on June 1, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Publisher
Sixteen-year-old Ivy Archer is arguably the best warrior-in-training Gob Hollow has ever seen. Yet everyone—except her best friend she suddenly has other feelings for—looks down on her because she's only half goblin, with no idea what the other half is. She’s always suspected it might be human.
But humans, she’s been told, aren’t real. They’re only creatures of myth.
When the prince of their kingdom is taken for ransom, it’s Ivy's big chance to prove her worth. And when she learns his captors are human, the rescue mission becomes personal. The stories were clearly wrong, and now she has a chance to find the truth about her lineage, as well. If she survives…
With a small band of warriors at her command, including her best friend turned crush that’s getting harder to hide, Ivy sets out to find the prince and her human family. But the answers lie within secrets and conspiracies that run far deeper than she ever imagined.
Where There Be Humans is a young adult fantasy by Rebekah L. Purdy. I have read a few of Rebekah’s books in the past and I have always really enjoyed them, so when I saw this new release coming out from her, I jumped on it before I even read the synopsis. Then, once I did read the synopsis, and I saw that it is a fantasy set in a world where humans are the creatures of myth and Goblins inhabit and rule the world, I was even more pumped! What a cool, totally unique idea! Where There Be Humans was a quick read that was a lot of fun, and had a really cool world concept that I loved exploring. This was a solid read for me, and I am hoping for the possibility of more in this world. (though this book reads as a standalone in my opinion.)
In Where There Be Humans we meet our main character, Ivy, who has always been a bit of an outcast in her town of Gob Hollow. Ivy is half goblin, and her other half has always been a mystery to her (not-so-surprising hint: her other half is human) Despite only being half goblin, Ivy is a wonderful warrior. I instantly like Ivy. I found her to be spunky, strong and dedicated. Her father is an advisor to the Goblin King, and when the Goblin Prince Dorian gets kidnapped, Ivy takes off in search of him. What initially seems like a simple plot, does get twisty as some secrets are revealed later in the story. Parts of the book were a bit predictable for me, but it was still an enjoyable and fun read. There were parts of the book that I wish were fleshed out a bit more and some questions and details, I was hoping for more of an explanation of, but overall the tempo of the book clipped along at a fast pace, and I wasn’t really ever confused about the world.
Where There Be Humans is a young adult fantasy perfect for younger readers that is part quest, part coming of age story for our heroine Ivy, and all set in a cool world. This book is perfect for younger readers because the romance in the story is very light. While, I wish there was more of a heavy romance (because hello- I love that!) I think this book is very age appropriate for older middle grade readers looking to try out young adult fantasy. With a satisfying ending, Where There Be Humans wrapped up very nicely for me. I enjoyed this fun coming of age fantasy tale in a topsy-turvy world where humans are thought to only exists in myth, and our mythical creatures reign supreme. Take a journey to Gob Hollow and see what you think of Ivy and her gang!
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2020