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The Goblins of Bellwater

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  784 ratings  ·  367 reviews
A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti's eerie, sensual poem, "Goblin Market." Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters...

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are abou
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Molly Ringle Yes, although not to erotica levels of graphicness; I'd say rated R rather than NC-17. There's also adult language.…moreYes, although not to erotica levels of graphicness; I'd say rated R rather than NC-17. There's also adult language.(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I think if I had fit into the target audience then maybe my star rating would have been a little higher. I truly love the concept behind the story, where it originated from, and how weird and quirky it was. The writing was beautiful and the setting was a dreamy type of atmospheric that was both fantasy fueled and modern meshed into one. I think my main hesitations came within some of the plot features themselves; maybe I'm just being nit-picky, but it fel ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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“Everyone knew you shouldn’t go biting into fruit offered to you by magical creatures in the woods, even if you’d thought until just five minutes ago that such stories were, you know, only stories.”

This is a wonderful and magical tale about fae creatures that resided in the local Washington forests one wintry season. From page one, this story was so atmospheric and I was completely swe
3.5ish stars

The Goblins of Bellwater was a book I was excited for! One of my favorite books ever, Wintersong was compared to it and I had incredibly high expectations. However, I am disappointed because it was nothing like I expected. Boi, there were no hot gobbie men.

The Story:
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
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Ahhh eek. Okay, this one didn't work for me unfortunately. It wasn't bad, just way too weird. It honestly reminded me of something out of those weird goosebumps stories from the nineties, mixed with something from trolls on crack. I think that's actually what the author was going for- so if you're a lover of the strange side of fiction, and you like to feel like you've been on drugs for the majority of the book, this one's for you. No judging! Lol. Just not my cup of tea.

I actually liked the beg
Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Molly Ringle, and the publisher, Central Avenue Publishing, for this opportunity.

This novel is based on Christina Rossetti's infamous poem, Goblin Market. The original is nebulous, haunting, and Gothic in nature, and has remained my favourite poem for many years. I was both excited and hesitant to see how a modern-day retelling would measure up.

I felt that Ringle brilliantly recreated the mingling of whimsy
Candace Robinson
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I needed more goblins! Goblin Power!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Review note: I received a copy of the ARC from the publishers after the sexual content was removed, and the rushed "fade to black" scenes made much of the writing feel very blocky and awkward; however, as I've been told this was cleaned up substantially for the final release, I didn't count off for that problem.

That was what she hated most about this spell, sometimes. The goblins had taken her love of the forest and tainted it, bound it up with their magic.

Goblins starts off so strong; the gobli
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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This has been the third goblin-related book that I've read this year, and while it is arguably the best of the three, I have to say that it did not hold up to my expectations. I've read The Goblin Market and assumed that the book was going to follow the Labyrinth formula - which it did to an extent. However, uneven pacing and some odd creative choices caused me to give the book a lower rating than I would have, had these issues not been
DNF at 30%. I'm not rating this, but I couldn’t see myself giving this higher than 2 stars if I’d gone on with it.

This book wasn’t for me. I want to start off by saying that I rarely read contemporary, and although I love fantasy on the whole, the subgenre of urban fantasy can be kind of hit-or-miss for me. The Goblins of Bellwater had a unique premise—creepy goblins that lure people into the forest + mysterious kidnappings and quests—not to mention a GORGEOUS cover. Unfortunately, the story its
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
What an amazingly creative and magical read!

Before I get into my thoughts on the novel as a whole, I have to relay my amazement on the use of Goblins within this story. Seriously, I am amazed and impressed in the way that the author integrated them within the story. They were not juvenile. They were scary (yet fascinating) creatures that were such a creative element of this novel. Not often are Goblins used in a fantasy and combined within the modern world. It was such a unique, refreshing, and
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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Four twenty-somethings fall in love when they become mixed up with the local goblins.
Skye and Livvy are sisters who live adjacent to the Washington National Forest where they both have always dreamt of seeing the local fae. Nearby, Kit runs his auto repair shop while he secretly tries to keep the humans in the area safe. When Grady, his cousin, comes to stay with him Kit is unable to meet the goblins gold quota and so they find a human to curse
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was given this ARC via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review
2 stars

This was boring AF.

I dont even remember why I requested it, I dont even like Goblins
other than Gong-yoo of course because can we just

getting off track here

Anyway where was I?

Yeah, so this book was boring, with non-existent world-building, non-existent character development and non-existent romance. The obvious next course of this would be me saying that this book should've been non-existent too but I'm no
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
““I cried out to the fae to appear for me. It was my ill fortune that it was a goblin who answered.”

This wasn’t really bad, but it wasn’t particularly good either?

Taking place in the small, Northwestern town of Bellwater, the story revolves around four friends as they try to escape the spell-work of the clan of mischievous Goblins that live in the woods. Overall, it was a fun, inventive story, but definitely felt more NA Romance-y than Paranormal Adventure.

All of the mystical elements ar
alana ♡
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this gem!

“Everyone knew you shouldn't go biting into fruit offered to you by magical creatures in the woods, even if you'd thought until just five minutes ago that such stories were, you know, only stories.”

Review on the blog, you can check it out HERE
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There's something about stand alone books that always makes me nervous that the story won't be complete or fulfilling because its hard to trust that everything that will make this story a good one can possibly be contained in under 300 pages. In the midst of this book my thoughts were that this is going to be one of those books where I am left wanting more, because how could Ringle wrap up all this craziness by the end of the book. I am happy to say though, that the ending was great! The story w ...more
Fidan Lurin
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m giving The Goblins of Bellwater by author, Molly Ringle 4.5 stars. But wanna know a fun fact? About 35% through the book I was contemplating putting it down and walking away! But then I said to myself, “well I haven’t written a negative review in quite a while, so I’ll just read on and pick and choose why I don’t like this book and discuss it. But here I am telling y’all that I am rating it 4.5 stars. I am so glad I followed through a finished because this has been one of the greatest realis ...more
Ardent Reader
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

First of all, I should say the cover is very attractive, which forced me to give a try.

The book is very beautifully written, specially the world building where I was mesmerized by the authors writing skills. But then again I lost my interest with the introduction of Skye and Grady’s relationship. It’s like a love at first sight. It didn’t get on well with me.

I really love the way how the sibling-love between the two sisters was shown throughout the story; Livy willing to do anything for
Molly Ringle
Jun 16, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Beware! This is not Labyrinth, where you might fall in love with a hot goblin guy in awesomely tight pants. This is a modern reimagining of Rossetti's "Goblin Market," in which goblins are the nasty antagonists, and the (yes, weird and messed-up) love stories are only between humans. (As if Labyrinth's love story is not the least bit weird and messed-up, but I digress.)

Now, as for an origin story on this one, here is the tale straight from this book's afterword:

My original inspiration for this
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“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 and her older sister Livy have lived in Bellwater, Washington all their lives, growing up telling stories to each other of encountering the "Teeny-tinies" that dwell in the forests. They live in a town where magic can be sinister and creatures can lead you astray from the path. While the sisters believe these to be the product of youthful imaginations, Kit, the
Eve (Between The Bookends)

DNF at 40%


A bit bummed about this one, but it just isn't holding my attention.


Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 / 5 Fangs

I went into this book hoping for some hot goblin men, but this book gave me the exact opposite of that. This books goblins' were creepy and exactly what most people would associate goblins with. At first, I was disappointed by that, however, as the book went on, I was absorbed in the world the author created and forgot about the lack of sexy goblins. I felt like I was transported to the world of the characters due to the author's wonderfully descriptive writing. The Goblins of Bellw
Jenny Baker
Nov 09, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
I guess I'm in the minority with this one. I started this at least three times, but I can't get into it. I'm not fond of the writing style, mainly because it's not engaging enough for me. From the beginning, I don't feel the story moving forward or any encouragement to get me to continue reading it. Sorry, I tried my best. ...more
Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia
Aug 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arcs

I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, Central Avenue Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. I’d like to apologise for my tardiness in giving them that review, sincerely.


This is a dark, paranormal romance with a fairy tale atmosphere and an actual non-pathetic heroine to boot.

The intertwining of the two worlds, both our real world and this dark magical one was well done and the ‘liaison’ role between the two forces was original and intriguing though I wished we’d got
Sheila Goicea
See my full review on my blog along with others at:

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Release date October 1st, 2017!

DNFing at 40%

This book is a great example as to why I normally don't pick up New Adult reads. I did anyways, because I thought I was getting a more fantasy-based story about goblins with a contemporary twist. Instead, I got a lust-filled contemporary novel, with a dash of goblin trickery.

The story shifts b
I think the last 20% saved it for sure. debated between 3 and 4 stars but I think it deserved four.

Check out my full spoiler-free review on my blog: https://gracelingaccountantblog.wordp...

This ARC was provided by NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

UPDATE: I was contacted by the publisher after I submitted my review and was told that they took all of our (reviewers of the ARC) critiques about the romance into consideration and that they really toned it down
Curses, goblins, and romance, Oh my! The Goblins of Bellwater may have been inspired by the poem “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti but it definitely has its own creative flair. Skye Darwen and her sister Livy Darwen had plenty of whimsy and creativity when they were children. Skye being a young adult still held on to some of her childhood whimsy of fairy tale folk skirting around in the woods near her home in Bellwater, Washington located in the Puget Sound. I really enjoyed the setting for ...more
Tyler J Gray
Read this full review and more on my book blog!

Actual Rating: 4.5

TW: Fire, Depression, Sexual Assault, PTSD

The Synopsis on Goodreads is spot on and I don't really know any other way to say it. Goblins, Fae, Romance and Magic.

It started off slow but even from the very beginning I was interested and enjoying it. The first 1/2 I wanted to keep reading and was intrigued, but in no rush, then the second half really picked up the pace and intrigue and I couldn't put it down! I read the first 1/2 in 2

Here's my two cents about this book: I normally don't fall for a book that is being hyped; in fact I normally go the other way, because I'm stubborn and I don't like media telling me what I should read.

With this one, I guess that the title, add the cover, plus the fact that this seemed to be a stand alone (AND I DO LOVE STAND ALONE STORIES), made me decide to risk it and request it...
... not a good decision.
Going by the title, and with goblins to the mix, I was hoping for something dark, ur
Jun 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF 45%
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Oh my oh my. Where shall I start. I really don't like to give a bad review on ARC copies but I'm going to be honest as always. I got interested in this book because I saw quite a few people excited about getting a ARC copy of this book. My overall description of this book is a book version of a low budget movie with bad graphics. I feel bad saying/writing this but it's true. Oh and don't get me start
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Molly Ringle was one of the quiet, weird kids in school, and is now one of the quiet, weird writers of the world. She likes thinking up innovative romantic obstacles and mixing them with topics like Greek mythology, ghost stories, fairy tales, or regular-world scandalous gossip. She's into mild rainy climates, gardens, androgyny, chocolate, tea, and perfume (or really anything that smells good). S ...more

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