Book Review: The Goblins of Bellwater – Molly Ringle

Publication date: 01 October 2017

Summary:

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.

Review:

I absolutely loved this book! It was so nice to read a book about fae who don’t play the nice guys for once. It was an enchanted world that took me with it from the first pages to the last. This is definitely one of my favourite books of 2017!

I kept looking at the cover. It is such a beautiful cover with the wild plants and flowers in beautiful colours. It captures the setting and the concept of the book very well.

I am a huge fan of those intriguing goblins. They’ve got some real character. They were funny, smart and they had wit. It also wasn’t just some bunch of mean goblins who were described as a group and nothing more. They had separate personalities and were descripted separately throughout the book wonderfully. The way they used their liaison Kit the whole time and where just laughing with everything, made it incredibly enjoyable to read those parts. I could probably enjoy reading a book about this group of goblins alone!

The story was so unique. It isn’t like anything you read before. The two worlds, the human and the fay world, are entwined beautifully. You can easily imagine this world to be real.

I loved how detailed the ending was. It didn’t just stop after the main story ended. But it showed the main characters in the next year or so.

Although the situation with the goblins isn’t something I would want to be in, the whole world that was described in this book was really welcoming. It felt as some place I would want to live in. At some points It made me feel warm and even a little bit fuzzy inside.

 

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2 Comments

  • If there’s ever a place that would have goblins, Washington would probably be it. It sounds like this story takes goblins back to their roots as in being horrible. I’m really curious how the original poem could be translated into a contemporary setting and I adored that piece in school.

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