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.
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.
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exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: October 1st 2017 by Central Avenue Publishing
The Goblins of Bellwater initially intrigued me because of the concept of goblins living in a modern setting, completely unknown by the humans that live nearby.. except for Kit, the liaison to the local goblin tribe who is cursed to find gold every full moon.
Going in I knew it was going to be a contemporary romance with a fantastical twist, unfortunately for me I found the fantasy aspect of the goblins and Kit’s family curse was lacking. The romance took too much of the spotlight instead of more of a focus on the family aspect of the story or even a deeper look into the goblin society. I didn’t quite feel Livy’s worry and stress towards Skye’s condition, it just wasn’t believable for me, she was more concerned about her love life than her sister’s well being in my opinion.
The character development could use a bit more work, I didn’t feel any concern or worry about Skye or Grady’s outcome, the connection to the characters just wasn’t present enough for me to worry that they would permanently be turned into goblins.
One thing I quite liked was the inclusion of the elements early on, it made later events not seem so out of the blue. However, overall my biggest issue with The Goblins of Bellwater was the happy ending everyone received. All of that happened and every single character returns to a happier, if not better life than they had before.. where was the sacrifice, the consequences of dealing with the goblins?
If you like to read stories where regardless of a character’s actions everything gets wrapped up with a neat little bow at the end then you probably wouldn’t find the ending too bad. But for me the end was too wrapped up nice and neat, with little to no repercussions for everything that went down.