The Goblins of Bellwater
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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 swept away ...more
I JUST GOT APPROVED FOR AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY?!
LIKE THIS IS MY FIRST REQUEST AND FIRST APPROVAL AND OMG IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!
Honestly I was not expecting that at all.
Ok I'm cool but like I literally feel like I just won the lottery :P
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.
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 ...more
I actually liked the beg ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 pre ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
““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 are ...more
“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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Now, as for an origin story on this one, here is the tale straight from this book's afterword:
My original inspiration for this ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book was....hmmm...how do I word this....decent?? Average?? Slightly enjoyable but not mind blowing in any way?? They could all work I guess, bc this book is not amazing or marvelous or fabulous. Sadly it's more okay than OHMYGODHOLYSHITTHISBOOKISSOGOOD. Like I don't know, I enjoyed myself I guess, but the book itself is so average and the writing is meh and the characters are okay and it didn't insp ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 en ...more
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, urban ...more
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