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In her debut novel, Emma Hamm brings us to a new world. The mining town of Silnarra is not an easy place to survive in. Convicts and the poor work alongside each other to gather gemstones sold to the rich and famous. Their lives are put on the line every day as they descend into tunnels that were built long before humans found them. Rumors of monsters lurking in the depthsIn her debut novel, Emma Hamm brings us to a new world. The mining town of Silnarra is not an easy place to survive in. Convicts and the poor work alongside each other to gather gemstones sold to the rich and famous. Their lives are put on the line every day as they descend into tunnels that were built long before humans found them. Rumors of monsters lurking in the depths keep the miners wary of shadows. Disappearances frequently occur in the darkness.Jane Penderghast has two younger siblings relying on her. She has to resort to desperate measures to keep them all alive. Women are not allowed to work in the mines but it is the only way to earn money in this cursed place. She will do anything to save her family, even lie and work in the belly of the earth.In a moment of fear and confusion, she realizes that the rumors of goblins are true. These strange creatures that live far below her town bring her into their world. What she finds there is both astounding and heartbreaking. A goblin warrior, a dying race, and a chance at a life she never expected.To become a Goblin Bride is no easy thing....

Title : The Goblin Bride
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ISBN : 9781512172034
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Number of Pages : 242 Pages
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The Goblin Bride Reviews

  • Heidi Kneale
    2019-01-24 15:58

    When I read the description of this book, it was totally my crack and I had to get it. Loved the cover.Things I liked: I loved the characters Jane and Ruric. Jane's determination to survive is a solid trait that endeared her to me. This determination drove her to action. This willingness to go to action every time gave her a strength I admired. The main plotline of their relationship was solid and an enjoyable read. Ruric's determination to win Jane over endeared him to me. While the plot was a little slow for the first couple of chapters, once Jane is taken by the goblins and she's bonded to Ruric, the pace picks up. Their story intrigued me so much I got the second book.Even though she is early in her career, Hamm had a voice that spoke to me and made me forgive the story's rough spots.Things I thought needed improving: This feels very much like a first book in that Hamm's handling of the craft is a bit clumsy in the beginning, with grammatical slips and filter phrases. These elements smooth out as the book goes along. The omniscient POV was a little difficult to follow at times as the head-hopping sometimes startled me. I wish there were more subplots and complex plot threads woven in. This would have made the world even richer as Jane's and Ruric's storylines interacted with others.There are two books in the series and I can see how the two could have been combined into one, with delicious foreshadowing woven in. That said, I'm sorry there were only two books, as I would have gone on and read a third. Some planning in structure would have taken this book from good to great.

  • Shasha
    2019-02-18 13:58

    Needs editingThe plot was interesting but I almost quit in the beginning. The sentences were oddly put together and I had to reread many. The cave life was simple but grabbed my imagination. I want to see the relationship grow between the MCs and learn more about the world. I felt that there were holes in the world building. Where did they get furs? Where is the mom of the goblin teen? The goblins used words and descriptions that were Above even though they had never been there (he describes the heroine as smelling of sunlight--how does he know that?!)The ending does make me want to read more.Cliffhanger

  • Deljah
    2019-02-09 12:57

    "A Story of Brainwashing & Dehumanization that Ends on a Cliffhanger"SPOILER ALERT!!SPOILER ALERT!!!I finished this book. It reminded me of the Hades and Persephone myth, which I usually like, but there was too much to turn me off. The heroine disguised herself as a man to go work in a mine to support her two younger siblings, a 17 year old boy and a 9 year old girl. The heroine was 26,and their parents had died. The younger siblings were literally at risk for starvation and all sorts of other horrible things to happen to them. However, the heroine's loyalties rather quickly switched to the goblins after she was captured and forcibly married to one. The goblin race is dying out, and after capturing her by accident, they wanted to see if she could breed and replenish their ranks. Somehow, the heroine overcame her opposition to that role. Somehow, her familial loyalty faded away, apparently. She kept telling herself that she had no choice, but I didn't buy it. She still had tremendous power in the situation. She became okay with the fact that the goblins kept male humans as slaves to work in the mines and do other labor, while the goblins focused on being "artisans." She became okay with the goblins killing those human slaves after they became unable or unwilling to do forced labor for the goblins. She felt sorry for the goblins, after all of that. She even tried to attack human slaves to prevent their escape. She asked herself, and I quote, "were they missing their homes so much?" This was immediately after she saw her husband kill humans who had been starved and worked almost to death. They were killed bc they couldn't work anymore. smh. Despicable. I have read many Stockholm Syndrome stories, but this was the worst.She had no understanding of human self-defense or real familial bonds. She completely equated being a slave who worked in a mine to being a human who choose to work in a mine. She completely dismissed the fact that these men had families that they supported and cared about...families who needed them. Nope, the goblins were nice to her, in hopes that she'd breed from them, and that was good enough for everybody! She even apologized to the goblins, right after the goblins massacred the humans! unbelievable.This book is really an illustration of brainwashing and dehumanization, and it ends on a cliffhanger.I read the sample of book #2 to see if things changed, but it was no better. She'd been accused of leading a slave revolt that lead to the deaths of 17 goblins. The humans were being killed anyway, so who cares, right? She kept saying that she really didn't help the humans escape. The goblins didn't believe her, and she felt soooo bad about that. Why, the goblins had been kind to her, so they really weren't as awful as they seemed! *eyeroll* Such disappointment after such an interesting premise.

  • marz
    2019-02-14 16:11

    Writing was a bit rough at the start, but story captured and held my attention. Cliffhanger at the end which was a bit disappointing, but I'm happy there may be more books. Slavery is part of the story which put me off a bit, but there wasn't any cruelty or degradation to the imprisonment.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-16 11:50

    This book probably falls under a guilty pleasure read. But I enjoyed it. If the romance worries you I'd give this a pg-13 rating. Interesting new world. Strong, independent lady lead. Not sure how I feel about the ending, but will probably check out the sequel.

  • Vanessa Mozes
    2019-01-21 15:42

    The Goblin Bride was a wonderfully told story with endearing characters in a world that truly felt magical. I discovered this author through other fantasy romance readers and writers, and am so happy I picked up this book. I don't give a book a 5 star rating unless I would go back and read it again. This story is both lovely and heart-wrenching.Jane is a relatable, believable heroine who cares deeply for her family. With her parents gone, she takes responsibility for her two younger siblings and would do anything for them, including work in the mines. When she's taken by the creatures she thought to be the imaginings of scared children, her entire world turns upside down.Ruric is a goblin warrior, one of the best in a dying breed. Though larger and stronger than most goblins, he has a soft spot for the human woman, Jane. He might not say much, but his feelings run deep, and he would do anything for Jane and his people.I loved this book and I can't wait to read the next one!

  • Tigress62
    2019-01-30 11:43

    3 stars! Sadly, this book is very badly in need of editing (many garbled sentences and a hell of a lot of typos!), and that's why it almost went down to 2 stars for me, despite a storyline that I enjoyed quite a lot. The descriptions of Above and Below are impressive, and as a beginner's work it is amazing: Beauty and the Beast in Avatar-like surroundings (a bit too much of glowing moss and too many globes, though), and a lovestory that moves slowly, but surely. Unfortunately, however, things get a bit hectic and rushed in the end, and I cannot always relate to Jane's inner musings or actions. The cliffhanger hints at more to come (volume two has already been published!), and I will surely read the sequel ...

  • Amanda
    2019-02-10 11:57

    This book was an entirely unique read. If you love paranormal romance books, you will definitely enjoy Emma Hamm's debut book. There is nothing I love more than a big strong terrifying male lead having the softest heart of anyone you've ever met and he's even a goblin, no less. The leading female, Jane, is strong and determined. It was fun to follow her as she discovers this goblin world she's only heard stories about. This is a book that just draws you in and you can't stop turning pages. I don't like to give away any spoilers but this book is certainly a must read. I can't wait to read the next book.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-02 15:43

    3.5 starsThis is a slow moving story. However the world building and character development keeps you reading because you want to found out what happens. I'm rating it a three because it did not hold my attention throughout the story and I skimmed some chapters. I may or may not purchase the next book.

  • Samah Khan
    2019-01-28 11:46


  • Tessa Hamberlin
    2019-01-30 14:11

    Enjoyed this book. Liked the idea and the main character. I’ve got a thing for human and different species couples.

  • Leyla
    2019-01-22 15:06

    Interesting read. Review soon! Kindle read and a good discovery XD

  • Pickyreader
    2019-01-31 11:51

    Hated the heroine. Couldn't finish it.

  • Jodie
    2019-02-11 09:44

    Another fantastic read, absolutely loved it.

  • Emily
    2019-02-01 15:47

    Title: The Goblin Bride (Beneath Sands #1) Author: Emma HammFormat: Paperback (Bought)[ Enjoyed ] Mostly yes.[ Last Read ] Finished last night.[ Reread ] Probably will.[ Cover Lust ]Kind of.[ Intriguing Title ] Yes. (I blame Wintersong.)[ Interesting Premise/Plot ] Yes, but only cause it's something I tend to like reading.[ Preview Impressions ] Writing style seems okay with my attention span.[ Kept My Attention ] Kind of.[ Got Bored / Mind Wandering ] No.[ Skimmed/Skipped Scenes/Chapters ] No.[ Reread Past Scenes For Fun ] Ironically, no.[ Reread Past Scenes Cause My Memory Sucks To Clear Confusion ] Yes for occasional typos, some formatting issues, and sudden POV shifts.[ Stayed Up Late ] Yes.[ Took a Long Break Midway ] Nope.[ Ending Left Me Feeling ] *stores on bookshelf and places bookmark into first page of sequel*[ Easy Light Reading ] Yes, if I don't overthink.[ Turn Brain Off ] Must. (Very little room for interpretation of characters thoughts.)[ Guilty Pleasure ] Surprisingly no.Other thoughts I'm throwing in: (Might contain spoilers; I fail at identifying them.)Before starting the book, I predicted that I would rate The Goblin Bride four stars. Sadly, have to knock it down to three or else I mess up my own rating system. I forgive the occasional typo or formatting issues, but being very specific on what the characters were thinking took quite a bit of the enjoyment away for me. (Gonna assume that the Beneath Sand series is an earlier work.) If I read this years ago when I possessed extremely low level of reading comprehension, I think I would have loved being told every thought and emotion.The general story and supposed setting are ones that tends to perk my interest. At times I questioned the characters' thoughts and even the setting whenever they happened to be something I wasn't expecting. (Electricity?!) Overall those didn't distract me that much from experiencing/learning with Jane of the goblin world. Character interactions didn't feel as deep/emotional as I preferred...gonna assume that has to do with the telling instead of showing. (Not a writer; don't really know what I'm talking about. >_< )I appreciate that the ending wasn't something cheesy (to me) or predictable (like a HEA type). Since The Goblin Warrior book exists and I have it in my possession, can't really decide if The Goblin Bride's ending is suppose to feel open ended or like a cliff-hanger. But! At least, I'm finally able to ponder Ruric's decision before diving into The Goblin Warrior~

  • Sarah
    2019-02-04 17:09

    When I started this novel, I knew that it was going to be good. The question was... how good was it going to be?Turns out it was really fantastically amazing good! I was brought completely into the world that Emma Hamm created, and I was unable to put the book down! It was filled with vibrant cultural aspects and a beautiful world Below that contrasted the harsh realities of Above. The characters were so real! There were too many details for me not to fall into the world and believe that it actually existed. I fell in love along side Jane, and I was torn apart throughout the heart wrenching plot. The beautiful pictures that were painted consumed everything around me until I was sitting in glowing moss among crystals. (Yikes... is that a spoiler? Should I check that box down there? Hmm... Deal with it.)I loved every moment of this book and was definitely not expecting all the deep meanings that were littered throughout. It was a heartwarming romantasy that made me think. Otherwise, exactly what I've been searching for so hard without any results. I'm so glad that there is a second book and that I have it, because I'm definitely not ready to say goodbye to Ruric and Jane! I can't wait to begin the continuation! 5/5 stars? Oh definitely!

  • Leticia
    2019-01-26 16:07

    4.5 StarsI loved the slow burn between Jane and Ruric. It was realistic that despite their differences they began to fall in love. With time, they learned that humans and goblins where really not different at all. I was definitely enthralled with the world Below, fell in love with it just as Jane did. Wouldn't mind finding a world below the sands someday. Ruric was easy to love from the get go. I loved his thoughts, how much his love for Jane really made him change. Despite him being a barbaric beast he always had this soft side for her. He made me wish I could be treated like that haha! Jane albeit frustrating at times, was easy to root for her strength came across thru every page of the book. Her love for her family is one of her strongest character traits.What happens at the end is hard to read esp with all the development that had happened between Jane and Ruric. Word of warning this book ends with a cliffhanger that leaves you on the edge of your seat and wondering where Jane & Ruric go from here. Luckily the second book is out already and I can sink my teeth into it ASAP!For this being Emma Hamm's debut novel it is excellent and definitely one of my fave books. Why the 4.5 stars then you ask? I don't know if it was either editing problems on my copy or just a rush to get the novel out but some pages have significant spelling and grammar errors or are missing words all together & it took me out of the story at times. Not a big problem in the end for me hence the rating but I wish more care would have been brought into it. BTW, this does seem a lot like a Beauty and the Beast re-telling which is why I loved it so much. If you like BATB or fairytale retellins mixed in with good fantasy, world building and strong characters give this book a chance.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-09 15:11

    I liked this. I thought it was very well written, then ending made me mad. Great character building and great relationship building. I didn't like that he didn't tell her that if she didn't get prego than she would be sent to someone else. I like where the relationships are more open with each other and I felt like that was something she should have been aware of. Especially because at that point they had formed a mutual respect and friendship. The cliffhanger didn't bother me, the fact that he didn't believe her did. I was like "NOOOO!!!!!! she's telling the truth! Simon's an ass!". I was a little mad that Ruric listened to Simon rather than her. Just sort of dismissed her after everything they've been through, and listened to Simon. The guy who said they were a "married couple" the proceeded to push her off a cliff. Because that screams trustworthy. That's where I was frustrated. Other than that, I did like this and will be reading the second one.

  • Lost in Words
    2019-02-01 14:47

    Wow. Not what I expectedI suppose the book illustration left me to believe I'd never wantto finish this book. I assumed it would be at best hokey but I have never been more pleasantly surprised. Full of depth and beauty, this book is much more than it appears. A new world, a new race, and a naive love that grows dispite their differences.

  • Airwreckah
    2019-02-13 10:00

    4.5. I am sad this just came out because i need to know what happens next. Also, i kind of want to push Ruric off a cliff he cant climb back from. He will have to learn some serious lessons for me to forgive him for making her a slave. I was pissed at her attitude at the end of the book.

  • GCB-LovesGoodBooks
    2019-02-17 09:04

    I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would going into it. I am not a fan of cliff hangers so of course it made me a bit grumpy. I look forward to reading the next installment.

  • Cora
    2019-01-20 15:05

    It was ok. A pre-reader would be good to catch some of the grammatical errors, but the story itself held my attention. I may not have liked the way some things went, but it isn't my story.

  • Stephanie Jones
    2019-01-26 11:53

    Looking forward to book2Really enjoyed this read! Looking forward to the second book. I will admit I am a little saddened by the ending.