The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

The Goblins of Bellwater

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 abou...

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The Goblins of Bellwater Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I think if I had fit into the target audience then maybe my star rating would have been a little higher. I truly love the concept behind the story, where it originated from, and how weird and quirky it was. The writing was beautiful and the setting was a dreamy type of atmospheric that was both fantasy fueled and modern meshed into one. I think my main hesitations came within some of the plot features themselves; maybe I'm just being nit-picky, but it fel

    Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I think if I had fit into the target audience then maybe my star rating would have been a little higher. I truly love the concept behind the story, where it originated from, and how weird and quirky it was. The writing was beautiful and the setting was a dreamy type of atmospheric that was both fantasy fueled and modern meshed into one. I think my main hesitations came within some of the plot features themselves; maybe I'm just being nit-picky, but it felt as if these characters in their early to mid twenties had at least a decade on me in maturity and wisdom.

    Again, my issues were more "cosmetic" than anything else, and I feel like those who lean toward more romantic stories (again, not my go to) will eat this up. Recommended with caution as many people seem to think this is YA, but it is very much in the NA realm, and there is a good bit of graphic, erotic material. Again, not a problem, just hoping the disclaimer helps place this little novel in the right hands.

  • Frankie Lovely

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!

    LIKE THIS IS MY FIRST REQUEST AND FIRST APPROVAL AND OMG IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!

    Honestly I was not expecting that at all.

    AHHHHHHH!!!!

    Ok I'm cool but like I literally feel like I just won the lottery :P

  • Melanie

    Buddy Read with

    This is a wonderful and magical tale about fae creatures that resided in the local Washington forests one wintry season. From page one, this story was so atmospheric and I was completely swept away

    Buddy Read with

    This is a wonderful and magical tale about fae creatures that resided in the local Washington forests one wintry season. From page one, this story was so atmospheric and I was completely swept away in this tale of goblins and the horrible things they are capable of in their treetop village. Yet, the goblins only do terrible things if their need for gold is not met by their goblin liaison, Kit.

    Every full moon he goes into the forest, notices all the hidden fae signs of life, and meets with the goblins and their leader, Redring, named after the first thing she has ever stolen, which she also wears proudly around her neck. At the monthly encounters, Kit gives them the gold he has collected, or stolen, to appease them from causing havoc on his local townsfolk.

    At this wintry visit, Kit does not provide enough gold, and even though he promises to return quickly, the goblins are not satisfied and they decide to have a little fun at the expensive of a local barista and artist who has been drawn to the forests her whole life.

    This story surrounds four people, from two different families, and their lives that quickly intertwine. The victim and the liaison's paths inevitably cross, and we are lead on a magical story trying to figure out how to stop the goblins once and for all, while everyone also chooses to start relationships.

    - 24 - Mechanic and auto shop owner who also enjoys chainsaw carving. Oh, and goblin liaison.

    - 26 - Environmental scientist, who is passionate about cleaning up her forest, and even more passionate about trying to save her little sister.

    - 23 - Barista and artist, sister of Livy, who accidentally wanders upon the Goblins and finds herself under a powerful curse.

    - 21 - Chef, who is trying to save money by living with his cousin, Kit, and ends up tangled in the goblin's web, too.

    I enjoyed these characters and their budding relationships, don't get me wrong, but it still felt a little off. Especially Kit and Livy, because they felt so much older than mid twenties. Hell, they even kept making comparisons how they felt old to their family members, you know, the 21 and 23 year old. I honestly feel like this story was first written with them as the parents, and I actually feel like it would have felt more authentic and more true.

    Like, Kit kept talking about how he has always been a bachelor, because of his predicament with the goblins, and I'm like "YOU'RE ONLY 24, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?" Seriously, this story would have worked so much better if they were in their 30's. Like, please, just add ten years to Kit and Livy both and I'd be a happy camper.

    Then Skye and Grady's relationship felt a little off just because of the circumstance that forced them together. As the reader, I was left constantly wondering if they were acting this way because of their predicament or because of their genuine feelings for one another. I totally understand that this is intended, but it made the sex scenes not as enjoyable as they could have been.

    Also, for the record, the sex in this book is not good. Like, this for sure has erotic moments, but I didn't believe or buy them whatsoever. I have read a lot of erotica and a lot of new adult sexy time stories in my day, so maybe the bar is just set high for me, but I personally didn't enjoy the sex in this book and sort of wish it wasn't in it.

    I did love that both relationships had an older woman with a younger man. We never get to see this relationship dynamic in books, even though it is super common in the real world. So I give huge kudos to Molly Ringle for incorporating that into her story.

    And to separate the pairs into other pairs, I freaking loved the familial bonds from each of these characters, especially Livy and Skye. I love sibling relationship stories, and this one truly warmed my heart to see Livy do whatever it takes to save her sister. Kit and Grady, even though they are cousins and not brothers, were still super enjoyable too, and I loved how self sacrificing Kit was willing to be for his family.

    I didn't like how Livy chose not to get her and Skye's mother involved with Skye's sickness, especially when she was taking Skye to see professional help and even talked about suicide prevention. In this story, their mother lives in Oregon, and Livy feels like she doesn't want to involve her mom because she has worked and done so much for them growing up, but, like, that's her daughter who is hurting, she would want to know. It just rubbed me the wrong way and further justifies my point that Livy and Kit felt so much older and were truly the parental figures in this story, not random twenty-year-olds.

    My favorite character in the whole story was a goblin named Flowerwatch, and I would instantly buy a spin-off book just involving that little cinnamon roll. Seriously, she was so precious and the values and morals she brought to the story were so tedious. Flowerwatch truly is a literary gift to this world, and I'd recommend this book to my friends because of this little goblin alone.

    I haven't read that many books on goblins, but I really enjoyed Molly Ringle's debut take on them, and loved the eerie, creepy, spooky vibe she constantly created involving them. This story was actually inspired by a poem,

    , by Christina Rossetti, that I have never personally read, but now I am so very interested, and I think that speaks volumes about how enthralled this world left me. I'm also really craving to read

    by S. Jae-Jones now, too!

    Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. It is fast paced, relatively short, and I'm super happy I gave it a try. My favorite part, besides all the fae life, was how amazingly atmospheric it was. I constantly felt like I was teleported into a snowy forest, or a small town café, or even in a boat floating down a river stream. I really think Molly Ringle is a beautiful writer, who has so much talent with words. I am very excited to see what she does next.

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  • Dannii Elle

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Molly Ringle, and the publisher, Central Avenue Publishing, for this opportunity.

    This novel is based on Christina Rossetti's infamous poem,

    . The original is nebulous, haunting, and Gothic in nature, and has remained my favourite poem for many years. I was both excited and hesitant to see how a modern-day retelling would measure up.

    I felt that Ringle brilliantly recreated the mingling of whimsy

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Molly Ringle, and the publisher, Central Avenue Publishing, for this opportunity.

    This novel is based on Christina Rossetti's infamous poem,

    . The original is nebulous, haunting, and Gothic in nature, and has remained my favourite poem for many years. I was both excited and hesitant to see how a modern-day retelling would measure up.

    I felt that Ringle brilliantly recreated the mingling of whimsy and dark, haunting beauty that made the original poem as renowned and continually loved as it is. I also felt that the cover expertly recreated this feeling into a visual format.

    The tale initially featured goblins, like the original, and as such, much of the whimsy I was expecting. This quickly, however, transgressed into a love story that I wasn't as keen to focus on and didn't find wholly believable.

    The goblins that have made their home in the woods, surrounding the small town of Bellwater, Washington, have also overtaken the life of local mechanic, Kit. As the human liaison for the secret goblin tribe, he provides them with treasures and gold to keep the occupied and out of mischief. This strain on both his finances and his guilt threatens to overwhelm him and one fateful week he is late with his expected payment. In retribution, the devious goblins decide to curse the next human to traverse their woods after sundown.

    Skye, always at home in the dappled sunlight of the woods becomes, overnight it seems, silent and depressed. Livy can't fathom the sudden alteration in her normally sunny sister. Skye falls deeper into herself and her inability to speak of her woodland encounters threatens to drive her to madness. Will Kit make the connection in time? Or will his visiting cousin, Grady, be the knight in shining armour that will free her from her demons?

    Whilst the goblins' presence and the curse they put on poor Skye were intriguing, the rest of the plot became less so, after these events. What was initially a fantastical and fairytale-esque story, turned into a typical love story for much of the narrative.

    The dual relationships that transpired didn't stand out for me, in any way, and I didn't really care about their feelings for each other, because of this. They also, curse or no curse, fell into recreating the dreaded insta-love trope! Reasons were given for their immediate attraction but it still didn't allow me, as the reader, to care for emotions that were only created days ago!

    I also struggled with reading of Skye's curse-created depression. The topic was handled sensitively but something also jarred with me, when reading it. I don't mean to call the author out for misrepresentation and am just, perhaps, overly sensitive when reading of characters who suffer from mental illness. It seemed the term 'depression' was continually used for her ailment long after I still needed to keep seeing the word. I can't quite place exactly why it bothered me, but it did.

    If not for the middle, romance-heavy section, I would have loved this book as the ending provided the same dark atmospheric quality I so loved from the beginning. I was expecting a larger focus on the fantastical elements of the plot, throughout, and instead this was just used to frame a contemporary romance. Not bad, just not for me.

  • sana  °¤°

    3.5ish stars

    was a book I was excited for! One of my favorite books ever,

    was compared to it and I had incredibly high expectations. However, I am disappointed because it was

    like I expected.

    3.5ish stars

    was a book I was excited for! One of my favorite books ever,

    was compared to it and I had incredibly high expectations. However, I am disappointed because it was

    like I expected.

    -I really didn't like the heavy focus on romance for the first 50% of this book. There is a few mentioning of the goblins and Kit's history with them, but it's mainly

    Livy and Kit's relationship was still bearable, but Skye and Grady's cringy insta love had me so grossed out and uninterested. I understand that Grady and Skye are under a spell, but couldn't there romance be written better? I've read many insta love stories where it is actually

    Both romances felt very dull and underdeveloped. There was no chemistry and it was plain dull. Skye and Grady don't even bother

    and it just wasn't working out for me.

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    The character's are supposed to be in their 20's, but read as they are in their teen years. The sex scenes are also not that

    and once again read as YA. I feel like this book could have just been categorized as YA without the not so explicit sex scenes. However, I did like how

    These relationships are so rare!

    -The world building about the goblins was really lacking. I wanted to learn more about the asshole goblins, but as I've said before there was a huge focus on romance for the first 50%. The goblins origins and magic wasn't really explained. However the second half of this book did have a huge focus, but nonetheless still felt dull and underdeveloped.

    Overall, despite all the issues, I enjoyed this a lot!

    Buddy read with my fav

    !!!!!

  • Emma

    I'm not rating this, but I couldn’t see myself giving this higher than 2 stars if I’d gone on with it.

    This book wasn’t for me. I want to start off by saying that I rarely read contemporary, and although I love fantasy on the whole, the subgenre of urban fantasy can be kind of hit-or-miss for me.

    had a unique premise—creepy goblins that lure people into the forest + mysterious kidnappings and quests—not to mention a GORGEOUS cover. Unfortunately, the story its

    I'm not rating this, but I couldn’t see myself giving this higher than 2 stars if I’d gone on with it.

    This book wasn’t for me. I want to start off by saying that I rarely read contemporary, and although I love fantasy on the whole, the subgenre of urban fantasy can be kind of hit-or-miss for me.

    had a unique premise—creepy goblins that lure people into the forest + mysterious kidnappings and quests—not to mention a GORGEOUS cover. Unfortunately, the story itself was a bit too heavily focused on the banalities of ordinary life in the town for my taste, and I struggled to connect to the characters. I think this book could be a great read for some, but I never really got into it.

    I don’t have much to day about the plot or world or writing, because there was nothing about them that stood out to me, but I do have a few things to say about the characters.

    Kit just wasn’t

    or compelling to me in any way. Which I was frustrated about, because I really wanted to like him as a character. He’s a mechanic who makes driftwood sculptures on the side and also is the resident goblin-liaison of his town…..that sounds like a recipe for a fascinating character, right?

    I just couldn’t get over how….ordinary and plain he was. Like pasta without any salt.

    ALSO: let’s not forget the fact that from the very second he met Livy he immediately sexualized her in a way that I honestly found repulsive.

    Have we not moved past the point where female characters must be grossly objectified every time they’re introduced to a man??? Up until that point the book had felt like a pretty standard urban fantasy, but when I read this line it felt like I’d been catapulted face-first into a skeevy, poorly-written romance novel. It was like “oh, wow, better go check off

    on the list of required douchey male character traits that I should have expected.” Maybe Kit has a character arc that allows him to grow past it, but I just didn’t care enough to keep going and find out.

    Livy wasn’t much better, and I had a similar issue with the way she talked about her sister’s depression.

    I know this is only one line, and Skye isn’t actually depressed, just enchanted by goblins, but I think it’s important to point out that that isn’t how depression works.

    The idea that depression can’t happen to people with what appear to be perfect lives is ridiculous and even harmful. Livy also tells people that it probably has to do with Skye being an artist and having a “moody temperament.” I do know the author has stated that Livy was intentionally portrayed as somewhat ignorant of mental health issues. Since I haven’t finished the book, I can’t speak to how this ultimately treated. However, I’ve seen a few reviews since from readers who didn’t feel this was handled especially well. (If you’ve read the book and have an opinion on this matter, I’d be very interested to hear what you thought!)

    I don’t really have anything to say about Skye or Grady. They seemed slightly better, but the developing romantic relationships were pretty

    as well. I didn’t feel any chemistry, and there was ultimately nothing to keep me reading past the first third.

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    This has been the third goblin-related book that I've read this year, and while it is arguably the best of the three, I have to say that it did not hold up to my expectations. I've read

    and assumed that the book was going to follow the

    formula - which it did to an extent. However, uneven pacing and some odd creative choices caused me to give the book a lower rating than I would have, had these issues not been pre

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    This has been the third goblin-related book that I've read this year, and while it is arguably the best of the three, I have to say that it did not hold up to my expectations. I've read

    and assumed that the book was going to follow the

    formula - which it did to an extent. However, uneven pacing and some odd creative choices caused me to give the book a lower rating than I would have, had these issues not been present.

    First, let me give credit where credit is due. The cover is lovely - it's a huge reason behind why I wanted to pick up the book in the first place. I also feel like it ties into the story well, as the wildflowers conjure up that wild beauty that many associate with Washington's lush and gorgeous rainforests. The setting of this book was also great, and like I said, I loved the concept because I love

    and

    is the metaphorical yardstick by which I measure any romance-themed faerie story I come across.

    THE GOBLINS OF BELLWATER is set in Bellwater, Washington, near Puget Sound. Two siblings, Skye and Livy, have always had a close relationship with the woods. Skye is a barista/artist and Livy is a forest ranger. They get mixed up with Kit, a mechanic, and his cousin, Grady, a cook, though circumstances involving goblins. Because in addition to his day job, Kit also acts as a liaison to the fae, and when he displeases them they end up cursing one of the locals, in this case: Skye. Skye ends up cursing Grady, by giving him an enchanted kiss and claiming him as her "mate," which ends up bringing the entanglement full circle. If Kit and Livy want their relatives back, they have to outsmart the fae and they have to do it soon, before both Skye and Grady are lost forever.

    The writing in this story is really great, but the sex scenes and the romance all felt forced. Especially with the enchantment, which gives the relationship between Skye and Grady an icky feel. Skye's enchantment in the beginning also causes her to no longer be able to smile, laugh, or feel joy, either, so Livy makes some weird assumptions about Skye's mental state and depression in general, which involve opinions that are based on false facts (e.g. people with tons of good things in their lives shouldn't have anything to feel depressed about). I was wondering whether this was because the author was trying to portray Livy as ignorant, or due to oversight, and the author actually commented on one of my status updates and said it was the former, so it was nice to get confirmation on that. But the whole way it was dealt with felt awkward to me and, like the issue of consent regarding the enchantment sex between Skye and Grady, I felt like it wasn't handled as well as it could have been.

    I didn't really care about Kit and Livy or Grady and Skye much until the last 1/4 of the book, which is where the story turned around for me. The way Livy goes about saving her sister was really, really cool, and if the majority of the book had been more like that, I would have really enjoyed THE GOBLINS OF BELLWATER, because that was the magic and adventure I was expecting when I picked this up. It was also the first part of the book where there was some actual intense emotional content and I found myself rooting for the characters instead of passively reading about them.

    This really was not a bad book, and I felt like it deals with the fae lore and mythology in a fresh and interesting way. The execution was a little iffy for me and in some ways it has the "uncertainty" of a debut novel, but the world-building and the clear writing made up for a lot of the flaws. People who enjoy books reminiscent of

    and enjoy stories about faeries and goblins will enjoy THE GOBLINS OF BELLWATER. I would read more by this author.

    2.5 to 3 stars

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Ahhh eek. Okay, this one didn't work for me unfortunately. It wasn't bad, just way too weird. It honestly reminded me of something out of those weird goosebumps stories from the nineties, mixed with something from trolls on crack. I think that's actually what the author was going for- so if you're a lover of the strange side of fiction, and you like to feel like you've been on drugs for the majority of the book, this one's for you. No judging! Lol. Just not my cup of tea.

    I actually liked the beg

    Ahhh eek. Okay, this one didn't work for me unfortunately. It wasn't bad, just way too weird. It honestly reminded me of something out of those weird goosebumps stories from the nineties, mixed with something from trolls on crack. I think that's actually what the author was going for- so if you're a lover of the strange side of fiction, and you like to feel like you've been on drugs for the majority of the book, this one's for you. No judging! Lol. Just not my cup of tea.

    I actually liked the beginning a good bit, and the characters were all very likable and well written, but I couldn't get past the strangeness of the actual goblins themselves. I think maybe it would have worked for me more if the story was set in a fantasy world, but I'm typically not one for mixing modern day with such a thing. I just had hopes that maybe the mystery side of things would be more alluring instead of strange, but I guess I had my warning in the description.

    And the last half was just... eaghhrgh weird. I didn't buy it. Idk.

    So, I think this book will work for some people, but not for me. Also please note there is strong sexual content etc etc because this is NA, not YA.

    So for all those reasons, I'm going to leave off a rating.

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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    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

    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.

    This book is so incredibly

    The settings are described so beautifully that you find yourself feeling as though you actually are in a damp, dark forest at night, surrounded by mushrooms and critters. I've never even visited the PNW, yet even the daytime scenes had me feeling as though I could blink and find myself transported into a beautiful, wet, misty land of greenery and coziness. Not to mention, the descriptions of the

    themselves are so creepy and perturbing!

    is handled beautifully in this book; Skye's silence is mistaken for a deep depression, and her sister is so loving and concerned. The Sylvain boys, despite hardly knowing Skye before the events of the story, are nothing but understanding and caring - especially Grady, which leads me to my next point.

    This story has hardcore insta-lust, and I would say, even

    but it's actually for a reason. The curse placed upon Skye has made it so whomever she chooses as her mate

    want her back, so you're never left thinking, "How do two grown adults fall for each other so quickly?" The two of them even frequently consider the aspect that it's

    for them to be so attached. Oh, and did I mention that the men are younger than the woman in both 'ships? Yeah, that happens, and I

    see that, so I couldn't help but love it.

    The writing is quick and easy, but things are just too convenient and

    especially towards the end of the book. There is one small twist, and while it's a fun one, I definitely didn't find it even remotely surprising (you kind of guess it right at the beginning). Speaking of odd writing, there are a lot of mentions to sex, and most of them feel unnatural and a little bit forced. The discussions and scenes don't often feel

    to the story. (Speaking of the sex, if you're turned off by the fact that many reviewers are calling this book

    I wouldn't be too concerned - everything is only implied or done in a "fade to black" style.)

    I've been informed that many people received an ARC that was much more explicit than mine was, for some reason? So YMMV.

    Mostly, the

    was just such a disappointment; while the rest of the book hadn't been remarkable, I'd have given it 4 stars for fun's sake, but the ending is so rushed and predictable that it immediately lowered my rating to 3. I felt like there was this obvious desperation to tie up all of the loose ends, while so much of the book had been spent on descriptions of unimportant aspects, such as Grady's cooking, or Kit's frustrations over how nobody believed in the goblins' existence.

    All in all,

    is a quick, fun read, and given the fact that you can nab an ebook of it on the Kindle store for $3 or less right now, if you're interested in a new adult romance with fantasy and lore thrown in, I'd tell you to go for it. That said, I wouldn't expect anything overly intense or captivating.

    trauma, physical assault, mentions of sexual assault, PTSD, depression.

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Four twenty-somethings fall in love when they become mixed up with the local goblins.

    Skye and Livvy are sisters who live adjacent to the Washington National Forest where they both have always dreamt of seeing the local fae. Nearby, Kit runs his auto repair shop while he secretly tries to keep the humans in the area safe. When Grady, his cousin, comes to stay with him Kit is unable to meet the goblins gold quota and so they find a human to curse

    Four twenty-somethings fall in love when they become mixed up with the local goblins.

    Skye and Livvy are sisters who live adjacent to the Washington National Forest where they both have always dreamt of seeing the local fae. Nearby, Kit runs his auto repair shop while he secretly tries to keep the humans in the area safe. When Grady, his cousin, comes to stay with him Kit is unable to meet the goblins gold quota and so they find a human to curse...

    I LOVE fae! So pair that fae rich title with an elegant and intriguing cover and I am sold! I found the cover simply gorgeous and while the vegetation has zero to do with the plot it created this atmosphere that was quite present in the story: a slightly creepy but lush vibe.

    One of the things that attracted me to the premise was the idea of exploring just a tiny bit of the fae world. Most fantasy books touch on many different kinds of fae right from the start so I was intrigued that the author had enough story to write an entire book about mainly goblins. And I felt like the story delivered on the premise! We literally get to experience what it means to turn into a goblin! Woah! It was a wild ride... we got just enough information in the beginning to get a sense of the world, more explanation about the goblins later and a great climax that was somewhat unexpected. It's not the type of world building that gives you a wide sense of what other stories could come from it but it served the story well and wasn't shallow.

    Actually having never read Molly Ringle before I was pleasantly surprised at the superior writing!! Grady comes into the story a little later than the others but I really felt that all 4 POVs were different from one another and stood in well for each of the characters. I was never confused about who I was reading... THIS IS A FEAT!

    Really its HARD to actually have 4 different narratives

    different and so this success eclipsed some of the small problems. For one there was too much telling in spots. Quite a good chunk was balanced well with telling through dialogue and then showing feelings through actions but this slipped in spots and became quite glaring a time or two. This is hard to be consistent in and probably bothered me more than it would a regular reader.

    Storycraft is something I harp on a lot on my blog and it's very important that characters are developed properly - this book did that decently well! I enjoyed the role that each character played in the story and that the typical trope of male saves female was turned on its head. When everything came out it was in the MOST NATURAL WAY POSSIBLE... I found this a brilliant bit of storycraft and development! FINALLY NOT A COINCIDENCE!

    A LARGE part of the book was the developing relationships between the couples. This was the weakest part of the story. It wasn't insta-love and time passed between "dates" but there was NO OTHER PLOT through here. Their connections would have been more believable if there were other things happening with the fae that could give a real sense of time passing as well as take the focus off the quick advancement from a couple dates to friends with benefits.

    First you get to experience everything first hand from Skye's POV... this is a pretty messed up situation (and, sorry Skye, I'm liking it) though I felt for Skye through the entire experience! I can't imagine the feelings of helplessness she felt not being able to SAY anything... (feeling it for real I mean!) Grady though provided the anchor she needed, though he was too close to her to see the actual PROBLEM (that felt spot on to me!) Their relationship was strong and quite fascinating... I do wish MORE plot had been developed to explore love vs. compulsion but what WAS there was compelling for me.

    Then we have Lizzy! Are you an older sister? I AM!! So I totally felt for Lizzy and wanted to be the champion and felt that disbelief! GAH!! I was a little skivvied out about her swift advancement with Kit but their one on one interactions were quite well developed and I wanted to SHIP them... Kit I think is the first one that I felt for... I CAN'T have done what he did... NO. NO, NO!! Sorry family... so if you put yourself in their shoes (which is AMAZINGLY easy to do...) then you'll FEEL it too!

    Okay, you're right! It's not perfect... I've mentioned a few of the problems... I didn't particularly like Grady's response after everything was over. Such circumstances needed a tad more angst to be real for me... not that the FINAL OUTCOME was wrong but it was too fast. And the whole immunity thing was skirted around too easily... that felt contrived to me.

    If you love fae then you'll enjoy this book... there are stories within the story and some powerful goblin characters. I'm looking at you Redring and Flowerwatch!! (Okay yeah so if you're not convinced yet then Flowerwatch is my secret weapon... and the BEST character in the story... a minor character who is a HERO and so tragic but poignantly so... READ FOR HER!) There are the sisters relationship (okay, YES I kept this in my back pocket as a backup plan...!) which was so sweet and loving and supportive... I also really loved the "in-law" beginnings that started to form early on... I crave books with MORE relationships like these, rather than just those of lovers and this book delivered those!

    ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Premise & World Building

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cover & Title

    ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Development & Storycraft

    ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing & Narrative

    ⋆⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing

    ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Relationships

    ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Feelings

    BOTTOM LINE: Becoming a Goblin is an easy thing to do but not so easy to accept!!

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