The Goblins of Bellwater

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**I was given an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.** So, basically I picked this book up for two reasons. 1. That cover. 2. The fact that it's NA and I was expecting to read some smut. Only one of those things didn't end up disappointing me at all and that was the cover. So, this book is told from 4 different perspectives. Kit Sylvain is the liaison to the goblin tribe that lives in the forest near Bellwater, Washington. This curse on his family requires him to bring a monthly offering of gold to the goblins to keep them from causing trouble with unsuspecting people. Skye is an artist who loves the forest and finds herself cursed by the goblins...

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I came into this book with my expectations pretty high, but it still managed to surpass them. Wow! I haven't read ANY books with goblins before but this is exactly what I imagine goblins to be: sinister, mischievous and way more powerful and clever than they look.I read Christina Rossetti's poem 'Goblin Market' when I was in school and adored it, and I found this adaptation of it to be superb. It's set in modern day too which made the book even more fun! I loved basically everything about this book and it's a top contender for favourite read of the year. The story was gripping, full of plot twists and turns that kept it moving. I never felt bored. I liked how Ringle imagined the curse...

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I tried reading this a bunch of times and could never finish the first chapter. I really wanted to read it since I was disappointed in Shadowsong since it was also about the Goblin King. At least with Shadowsong I made 75% in it.
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I first heard the poem this novel is based on in high school and loved it. I found this book to be enjoyable, if a little short. It captured the essence of the poem with the powerful, wicked goblins tempting a beautiful girl into falling under their curse. Occasionally the language felt stilted and awkward, I think in trying to make the voices of the characters relatable it just came off as simple. Overall, the novel was a sexy, dark and a quick read
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I'm a sucker for Pre-Raphaelites, so a novel based on Rossetti's "Goblin Market" really called to me. And I enjoyed the author's imagery and also the chemistry between KIt and Livy. Any talk of Grady's cooking also sent me running to the kitchen for a snack, too. Flaws - the trials that Livy had to face felt rushed, and most of the battle between the fairies happened "off screen." But I did like the idea of the goblins being an invasive species. Overall, it wasn't a perfect book, but it was a fun, fast read.
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unfortunately this novel was not one that was for me. I didn't really understand the concept and felt a bit confused throughout the novel. I think that this novel just isn't one for me, but if you're looking for a cooky, fantastical read, then I definitely think you should pick this novel up.
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I received this ARC copy from NetGalley for an honest opinion. Even though it took me a long ass time to finish(life happening), I enjoyed this book. I never read books about fae well if you don’t count TMI/TID/TDA series by Cassandra Clare. I loved someone wrote a book about how evil fae can be & not just the good fae because like who doesn’t want evil fae! I liked everything that happened in the book & I hope there more in the series if not this book is awesome!
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Be forewarned: this book is odd and full of sex, and will mess with you. It's not a usual kind of novel, and definitely not contemporary romance as it's being advertised. All this aside, I think I loved this novel, but I'm left unsure because of just how strange it was. Ever see the movie "Dark City," or "Labyrinth"? Even "Pan's Labyrinth"? A bit like that. This book falls more under the umbrella of "Magical Realism" than contemporary romance, in my opinion. The fascinating world of the goblins is explored, and boy does it put you on edge the whole way through! The author has an incredible talent for drawing you into the story, all while making you feel simultaneously attracted and...

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As someone who lives in the area of where Goblins of Bellwater takes place, I got a big kick out of the description of the environment, jobs, and hobbies of the main characters. It was hilarious to see all the clichés. A Barista, a Chainsaw Artist, and a Forest Ranger? I mean, how much more PNW can you get? It very much does throw the reader into the Puget Sound culture. That made the book worth reading for me. However, the actual story and its characters felt lacking. I wasn't able to connect with either and ultimately did not finish the book. In the future, I'd like to give it another shot and re-read it. Until then, I'll make sure to stop and think of the goblins the next time I'm out on...

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I'm not gonna lie-- my decision to request this book was based on the cover. I mean, I read the description and it sounded interesting and then I read Goblin Market and was super compelled and disturbed. But like, that cover is so strange and appealing I wanted to read it. It was refreshing to read a more new adult genre. I think the paranormal aspects mixed with the contemporary setting was well done. The concept of the novel itself is so strong. However, I felt that there were too many lacking elements to give it a higher rating, despite how entertaining I found the book to be. The plot felt sort of awkward to me because the characters were pretty helpless most of the time. I...

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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 goblins right from the beginning are reminiscent of actual folklore, being creepy, horrible little critters. They’re greedy, grotesque, carnal, and violent. Reading their treatment of Skye is downright painful, as every move they make is laced with cruelty. Unfortunately, though, the book goes downhill fairly quickly beyond that point, and by the end, I think I was just ready for it to be over as quickly as possible. → what i liked ← “That’s why the locals called them weeds.” Livy sounded glum. “They...

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At the beginning I felt that the book was for a young audienc, but then it switches and it was a bit shocking in it flip so that it becomes for a more mature audience. I don’t believe young adults will stick wi5 it long enough to get to the “juicy parts.” I did not really want to finish it.
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I thought the book was well written. The characters are well done out.
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I received this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a story of four people and their battle to stop a group of malevolent goblins. What I like most about this story was the eerie scene descriptions and the history of the goblins. What I didn't like was the romance between the characters. It wasn't believable and some of the sex scenes were distasteful for me. I wish the storyline would have followed the goblins, as I found them more interesting than the protagonists. My advice is to skip through the relationship between the characters and enjoy the world building.
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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. I don't feel comfortable giving this a star rating, but your system requires it.
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I really liked the concept - I love dark fantasies, and this was very reminiscent of Holly Black’s Ironsides trilogy (as well as her newer ‘Cruel Prince’. This was a really promising concept, but the whole Skye - Grady relationship did kind of weird me out. Skye became so passive - and I get that she kissed Grady & cursed him - but she barely spoke or interacted with him - their relationship was not healthy at all - & it actually kind of grossed me out. The line between consensual and nonconsensual was so blurred - and it made for an uncomfortable read. The book (kind of) tried to explore that - and it did not do the concept justice - and kind of felt icky. Aside from that - I really liked...

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Well, where to start? I am having a hard time here with this. I'll be honest and say that I nearly gave up a few times as the first 50% was a bit slow for me. Then I started with the over analysing. Was it me? Am I way out the target audience? Was it my mood? I hate it when I do that..... This will probably be short. Maybe it's best if I list the things I liked and didn't.... What I liked: The cover (artwork is superb) The unique premise (goblins are so under used!) The creepy evil goblins! (they were naughty!) The romance (although a bit insta-love) The fae folk! What irked me: I was expecting more fantasy (my expectation may have ruined it for me!) I didn't feel I connected...

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Sisters Skye and Livy live on the edge of the woods. Throughout her youth, Skye has heard, smelled, and seen weird things in the woods, calling to her. Finally, she gives into the temptation and follows. Meanwhile, Livy starts getting to know Kit, the local mechanic who knows more about the mystery of the forest than he is letting on. The Goblins of Bellwater is a retelling of Christina Rossetti's poem, "Goblin Market." The Goblins of Bellwater takes on the overall storyline of the poem, in all of its eerily sensual glory. The author digs deeper into the story than even Rossetti did and subsequently added explanations for the goblins' existences and desires; a double romance between the...

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The Nitty-Gritty: This book was enchanting from the first page. The goblins are immediately sinister and dangerous. The storytelling is vivid. The setting is dazzling. The characters are compelling. If you couldn't already tell, I loved it. This is a fairly short read (less than 300 pages), and it's a fast-paced story as well. I finished reading it on Halloween, and, I have to say, it was exactly the type of story that I love for Halloween. Dangerous, supernatural, dark, sinister, but not actually scary. I'm not a big horror fan. This checked all my boxes. The only thing that kept it from a full 5 stars was the sheer amount of sex (it wasn't graphic, or anything, there was just a lot of...

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This book was truly magical. Not just a beautiful cover it was a beautiful story. So well written I couldn't put it down. I loved everything about it and really enjoyed the characters and how they changed throughout the book.
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