Not Good For Maidens by Tori Bovalino is a dark YA fantasy containing body horror and graphic imagery set in the historic town of York. This blood-soaked retelling of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market is laced with tension and had me hooked from the very first chapter.
“Louisa doesn’t believe in magic, until her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped to the goblin market.
The market, is a place of magic, where twisting streets, succulent fruits, glimmering jewels, and death are on offer to the unwary human. An enticing place that her mother and aunt barely escaped seventeen years ago, paying a terrible price.
With only three days before the market disappears, Lou must navigate the treacherous market, controlled by bloodthirsty goblins who crave vengeance against her family. She must learn the songs and tricks of the goblins to save Neela, or the market might just end up claiming her too.”
Not Good For Maidens is a gruesome tale about generational guilt, sexuality (this book includes both bisexual and ACE representation), and temptation. This twisted fairytale features a dual timeline and POV. I often find this approach to storytelling confusing, however, Bovalino executes it perfectly. The way both timelines are intertwined really adds a whole other level of intrigue and depth to the story.
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