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October 1, 2017

Review: Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

by MK French

The small town of Bellwater, Washington is surrounded by a primeval forest, and few of its citizens know that goblins live in it. They have their own rules and are practically immortal. Kit is the human go between because of an ancient contract. Skye is drawn into the woods and fed goblin fruit, ensorcelling her into depression and silence so that she will eventually become a goblin. Her sister Livy is determined to help her sister, and as one of the few that is not tainted by goblin magic, she is the only one that can.
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Goblins of Bellwater
October 2017; Central Avenue Publishing
9781771681179; ebook, print (288 pages)
paranormal romance
I have never read a book that was based off of Christina Rosetti's "Goblin Market" like this before, and the spirit of the poem resonates throughout this story.

The goblins are eerie and otherworldly, with a moral code all their own. They're not really sympathetic at first, but then finding out the history of the goblins almost does. The fae are disguised as whispers, shadows, animal shapes and forces of nature, so it gives the entire town a grounded yet spooky feeling at times.

Skye's predicament is especially frightening because as a reader we know what truly happened, and can see logically why no one else would realize it. We have scenes told from different characters' perspectives, so we feel their thoughts and emotions.

Livy's fight for those she loves in the final third of the book is realistically done, and walking the path of the elements is vividly described. Small details really give a sense of the small town nature and the characters, making them feel real. I was a little disappointed there wasn't more to the book!

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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