tried to be a regular human, even though I was far from it. If I was honest, I wasn’t doing such a bad job at fitting in."But of course he is a good quarterback who can do no wrong, but is still a general jerk and classifies women to animal. So dreamy. Ethan is Alex's bender and they are forbidden to be with one another, because it will lead to Ethan's death. This, of course, does not stop them, and definitely doesn't stop Ethan from cheating on his blonde, perfect body cheerleader girlfriend with Alex. ( It could be argue that it's not cheating because Alex and Ethan were only having sex in their dreams...that they were sharing...and 100% conscious and in control of their action..)I think the only positive part of Hinder is that unlike other YA books, Alex's parents are an important part of Alex's life and actually appear in the story and try to protect their daughter (maybe not the best methods but the intentions are there).If you want to read an enjoyable YA book filled with elemental magic, forbidden love and heart stopping twists. This book is not it. Please do yourself a favor and pick up something else like A Court of Thorns and Roses or Fallen Kingdom. Don't waste your time on this book. On top of all the cliches you can pretty much predict the whole book by chapter four.
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Hinder" followed Ethan, Alex, and their parents through their adolescent journey of being Wielders/Benders. In this book, Wielders are "witches" who have control over a specific element, but they need a Bender to help control and use their powers. In their case, Ethan and Alex have control over earth, which is the most rare and dangerous of elements, as they are hunted by Necrocretors who will try to kill them. Until they come into their full powers at 25, they are vulnerable. There is also an "Hinder" followed Ethan, Alex, and their parents through their adolescent journey of being Wielders/Benders. In this book, Wielders are "witches" who have control over a specific element, but they need a Bender to help control and use their powers. In their case, Ethan and Alex have control over earth, which is the most rare and dangerous of elements, as they are hunted by Necrocretors who will try to kill them. Until they come into their full powers at 25, they are vulnerable. There is also an internal danger, as Wielders/Benders are attracted to each other, but being romantically involved is forbidden and dangerous (we learn very early that it is dangerous, but it takes most of the book to learn the why). We get pretty much all of this information in the first chapter, which felt like an information dump that sets up the rest of the book in a rather predictable way.As for Ethan and Alex, our main characters, I found them hard to like. They are both shallow and immature. Ethan thinks of women in terms of animals (when he first sees Alex, he calls her "Fox" because she's... foxy), and his view on women doesn't get any better. Alex's life is ruined when her mother has her wear an unattractive glamour. She is bullied at school, but her hatred of the alternative appearance will not help anyone who has ever felt insecure about their own looks. She's also immediately dubbed a nerd, because glasses. I found them to be hard to like and rolled my eyes a few times at some of the lines. It felt a little like the YA tropes we see, and for me personally, it took away from the overall interesting plotline of Wielding and Bending, which could have been so awesome if it weren't constantly weighed down by so much teen drama.I think the ideas in this book were great and this new idea of magic and this alternate world was fascinating. However, I got lost with the characters (even the parents, whose point-of-view we sometimes followed, did not seem much better), and so for me, it was overall "just OK" which is the reason for my rating. If it weren't for the sexual content which has given it the 'new adult' suggested audience and the cursing, I would actually suggest this might have made a decent middle grade book with some extra notes about bullying/resolution of bullying (but this would be a different tone overall).Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amiana
    January 1, 1970
    This book was really imaginative and enchanting. I love the way this author writes. I read her book titled 'Immortal' and loved it so I wasn't surprised at how quickly I read this book or how much I enjoyed it. There's something about entering a world and discovering the nooks and crannies of it that I love. All of the new laws, the ways of how their worlds work and how it doesn't work and the beauty of everything is just amazing to me. Anyways, I loved this book, it was a great read and held my This book was really imaginative and enchanting. I love the way this author writes. I read her book titled 'Immortal' and loved it so I wasn't surprised at how quickly I read this book or how much I enjoyed it. There's something about entering a world and discovering the nooks and crannies of it that I love. All of the new laws, the ways of how their worlds work and how it doesn't work and the beauty of everything is just amazing to me. Anyways, I loved this book, it was a great read and held my attention throughout the whole thing.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    A departure from my normal romance novels, Hinder was just the break I needed. Kristin Ping really outdid herself in creating a unique world and mythos that drew me in and kept me enthralled from beginning to end. It was absolutely magical. The characters are well-written--they have both flaws and strengths and each is individual to the character. They were real and genuine seeming.Alex has been hidden all her life. She's spunky, weary, and ready to live outside her aunt's locket. Ethan is an Al A departure from my normal romance novels, Hinder was just the break I needed. Kristin Ping really outdid herself in creating a unique world and mythos that drew me in and kept me enthralled from beginning to end. It was absolutely magical. The characters are well-written--they have both flaws and strengths and each is individual to the character. They were real and genuine seeming.Alex has been hidden all her life. She's spunky, weary, and ready to live outside her aunt's locket. Ethan is an All American boy. He's a football player, popular, and a little bit cocky. The two of them are destined for each other, but not in the way you think. I loved this unique twist to Ping's story. There was plenty of action to keep this paranormal junkie happy and just enough romance to keep the romance junkie in me happy. It's a clean one, all sex is kept behind closed doors so to speak so don't go in looking for smut.If you like young adult paranormal, this is definitely a book you want to pick up. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.For more reviews, visit
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  • Chelon
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI have started and stopped reading this book for almost a month and still haven't finished. Usually, it takes me a day or two to finish a book. I don't often read YA but I get that sometimes the writing and content may not appeal to me, but I try to give it a chance. I need things to happen or I need to care about the characters and at this point, I don't care about the characters and I'm bored. I'm not giving up I'm at 62% and when I complete it I'll revise my review and hopefully will 2.5 starsI have started and stopped reading this book for almost a month and still haven't finished. Usually, it takes me a day or two to finish a book. I don't often read YA but I get that sometimes the writing and content may not appeal to me, but I try to give it a chance. I need things to happen or I need to care about the characters and at this point, I don't care about the characters and I'm bored. I'm not giving up I'm at 62% and when I complete it I'll revise my review and hopefully will have had an aha moment.I was given an ARC for my honest review.
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