The Goblins of Bellwater

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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 this fantasy. One day while finishing up her shift at the Green Fox Espresso, Skye decided to take a break and go for a short walk in the woods. While walking in the woods she found a small path...

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THE GOBLINS OF BELLWATER is an odd little book, not without its quirks. The writing is nice and the characters had depth, but there was something about the story that just made me take a step back, made me hesitant to fully immerse myself in. Because of that feeling, I wasn't able to enjoy it as much as I'd hope to.
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(Link will go live on Sept 27, 2017) First off, thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book! I've had my eye on it for a while, with its intriguing description mixing goblin trickery, a romantic plot line, and set in my own home region of the Pacific Northwest. It was a quick read and I buzzed through it in one day, however, I did have a mixed reaction to the story as a whole. The description sums up the plot pretty well, so I won't re-hash much there. And the portions of the story that stuck to this plot were strong. The goblins themselves were probably the most intriguing part of the story. It was clear that the author had a clear vision and voice for these...

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This story was told by 4 points of view: Skye, 23, wanders into the wood one night, runs into goblins and when she gets back to her place, cannot freely talk about what happen. She becomes sort of haunted, quiet and reserved. Livy is Skye’s older sister. Since they live together, she has to take care of Skye since she came back from the woods. Except, she doesn’t know what’s wrong and tries everything to figure it out. Kit has known about the goblins for seven years. He is their liaison, which means he has to supply them with gold every month. He hates it and them. When he starts dating Livy, he wonders if she might have been taken and cursed by them while still hoping the opposite. ...

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Absolutely spellbinding, I have given it 4.5 stars. I had never heard of this author until I came across this book on Netgalley, so going into the book I was completely blind to the author's writing style. The blurb however, was too enticing to pass up the opportunity to read it. The Goblins of Bellwater was a completely unexpected surprise, I absolutely loved it! So much better than anything I could have ever imagined, it was magically entertaining, drawing inspiration from a well known poem. The writing style was creative and addictive, it had me under it's spell from the very first word. I couldn't put it down, even if I had wanted to! The author managed to create a creepy and...

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Before starting The Goblins of Bellwater I fully admit to thinking it was going to be a story of David Bowie-eqsue goblins and young maidens trying to rescue their siblings. While this novel did have a rescue element, an old curse, and goblins. They were definitely not the swoony Bowie kind. They were the traditional, gross, obsessed with gold type. The Goblins of Bellwater takes place in the fictional town of Bellwater located in Washington state along the Puget Sound. I grew up in Tacoma so the setting and feel of a rainy pacific northwest winter felt very familiar. The descriptions were well done and left me feeling a little homesick. The main storyline revolved around Kit, Livy, Skye...

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It always feels ungrateful to write a very critical review of an ARC but the agreement is that I be honest but fair and I have done my best to be both. Another ARC with a gorgeous cover that pulled me in but unlike my last couple of pleasant surprises the beauty of the (digital!) outside was in no way matched by the contents. At first my criticisms were fairly run-of-the-mill, particularly for a debut novel. The writing seemed sophomore-ish, awkward and a little obvious. I was willing to be patient until the story emerged, sometimes a good story can overcome average writing and this is inspired by Rossetti's dense, succulent pre-Raphaelite poem The Goblin Market. With source material so...

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Goblins of Bellwater I wanted to love this as a retelling of Christina Rosetti's Goblin Market. This just didn't do justice to the original, in fact it felt insulting. The dialog between the characters was dull. Although the author attempted to put a modern spin on the story, the mentions of iPhones and Netflix didn't fit for me as a romanticized or paranormal story. I didn't want to finish the book. Fingers taken as blood money?!?
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I was very excited to read this book after falling in love with wintersong, another book based on goblin Market !!! Yes bring it on. Sadly i think i put a lot of expectations on this novel and it fell flat for me. Writing was well but i wasnt overtly emotionally attached to the characters
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Arc Provided by Central Avenue Publishing through Netgalley Release Date: October 2nd 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 fantasy type. Which I didn't get, because this is...

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This was a first for me, reading a "New Adult" book. I usually read Young Adult books but thought I would give this a try. The storyline is fun - mixing a fairy tale like plot with current time frame characters. The only thing that would have improved it is developing the sister's characters a bit more so that we care about them and like them. I did like Livy and Kit more than Skye and Grady. Livy is a strong female character which we need more of! Fun book!
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The Goblins of Bellwater is a new adult romance with an urban fantasy plot. It is inspired by Christina Rossetti's poem, The Goblin Market, although you do not need to be familiar with the poem in order to read this book. The Goblins of Bellwater is about four individuals in their twenties living in the Pacific Northwest: Livy, a forest ranger who is practical and environmentally conscious, her sister Skye, an artist with a naturally bubbly personality, Kit, a mechanic and chainsaw sculptor who lives under a strange family curse, and his cousin Grady, an aspiring chef looking for work in Seattle. At the outset of the story we learn that Kit is the latest in a long line of liaisons to a...

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ARC provided by publisher and Netgally for free, but this does not influence my review. I was so excited to start this novel, as it is set in Washington, mostly around Puget Sound. Washington is a state I desperately want to visit someday. I was expecting this to be more fantasy than romance, but it's actually the opposite. The book is inspired by the poem, Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. I enjoyed the characters and the world building. The lore around the Goblins and Fae was fleshed out, but I was expecting something more than a romance. This may be a case of reading the book at the wrong time. I have been immersed in quite a few epic YA fantasy stories recently and this...

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did not finish the book i thought i was getting a novel about goblins and their antics but the first half of the book dragged and i was appalled by the over descrption of the sex between the sister and the brother of the guy who is the liason between the goblins and the outside world. it was not my kind of book so i hestitant to trash the book it was not my cup of tea.
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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...

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I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. In exchange, I was asked to write an honest review and post it. My thanks to them both. I choose this book for two reasons. 1. It has a beautiful cover. I know you should never choose a book for this reason. But I did... 2. Because it had the word Goblins in the little. Right now with the world feeling a little scary a good fantasy story is just what the doctor ordered. Because of a deal made with the Goblins by a long dead relative, Kit now has to act as liaison for the Goblins. His main chore is to bring them gold once a month; this protects the rest of human kind from their dangerous mischief. The arrangement is...

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While the premise of the book is very intriguing it ultimately fails to deliver a satisfying read. The real action does not pick up until half way through the book and you can see the resolution coming. Those who enjoy paranormal romances will likely still enjoy reading. I would recommend in particular for adults who enjoy reading young adults books.
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I have to say that this book wasn’t what I expected. I’ve read that the book was described as almost a romance and paranormal combination, and while there was some romance and it was important to the characters and plot… I didn’t feel that this was one of the main genres of the book. Instead of using the word “romance” or “romantic”, I would describe this book as haunting and a dark paranormal twist. And now that the misconception is out of the way… I really liked this book more than I originally thought I would. I’m usually more interested in the romance between characters than the fact that there is a curse on one and another is trying to figure out what happened and so on. But the way...

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The Goblins of Bellwater is a mixed bag. I really enjoyed the setting- Bellwater really comes to life and the misty, snowy atmosphere is well conveyed. I'm not entirely sure what age group this is for. While the story is inventive and fun, (there are not many Urban Fantasy goblin books out there) the writing is a bit simplistic. I'm not very familiar with the New Adult genre, but I don't think that simple writing is a hallmark (of any genre). There was a lot of insta-love and the sex scene were underwhelming. There are a few grammatical errors and a couple awkward turns of phrase which I am hoping will be caught before the book goes to print. The characters were interesting but there...

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