Book Review – The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

the goblins
Title: The Goblins of Bellwater
Author: Molly Ringle
Publish Date: October 1, 2017
# of Pages: 288
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
** Possible spoilers!**


(From Goodreads) 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.


** Possible spoilers!**

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle is set in Puget Sound, Washington and follows the lives of Kit, his cousin Grady, and sisters Skye and Livy, as they navigate the fuzzy arena of goblin curses. With the help of the local fae, they journey to the goblin realm to break their curses . . . but can they do it before it’s too late?

This was an interesting read, and while it wasn’t knock-it-out-of-the-park awesome, it was still entertaining.

So what did I like?

The goblins. The goblins are sneaky and conniving in this book. They are motivated by gold and entrapping new humans to join their tribe. Be careful when you ask a goblin for help!

The storyline. I liked the overall story idea. The idea of goblins and curse breaking is intriguing and made the book fun to read.

What didn’t I like?

The relationships. The relationship between Kit and Livy was too quick and too contrived. They went from being friends with benefits to “I love you” with little more than a few hook-ups and some shallow conversations. It didn’t feel real. Once Grady and Skye’s curse was lifted, their relationship felt equally contrived. Without really knowing each other, they love each other. Again, it felt forced and disjointed.

Plot pace. There was a lot of buildup the first half of the novel, which I liked, but the second half of the novel felt rushed. In just a couple pages, Livy summons the local fae and has their commitment to help. Wait—it was that easy? The journey to the goblin realm felt equally rushed, and the big climax in the book was over in a blink.

Shallow. The book in general felt very shallow and high level. You never really got into the details of anything, which I found disappointing. The book could have been so much more interesting had the author peeled back another layer in the story and went deeper.

Overall, I still enjoyed the book, but I was left feeling disappointed. This book had the potential to be so much better than it was.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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“‘Nature is awesome, but be careful, that shit’ll kill you.'”

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