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The Goblins of Bellwater-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Molly Ringle

A Novel

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “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.”

Review:  The Goblins of Bellwater was based off of a poem called “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti.

This story follows four main characters: Kit, a 24 year old mechanic, Livy, a 26 year old environmental scientist, Sky, a 23 year old barista and artist, and Grady, a 21 year old chef. They all live in the same neighborhood that have goblins running around in the forest in a modern day setting.

Since this is a short book, being less than 300 pages, things do feel like scenes are going by fast, but this book does a good job with completing it’s story arc without loose ends.

The relationships were done well in this book. By relationships, I mean the one between sisters, Livy and Sky, and cousins, Kit and Grady. The author did a great job with making them feel realistic. The romantic relationships in the beginning do feel rushed and not developed enough, but changes later on.

Now the romantic relationship portrayed in this book is of older women being with younger men, though it is portrayed positively.

There is sex and it can get very detailed at times. Just know that going into it.

The goblins were very interesting and weren’t the nicest people. In order for them not to steal one of your family members or a lover, you would need to give them something of gold or value. Though you would have to keep giving them things or else. They also have the use of magic and foods that can effect humans in a way that could stop them from speaking about what had happened to them with the goblins.

Molly Ringle’s writing was very addictive to read. She does a nice job with getting to the point of scenes and not having it drag out for too long to make the story go by faster. Her writing makes this book go by fast.

This is a good book for people to read if they like urban fantasy and are looking for a quick read.

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