The Goblins Of Bellwater by Molly RingleThe Goblins Of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

The Goblins Of Bellwater

byMolly Ringle

Paperback | October 1, 2017

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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.
Molly Ringle grew up fascinated with folklore, fairy tales, and all things paranormal, and has always loved the wet green forests of the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her family near Puget Sound, and is inordinately fond of pretty gardens and ‘80s new wave music.
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Title:The Goblins Of BellwaterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:October 1, 2017Publisher:Central Avenue PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771681179

ISBN - 13:9781771681179

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An engaging standalone with folktale elements and an interesting take on the fae, enjoyable despite some stumbles with pacing and character. Confession: I was initially drawn to this book because of it's cover... I liked the premise well enough but the primary reason I went "ah yes must pick up" was because the cover is just really, really pretty and I like looking at it. When I picked it up I found I quite enjoyed it. I found it interesting how this book approached the fae, as it's much more of a good/bad dichotomy than you often see in stories about the fae for YA or adult audiences. This book, I found, doesn't necessarily deviate from the framework but presents it in a very different way. There are a lot of stories where the fae exist in, at least to some degree of another, in courts with a sort of ruling body and nasty, back-stab-y court politics (which, don't get me wrong, I love), but here we don't so much get a sense of a sophisticated power structure. The goblins can lie, outright and to your face, and whether they actually have to keep their promises is... dubious. The goblins are likened to an invasive plant, creatures not native to the ecosystem of Bellwater, brought over to North America when they followed the humans they'd struck a bargain with, while "the locals" are a part of the system that grew from it, and that have been there essentially forever. There are rival factions, which the main characters brush up against, but neither the characters nor the readers are fully involved in any real character-based dynamics- they know there's a conflict, but the particulars are left vague, and the fae are generally elemental, with undefined parameters to their magic, and for the most part unbound to any particular physical form. I think essentially it's a play on the fae much closer to interpreting them as nature spirits of a kind than I generally see in modern interpretations. While I didn't necessarily dislike the characters I did feel like there wasn't quite enough time to get to know them throughout... or just that I didn't wind up connecting to them enough? While Livy and Kit both had enough time to at least begin to feel like people, Skye and Grady really didn't, as they sort of... lost any personality they might have had when the curse kicked in... that or they just weren't all that faceted to begin with? Or it is possible that I personally just didn't jive with either of their characters for reasons I can't explain. This, combined with the whole curse-taking-away-their-ability-to-actually-make-independent-choices thing, just made both of their points of view, especially their scenes together, really uncomfortable for me to read. (Some of which was probably intentional but there rest was probably due to personal preference... I tend to find all "mating-bond" stuff kind of creepy in general so perhaps this is not a surprise. At least Livy and Kit were uncomfortable right along with me, I guess?) Pacing-wise, I felt that the build-up took a lot longer than the actual plot, but that may have been in part because I was thinking of Livy's quest as "the plot" when it's possible that the build-up was actually... meant to be the interesting part? But the thing about me is that I am always there for a good faerie quest with weird nonsensical instructions and even more weird nonsensical rules, and somehow always getting snagged into a promise or a trade, and being weirdly proprietary about your name because that's just how things are. I REALLY LIKE THAT STUFF. So the parts where Livy gave of heroine-in-a-folktale vibes were my favourites. I did really enjoy the visuals of Livy's quest too, I would love to see it illustrated- it was where the writing really shone, too, both tightly paced and very visual, edging toward poetic in some moments. I wound up far more interested in the second half of the book,with a little blip toward the ending just because the conclusion wasn't quite as tricksie as I was hoping for (mostly, I think, because at least one subset of the fae were a good bit more benevolent than I'd gone in expecting- it was both a strength, because it was different, and a weakness, because I apparently like when the fae are a little bit terrible at the best of times, with their logic runs rather counter to human logic... there were hints in this book but I would have loved to see more). Overall, I had a good time reading this one, and it was nice to read a stand-alone fantasy novel! The interpretation of the fae was a little different than what I was used to and interesting to explore, especially with the more nature-spirit-y fae. While this novel didn't give me everything I was hoping for, and did give me a few things that I was kind of... not hoping for... I still enjoyed reading it and really liked some aspects of the world and enjoyed the folktale-like elements that it delivered.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the Creativity! What an amazingly creative and magical read! Before I get into my thoughts on the novel as a whole, I have to relay my amazement on the use of Goblins within this story. Seriously, I am amazed and impressed in the way that the author integrated them within the story. They were not juvenile. They were scary (yet fascinating) creatures that were such a creative element of this novel. Not often are Goblins used in a fantasy and combined within the modern world. It was such a unique, refreshing, and creative concept that I had not read of before! Now, on to my overall thoughts. In case you can't guess from my enthusiastic appreciation of Goblins above, I loved this novel. It was a new story that was not one of the same of many novels told in a different way. This story was magical, it was vastly creative, the setting and descriptions were visual, and the writing was incredible. In combination, all of this made for the perfect novel and I could not put the book down. I enjoyed each of the characters and each of them had their own individual yet identifiable personality. They were all likeable which made it easy to become invested in the story. I'm going to be honest and say that typically I probably wouldn't pick up a novel with "Goblin" in the title because of preconceived notions. This is the perfect example of how I would have hugely missed out based on that personal judgement. This was an amazing read that I will definitely be recommending and I know for certain that I will be searching for some Molly Ringle reads in the future! ***Thank you to Goodreads as well as the author and publisher for supplying me with this novel via a giveaway***
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting from page 1 The Nitty-Gritty: This book was enchanting from the first page. The goblins are immediately sinister and dangerous. The storytelling is vivid. The setting is dazzling. The characters are compelling. If you couldn't already tell, I loved it. This is a fairly short read (less than 300 pages), and it's a fast-paced story as well. I finished reading it on Halloween, and, I have to say, it was exactly the type of story that I love for Halloween. Dangerous, supernatural, dark, sinister, but not actually scary. I'm not a big horror fan. This checked all my boxes. The Verdict: I whole-heartedly recommend The Goblins of Bellwater - especially while you're still in an autumn mood!
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic, romance and action! edit | remove Review I am a huge fan of Molly Ringle's novels. The Goblins of Bellwater didn’t disappoint and proved the versatility of this talented writer. Set in the picturesque Pacific Northwest, there is plenty of magic, romance, and action to engage any reader. Ms. Ringle’s vivid descriptions take the reader into the unbelievable world of goblins - believably! Her portrayal of the contemporary human characters living in a small town and their relationships are very realistic. Can a mechanic, who is also an artist, a dedicated environmentalist, a talented chef and a barista/aspiring artist be able to withstand the power of a goblin’s spell and return to their normal lives? This page turner will keep you guessing as they race against time and the elements to release an age-old evil spell, that is affecting all of their lives. And not in a good way.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was all right This wasn't a bad story. It was nice to read a paranormal romance novel where the romance is between humans, not some weird kinky goblin. The goblins are creepy and repulsive, as they should be. The pacing itself is a super super slow burn, and while it feels like nothing happens, it progresses well enough that I couldn't put it down. There were a few parts at the end that are a bit overdone, but it ended well
Date published: 2017-07-28

Editorial Reviews

"The Goblins of Bellwater is a delightfully creepy paranormal romance set in the rich landscape of the Pacific Northwest . . . a journey to a world that feels both familiar and freaky—a wonderful place to get lost." —Claire Foster, Foreword Reviews