My Rating: 3.5 stars
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publish Date: October 1st, 2017
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review
A tale 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.
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.
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Opening Sentence: “With not quite enough gold in his pocket, Kit Sylvain trudged through the underbrush, trampling salal and fern under his hiking boots.”
The Goblins of Bellwater is a unique, light, and fun read perfect for fantasy lovers everywhere. I have never read a book that was quite like this, but I loved it from its magically forestry beginnings to its ghoulish ending.
This a love story where the couples initial coming together happens in disaster till a point comes where no one knows what to believe and what not to. The first couple Livy and Kit have a more lighthearted and quick burning romance that they don’t know how to balance with the rest of their lives. Then there is Skye and Grady whose romance starts with a animalistic curse that draws them to each other like starving magnets. Their dive into romance is dipped in very real and very spooky magic till they don’t know if their love is just from a spell or if they were truly meant to be.
A love story like this one is another one of my guilty favorites. It isn’t strictly fantasy or romance, nor are the genres mixed in the usual way. It’s something that teases out a wilder part of your heart. The Goblins of Bellwater will try their best to entrance you just beware of taking the Goblins magical paths lest you be stuck in their world forever.
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-Till next time!