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(Guardian of Monsters #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  103 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, First, 454 pages
Published May 15th 2018
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Kristin Ping Hi Becca, Hinder is only going to be released next year. I've added the date at Publication and below in review section. The publishing company that i…moreHi Becca, Hinder is only going to be released next year. I've added the date at Publication and below in review section. The publishing company that is going to publish it does a year pre-release marketing, so we are only in the promoting stage. There is giveaways up and going and we will also start with early review copies soon. Just keep and eye out, I will post about it regularly or you can add yourself to our notify page. On my website under newsletter.(less)
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Fafa's Book Corner
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Mini review:


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.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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....

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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
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-2018, 2018
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
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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
C. Erani Kole
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
*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
Kristin Ping
May 28, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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
Dirty Dayna
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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
chloe ♡
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own, review-copy
Darque  Dreamer
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca Veight
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 wren
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: net-galley, 1-star
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
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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.* ...more
Joleen (starlightbooktales)
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
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
Katherine Paschal
**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 h
Alyssa Janine Busia
Hinder is a unique and spell-binding new adult paranormal story.

The story is just 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
Cat | Bookocraze
A truly magical and suspenseful adventure!


Hinder: A Bender's Novel, the first installment in a new series by Kristin Ping, revolves around Alex, the last powerful Earth witch alive, and her bender, Ethan.

Benders are the guardians of witches and they are magically connected to their power. However, Ethan has recently lost his connection to the power, something that happens only the witch he's supposed to be guarding is dead. But Alex is not dead,
Susan Underbrink
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Deon Anika
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: open-to-requests
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Debbie  Victorino
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
books are love
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Cassie C
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review to come!

Update 12/10/17:

See more reviews on my blog Novels and Necklaces

Hinder 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.

Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
"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 ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, arc
2.5 stars
I 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
Ola Adamska
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2018
This book was ok and had really intriguing World building, That you need to look at carefoully, so you wont get lost in it.
Characters were part That was The weakest in my opinion: most of secondary characters were rather one or two dimentional and Thats why I took away one star.
Thats not stright YA, as There are mature things Like violance and sex.
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Kristin 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. You can find mo

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