ARC Review: Hinder by Kristin Ping

Title: Hinder

Author: Kristin Ping

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Release: May 15, 2018

Pages: 454

 

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 is a Paranormal New Adult novel about witches (Wielders and Benders). The Wielders make the magic (elemental magic) and their Bender bends the magic, performs the magic. Alex and Ethan are one of that last pair of Earth Wielder and Benders in a world where their magic is dangerous and the most powerful. Dangerous people are out to get them and to help keep her safe, Alex’s family hide her in a locket for sixteen years. When Alex and Ethan finally meet and discover their connection it sets them in for quite a shock.

Now while I really wanted to enjoy this book, I couldn’t. In fact, within the first 3% of the book I already wanted to give up because there was so much info-dumping that it was hard to understand the world properly. In fact, I still don’t really understand what the point was. Benders can’t do anything without their Benders, but Wielders can do just fine without them. Ethan, for example, he is a Earth Bender and when he turned 15 years old he lost his magic because he never found his Wielder. However, Alex still had her magic even without finding her Bender. So what exactly is the point of a Bender anyway?

Another thing that was too over the top was Alex’s mother trying to hide Alex. Because so many dangerous people are out to endanger Alex, her mother, Meredith, uses a ridiculous glamour to hide her. Not only is the glamour ugly and she gets bullied, it didn’t really make sense to me when they are going to use her real name. So she wasn’t really in hiding anymore, she just had a different face. It just seemed a little much.

With underdeveloped characters, a bland plot, underdeveloped, but confusing world, I just couldn’t get into this novel. I wished I enjoyed it more because it sounded interesting and had a beautiful cover. Maybe the published edition will be better and more enjoyable.

Please note, this review is based off an eARC edition provided by Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts are my own. 

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My Roommate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes | ARC Review

Title: My Roommate’s Girl

Author: Julianna Keyes

Publisher: self-published

Release: June 12, 2017

Pages: 287

Format: eARC

The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.

When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.

Then I saw Aster.

Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.

So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.

But you know what they say.

Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.

MY ROOMMATE’S GIRL is a steamy, not-what-I-expected novel that I wanted to love, but just fell a little under impressive. The main character is Aidan, who received a second chance at like when a judge issued him to go to college instead of jail, swears he is done stealing what doesn’t belong to him. When Aidan moves in with his new roommate Jerry and meets his girlfriend Aster, all bets are off.

Aidan, at times likable, is a total douche. He does something so unthinkable and unacceptable to get Aster because “he wanted her” just did it for me. I don’t really care for his backstory or any redeeming qualities he might have had because of what he did to Jerry and Aster. Yes, he befriends Aster and is actually a really nice friend to her and I loved their banter at times, but the connection just wasn’t there for me. Speaking of Aster, she was such a jerk in the first couple of chapters too. When her POV is surprisingly introduced, I was taken aback. I didn’t expect the story to be headed that way and while it should have made me feel sorry for her troubled childhood/life, all it did was make me hate her too. She was so fake that I just didn’t trust her anymore either. When Aidan was trying to be nice to her and she was being nothing but closed off and then magically flipped a switch to be pleasant and polite? Nope. I don’t trust her and Aidan at all and if I dislike both main POV characters… what’s the point?

I had to stop reading at 66% because it feels like we already hit our conflict and I just don’t have the energy to read another 36% about nothing. I wanted to like this book because it seemed angsty and steamy, but it fell too hard.

I do like that Aidan didn’t seduce Aster while she was with Jerry and made her cheat though. That’s why I thought would happen and I was already hesitant about this book so that was a little better, but then again…what Aidan did? Nope.

The writing was fine and it was easy to fall into the story and it pains me that I didn’t like it better.

Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Series: Maybe #1

Release: March 18, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance

Pages: 367

I decided to reread this book and just realized this is one of the only CoHo books I haven’t reviewed yet! I can’t believe it because it’s one of my favorites!

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At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

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Maybe Someday is one of the first Colleen Hoover books I have read. I was completely blown away by the storytelling this book. I thought the inclusion of a soundtrack with original songs that were written into the book was so unique and more heartfelt. It made the reading experience more enjoyable. I recommend listening while you read because you will definitely have all the feels. ❤

Maybe Someday is such an angst-y book. Our main characters Sydney and Ridge have a growing attraction that just intensifies while they write beautiful, wonderful music together. Though it is wrong and totally messed up for them to be attracted to each other because Ridge has a girlfriend, they cannot help it. Nor could I help but root for them to get together. I loved their connection and their struggle with their growing attraction. They both had such a hard time fighting their feelings for each other. Although I really wish Ridge wouldn’t have chose to cheat.

I really admired Sydney in this book. She isn’t my favorite CoHo female character, but I admire her spirit. She doesn’t let people walk all over her. She stands up for herself and gives herself time to grieve. I find her heartbreak believable. She questions why she is attracted to Ridge and fights her feelings because she knows she’s not ready to have feelings for someone else right after she just got out of a relationship. She wants to be on her own. Be dependent.

Also, Ridge is such a sweetheart. I love Ridge. Take out the fact that he cheated, I’d say he’s nearly perfect. Plus, he’s wicked talented and who can resist?

What I really enjoyed were the side characters as well. Warren and Bridgette are so interesting to read. I am so glad they get their own novella so you can get a closer look into their relationship. If you haven’t read Maybe Not, you really should. (Although, you should after you read this book if you haven’t already!) Warren offers a great comic relief with his little pranks and ego. Everyone living in that apartment got along so splendidly and had such a great relationship with each other. It makes me wish they were my best friends.

Overall, this book gives all the feels.
Listen to the sountrack.
Fall in love with Sydney and Ridge.

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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Title: It Ends with Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Released: August 2, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384

First initial reaction upon finishing It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover:

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But what else did I expect when it comes to Colleen?

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(ALTHOUGH I DO RECOMMEND GOING IN BLIND. I DID AND IT WAS WORTH IT)

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

In all honesty, I can see the maturity and intensity that Colleen brought to us in her writing with this novel. This book is so important and everyone needs to read it right now. It has such a strong theme that gave me so much to think about! I personally have never been in this situation, but everything about this book made me feel like I was feeling everything in the pit of my own stomach. I felt like this was happening to me. My heart was breaking and I was shaking because I was so scared and just…sad.

I wish cutting my feelings off for the person who hurt me was as easy as I used to think it would be. Preventing your heart from forgiving someone you love is actually a hell of a lot harder than simply forgiving them.

I am not going to talk too much about the characters or the story because I really encourage everyone to read this going in blind and not knowing a single thing. But it is worth it. Colleen not only brings us a heartwarming and heartbreaking story, but she shows gives readers a lot to think about. There are some tough themes in this novel and it makes it that much more important to read.

I am going to say that I loved Lily. She had so much drive, she was independent and strong and inspiring. She did what she felt was right no matter what even if it was scary. I admire her strength. I think a lot of people will. How she handled her situations with our two boys was smart. This book is very much about her empowering journey and even though I rooted for her from the very beginning, I do have to admit I was heartbroken by the outcome. I am very much a hopeless romantic and would have loved a better end, but I am very much #TeamLily! I found myself literally screaming “YES YOU GO GIRL” a few times!

Yes, I fell in love with Ryle the same way Lily did. Yes, I fell in love with Atlas the same way that Lily did. I couldn’t help it. I am a hopeless romantic! 

This story was so raw, bold, powerful, and HEAVY. 

Thank you, Colleen.

Thank you for being brave and bold.

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Now Go! 

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until next time,

Dee

Royal Obsession (Royal #3) by Megan Maldonado

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FIRE KINGDOM—CARMELLA & DEREK
Everything comes with a price…
For Carmella Woods, daughter of the prestigious and highly favored Lord Woods, feeling caged is no novelty. Her entire life has been designed in the hopes to make her fit, to adapt to what her parents perceive as respectable, honorable. Not doing so has high, unthinkable consequences. Consequences she has faced in the past, and has lost the fight against in the present.
Doing her best to be an obedient daughter and keep her essence—her spark—has proven quite difficult, especially since the favored her father praises are nothing more than a group of superficial bigots.
Until Derek Warren reenters her life.
Gorgeous, egocentric Derek Warren. Womanizing, dangerous Derek Warren.
After being fiercely rejected by Prince Derek, Carmella can hardly glance at him without feeling enraged. Though that quickly changes as her life is swooped into a whirlwind, with the prince at the center of the chaos—of the blaze. A link to who she truly is.
In a battle between past and present, truth and lies, Carmella must decide whether to fight the licks of flame that threaten to consume her, or embrace them.

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I received a copy of Royal Obsession by the author in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

Royal Obsession is in the Royal Series and after reading Royal Bond and getting a glimpse of the arrogant Prince Derek and Carmella I thought I would really enjoy it. However, this book was just okay. I didn’t love it, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. We get a better look at the Wieders world and the South kingdom where Derek and his lovable sister Amanda (who we met in Royal Bond) are from. It was nice to get a closer look at their world because in Royal Bond we hardly got to see any of it since the main character was being stubborn and wouldn’t let us learn anything! 😉

Now in Royal Bond we meet Prince Derek with his date Carmella and at the start of this novel we learn that Derek was a jerk and broke Carmella’s heart. She hates his guts. She is so turned off by him and annoyed every time she even sees him. I actually found their earlier encounters a little funny because Derek was almost so clueless about how much she hated him. He would play and flirt with her and she was just not into him and would shoot him down. I really enjoyed this side of Carmella. She was strong and knew what she wanted. She worked hard to get what she wanted. What I hated most was how unsupportive her parents were. They could see how much she wanted to be a guard and got upset with her when they found out she was in combat training or forced her to go to parties and galas that she clearly did not want to go to, but because Prince Derek invited her she must always say yes. Yes, she hates him and this is our whole plot to throw them back together but the parents are the worst and I felt so badly for Carmel.

Now on the other hand, even though I liked Derek and Carmella and loved the ever bubbly Amanda, I didn’t really connect with these characters as much as I did in the first book. Maybe it was my mood, but I didn’t get attached to anyone or feel overly invested in what would happen next. I don’t know what went wrong that made me not like this book for me since I really, really enjoyed the first, but this is going down in the books as just okay. I really liked the setting and seeing more characters though. Also, this could have used a little more editing.

Otherwise, a pretty decent book. Give it a try if you’re into NA Paranormal Romance ❤

Until next time,
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