Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Hinder By Kristin Ping (Guardian of the Monsters #1)

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Hinder By Kristin Ping (Guardian of the Monsters #1)

 

 

 

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

Available: Goodreads / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo

 

Synopsis

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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Contact

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Author’s 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 http://www.authorkristinping.com

My Review

Pretty good beginning to this brand new series. Beware of the beginning, however, there is quite a bit of information thrown at you. I had to take notes in order to understand the lore of witches, benders, and wielders. Other than that, everything in the novel begins to progress smoothly.

We follow the perspective of two main characters. The first is Ethan, an Earth Bender, is searching for his bender. In order for a Bender to keep his powers, he must find his Wielder/Witch. The second is undiscovered other half, Alex. Alex and Ethan both are constantly being hunted by Necrocretors due to the fact they both hold control over one of the rare elements. They have till they are 25 to try to outmaneuver the enemy and remain alive. But this is only one part of the danger at play. Wielders and Benders are forbidden to have relationships. Throw in some normal teenage drama and you have an interesting novel.

I must give props to Kristin Ping for incorporating a family dynamic to this series. It was about time a YA novel brought family in who actually took part of the story. And no, they are not in the backseat whatsoever.

Another downside is Ethan connecting women to animals. It made me uncomfortable at times. My only request is for him to mature and not have this unfortunate trait in the sequel.

Rating 6

 

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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End Of the Year Book Tag!

End Of the Year Book Tag!

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I found this tag on Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover‘s blog and originally created by Ariel Bessett. I thought it would be fun to get back into the Book Tag game by going over this past year’s Bookish events.

Question #1: Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Wow, I could give you a list. I had to pause in my Anne Rice Book-a-Thon to tap into my ARC list and make deadlines. I have another few books I started and didn’t finish from the beginning of the year. Here is my list of books I still need to finish:

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Question #2: Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

 

Not really, I’m in the middle of so many books that I couldn’t pick just one as an autumnal transitional book.

 

Question #3: Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

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I have a huge list of new releases I’m waiting for, one in particular is Kelley Armstrong’s latest edition to her Casey Duncan series. I’m planning on beginning the series at the beginning of next year and adding this new release to my collection.

Question #4: What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

 

I want to finish at least one of the books I’ve been in the middle of but two others would be new reads I’ve needed to knock off my TBR list…

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Question #5: Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

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I already know what this book is and I’ve already read it and plan on reading it again. I highly suggest this to anyone who is looking for a thrilling read!

Question #6: Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Not yet, I’ve almost reached my 2017 reading goal for the second time this year so I’ll probably attempt to double it next year. I’ll be keeping you all posted on what next years reading goals will be. I’m anxious to see how it will all go.

 

I challenge you readers to do this tag!

Don’t forget to link your posts back here so I can see your answers!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Graphic Novel Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issue #1

Graphic Novel Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issue #1

Want to know what happens when a group of writers take a classic character people know and love and completely change them and their world into a dark, dangerous entity? Welcome to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Growing up in the 90s, you are familiar with the light-hearted young adult comedy series Sabrina the Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Heart. Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch/mortal, is sent to be raised by her Aunts Hilda and Zelda. Them along with their cat familiar Salem endure over seven years of wacky fun and crazy spell antics that only a teenage witch can conjure.

Now, thirteen years later, Sabrina is reborn in a way that no one could have expected. We travel back in time to the swinging 60’s to her original beginnings in comic book form. Her world, though, is not what we nor any original readers have known. My initial reaction as I began jump into this rabbit hole of darkness was 100% this….

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We are first welcomed by Sabrina’s “origins” so to speak in the first issue. Instead, Sabrina’s origins reveal she was the product of her evil warlock father and innocent mortal mother in order to create a powerful half-witch who would conquer the magic world.

Sabrina’s mother discovers quickly after giving birth that her daughter was promised to be used as a servant of darkness. Upon realizing it, she tries to escape with Sabrina but is interrupted….I’ve included a “peak” down below. Sabrina_01_03.jpg

Sabrina’s father has her mother committed to a psychiatric hospital, tucked away where she is considered a threat and insane. Not long after, her father is transformed into a tree after his sisters Hilda and Zelda turn against him. And so is the beginning of the adventures….

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Rating 9

Reviews Coming This Week…

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issue #2

Book Tour ARC Review & Guest Post: Pink Lock Pics and Sequined Witch Hats

ARC Review: Ramses the Damned – The Passion of Cleopatra

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Xpresso Book Tour Book Blitz: Vices and Virtues

Xpresso Book Tour Book Blitz: Vices and Virtues

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Title: Vices and Virtues
Authors: Chris Farmer, Stacey Broadbent, Amber Bryant, Cyril Brunt, J.M. Butler, Lenore Cheairs, Alana Delacroix, Tammy Oja, Aria Peyton, Maggie Jane Schuler, Lisa Goldman, Rebecca Nolan, Kristin Jacques, Trinity Hanrahan, & QT Ruby
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Release Date: November 14th, 2017

On Sale for ONLY $.99 until 11/21! Be sure to get your copy before the price goes up to $2.99!

Available: Amazon

Vices and Virtues: An anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Dark Virtues

Synopsis

Sins will weave you into their webs. They become the Vice you’re unable to shake. There are the values, taught from birth, which ride a razor’s edge. They turn into Dark Virtues, a twisted mockery of their true meaning.

Pride, envy, lust, gluttony, anger, greed and sloth all have their place in the tapestry of life. They are the Vices who lost sight of the Virtues: charity, temperance, forgiveness, humility, kindness, chastity and diligence.

Enter the worlds where the tales of the most sinful of Vices and the darkest of Virtues will entice and intrigue you…

…for even among the most devout there is a dark side.

The Tales Within…

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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Book Blitz & Author Q&A: Winter’s Siren By Krystal Jane Ruin!

Book Blitz & Author Q&A: Winter’s Siren By Krystal Jane Ruin!

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Title: Winter’s Siren
Author: Krystal Jane Ruin
Release Date: November 1st, 2017
Available: Amazon/B&N/iBooks/Kobo
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Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

 

Book Blurb

For the last five years, Fawn has been the star soprano of a secluded opera house, forced to sing for her kidnapper.

His daughter, Devi, waits patiently in the shadows, hiding a face so horrible that no one who’s seen it will look at it again.

As Fawn plots her escape, whispers spread through the shaded corridors of dark sorcery, warning her that she must flee by the next opening night.

But when Fawn draws close to the exit, it’s Devi who’s standing in her way, leading Fawn to suspect that Devi has something to gain if she fails.

(A dark reimagining of Swan Lake)

Connect With the Author!

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Website/Facebook/Twitter/Goodreads

Krystal is the author of supernatural and paranormal fiction, living in the Tennessee Valley with a collection of swords and daggers. When she’s not hoarding stuffed pandas, hourglasses, and Hello Kitty replicas, she can be found in YouTube hole or blogging about books, writing, and random things at KrystalSquared.net.

 

Q&A With Krystal

What inspired you to write WINTER’S SIREN?

K – Usually, this is the hardest question ever, but I love fairy tales, I love retellings, and I love the theatre: ballet, musicals, opera. My love of theatre directly influenced the direction of this story. You don’t want to know what it looked like before.

Why paranormal and what other genres are you interested in writing?

K – I’ve always been drawn to dark stories. Some of my first memories are of me trying to scare myself for some reason. Haha. My writing tastes have always been a lot more narrow than my reading tastes. But I would like to experiment with some dark historical fantasy and supernatural horror. I might talk myself into trying another high fantasy story one day.

If you could live in any novel, which one would you choose and why?

K – Is it weird if I say I want to live in Middle Earth? I read The Hobbit a long time ago, but I’ve only recently watched all the movies, and I’m obsessed with them! I hate the thought of giant spiders and trolls and orcs, but I wouldn’t leave Hobbiton anyway, and I think I’d love it there. Also, no creatures there. Bonus. (I mean, if Gandalf was with me, I might could be talked into going on an adventure.)

If you were a teacher, what subject would you teach?

K – Shakespearean Drama! But I’d also be happy to do plain Shakespeare or plain Drama. Either one of those would be most up my alley. If a class existed that was dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe, I’d also be interested in that.

When it comes to your writing, are you a plotter, panster, or hybrid writer?

K – I often pants the beginnings of stories or pants my outline as I write, but I always have a clear plan and direction I’m going in. That said, I have to have a finished outline at some point. It helps me remember little details better, and I write faster with one, as well.

If you could have a mutant power, what would it be?

K – Freezing everything! Don’t ask what for. I have a long-standing fantasy of water manipulation, and I would just love that. In my head, it’s like a cross between Ice Man and Storm. Ice Storm anyone? No? 

 

What three movies would you take to a deserted island to watch over and over again for a year?

K – Easiest question ever. The Little Mermaid, Clueless, and The Craft. They are my favorite top three movies of all time, but I feel sorry for anyone who knows me after returning from such a trip. I have a really bad habit of quoting movies, and I’d likely have them all completely memorized by then.

 

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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C.B.H. Reviews Anne Rice Read-a-Thon Review #2: Interview With the Vampire – Claudia’s Story (Graphic Novel)

C.B.H. Reviews Anne Rice Read-a-Thon Review #2: Interview With the Vampire – Claudia’s Story (Graphic Novel)

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“The Light….So it Began…So It would End…..”

Interview With the Vampire – Claudia’s Story, Anne Rice & Ashley Marie Witter

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In 2012, it was announced Claudia’s side of the story from Anne Rice’s famous novel, Interview With the Vampire, was to be written and released. I was in my first year of college and the news brought light to my hectic school schedule. Downside to me at the time, though, was that Claudia’s story would be told in graphic novel form instead of a full-fleshed out novel. Five years later, my tastes have changed and I’ve found a love in graphic novels so why not read this during my Read-a-Thon?

This tale was adapted for the graphic novel by Ashley Marie Witter under the guidance of Anne Rice herself. I have to give props to her for taking on this great task. Claudia is one of those characters where she appears to the world as an innocent child, but within she is deceptive, devious, and uses her “innocence” to achieve what she desires.

e798454fb077a69ca016770eef3d62b2The graphic novel depictions draw out more of her inner turmoil as a child growing up internally but never aging on the outside. Each carefully drawn picture entraps the trans-formative image of the once innocent, newly created vampire into the mature creature who gained her and Louis’s freedom from Lestat onto her movements to what led to her demise in the end.

The love between her and Louis is also more elaborated through the novel. We get a look into her feelings about her other vampire “father” and lover. She still is like a child in not wanting to disappoint him at the same time as trying to please him by trying to figure out where other vampires are located.

Was this graphic novel needed? I actually believe it was. There were times in the original novel where I wondered what Claudia’s true intentions were and if she truly loved for Louis or wished to use him. Whatever questions readers had about Claudia can be answered right here….

My Rating

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Rating 9

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.B.H. ARC Review: “Book of Lies” By Teri Terry!

C.B.H. ARC Review: “Book of Lies” By Teri Terry!

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Available: Amazon/Goodreads
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: October 10th, 2017

**Disclaimer – I received this book via NetGalley and Clarion Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review whatsoever.**

Netgalley Description

In this suspenseful, gripping novel, teen twin girls raised separately meet for the first time at their mother’s funeral. Quinn has been trained to never tell a lie. Piper is a practiced liar. Narrated in both voices, the story of their quest to learn truths that have been concealed from them is shadowed by a dark spell that beckons them to run at night with a pack of murdering ghost hounds. Suspense, menace, mystery, witchcraft, family secrets, mistaken identity, and romance are interwoven in a brilliantly written page-turner that will grab and thrill teen readers.

My Review

Twin girls, unaware on one another, are united after the death of their mother. Quinn immediately questions everything she knew about her mother which wasn’t much. She is being raised by her grandmother away from civilization while her sister Piper is among friends and other family. Another thing, her mother never made Quinn aware of her sister and yet somehow Piper knew….but how?

The twin’s background is shrouded in mystery that stems back to a curse placed upon their family that fortells of their demise. The question is, who is the deceiver and who is the honest one of the two? As the story progresses, the tale grows darker and darker.

The story’s progression is rather slow at first. It begins to increase in the middle, then the wheels finally begin spinning near the end. I was more interested in the lore behind the curse and discovering which twin would end up prevailing over the other.

In the YA Paranormal/Fantasy genre, it’s a pleasant standalone addition. It is also perfect to purchase and read during the Halloween season!

 

Rating 8

Happy Reading!

~C.C.