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Peek Inside Where There Be Humans

When humans take the goblin prince for ransom, Ivy, a half-goblin, possibly half-human warrior- in-training sets out to save the prince and find the truth of her lineage. If she survives…

Where There Be Humans

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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 enjoyed reading this book. Never had a dull moment...In the beginning I sensed some influence from other books but apart from that the book follows its own path.​" --Sara, Goodreads​

"Rebekah is a new YA/Fantasy author to me. I loved the idea of the story. Well written, unique and adventurous." --Hendrik Van Den Bergh, Goodreads

" amazing fantasy novel that is so much fun to read and be in its world." --Katlyn Ulinski, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682816073
Release Date: Jun 1, 2020
Page Count: 378
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, friends to lovers

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By Carrie June 18, 2020

Where There Be Humans by Rebekah L. Purdy is a fast paced, young adult fantasy read. The main characters of this world are goblins in a world also with trolls, and elves but humans are the thing of fairy tales to these creatures.

Ivy Archer is a sixteen year old goblin that has been training to be a ...more

By Alaina October 11, 2020

I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for honest review

Okay, while reading Where There Be Humans I was definitely getting some vibes from other books that I've previously read. In it, you will meet Ivy. Now she was pretty interesting because she was goblin princess. I don't think I've ...more

By Shelley May 28, 2020

*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Where There Be Humans, by author Rebekah L. Purdy, follows 16-year old Ivy Archer as she journey's for clues to her heritage, and to save the boy who she respects. Ivy lives in a place called Gob Hollow where she's an ...more

By Caesara May 17, 2020

I enjoyed reading this book. Never had a dull moment :)
In the beginning I sensed some influence from other books but apart from that the book follows its own path.

We meet Ivy a half goblin half human princess (ups spoiler, sorry 🙊) who travels to the human realm to save her brother. Along with her ...more

By books are love July 28, 2020

Received in exchange for a honest review.

When I first began this story, I wasn’t sure really what to expect. The blurb sounded interesting but as cautious. Each book from Rebekah Purdy I have read, I liked but none were in this time of setting. So that made me cautious. As I started to read the book ...more

By Hendrik May 31, 2020

Rebekah is a new YA/Fantasy author to me. I loved the idea of the story. Well written, unique and adventurous.

Where There Be Humans is based on the life of Ivy Archer, a sixteen-year-old and one of the best warriors in Gob Hollow. She is half goblin, with no idea what her other half is. She believe ...more

By Michael June 02, 2020

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This was a fast paced book with some great fantasy elements. I feel like Rebekah Purdy did a great job capturing the essence of a 16 year old, young, female goblin, living in a time when women were o ...more

By Bookish June 03, 2020

I had no idea what I was walking into with this book. The cover captured my eye and I knew I wanted to read it. Then I start reading and realize it's about GOBLINS! First book I've ever read where goblins are the main characters and I absolutely loved every bit of it!

Ivy and Pudge are best friends. ...more

By Abbie May 22, 2020

Where There be Humans by Rebekah L Purdy is due to be published on the first of June. It is based in a goblin world, where Humans are considered to be myth. The story follows Ivy, a half goblin who suspects her other half is human. When the goblin prince is kidnapped by humans it becomes clear they ...more

By Vachara June 03, 2020

"I turned back to watch Gob Hollow drift away on the horizon. So many emotions rolled through. The excitement. Fear. Worry. Everything depended on my decisions. A mission I’d prayed for but now dreaded because of what was at stake.⁣
Our journey had begun."

I just finished WHERE THERE BE HUMANS by Reb ...more

By beatriz June 01, 2020

I would like to thank the entangled teen and netgalley for an ePub ARC copy of this book. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

This is a highly recommended!

I did not expect to like this book very much. Rebekah did not only transport me into the Gob Hollows but she also allows me to meet two incred ...more

By Katlyn May 20, 2020

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.

Rating: 4

Wow. I really enjoyed this book. It was an original concept, but felt familiar at the same time. It evokes similar feelings to ACOTAR for me and it does feel like it in some ways. That being said it is the only story I've ever read ...more

By Véronique August 16, 2020

Where there be humans is a YA fantasy book by Rebekah L. Purdy. It was the first book from that author I was reading and I'm not disapointed. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an arc of this book.

In a world where goblins are the main character and humans are just fairy tales we mee ...more

By A. Lorna June 20, 2020

Thank you to the publishers, author and NetGalley for the free copy of this book!

I absolutely loved this book! It was really well written and the characters were so easy to connect with. Lots of intrigue and secrets, with continuous action without being over kill. The main character, Ivy, is a talen ...more

By Carolina June 03, 2020

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for contacting me and offering an e-arc :).
I will admit I was a bit hesisant to read this book at first as I realized I had read The Winter People 6 years ago, and had no recollection of what it was about, Yikes!

But this was a very nice surprise. Ivy Arc ...more

By Ashley June 05, 2020

This was an interesting book and while I thought I had everything figured out there were several unexpected twisted that surprised me big time. I absolutely love books that make you think you have it figured out and then throw you a curve ball.

Ivy is half goblin and half human but she knows nothing ...more

By Nika June 27, 2020

Ivy and Pudge are best friends and they are goblins. But Ivy is a bit different from other goblins and she is convinced that she is half human. But humans are fairytales. One day Ivy and Pudge are sent to a mission to rescue the missing prince. And they learn some fairytales are true.

This book is a ...more

By Clare November 02, 2020

I enjoyed this YA story from the interesting point of view of a female goblin archer. The book explores the point of view of the 'Other' through the fantasy adventure, in which our heroine thinks she may be half goblin, half human - that mythical beast.
The first half explores goblin society and the ...more

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Rebekah L. Purdy

About the author

Rebekah L. Purdy

Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She's lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids),she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

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