September 19, 2017

#BookReview: The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

 
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 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.





Molly Ringle grew up fascinated with folklore, fairy tales, and all things paranormal and has always loved the wet green forests of the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her family near Puget Sound and is inordinately fond of pretty gardens and ‘80s new wave music.




I was really excited about reading this one the cover is so gorgeous and I was really hoping it was going to be amazing. This one didn't catch me through any of it the book was primarily about an insta-love story with little focus on the Goblins and their story during the first 50%-60%.  I don't really have an issue with insta-love but this one wasn't done very well.  I really wish that this wouldn't have been a new adult.  If they would have taken out the explicit sex scenes that really didn't work out anyway. They could have marketed this one as a teen title and I think with a few other changes it could have been an amazing 5-star story with an engrossing plot and characters. 

As for the Goblins of Bellwater they really didn't make much of an appearance. We don't really learn anything about their origins, magic, or anything else. By the time I got through half of the book when the focus changed it was a little too little and a little too late.  I wish the author would have had more of a blended focus with the characters and the Goblins.  

This one just didn't really work out for me at all. 






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