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Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.” Lou never believed in superstitions or magic--until her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped to the goblin market. The market is a place Lou has only read about--twisted streets, offerings of sweet fruits and incredible jewels. Everything--from the food and w Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.” Lou never believed in superstitions or magic--until her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped to the goblin market. The market is a place Lou has only read about--twisted streets, offerings of sweet fruits and incredible jewels. Everything--from the food and wares, to the goblins themselves--is a haunting temptation for any human who manages to find their way in. Determined to save Neela, Lou learns songs and spells and tricks that will help her navigate this dangerous world and slip past a goblin's defenses--but she only has three days to find Neela before the market disappears and her aunt becomes one of them forever. If she isn't careful, the market might just end up claiming her too.


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Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.” Lou never believed in superstitions or magic--until her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped to the goblin market. The market is a place Lou has only read about--twisted streets, offerings of sweet fruits and incredible jewels. Everything--from the food and w Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.” Lou never believed in superstitions or magic--until her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped to the goblin market. The market is a place Lou has only read about--twisted streets, offerings of sweet fruits and incredible jewels. Everything--from the food and wares, to the goblins themselves--is a haunting temptation for any human who manages to find their way in. Determined to save Neela, Lou learns songs and spells and tricks that will help her navigate this dangerous world and slip past a goblin's defenses--but she only has three days to find Neela before the market disappears and her aunt becomes one of them forever. If she isn't careful, the market might just end up claiming her too.

30 review for Not Good for Maidens

  1. 5 out of 5

    emma

    brb, mom. heading to the goblin market. going to fall in love with a girl with like, corduroy skin and a spine made of thorns and have a chunk torn out of my shoulder via teeth. see ya later review to come / 3.5 stars ---------------- sapphic star-crossed lovers in a horror-fantasy spooky goblin market?? am i dreaming (thanks to the publisher for the arc)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tori Bovalino

    Hey y'all! I'm beyond excited about this book but I want everyone to have a comfortable and enjoyable reading experience. NOT GOOD FOR MAIDENS is horror/horror-adjacent and has a list of content warnings that I recommend checking out before reading. Content Warnings: -On-page gore -On-page body horror (like, a lot of it) -Violence -Trauma I'm happy to give more info or specifics on any of these warnings. If you read my first book, it's along the same line in terms of level of gore, but slightly more Hey y'all! I'm beyond excited about this book but I want everyone to have a comfortable and enjoyable reading experience. NOT GOOD FOR MAIDENS is horror/horror-adjacent and has a list of content warnings that I recommend checking out before reading. Content Warnings: -On-page gore -On-page body horror (like, a lot of it) -Violence -Trauma I'm happy to give more info or specifics on any of these warnings. If you read my first book, it's along the same line in terms of level of gore, but slightly more towards the body horror side than the mental/emotional side. Happy reading!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.5 Stars. This was a bit of a mixed bag for me but in the end I liked it more than I disliked it. I’m a huge fan of YA horror and YA fantasy so a book mixed with both seemed right up my alley. I knew enough of the Goblin Market tale to realize this was a retelling, but for me this book felt more like visiting the fae and fairy instead. I don’t know if the author chose that because of goblins and their historic ties to antisemitism – I don’t know enough on the topic or history to go into this or 3.5 Stars. This was a bit of a mixed bag for me but in the end I liked it more than I disliked it. I’m a huge fan of YA horror and YA fantasy so a book mixed with both seemed right up my alley. I knew enough of the Goblin Market tale to realize this was a retelling, but for me this book felt more like visiting the fae and fairy instead. I don’t know if the author chose that because of goblins and their historic ties to antisemitism – I don’t know enough on the topic or history to go into this or as it may pertain to this book- but I actually liked that the book felt more fae-like. I have read many books about the fae –as have many of us- so I felt like I easily understood what this other world was like. And while I found the fae-like goblins interesting and also the story itself, this book was bumpy and was much more plot driven than character driven. I’m a character driven reader personally so I’m left feeling a bit so-so but overall I thought it was a slightly above-average read. I have to admit that the beginning was really rough on me. I had picked up the book over three different days but could not get into it at all. I was willing to give it one more chance, but I was ready to call it a DNF as I’ve decided that my reading enjoyment has to come before my story FOMO. Luckily, that final forth time was enough and as the story moved along the book was much more readable and enjoyable. I would keep that in mind that this book takes a little time. I had a slight issue because the style of this book was done in dual timelines –past and present- and dual POV’s. I’m not a big fan of dual timelines as I find myself always more interested in one story over the other, which happened in this book, but I’ll take them over flashbacks any day. Another story choice issue for me is that I am not fond of books about a “chosen one” or “only one character can save the day” storyline with characters that never know what is actually going on. There is always some big secret that their family or friends hide from them and the character spends half the book asking questions about what is going on, that no one wants to answer. And because the character has been kept in the dark and knows nothing, they have to learn everything important within 24 hours to actually save the day so someone(s) doesn’t die or that the word doesn’t explode. This takes the no-communication trope to the extreme and truly drives me nuts. How this is a well-liked –and often used- story choice I will never know. While the mostly uninteresting, present timeline POV was about a young ace woman named Lou, who is in the dark about her family and their role in the Goblin Market, the storyline from the past was much more interesting which involved May in an enemies to lovers, light sapphic romance and the consequences of it. I won’t go into any spoilers but this part felt much more important and just overall better written so it was the storyline I enjoyed. The romance is very fast, this is a horror book after all so not much time for fluff, but this timeline was interesting and I wanted to read about it I think what everything really comes down to for me is the book’s length does not feel like the right fit. Had this book been a novella that was all about May, her past and then having to come back to save a relative, then the story would have been tighter and the POV with Lou, that felt forced and mostly unneeded, could have been skipped for May’s better story. Or, I think Bovalino should have gone all in and really built up the characters, helping Lou and others come alive, and spend more time world building and especially implementing the magic system. For instance there are witches in this book, and Bovalino talks about how important it is to have or lose your magic. What did the witch magic actually do? I don’t have any idea at all since it seemed like everything was done with herbs and potions that a non-witch could use. So where was their important magic we are told about? This did not have to be an epic fantasy book, but another 50-100 pages could have easily been added to build up the important parts. Where it is at now, I feel like the book just got stuck in this middle length that just didn’t work that well. TLDR: This book was very up and down for me but even with the character building issues, and sometimes disappointing story choices, once I got into the book I did mostly enjoy what I was reading. I think I’m picking a lot in this review because I felt like the potential was there for a really great book, or novella, but it is stuck in the slightly above average category instead. I do want to reiterate that this book is horror and it is more of the gross kind of horror. I didn’t find it scary, but with all the body parts, blood, death and such, this is definitely a YA book for an older audience. I could see this giving a kid some nightmares if they are on the younger side. I think I would still recommend this book to readers looking for queer YA dark fantasy and horror. There are not a lot of books out there with this exact combo so I think some readers will find it interesting and hopefully enjoy it. Just be prepared as it does have its share of bumps. An ARC was given to me for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I don't know what I love more: Goblin Market retellings, or this cover. I don't know what I love more: Goblin Market retellings, or this cover.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A Book Shrew

    I have been blessed by the author with an early draft of this novel and let me just say ... Y'ALL AREN'T READY FOR WHAT'S COMING YOUR WAY IN 2022. I have been blessed by the author with an early draft of this novel and let me just say ... Y'ALL AREN'T READY FOR WHAT'S COMING YOUR WAY IN 2022.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Heard two stories in different times, ace MC, and star-crossed sapphics so I'm in- Heard two stories in different times, ace MC, and star-crossed sapphics so I'm in-

  7. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market. yes please 👀 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market. yes please 👀 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Smith

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I read this author’s previous novel, and a novel about the goblin market was right up my alley. Not to mention LGBT+ rep! Not Good For Maidens is a dual pov/timeline novel about a city where the goblin market appears every summer, with witches who regulate it. A young woman named May who falls for a goblin woman and is lured into the goblin market and has to fight her way out with her sister Laura, and then sev Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I read this author’s previous novel, and a novel about the goblin market was right up my alley. Not to mention LGBT+ rep! Not Good For Maidens is a dual pov/timeline novel about a city where the goblin market appears every summer, with witches who regulate it. A young woman named May who falls for a goblin woman and is lured into the goblin market and has to fight her way out with her sister Laura, and then seventeen or eighteen years later, their young half sister is taken by the goblins and Lou, Laura’s daughter and May’s niece, is pulled into everything that May and Laura tried to leave behind. I have mixed feelings about this book. When I finished, I found it really hard trying to decide whether or not to rate it 3 or 4 stars, but ended up settling on 3, and as I write this review, I’m quite confident that is a good reflection of my thoughts. I loved the premise of the goblin market (trust me, I have schemes for a goblin market retelling of my own) which was immediately what drew me into reading this novel even though I didn’t love the author’s previous book. Christina Rosetti’s “we must not look at goblin men, we must not buy their fruits: who knows upon what soil they fed their hungry thirsty roots?” is such an iconic line to me. So I have to say the premise and idea of the novel is what I liked the best. The goblin market itself seemed to be executed [mostly] well. Enough was left out to not take away from the overall mystery and whimsical nature. But it was definitely like an urban fantasy-horror book. The happenings in the goblin market are brutal and graphic to the point it did surprise me for a YA book. But this author mostly took a horror turn with it, and made most goblins evil, instead of ambivalent (not wholly evil, wholly good) folkloric creatures that I’d expect. The climax and resolution were pretty good. I also loved the LGBTQIA representation. May is bisexual, and Lou is asexual, and Neela is pan. And the WORDS ARE USED ON PAGE!! But unfortunately there were a lot of things that I didn’t like… The conflict was so-so. In theory, I liked it, but execution-wise… not so much. May being taken and needing rescued, good, Neela being taken and needing rescued, good. But Lou’s emotional conflict? Not enjoyable to read. Laura purposely raised Lou away from it and kept it a secret, so when Neela is taken, there’s a big reveal to Lou. And most of the book is spent with Lou saying “why didn’t you tell me this” over and over again and being mad with her mom, basically. She’s a teenager, it’s a YA book, I get it, I understand, I really do, but it just got sort of irritating after a certain point. In the first half of the book it was pretty rough, until Lou started to get her time to shine in the spotlight. The pacing was off at times. And with the different characters and timelines, sometimes it was frustrating. I remember when we finally read May getting invited to the market, the book switches to Lou’s perspective for a few chapters of nothing but her moping and lamenting and being angry about not being told about the market / not understanding things / people not fully explaining things to her / etc. The whole premise of the order of witches and them being witches was not done well at all and felt very unnecessary because of that. I think it could have been discarded entirely and the family just be normal protectors of the city and medics and it would’ve been an improvement. It’s hard to describe but it felt like it was tacked on as an extra thing because the order and their magic system was just… not explained at all. So many little things about the book were just… weird! Their family dynamics, especially. The parents of both generations being split up and located in different countries but conveniently being able to visit often, Neela being a half sister to Laura and May and just a year or so older than Lou even though she’s Lou’s aunt. It’s unconventional for sure and while usually I don’t care, again, it was confusing at many points with the amount of names and just… odd. And also May being pregnant in the present timeline was mentioned like once in a sentence in the beginning and forgotten about aside from another comment like “think of the baby” later in the book. So my overall thoughts: good premise and LGBT rep and take on the goblin market, okay or bad everything else. I would probably recommend it if someone was specifically looking for a goblin market retelling, but not sure if this author has sold me yet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Please forgive me. I'm over here reading through reviews and had NO clue what the Goblin Market was, or that this was a retelling. I had to do some googling! Now that we've got that out of the way. I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I am here for ALL the LGBTQIA2S rep!! The characters were awesome! I loved Mays character so much and really enjoyed her chapters. I'm a huge fan of dual timelines and absolutely adore when two paths intersect with one another. I liked the writing style and the story, Not Good For Please forgive me. I'm over here reading through reviews and had NO clue what the Goblin Market was, or that this was a retelling. I had to do some googling! Now that we've got that out of the way. I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I am here for ALL the LGBTQIA2S rep!! The characters were awesome! I loved Mays character so much and really enjoyed her chapters. I'm a huge fan of dual timelines and absolutely adore when two paths intersect with one another. I liked the writing style and the story, Not Good For Maidens had my attention the entire way through. Side note: Goblin Markets are freaking SCARY! I must read The Devil Makes Three! Thank you so much to Canadian Manda Group for my gifted copy!! I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    lex

    GOTH STAR CROSSED LOVER SAPPHICS WITH HORROR ?? HELLO GIVE IT TO ME NOW

  11. 5 out of 5

    mel

    Format: audiobook Author: Tori Bovalino ~ Title: Not Good for Maidens ~ Narrator: Laura Knight Keating Content: 3 stars ~ Narration: 3 stars Based on a story of Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. Maybe this reading experience would be better if I knew the story before reading this novel. All in all, this was an interesting story. I finished the audiobook, but it didn’t grab me as it should. Not Good for Maidens was my second Tori Bovalino novel, but if I’m honest, I liked The Devil Makes Three m Format: audiobook Author: Tori Bovalino ~ Title: Not Good for Maidens ~ Narrator: Laura Knight Keating Content: 3 stars ~ Narration: 3 stars Based on a story of Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. Maybe this reading experience would be better if I knew the story before reading this novel. All in all, this was an interesting story. I finished the audiobook, but it didn’t grab me as it should. Not Good for Maidens was my second Tori Bovalino novel, but if I’m honest, I liked The Devil Makes Three more. If you are a fan of young adult dark fantasy/horror, with main characters witches and goblins, and don’t mind many content warnings, you could like this. And I am sure many readers will. I guess I am not quite the target audience here, or maybe I just was not in the mood. Narration was good overall, and I would normally like this change of accents, but it didn’t feel natural. Thanks to Recorded Books for the ALC and this opportunity! This is a voluntary review and all opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    El (Ermreading)

    CWs: Kidnapping, Dismemberment, Cannibalism, Gore, Violence, Torture, Confinement, Body horror, Antisemitic subtext I'm going to start this review with something that often concerns me in Goblin Market retellings and how I think it was handled in this book before going into my thoughts on the rest of the book. It's well known, or at least it should be, that the original Goblin Market is an extremely antisemitic work and any work based on it should seek to subvert that to avoid perpetuating further CWs: Kidnapping, Dismemberment, Cannibalism, Gore, Violence, Torture, Confinement, Body horror, Antisemitic subtext I'm going to start this review with something that often concerns me in Goblin Market retellings and how I think it was handled in this book before going into my thoughts on the rest of the book. It's well known, or at least it should be, that the original Goblin Market is an extremely antisemitic work and any work based on it should seek to subvert that to avoid perpetuating further antisemitism in new forms. (Full disclosure, I myself am not Jewish but I discussed the elements that concerned me with friends who are before posting this review) There are ways this book subverts the antisemitism but there are many that it does not. The goblins are described more like Fae and Fair folk than they are 'goblins' which goes part way to avoiding the antisemitic descriptions in the original, however the set up for before Lou and Mae get to the goblin market does mention horns and there is a lot of scaremongering done about their appearances (including mentions of horns) and attitudes towards humans, particularly witches. The main characters are witches and goblin blood is often an ingredient in things and said to have magical powers, the goblin market is underground, the goblins eat humans. All of this ties into extremely harmful antisemitic stereotypes that still affect Jewish people today I think the likelihood is that the author wasn't entirely aware of how these antisemitic ideas were leaking across into the book but as I said earlier, it is, or at should be, well known about the antisemitism of the original and any work that doesn't seek to ACTIVELY subvert that, will likely still include elements of it. It's also an author's job when writing, especially when writing a retelling, to thoroughly research their subject matter and I find it hard to believe that during the author's research process they will have completely missed the discussions of antisemitism in the original text. An example of a Goblin Market retelling that subverts the antisemitism of the original text is In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Childrens #4). In this book, rather than having a race of goblins who rely on antisemitism to be scary in an underground market, In An Absent Dream takes place in a crossroads world where people from many other universes come together to reside. The market in IAAD works on a strict moral code and those who break that code are punished in all manner of ways from reverse aging to losing senses to turning into birds. This book reframes the ideas in goblin market so it's not about an evil race of subhuman creatures but actually about morality, justice and how we treat each other. It also eliminates the physical features of goblins that formed antisemitic stereotypes. In An Absent Dream is a perfect example of subverting harmful ideas through retelling and I don't think Not Good For Maidens was cognisant of the issues it needed to rewrite to achieve the same success. I read Not Good For Maidens the way I read all Goblin Market retellings, keeping a keen eye out for the creeping in of the antisemitic ideas of the original but I'm aware that many readers will not do that and a lot of this will fly under people's radars. While I'm unsure of whether to say this book is outright harmful (I'll take my cue on that from Jewish reviewers) I do think these things are concerning and should be kept in mind. Now for my thoughts on the plot, characters and narration (as I read this as an audiobook) Being from Yorkshire, and really enjoying goblin market retellings (when done right), I was excited to read this. I quickly realised my mistake in reading the audiobook... The narrator was entirely incapable of doing a Yorkshire accent in the slightest, most of the time it sounded Northern Irish. There was a point where Lou says 'Edinburgh' in the dialogue and notes in her head that she's proud of herself for learning how to say it in the way her mum does so 'Eh-din-bruh' but the narrator says it 'Eh-din-borrow'. There's a point where the narrator pronounced Costa as 'Coaster' but then says it correctly towards the end of the book???? I KNOW the main character is American but choosing an American audiobook narrator who can't do a Yorkshire accent to save her life to do a book where all but 3 characters speak in Yorkshire accidents was a terrible decision and it made this book PAINFUL to listen to as someone who's lived in Yorkshire for all 26 years of my life. This book is told in dual timeline between Mae when she was a teenager and went to the goblin market and her niece Lou, now the same age, going into the goblin market to save her young aunt Neela. Dual timeline can be really hard to pull of and for the most part, I think the author did a really good job, the stories informed and interwove with each other well and they didn't interrupt each other's pacing. There also weren't any points where I was annoyed that we switched perspectives because it's done seamlessly enough that it makes sense that the book switches when it does. I don't think the narrative voices between perspectives are that different though and I can see it confusing people. One of the elements I really enjoyed about this book was the casual queerness of it. Our two main characters are both queer, Mae is bi and has a relationship with a goblin woman and Lou is ace. It's always refreshing to see authors name character's sexuality on the page because it avoids any speculation or erasure of identities. Lou's strong ties with the women of her family were really lovely to read as well, her closeness with Neela and her strong urge to fight for and protect her being my favourite. While I liked Mae and Eitra's relationship in here, I do think it could have done with a slight bit more development. It felt like they got past their issues a little quickly at times but honestly I think my opinion a little bit informed by personal taste and a little bit, I'm aromantic and struggle to understand how allos get together so quickly. The horror elements of this books were well written, it definitely instilled that sense of unease but there were definitely times I wished the book had learnt harder into that and BEEN a horror book rather than a coming of age/rescue with strong romance and horror elements. There was a fair amount I enjoyed about this book, the overall plot and characters were good but the painfully abysmal narration and the antisemitism underpinning the whole thing dragged this book down a HELL of a lot. It currently sits at 3 stars but could actually be anywhere from 2.5-3.5 stars depending on how I feel

  13. 5 out of 5

    ash | आश ♥ [superache enthusiast]

    this sounds a lot like not even bones (market of monsters) .... i'm in- this sounds a lot like not even bones (market of monsters) .... i'm in-

  14. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    wow...wow...WOW My review will come closer to the release date but just know that I would die for this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    I went into this one with really high expectations because The Devil Makes Three completely took me by surprise when it comes a well crafted story within the realm of gothic/dark academia. I desperately wanted this story to recreate those vibes, but it just didn’t quite get there. Don’t get me wrong, Bovalino still maintains incredibly atmospheric writing and really nails the horror and body gore that the Wickett women experience at the Goblin Market. I also loved that there’s so much casual quee I went into this one with really high expectations because The Devil Makes Three completely took me by surprise when it comes a well crafted story within the realm of gothic/dark academia. I desperately wanted this story to recreate those vibes, but it just didn’t quite get there. Don’t get me wrong, Bovalino still maintains incredibly atmospheric writing and really nails the horror and body gore that the Wickett women experience at the Goblin Market. I also loved that there’s so much casual queerness in the storyline (an ace MC and a f/f relationship). I don’t think the dual timelines where we get the flashbacks of May’s story 18 years prior in contrast to Lou’s current timeline worked for me. The biggest reason for this was that May and Lou didn’t feel like unique characters/voices, so it was really difficult to remember who was talking and in which timeline we were in. Because of this, the pacing felt choppy versus being very fluid. While this one wasn’t a favorite, I am still looking forward to Bovalino’s next book. Thank you to Recorded books for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Don’t know how I feel about this one yet. Really lost me in the middle and then caught my interest at the end. Doesn’t really feel like the dual timeline was executed very well

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    4/5stars *ARC WAS PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW* 1st book of PRIDE MONTH 2022! Representation: asexual character, bi character, sapphic relationship my own rating would be a 3/5 stars But because this is YA, I try to be subjective and think of what I'd have given it when I was younger and it probably would have been a 4.5/5stars Thus, a 4/5star from me. I absolutely love the premise of this, the goblin market is one of my favorite fairy tales and it is a shame at how few r 4/5stars *ARC WAS PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW* 1st book of PRIDE MONTH 2022! Representation: asexual character, bi character, sapphic relationship my own rating would be a 3/5 stars But because this is YA, I try to be subjective and think of what I'd have given it when I was younger and it probably would have been a 4.5/5stars Thus, a 4/5star from me. I absolutely love the premise of this, the goblin market is one of my favorite fairy tales and it is a shame at how few retellings there are. This book came at an especially perfect time because I had just finished writing my own goblin market retelling novel! So is really fun getting to see one another author did with it. The atmosphere was really good, especially as someone who is from Boston which is where a bit of the story takes place. I really love the world building and what she decided to do with the goblin market, and I also thought the goblins themselves were really interesting. The problem I had with it was I didn't feel like I ever really knew the main character, as well as I felt like this should have either been a short story or a couple book long series. There was so much more that could have been done with it, or she could have packed a really big punch with just a small snippet of this story. Going off of that, I personally enjoyed the story of May far more than I enjoyed the story of Lou. I found Lou's story to be quite generic and boring, and I found myself waiting for May's chapters. The only other problem I had with it was I found some of the reveals to be very strangely placed? Like we as the reader would know something before the characters did so when it was revealed it really wasn't that big of a deal? But overall I thought that this was very unique and very fun, but I thought that the author could have gone even farther with it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    This book is published in May 2022 so I will post a review closer to the publication date on here. So review to come. If curious about getting it from Netgalley yourself, I will be posting my review on there. Right? Is this how that works? I haven't had one this far out before lol Thank you to Netgalley and Page Street Publishing for this eARC! This book is published in May 2022 so I will post a review closer to the publication date on here. So review to come. If curious about getting it from Netgalley yourself, I will be posting my review on there. Right? Is this how that works? I haven't had one this far out before lol Thank you to Netgalley and Page Street Publishing for this eARC!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie T

    Dnf 35% Turns out I don't care about a Goblin story Dnf 35% Turns out I don't care about a Goblin story

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This one is a gothic fantasy horror reimagining of the goblin market. Not only do we get a badass ace MC who saves the day, we also get another timeline with sapphic witch and goblin star crossed lovers. I mean, come on. This one was fascinating. It took me a minute to get into it but after about a 1/4 of the way through I was hooked. I really love seeing on page asexual representation that is more than just hints but not so much that it takes over the entire story. Dont get me wrong, I live for This one is a gothic fantasy horror reimagining of the goblin market. Not only do we get a badass ace MC who saves the day, we also get another timeline with sapphic witch and goblin star crossed lovers. I mean, come on. This one was fascinating. It took me a minute to get into it but after about a 1/4 of the way through I was hooked. I really love seeing on page asexual representation that is more than just hints but not so much that it takes over the entire story. Dont get me wrong, I live for ace coming of age stories, but here, Lou is just asexual and trying to survive in the goblin market and save her family of witches. I especially liked the alternate timeline with Lou's aunt May and the goblin sapphic love story. It's interspersed throughout Lou's adventure and really keeps you invested in the story. I loved the ending and just how freaking cool Lou is. Ace heroines for the win 🙌🏼🖤🤍 Thanks to Pride Book Tours for the review copy!

  21. 5 out of 5

    nihaarika

    4.5 stars Not Good for Maidens takes you on a whirlwind and nail-biting journey as Lou enters a mysterious market to save Neela, her teenage aunt. check out my full review on my blog! thank you tbr & beyond tours, page street kids and netgalley for my e-arc! 4.5 stars Not Good for Maidens takes you on a whirlwind and nail-biting journey as Lou enters a mysterious market to save Neela, her teenage aunt. check out my full review on my blog! thank you tbr & beyond tours, page street kids and netgalley for my e-arc!

  22. 5 out of 5

    A Mac

    Lou didn’t believe in magic or supernatural beings, but she never questioned why her mother and Aunt May lined the doors and windows with salt or kept certain herbs hanging throughout the house. But after receiving a voicemail from her Aunt Neela that contained an eerie message, she began to wonder if there’s more to these superstitions than she thought. With her aunt kidnapped and her mom leaving to help, Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. Will Lou be able to save her aunt? Will sh Lou didn’t believe in magic or supernatural beings, but she never questioned why her mother and Aunt May lined the doors and windows with salt or kept certain herbs hanging throughout the house. But after receiving a voicemail from her Aunt Neela that contained an eerie message, she began to wonder if there’s more to these superstitions than she thought. With her aunt kidnapped and her mom leaving to help, Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. Will Lou be able to save her aunt? Will she discover who she is and what’s missing from her life? And most importantly, will she be claimed by the market? This was an amazing urban fantasy story. The author did an excellent job at creating the setting and including enough details to create an immersive read. The tone of the work was also immaculate – this is a dark read, and the author was able to convey that darkness and eeriness throughout the work. I loved the hereditary magic of the witches as well as the dark magic of the goblins and their market. I wasn’t sure how much I would like the work based off its beginning, but after the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down. The story is largely told from Lou’s point of view, but as the work continues, there are several chapters scattered throughout that tell May’s story from eighteen years earlier. The character development is in depth and well written, and I loved the inclusion of a well written ace character and the sapphic romance; the character diversity was great. They were all relatable characters with believable dynamics. The cover of the book is stunning. I listened to the audiobook version, and I loved the narrator – she did an excellent job with creating unique voices, conveying emotions, and differentiating the characters. I did notice that there’s some light fuzz noise in the background – almost like white noise – when listening to the audio on a higher volume, but it didn’t detract much from the overall quality. There was nothing I disliked about this work, though there are some scenes of pretty intense gore with detailed descriptions that made me cringe a little. Overall, I highly recommend this work and will be reading more from this author! I received a complimentary copy of this work through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. TW: detailed gore, violence

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    "Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.”" Say less! "Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.”" Say less!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I was sucked in by that gorgeous cover, and the book did not disappoint. The alternating timelines were very well done, the worldbuilding was intricate and engaging, and the portrayal of the goblins was especially intriguing. I loved May & Eitra's romance and Lou's character growth. And even though I know the Goblin Market is full of human body parts, I still wanna visit! NOT GOOD FOR MAIDENS was a really compelling read and I would love another book set in this world. I was sucked in by that gorgeous cover, and the book did not disappoint. The alternating timelines were very well done, the worldbuilding was intricate and engaging, and the portrayal of the goblins was especially intriguing. I loved May & Eitra's romance and Lou's character growth. And even though I know the Goblin Market is full of human body parts, I still wanna visit! NOT GOOD FOR MAIDENS was a really compelling read and I would love another book set in this world.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish

    i'm so down to read this but my god this is an expensive book, i might have to wait until September for the paperback (If you offer any buying suggestions I'm in the UK) i'm so down to read this but my god this is an expensive book, i might have to wait until September for the paperback (If you offer any buying suggestions I'm in the UK)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anna-Maria

    This... didn't make any sense at all. I understand and support the continued need for subversive retellings and welcome any and all diversity added to known narratives, but what on earth was everything else going on? This plot is so forgettable, I can hardly come up with enough points to write a review. I'll try, though: Let me state this once and for all: Goblin Market is already sexy enough as it is. Many people have tried to be *deep* about it before, but that's just unnecessary. The "forbidde This... didn't make any sense at all. I understand and support the continued need for subversive retellings and welcome any and all diversity added to known narratives, but what on earth was everything else going on? This plot is so forgettable, I can hardly come up with enough points to write a review. I'll try, though: Let me state this once and for all: Goblin Market is already sexy enough as it is. Many people have tried to be *deep* about it before, but that's just unnecessary. The "forbidden fruit" and "mouths" and "juices" are already there in Rossetti's manuscript. Good old erotic imagery! We get it. Young adult readers get it. It's about sex and temptation. You don't have to rewrite it to frame it in a feminist coming-of-age narrative... it already is one. So what does Bovalino have to offer then? Nothing new, really, except maybe allusions to semi-cannibalism. I have never seen a dual-timeline narrative being used so poorly. Normally, one or the other plotline would gradually reveal information to complete the picture, which could be used to the advantage of greater plot twists, but... no? There are literally two rescue missions, one taking place in the past, one in the present, with little to no suspense to either. The end. Romance... who is she? I can live with instalove when it's well-executed, but one can hardly expect me to believe that two nights spent walking through a marketplace selling human body parts or drinking coffee at a 24/7 café is basis enough for a ride-or-die, elope-with-me, life-sacrificing love that shatters the foundations of York's supernatural societies. Do I, after finishing this novel, understand why The Market (tm) is so irresistible to the youth of York when all locals know it can end in torment and disfigurement, if not manslaughter? When there is literally no way to be forced into it and countless magical countermeasures to take? What even are the goblins? What work do the witches/guardians do outside of market season and poultice mixing? Isn't this the bare skeleton of a story rather than a finished novel? I'm being so mean about the book, when I'm really just fed up with the last several YA works I've read... this is just the straw that broke the camel's back. The writing itself is not bad at all. But if I have to hear "Come buy, come buy" or "Are you coming to Scarborough Fair" one more time, I swear to god --- Some goblin is going to catch these hands. (Note: I listened to this on audio, with the narrator choosing to do... that accent, but also to give every other character a nasal sort of voice that makes them sound stricken with a serious case of sinusitis. Neela got the worst of it, in my opinion. Is this a York cliche I am not aware of?) ***I received a digital copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If I could give this book ten stars, I truly would. The author had me hooked from the very first chapter and I hung on every word, enjoying the twists and turns of the story that reminded me very much of the twists and turns of the market. Heart-achingly beautiful storytelling with characters I absolutely loved and felt for, especially as a fellow sapphic person. The romantic love story between the two women had me by the heart and made me feel just about every emotion. I loved how the main charact If I could give this book ten stars, I truly would. The author had me hooked from the very first chapter and I hung on every word, enjoying the twists and turns of the story that reminded me very much of the twists and turns of the market. Heart-achingly beautiful storytelling with characters I absolutely loved and felt for, especially as a fellow sapphic person. The romantic love story between the two women had me by the heart and made me feel just about every emotion. I loved how the main character, Lou, is asexual (and possibly demi-romantic?), but that didn't make her any less capable of love and warmth. Her biggest love story of the book, however, was the love story with her family. Another aspect of the book the author portrayed perfectly. If I somehow ate goblin fruit and forgot this book, I wouldn't be entirely upset because that would mean I would get to enjoy the story for the first time all over again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    lyraand

    horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market" two stories, 17 years apart f/f star-crossed lovers with stabby feelings ace main character with a Lot of feelings generational drama between women https://twitter.com/toribov/status/14... horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market" two stories, 17 years apart f/f star-crossed lovers with stabby feelings ace main character with a Lot of feelings generational drama between women https://twitter.com/toribov/status/14...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    Thank you to Netgalley and RB Media for sending me an early copy of this audiobook! All opinions are my own! A sapphic love story between a witch and a goblin?! I didn't know I needed this in my life but man oh man I sure did! I think my favorite thing about this book was how the creepy factor was so well balanced with the romance factor. The book pulled me in right away with the creepiness and the (original) fairytale aspects of it. But then I stayed and was sucked in by the romance and watching Thank you to Netgalley and RB Media for sending me an early copy of this audiobook! All opinions are my own! A sapphic love story between a witch and a goblin?! I didn't know I needed this in my life but man oh man I sure did! I think my favorite thing about this book was how the creepy factor was so well balanced with the romance factor. The book pulled me in right away with the creepiness and the (original) fairytale aspects of it. But then I stayed and was sucked in by the romance and watching the characters grow into themselves. The dual timeline was done really well for this because it kept it just slow enough that I wanted nothing more than to keep listening and find out what would happen. I also really enjoyed the characters and their stories. They each learned who they were and who they wanted to be throughout the story. It was really refreshing to watch these strong women grow into themselves and discover the power that they hold. It added another depth to the story that I hadn't expected but that was very relatable and enjoyable. I felt like I was at the market myself, and throughout the book, I kept having to remind myself that I was safe! It was very immersive, fun, and all-around well done! If you're a fairytale fan, you definitely need to check this book out!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    I cannot and will never ask for a better book than this one. It had everything I love and I cannot believe perfection like this even exists. I am a huge fan of anything having to do with the Goblin Market, but this brings the creepiness in full force. Not to mention, the locations are the places I love most in the world. Oh, I love this book so much! The market itself is utterly horrifying. This book does not dance around gore and horror. I often have a hard time with reading horror not because I I cannot and will never ask for a better book than this one. It had everything I love and I cannot believe perfection like this even exists. I am a huge fan of anything having to do with the Goblin Market, but this brings the creepiness in full force. Not to mention, the locations are the places I love most in the world. Oh, I love this book so much! The market itself is utterly horrifying. This book does not dance around gore and horror. I often have a hard time with reading horror not because I don't like it (I LOVE horror!) but because nothing really creeps me out anymore. Listen, I'm 40-years-old, I've seen every horror movie out there, so it takes a lot to get me scared and this one did the trick. The author's writing is utterly incredible in the way she describes the horrors and how Lou navigates them. Overall, I enjoyed this book much that I will probably own multiple copies.

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