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"The touches of pagan culture and elemental magic are perfectly applied, giving the modern setting an old-world, surreal flavor." --Olivia Fields, author, Her Heart's Liege
"Ringle's novel is fast-paced and sparkling with dangerous spells and unexpected delights. The goblins aren't ethereal and magical; they don't sparkle, shimmer, or shine. They repulse and draw you in -- all at the same time." --Kate Ristau, author, Shadow Girl and Clockbreakers
"Immortal's Spring pulls readers right back into this reimagining of the Greek myths and emergence of modern-day gods and goddesses, and this novel is just as hard to put down as the previous two." --San Francisco Book Review
"If you want a book that will challenge, excite and enthrall you, then this might be the book for you." --Long and Short Reviews
"This was a beautiful story, and I'm really excited to see how it unfolds in future installments of the series." --Kaitlin Bevis, author, Persephone
"Captivating from start to finish, as fraught with intrigue as it is with romance, this is the perfect end to an unforgettable trilogy." --Jamie Deacon, author, Caught Inside
"I read Persephone's Orchard a year ago and it still remains one of the most unique and engaging retellings of the Hades and Persephone myth I've ever read." --Rachel Alexander, Author of Receiver of Many
"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
"This story cast just as much of a spell over me as the goblins cast over Skye. Once I entered Molly's beautifully crafted world where magic and reality mingled, I didn't want to leave!" --Rachel Morgan, author, the Creepy Hollow series
"The lion's share of this final volume is a slow boil, but while there's more introspection than in previous volumes, Ringle provides a thoroughly satisfying thread-tying conclusion." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
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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I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, fast read with just enough hints of creepiness to keep me invested. The prose was clean and engaging and Ringle has a real knack for making her narrative atmospheric, whether it's a glimpse of the cold grey water of the Sound or the faint dripping of rain from pine needles in the muffled and isolated forest. I loved that aspect of the book. The four main characters - forester and environmental scientist, Livy, her artist sister, Skye, part time mechanic, part time chain saw sculptor and full time goblin liaison, Kit and his rather innocent chef cousin, Grady, were all good characters. Very likeable even when they weren't perfect. I loved how Livy's science back ground and love of the forest gave her a connection wit nature. Skye, despite being a victim for 90% of the book, still had agency. You felt that she was still active and you rooted for her - this was skilfully done as she easily could have slid into being a damsel in distress. Kit was likeable enough although I got frustrated with his reluctance to talk about his goblin liaison issues. Also considering his relationship with the goblins, he's really blase about whether anyone is under a curse or not, assuming they aren't and then not investigating. Grady suffers a bit for being enspelled pretty much from the get go and therefore doesn't have a lot of personality, especially when held up next to Skye. The goblins were everything you could wish for - greedy, pugnacious, tricksy, cunning, avaricious and physically strong. Do not expect any handsome goblin kings here though because it just doesn't happen. It's not that kind of goblin story. Redring is deliciouly nasty - so nice to see a female goblin as antagonist! - and Flowerwatch was wonderful in a different way. I feel like there could be an entire story just about those two and I'd love to read it. There were a couple of minor blips in this book for me. The ages of the protagonists just didn't seem to fit. (And also why stress so much that the girls are a coupe of years older than the boys? Weird.) Mostly it feels like Kit and Livy could be much older than mid twenties. Another blip was the sex. I enjoy a good sex scene as much as the next mildly perverted person but these felt a bit out of place. As in I'm not sure they advanced the plot, it was more that they were there just to show that the two couples had sex. So it read a bit oddly and you were left with about three chapters early on where the MCs were all just getting it on. The curse that Skye is caught in is especially nasty because it robs her completely of the power to communicate. Even to smile. There's something subtly awful about that and I really felt for her and Grady when she accidentally pulled him into it. The final battle was pretty satisfying but I would have liked Livy to win at the very last by using her wits since the goblins were so much more powerful. Overall though this was a strong urban fantasy and one which will stay with me a long time just from the sheer feel and atmosphere. Highly recommend for all those who like Holly Black, Neil Gaiman or fairy tales in which the fae are not the good guys.
I was excited for the opportunity to review this book because I absolutely love the cover and the authors name made me think of the actress Molly Ringwald! Before the story even got underway there was an extract of a poem with my name in. This told me we were off to a great start.
I really enjoyed this book. It's not the kind of book that can be powered through in a day or so. While it was a complete page turner there was so much to take in that you owe it to the book to saviour it and really appreciate all it has to offer.
I loved how the fantasy was seamlessly woven into reality. It felt like their world was as much a part of our world and visa versa. I felt like it wouldn't been unrealistic to walk out into the woods and expect to hear the goblins calling out me. I live in an area without much woodland but if I ever find myself in that kind of setting I won't be eating any fruit I happen on just in case.
This is a book that gives up it secrets slowly. Just when I thought I had things sussed or more worryingly thought it was all over along came another solution. I really liked the four main characters, sisters Livy and Skye and cousins Kit and Grady but I wasn't sure how seeing things from four different perspectives would work. It turns out it was awesome and helped with the immersive experience that was reading this book.
The Goblins of Bellwater is my first book by Molly Ringle and I'm confident it won't be my last. I enjoyed this immensely and I look forward to reading more by her in the future.
I'd like to thank LoveBound Promotions for proving the Mobi copy to read and review.
Overall yeah this was definitely an entertaining read but it wasn’t as fantastic as the beautiful cover had made me hope for.
The characters are likeable, and I appreciate that they’re good people. The goblins and “locals” were also cool (I can definitely see Skye’s graphic novel being a hit). But for me this was a take it or leave it type of book. I mean yay that I read it but if I hadn’t my life wouldn’t have been lacking.
So yeah, I didn’t love it, but if you happen to be an avid fan of paranormal stories, romance, curses, and the like (a.k.a. if you liked Twilight but would be open to way cooler female characters) then you really ought to check this one out. It may have missed the mark for me but I’ve seen some reviews by people who have absolutely loved this one.
THE GOBLINS OF BELLWATER lures you in with the clink of gold, the heat of the forbidden, and the promise of more. A creative take on a classic poem, this book is filled with romance and the dark prices it can pull from a soul.
*Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
I am having a hard time here with this.
I'll be honest and say that I nearly gave up a few times as the first 50% was a bit slow for me. Then I started with the over analysing. Was it me? Am I way out the target audience? Was it my mood? I hate it when I do that.....
This will probably be short. Maybe it's best if I list the things I liked and didn't....
What I liked:
The cover (artwork is superb)
The unique premise (goblins are so under used!)
The creepy evil goblins! (they were naughty!)
The romance (although a bit insta-love)
The fae folk!
What irked me:
I was expecting more fantasy (my expectation may have ruined it for me!)
I didn't feel I connected with the characters (in fact sometimes I was shaking my head at them!)
I found it extremely slow until it comes together at around 50% (glad I didn't give up though, I hate to DNF a book!)
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