Hinder: A Bender’s Novel by Kristin Ping

What would you do if the one you were meant to be with was also the one who would destroy you in the end? In a world where magic is real, two teens are about to face the test of their lives.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

HinderTitle: Hinder: A Bender’s Novel
Author: Kristin Ping
Series: Guardian of the Monsters 
Projected Publish Date: May 15, 2018, Fire Quill Publishing
Genre: YA/New Adult Fantasy
Source: Bewitching Book Tours

Publisher’s DescriptionEthan 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

I really wanted to love this book. The synopsis was right up my alley.  According to the author, Hinder is part of an overarching series. This book mostly focuses on witches, the Wielders and Benders of natural elements. Alex is a rare Earth Wielder, and evil powers-that-be want her magic. Ethan is her guardian and Bender, able to move Alex’s magic away from harming humans. 

Sounds cool and full of potential, right?

I hate to say it, but it fell a little flat for me. One of the major issues I had with this novel was the Wielder/Bender relationship. Being romantically involved is forbidden. All throughout the novel, we hear this but never really find out why. Even more specifically, why only pairs that are in love? There is a hint that it is a curse, but this felt like an easy out to me. One major question never even gets answered. Why have Benders at all? Wielders seem to be able to handle their element on their own. There is mention of Benders being able to bring their Wielders back from the dark, but I feel like this is unnecessary. The whole concept just didn’t seem fully thought out. 

Nothing I could find on the novel said that it was YA. But it reads very much like a YA novel (which is probably why many users on Goodreads tagged it as such). There is so much teen angst! I feel that the sex scenes and expletives were thrown in for the sake of being there and aren’t necessarily needed. There were also a few minor grammatical errors such as wrong word usage and tense confusion that will hopefully be fixed in the final edition.


All that being said, I did enjoy the idea of the story and thought that the characters had potential. It was both funny and sad and even had a few eye-rolling moments.  I just hope that the major issues are fixed for future readers for the final publication. I give it 3 leaves.

Other recommendations…

Try these other great fantasy reads: The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer, The Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep, Air Awakens series by Elise Kova

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.


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