Hinder (Guardian of Monsters #1) by Kristin Ping

Kristin Ping
(Guardian of Monsters #1)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

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.

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In the past few weeks, it seems that I have read a number of books with Magic and Elemental powers weaved into the characters and the story and Hinder is another great example.

I pretty much read the book in one go as I really enjoyed the lore behind the book and the really varied and outstanding set of characters. I mean aside from our main couple, we have the really fascinating aunt Ariel (I really like her a lot) and Ethan’s dad Jeff.

Back to the main story and of course Ethan and Alex.  I really liked them both very much; they both have had tough experiences in the past and they are both trying to make do with what they have.  These two coming together as a Wielder/Bender team was pretty entertaining, there are a few dramatic elements that were added, that I thought were very creative and took things to the next level.

I will not tell you exactly, what those elements were, but I think all in all they were eye opening to Alex on how she viewed herself and who she was.

Because I am nice like that today, I will give you a little/big spoiler here:

Now, a huge part of the lore in this world is that Benders and Wielders are not meant to be in love and together because well.. super dire consequences…

That is not the first time, where you read that if 2 specific people fall in love, the consequences will be terrible!  I am not saying this as a criticism of the book, because in this story it works; but I am thinking it would be more funny to have dire consequences if two people do NOT fall in love for a change!

When I say this, can you guess what is coming next?

Yup… there you have it!

We are dealing with another pair of star-crossed teenage lovers here…

The questions is, is there a loophole somewhere?

The answer likely in the next book or the one that follows depending on the number of volumes this series is meant to be.

I would like to mention also the cover, which I think is really lovely and truly represents the book.

I have really enjoyed Hinder and I am going to very highly recommend it to you all, if you love a but of Paranormal/Fantasy you are going to enjoy it very much and if you have never tried, this would make for a wonderful introduction to the genre!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Author Bio:

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 more about Kristin at www.authorkristinping.com

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