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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Ivy Archer is arguably the best warrior-in-training Gob Hollow has ever seen. Yet everyone—except her best friend she suddenly has other feelings for—looks down on her because she's only half goblin, with no idea what the other half is. She’s always suspected it might be human.

But humans, she’s been told, aren’t real. They’re only creatures of myth.

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Published June 1st 2020 by Entangled: Teen
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Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Where There Be Humans by Rebekah L. Purdy is a fast paced, young adult fantasy read. The main characters of this world are goblins in a world also with trolls, and elves but humans are the thing of fairy tales to these creatures.

Ivy Archer is a sixteen year old goblin that has been training to be a warrior in her land of Gob Hollow. Although Ivy is arguably the best in training she’s not well liked by those around her since she’s always been a little different that the other goblins leaving her
3 mediocre stars.

It was a fast paced read with some good fantasy elements, a good set of characters but overall I just felt it had more potential story wise. It could’ve been so much more in my honest opinion. I can’t really out my finger to it but...

It overall just wasn’t entirely what I hoped for it to be beforehand, I guess, and the mediocre storyline development made it a read for me that doesn’t really stand out in the overall scheme of things.

I think this one is definitely a book you sh
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for honest review

Okay, while reading Where There Be Humans I was definitely getting some vibes from other books that I've previously read. In it, you will meet Ivy. Now she was pretty interesting because she was goblin princess. I don't think I've ever read a book where the main character was a goblin. A side character? Yes.

Throughout the book, she travels to the human world to save a loved one: her brother. Travelling with her is her best frie

Where There Be Humans is a young adult fantasy by Rebekah L. Purdy. I have read a few of Rebekah's books in the past and I have always really enjoyed them, so when I saw this new release coming out from her, I jumped on it before I even read the synopsis. Then, once I did read the synopsis, and I saw that it is a fantasy set in a world where humans are the creatures of myth and Goblins inhabit and rule the world, I was even more pumped! What a cool, totally unique idea! Where There Be Humans was
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with an e-arc! This book comes out June 1st!

A story where goblins are real and humans are fairytales? Well count me in!
This book is about Ivy, daughter of the advisor to the goblin king. Because she is only half goblin, she gets picked on by bullies a lot. Luckily, she is strong and trains with the guards. She also has a very good friend that she can always count on.
When the crown prince is taken, Ivy needs to step up and save him. B
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Where There Be Humans, by author Rebekah L. Purdy, follows 16-year old Ivy Archer as she journey's for clues to her heritage, and to save the boy who she respects. Ivy lives in a place called Gob Hollow where she's an outcast. She has no clue who her mother is since the truth has been kept from her. She believes that she's 1/2 human and 1/2 Goblin since her skin coloring and features are entirely different from ev
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
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DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Entangled Teen for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Where There Be Humans is an interesting story about a half-goblin who struggles with her identity. In a world where being half-goblin is looked down upon she has to fight her way to be respected and accepted. This is a romantic fantasy that mainly focuses on Ivy's journey
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC from NetGalley

2.5 stars

In this book, we get to read all about how, for some reason, the king of the goblins sends a bunch of teenagers out on a really dangerous mission, including his heir.

The writing wasn't bad, but not good. This book is on the younger side of young adult despite all of the attempted edginess with all the arseholes flying around. The bad guys were really stereotypical. The love interest... Okay so Pudge is gross. He spends the first half of the book being gross. Not a symp
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Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

When I first began this story, I wasn’t sure really what to expect. The blurb sounded interesting but as cautious. Each book from Rebekah Purdy I have read, I liked but none were in this time of setting. So that made me cautious. As I started to read the book though, I really got into it.

There was some wonderful world building and you got to feel all that Ivy was thinking and seeing. She was very real with how she felt and it was portrayed in her actions
Varsha M
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Note: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and opinions. Thank you to the publisher/author/NetGalley for providing me with the ARC! 😄
Where There Be Humans is about Ivy, a half-human half-goblin, who, while in search of information regarding her human roots, is sent on a mission to rescue the Goblin Prince Dorian from the humans who have captured him. She is accompanied by her best friend (who she likes a
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Where There Be Humans intrigued me from the start, mostly because the author decided to focus on goblins as the main characters. As someone who reads YA fantasy frequently, this seemed like a hidden gem – goblins are not an oft-explored mythical creature and certainly not one who is considered a candidate for a story with romance elements. More often than not, goblins are the lowest rung on the mythical creature ladder, working as the henchmen of the more glamorous villain or as generic soldiers ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
*Review will be posted on 5/16/20
Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

My Reactions:

Had My Attention: for the most part

World Building: fairly solid on the goblin world, but some holes with the human being fairy tales bit 🤔

Writing Style: Easy to follow, quick read 🙂, more young teen than young adult

Bringing the Heat: a sweet kiss 🔥

Crazy in LOVE: 💚💚 (mild, best-friend crush)

Creativity: Goblins 👍🏼

Mood: adventurous

Triggers: mild violence

My Takeaway: half
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A huge thank you to the publisher for providing me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun adventure to read that focused on the lives of goblins in Gob Hollow. We follow the story of Ivy Archer who has never quite belonged around the other goblins.. and everyone knows... she kind of looks half human. Which is a big deal among the goblins and she's spent most of her life defending off her bullies. But that worked to her advantage because she is the best fighter
Paige Cloud
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
In this novel, we follow Ivy, a half-goblin, half-something, as she goes on a mission to save her friend, Prince Dorian, and learn more about her past. There, she experiences plenty of twists and turns as she answers the question, Who is her mother? And do humans exist?

The idea of these novel is fun, but I’m not sure it comes across as it is meant to. To me, it seemed like it was a younger children’s novel trying to dive into the world of young adult fantasy. In fact, I had a scene from Aladdin
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Where There Be Humans felt like reading a book. Which I suppose shouldn't be a complaint because technically I was reading a book, but I'd argue that a book's main job is to make you forget that. For whatever reason, I just couldn't buy into the narrative.

MC Ivy has been raised a Goblin but has always suspected she was half human, despite humans being widely regarded as 'fairy tales'. The premise
Caroline | caro.library
2.5 stars. I thought the premise of this book was so original. A world where goblins, trolls, and elves are the norm but humans are “fairy tales”? Sign me up! But ultimately this book left me wanting more.

Ivy is supposed to be this strong, fierce warrior, but I felt like she actually had very little agency. A lot of things just happen to her and she’s forced to play along with other people’s plans.

There was too much going on for a book of this length. There were too many subplots, making the sto
Rowena Andrews
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you netgalley and Entangled Teen for the e-arc.

This was an easy, enjoyable read. I would say that it was probably aimed at the younger end of YA/teen, rather than squarely in YA. I loved the cover, and the premise and there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested and the pages turning. There were some parts of the plot that I feel could have used more development, for example h
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rebekah is a new YA/Fantasy author to me. I loved the idea of the story. Well written, unique and adventurous.

Where There Be Humans is based on the life of Ivy Archer, a sixteen-year-old and one of the best warriors in Gob Hollow. She is half goblin, with no idea what her other half is. She believes that her other half must be human, but she has been told that humans are only fairytales.

Dorian, prince of Gob Hollow, was captured on a mission and Ivy has the chance to show her worth to the king
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This was a fast paced book with some great fantasy elements. I feel like Rebekah Purdy did a great job capturing the essence of a 16 year old, young, female goblin, living in a time when women were oppressed. Her character development of ALL the characters were great. She definitely did a good job building up this fictional place, Gob Hollow.

Now here is where I may get a little backlash. The one
Bookish Heidi
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what I was walking into with this book. The cover captured my eye and I knew I wanted to read it. Then I start reading and realize it's about GOBLINS! First book I've ever read where goblins are the main characters and I absolutely loved every bit of it!

Ivy and Pudge are best friends. Ivy is different from other goblins and she's pretty convinced that she's half human. But humans are just fairytales, right? She sneaks into the archives to find information about humans and stumbles
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
If you are looking for a reversed YA Fantasy story where instead of finding out there are paranormal creatures running around, you come to realize humans are also walking the realm, this fast-paced story is just what you're wanting. 

I was super intrigued by the synopsis and the world-building that hopefully would come along with it.

While I did find this book to be very entertaining and worth the read, there were a few typical elements that we tend to see in this genre. It just felt like the worl
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where There be Humans by Rebekah L Purdy is due to be published on the first of June. It is based in a goblin world, where Humans are considered to be myth. The story follows Ivy, a half goblin who suspects her other half is human. When the goblin prince is kidnapped by humans it becomes clear they are far from myth, and it's up to Ivy and her best friend Pudge, to save the day. And maybe figure out why Ivy's heart races whenever shes around him as well.
I loved the idea of a story where goblins
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(I received an eARC from NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
Book review: Where there be humans by Rebekah L. Purdy

Where there be humans by Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 3/5 stars


(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I think the concept of this book definitely drew me to it and I found the protagonist, Ivy interesting as she is (suspected) half human in a world full of goblins, she is an outcast for not loo
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I turned back to watch Gob Hollow drift away on the horizon. So many emotions rolled through. The excitement. Fear. Worry. Everything depended on my decisions. A mission I’d prayed for but now dreaded because of what was at stake.⁣
Our journey had begun."

I just finished WHERE THERE BE HUMANS by Rebekah.L.PURDY.⁣
It took me a little time to read it but only because the sun was out these last few days.⁣
I really enjoyed it: It has everything I appreciate in a YA fantasy novel.⁣
The pacing was a litt
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the entangled teen and netgalley for an ePub ARC copy of this book. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

This is a highly recommended!

I did not expect to like this book very much. Rebekah did not only transport me into the Gob Hollows but she also allows me to meet two incredible main characters; Ivy and pudge. I like the character development of each protagonist as the book goes on. The plot twists is easy to predict yet how the author put them together is what makes me
Katlyn Ulinski
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earcs-read, to-buy
ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.

Rating: 4

Wow. I really enjoyed this book. It was an original concept, but felt familiar at the same time. It evokes similar feelings to ACOTAR for me and it does feel like it in some ways. That being said it is the only story I've ever read with goblins in it and I feel like it was well done. I would have liked a little more history on elves and humans because it did feel like humans were just accepted as real even after being fairytales
A. Lorna Warren
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publishers, author and NetGalley for the free copy of this book!

I absolutely loved this book! It was really well written and the characters were so easy to connect with. Lots of intrigue and secrets, with continuous action without being over kill. The main character, Ivy, is a talented half-goblin but also has her faults, and I honestly loved that you see her fail because it made her more relatable. My one critique with this story was at some points it felt a little too geared t
Véronique Laplante Grenier
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where there be humans is a YA fantasy book by Rebekah L. Purdy. It was the first book from that author I was reading and I'm not disapointed. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an arc of this book.

In a world where goblins are the main character and humans are just fairy tales we meet Ivy an half-goblins, she's not sure what the other half is but she suspect it might be human. When Dorian, the prince, is kidnapped after a mission, it will finally be the chance for her to prove he
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
The idea for this book was awesome! The execution was not. It read like an outline of cool things that could happen! I was shocked when something that could have actually been used to build relationships, expand on the world, create meaning, was addressed in literally 3 sentences. The whole book was like that.

There were completely unnecessary time jumps forward after what you thought would be important things. But no. So much of this book was just bullet points of things happening and none of i
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is a wonderful idea. It feels like there is a huge opportunity to thrive, however I don’t feel it was executed well. I had to force myself to finish it and I just could not connect to the characters or the plot. It feels like it is lacking some description on both the worlds as well as the characters and there just wasn’t any emotion that I felt for the overall story itself.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in return for my honest opinion.

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