Hinder

Hinder

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 o...

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Hinder Reviews

  • C. Erani Kole

    *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.

  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

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    I 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:

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    I 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!

  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    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.

  • Dirty Dayna

    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

    And

    I had to google what a white liver is...

    its a NYMPHOMANIAC!!! OMG .

  • chloe ♡

    RTC

  • Dani - 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!

    I love elemental magic and the supernatural races. So when I saw this mixed witches up with these two things I

    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!

    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:

    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.

    To 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...

    #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, 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 Building

    BOTTOM LINE: Needs tons of rewrites so that the world makes sense and isn't so problematic!

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  • Fafa's Book Corner

    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.

  • Darque  Dreamer

    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...

  • Kristin Ping

    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 Werewolves

    Guardian 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.

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