Review: The Goblins of Bellwater

Title: The Goblins of Bellwater

Author: Molly Ringle

Date of Publication: October 1st, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

A new novel inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market”.

Four neighbours 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.

Then Kit starts dating Livy, and Skye draws Kit’s cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods. Skye and Grady are doomed to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever, unless Livy, the only one untainted by enchantment, can unravel the spell by walking a dangerous magical path of her own.

My Review:

I actually didn’t finish this one, but I did make it 64%, so I feel like that is far enough in to sort of write a review, but I’m not rating it. I also feel like plenty of you people will love it.

My issue was I thought it was going to be more of a fantasy novel, and I saw the word goblins and read the plot, and I was all for it. This book itself runs more like a contemporary romance with goblins in the background which a lot of people may like that more. I, however, wanted more goblins. Since I didn’t finish it maybe there is more? I don’t really know.

Where my goblins at?


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The writing itself is really well done, and the author describes things perfectly, but I just thought I should warn anyone in advance that romance is the main focus. I usually like an equal mixture. I also need to read this Goblin Market poem and see what that’s all about!


Have you read the Goblin Market poem?


6 thoughts on “Review: The Goblins of Bellwater

  1. What you said it exactly the reason I didn’t request. I had the feeling it would just be the curse thing but there wouldn’t really be any goblins in it, and that would’ve been the reason I’d have wanted to read it too. Good to know I made the right choice! But like you said, I’m sure plenty of people will still like it for what it is.

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  2. Goblin Market is an awesome poem:
    I learned about it in my ENG class, British Lit II. It’s about a market that sells fruit and a girl buys the fruit and starts to waste away. The “fruit” is an allusion to “wantonness” and looseness of women. The girl that eats the fruit starts to waste away because she is tainted. It’s an interesting poem…and I’m reading Wintersong now: it takes a lot of influence from the poem.

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    • I actually just read the poem this morning and loved it!!! I was like why have I never heard of this??? I was disappointed with Wintersong mainly in the fact it was marketed at a Labyrinth retelling, but now I definitely see more aspects from that poem!


  3. I’m about halfway through this one and I totally get what you’re saying. I mean, the cover and the blurb makes it seem as thought this is going to be a dreamy and surreal fantasy novel. I’m getting more of a romance vibe here, not to mention all the pauses just so Skye can think. I’ll probably finish it, but it’s definitely not something I was expecting.
    Anyways, I look forward to more of your posts in the future… Happy Reading! 😀

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