The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

Goblins and Trolls are real, did you know?

My latest review is over The Night Girl, and I have to say, I loved this book! The characters are so relatable, and put together so well! This book was such an easy read! I think I finished it in just a couple days. I couldn’t put it down!

Purchase on Amazon UK

Purchase on Amazon US

The Story

Perpetua is new to Toronto. She moved to have a fresh start, and to get away from her semi-overbearing mother. She only has $500 to her name, so when she gets an interview for a job in the “Underground City,” she jumps at the chance. At her interview, however, she starts to realize her potential new boss isn’t what he seems. When Perpetua finds out T.P. Earthenhouse is a Goblin, what’s funny is she doesn’t even blink. She’s seen lots of weird things during her time in the city, so what’s one more?

Perpetua finds herself working overnights, helping goblins and trolls find employment in a city that has no idea they exist. When other weird stuff starts happening, Perpetua takes it upon herself to help the people she has come to care about.


“I see you have some experience serving the public,” said Earthenhouse. “Can you tell me more about that?”

Perpetua looked up. Her brow furrowed. Earthenhouse was suddenly wearing a top hat.

“Well…” She eyed the top hat. “I worked at McDonalds.” She folded her arms across her chest. “I know that doesn’t sound like much, but it’s an active job. You never know who might come in. You’ve got to be prepared for everything.” You end up dealing with some pretty challenging people, and not just the customers.

Good.” He peered at her resume again. “I see you left within two months.”

Two weeks, actually. Fortunately, those spanned two separate months, so I could report them as two months. “Summer job. I had to go back to school.”

“I see you have three years of university education…” His brow furrowed “Why haven’t you graduated?”

He doesn’t miss much, does he? “It’s on hold.” She looked down at her lap, grinding her teeth. Three years studying International Relations, as if jobs at the UN grew on trees. What was I thinking?

“Why did you put it on hold?” Earthenhouse asked.

Perpetua looked up, and blinked. Earthenhouse’s top hat was striped. It had been black before. Same size, same shape, but now black and white, like a referee’s shirt.

Silence stretched. Earthenhouse looked at her. “Miss Collins? Did you miss the question?”

“Um…” As job interviews went, Earthenhouse was playing dirty. She struggled to put something together. “I needed some paying work. Which is why I’m here.”

“I see.” Earthenhouse picked up her resume again. “It’s a shame. I see your grade point average was in the mid-nineties.”

“Thank you.” She glanced at her knees again, then looked up. This time, Earthenhouse’s top hat was red. More importantly, she saw Earthenhouse’s hand hit his lap.

“Excuse me,” she said.

He tilted his head. The hat tilted rakishly. “Yes, Miss Collins?”

“You’re quick-changing your hat while conducting this interview.”

“You noticed that.”

“I did.”

He leaned back. “And you called me on it.”


He took off his top hat and vanished it beneath his desk. “Most impressive. Most candidates don’t say a word. They just become uncomfortable.”

“So, this was a test?”

He steepled his fingers. “Of a sort.”

The Review

First of all, I would read anything this man writes. He writes using every day language, but doesn’t do it in a way that makes the reader feel stupid. The book is set in Canada, but the author didn’t use any local jargon or slang that a reader wouldn’t understand.

I related to Perpetua for the following reasons:

  • She’s independent, and does what she can to take care of those she cares about.
  • She doesn’t judge people for what they look like on the outside.
  • She could have quit anytime during the book, but she never gave in to fear. I would love to be like this all the time.

I’m not sure if this is James’ first book, but I hope he writes more with these characters. Perpetua was awesome, and I’d love to see her in a series.

My Rating

I couldn’t think of any reason not to give this book a full 5 stars. There wasn’t anything about this book that I didn’t enjoy. It was an easy read, but was complicated enough that I didn’t get bored with it. I can’t wait to see what this author will do with these characters again!

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! If you enjoy books with fairies, goblins, trolls, and other mythological creatures, this book is for you! I recommend you check it out, and let me know in the comments what you thought! Until next time, bookworms!

Related Posts

3 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Night Girl

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.