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. 

Her Book Boyfriend by K.R. Grace ARC Review

Title: Her Book Boyfriend

Author: K.R. Grace

SeriesThe Awkward Duckling

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Release: August 25, 2017

Format: eARC

She believes the secret to love is in the tropes of her favorite romance novels. He’s the best friend prepared to prove her wrong.
Then comes the bet.
If she can’t land a boyfriend for prom by recreating the ten popular tropes in her favorite romance author’s books, she has to go to the prom with her.
The glitch?
They’ve been close their entire lives. He’s the rock god and school legend, while she’s the brainy sidekick who does all his dirty breakups. Thus, finding a guy who doesn’t think they’re already an item is going to be a lot harder than she thinks.
Will she land the book boyfriend of her dreams? Or will she be forced to go to prom with her best friend.
The truth is in the pages.

HER BOOK BOYFRIEND was a fast, cute read perfect for the summer. It centers around Macey Greere who is obsessed with reading Wendi Cooper romance novels and has convinced herself that to land her perfect book boyfriend she must follow all the rules laid out in Cooper’s novels. Only problem is, her best friend, the school’s rock God and her best friend, Cam Davis doesn’t believe she can do it. His bet? Land a boyfriend for prom or go with him instead. Sounds like the perfect friends to lover story that is my kryptonite!

While i enjoyed the story (particularly the ending), I had a few problems with it. Macey was a bit ridiculous in choosing which boys she should go after. She would literally pick any guy and make him her next target without even liking in the slightest bit. Also, Macey outs another student to someone else for no reason and no thought at all that it might be wrong. When I read that I couldn’t believe what I just read. It was offensive. Plus, her whole “guys aren’t working for me so I am going to try girls” was just awful to me. Also, spoiler, what was with all those promposals? Every single guy that asked her even if things had been terrible after their meeting asking her to prom made absolutely no sense and wasn’t even explained. I still don’t get why it was included at all.

What was really enjoyable was the ending though. Cam’s jealousy over Macey’s trying to date different guys was a little obvious that I can’t believe she didn’t see how he felt sooner. But I enjoyed their connection so much more when she finally got it. I would have liked if their friendship was showcased more so we could have had a bigger picture of them as a couple, but this was a bit of a short book.

Overall, it was okay. I don’t really know if I would recommend it. But if you’re interested in a quick read, maybe give it a try.

A copy was provided in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own. Thank you, Netgalley and the publisher.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | ARC Review

Title: They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: September 5, 2017

Pages: 384

Format: eARC

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: death, suicidal thought/suicide

They Both Die at the End literally tells you the ending to the story yet you can’t help holding out hope that it’s somehow a trick or a lie. I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say this was me the entire story, but still crying at every turn anyway. The book centers around two boys who receive the alert that they will be dying within the next 24 hours. No one knows how or when, but no one can stop it either. While this can be a blessing for some people to say their final goodbyes and get things in order, how absolutely terrifying at the same time, right?

Rufus Emeterio and Mateo Torrez couldn’t be more different at the start of the novel. Rufus is almost fearless and seems ready to take his exit, while Mateo has been sheltered and led his life being afraid to take chances. When the two meet on the Last Friend app (an app bringing people together to spend their “End Days” with) a truly beautiful friendship blossoms. Rufus pushes live and take chances. Mateo helps Rufus make amends and become a person he’s finally happy with being. Both these boys are so complex you feel like you really know them. Seeing their connection become what it does was really special and organic. I am really happy with the outcome.

The only complaint I have with this book is that I wish it was somehow longer. I got invested with the random stranger POVs and would have liked to see the ending fleshed out a bit more. However, the ending (and last sentence) still gutted me and in a way was perfect. I don’t know how Adam Silvera comes up with these gut-wrenching stories, but he pulls on some major heartstrings. This novel was beautiful and truly makes you realize that you need to live your life to the absolute fullest. No more playing around. Take risks. Do something you’ve already been afraid to do. Life is way too short.

An eARC was provided in an exchange for review by the publisher and eldeweiss. All opinions are my own.

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

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Title: RoseBlood

Author: AG Howard

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Retelling

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release:  January 10, 2017

Pages: 432

 

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In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

reviewThank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy for a honest review.

I really wanted to like this book. I really, really wanted to like it because The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite and when I saw this was a modern twist/retelling I couldn’t be more excited (regardless of the fact that I didn’t like Howard’s first trilogy). I was hoping this would be some improvement However, this was just a repeat of disappointment.

First of all, the first half of the book dragged on. And on and on. I was falling asleep while reading this and kept having to force myself to pick it back up to read. If I have to do this, I immediately need to DNF but I decided to at least make it to the 50% mark. However, I am still confused with where the plot was going because it just seemed so lackluster. This book had every YA Paranormal trope that we have all seemed many times before.

Rune moves to a new school where she is obviously the “special one” that is going to solve everyone’s problems. She falls for a mysterious handsome guy who keeps disappearing but seems to be the guy in her dreams. Rune has a special ability and hopes that her mysterious hot guy will help her control her ability so she can “finally be normal.” She becomes friends with a group of students, all forgettable. She makes enemies with the school’s rich and popular mean girl (because of course) and her best friend, who are literally called the “diva duo.” 

Regardless of all these familiar tropes, I thought I would be entertained for the simple fact that this included The Phantom and even brought some examples and pieces from the original story. But, it just didn’t measure up. The writing and setting was dark and I can see why many would find this appealing, but it didn’t work for me personally. I couldn’t connect to the characters or the storylines. The only one I felt a smidge of empathy for was Thorn when his childhood was revealed. Other than that, everything felt so bland.

So it gives me great sadness that I had to DNF this book. Given that I did not enjoy Splintered, I think I will stay away from these gothic retellings by Howard from now on.

This just in: The Color Project Blurb Reveal!

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It is my greatest pleasure that I bring you the blurb reveal for The Color Project by Sierra Abrams, a brand new YA Contemporary novel that Sierra is self-publishing. If you follow Sierra on Twitter, if you don’t you really need to, then you probably already know a little bit about The Color Project. Well today, you’re going to learn a little bit more because the blurb is now released and if I wasn’t already excited to read this book then I am full on counting the days until my eyeballs can absorb this awesomeness!

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