The Goblins of Bellwater
by Molly Ringle
New Adult, Standalone
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.
Note: I requested this book from NetGalley and they were kindly enough to send me a copy.
I loved The Goblins of Bellwater. I grew up on Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, I love the movie about the Goblin King and ever since then I guess you can say I became a supernatural geek. I love the supernatural, I watch movies, tv series and of course books all with supernatural themes. Through out the years I never really found anything else about goblins which was sad because of how much I loved the movie. Then Molly Ringle wrote The Goblins of Bellwater and I found my happy place.
Goblins have come to the island of Bellwater and have taken over. Not only do they steal things (or should I say steal them vicariously *cough* Kit) but they curse people and sometimes take them. This story revolves around Kit, Livy, Skye and Grady, four people who have gotten into goblin trouble and have to fight to find happiness again, to free themselves from the goblins.
Skye is an amazing character she is such a happy and bubbly person who has an artist’s nature then she is cursed by the goblins and everything changes. Molly had to transform some who is such a happy person, who sees the world in art, into someone who seems depressed and alone. Molly pulled this off so amazingly well. She was able to get me to understand that Skye was still Skye just altered, you can tell she is who she is underneath the spell. I so think that this mirrors depression and does a good job in describing someone who is depressed which isn’t really shown in these types of books.
The relationship between Skye and Livy reminds me of me and my sister. They are really close and take care of each other. Livy could help but notice something was wrong with Skye and wanted to take care of her. Livy has that take care of nature which came across the page really well. What amazed me was what a bad ass Livy turned out to be, she was the unlikely hero of the story. She did some amazing things all for her.
Molly wrote a wonderful tale that weaves our world with another so seamlessly with the supernatural. The story flowed and kept my interest with vivid scenes and the new adult themes in the story, this book is most definitely for an older audience . The Goblins of Bellwater had magic, adventure, romance, curses, supernatural creatures, a faerie war and more.