Book Review: The Goblin and the Dancer by Allison Tebo (+ Blog Tour!)

Hello folksies! Hope you’re having a good week 🙂

Today I’m jumping back for a brief spell (I’m still on hiatus for the rest of the month though) on the blog to spread the word about the lovely Allison Tebo’s newest book release, The Goblin and the Dancer! This novella is a standalone retelling of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by Hans Christian Andersen AND the fifth installment of the multi-author fairytale series A Villain’s Ever After. So yes, it’s by Allison Tebo, it’s a retelling of an Andersen fairytale, and it has THAT COVER–so you already know it’s amazing, right?

Not convinced? Well not to worry, cuz I even wrote a review for you!

But first–let’s take a closer look at what the book is actually about, shall we? (Psst, don’t forget to read till the very end to check out the rest of the blog tour info… and a special giveaway!!)

About the Book

Grik the goblin spends his days as a janitor cleaning the Metropolitan Dance Hall, drawn to the Elvish world and tired of the darkness of his underground home. He secretly pines for the ballet company’s lead dancer, Rosanna, but his own ugliness and shyness stand in the way of confessing his love.

When a handsome soldier named Paul appears on the scene to make a bid for Rosanna’s affections, Grik’s jealousy bubbles over and he commits the unthinkable, plunging all of them into the river and down into the depths of the earth.

Determined to redeem himself, Grik leads Rosanna and Paul through the place he calls home: but even a goblin can’t be prepared for everything that is found underground. Trapped in the dark, nightmares both within and without rise to the surface, threatening to destroy them all.

A magical and heartfelt retelling of The Steadfast Tin Soldier about finding your worth.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Read on to see what I have to say!

My Thoughts

The Goblin and the Dancer was, as all of Allison Tebo’s books are, an absolute delight from beginning to end! This is definitely my favorite installment of the Villain’s Ever After series so far.

As a retelling of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”–a fairytale with which I am admittedly not familiar–the story introduces us to Grik, a poor young goblin who’s head over heels in love with the beautiful and gracious elf dancer Rosanna. I was drawn into this gorgeous fantasy world from the start; Allison Tebo paints a realm divided between the elegant elves and the practical goblins with clarity and vivacity. The characters, including the tin soldier figure Paul, were all lovely and each went though such satisfying arcs! I love the depictions of healing and redemption that runs throughout each one, and the ending WILL leave you with a smile.

Despite its underwhelming length, this novella packs in a lot of heart and action! It’s rare to read one that feels like it ended just right without seeming too rushed or leaving too many loose ends. This kind of story, both short and sweet without compromising any depth, is like comfort food to the soul. Naturally I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a fairytale retelling that perfectly straddles the line between heavy and light, contains beautifully-written descriptions of a vivid world, and gives each character the conclusion they deserve.

*I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required; all views and opinions expressed are my own.*

A short and sweet review for a short and sweet novella xD Hope you’ll take a look at this book (as well as the rest of the VEA series–while I can’t say I’ve really enjoyed any of the books up till this one, the one I’m most excited about is releasing this Friday, so yep)!

And if you’re waiting for the next VEA release like me, why don’t you check out the rest of Ms. Tebo’s books? Because you’d better that’s why 😐

About the Author

Allison Tebo is a writer committed to creating magical stories full of larger-than-life characters, a dash
of grit, and plenty of laughs. She is the author of the Tales of Ambia, a series of romantic comedy
retellings of popular fairy tales, and her flash fiction and short stories have been published
in Splickety, Spark, Inklings Press, Rogue Blades Entertainment, Pole to Pole Publishing, and Editing
Mee. Allison graduated with merit from  London Art College after studying cartooning and children’s
illustration and, when not creating new worlds with words or paint, she enjoys reading, baking, and
making lists.


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Blog Tour Schedule + Giveaway!!

Sept. 10th
Guest Post With Sawyer:
Author Interview with Abigail:–qMeNRCBny9jZeGGL_1_FTO8TTOn1-MURRSeEXEkaU
Sept. 11th
Author Interview With Kylie:
Sept. 12th
Book Review by Maegan:
Sept. 13
Book Spotlight by Charity:
Book Review by Jen:
Sept. 14th
Book Spotlight by Julia:
Sept. 15th
Book Review by Merie: (you are here!)
Book Spotlight by Laura:
Sept. 16th
Author Interview with Laurie:
Author Interview with Mae:
Sept. 17th
Book Review by Joellen:
Guest Post With Laura:


Enter to win a SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY of The Goblin and the Dancer!

That’s all I’ve got for today, folksies! I’m slithering back into my hiatus hole for now, but if you’ve read this book or are planning to (or any of this series for that matter) drop me a note in the comments below; I miss chatting with you 🙂

Until next time,

~ Merie

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Goblin and the Dancer by Allison Tebo (+ Blog Tour!)

    1. *whispers* tbh I haven’t really enjoyed any of them so far except this one… but to be fair that’s because I pretty much gave up on 3&4 before things started picking up. really didn’t like 1&2 but am VERY excited for some of the next ones!

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  1. This book sounds so absolutely delightful! I’ve only read Bluebeard and the Outlaw in the VeA series so far (it was Tara Grayce, so of course I was going to read it! xD), but I’m also EXTREMELY excited to read this one!

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