Book Review: Where There Be Humans by, Rebekah L. Purdy

Young adult fantasy books are probably my current favorite genre. If you like books by Holly Black and Brigid Kemmerer, you are going to have a great time reading Where There Be Humans by, Rebekah L. Purdy. Here’s a bit more about the book.

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.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and Entangled Teen. All opinions expressed here are my own.

The world is a bit crazy right now. So when I choose books to read, I am looking for an escape that will make me smile. I certainly got that from Where There Be Humans.

Plot – The plot line follows Ivy, a talented swordsman and warrior who just happens to be half-goblin and what she suspects is half-human. The plot is fast-paced and fairly easy to follow. I read the book in a weekend and had a good time with it.

Characters – There are many fun and endearing characters in this book. Ivy, of course, is very likeable and even though I am not half-goblin, I was able to relate to her struggle to find herself. Ivy’s best friend Pudge is sincere and adorable and Dorian, the prince, is handsome and mysterious.

The Feels – This book held my attention and was a fun quick read. It had just the right amount of girl-power and romance to be enjoyable. As an adult reading a YA book, I would have appreciated just a bit more depth in the story. But that being said, I enjoyed the book and would read more from the author in the future.

I give this book 3 sips! If you are looking for a good, light fantasy read with a touch of romance, this is the book for you!

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