Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1)

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Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1)
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16+
Release Date
November 13, 2012
ISBN
9781620610022
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While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon. To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .

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(Updated: February 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0
Greta is possibly one of the best female main characters ever. ‘Cause you know what? She’s got guts. She’s got personality. And she kicks some serious butt. Being the only human (that she’s aware of) in an inhuman world, she gives up most of what makes her different; retaining a few spare aspects, her speech patterns for instance. She becomes a bounty hunter, not only because she needs to earn a living, but also, it seems, because she needs a sense of purpose. She needs a solid goal set before her to get her from week to week, to save her from the loneliness, because it’s hard to make friends when one mistake could get you killed.

Then there’s Isaac, the goblin king. This is one misunderstood guy. On one hand you have the super hunky love-interest. On the other you have a goblin who could very well be the villain, and Greta doesn’t know which is which. This is okay, because you don’t know who he really is either.

The only real complaint I have about this book is that it contains a slight love triangle – and you see it coming. This causes a couple pages of acute dread before you realize that something has happened beyond your wildest dreams. This has actually been done right. It feels real, like this girl is sincerely trying to figure out what she wants out of life, not just who she thinks likes her more. In a way, it’s also a choice between two worlds, two realities, not just two guys.

So I can’t really complain about that after all.

Chloe Jacobs has a very clear and precise writing style with excellent use of description when necessary without bogging down the fight scenes with it. All of the characters have a personality and a background, even if you don’t know what it is, and that shines out through their words and actions.

All and all this is a really good book that anyone who likes a little romance with their action, or a lot of action with their romance, or even just likes to hear about goblins having the living daylights kicked out of them, should enjoy immensely.

I know I did.
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A delightful twist on Hansel and Gretel
(Updated: November 15, 2012)
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4.0
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I actually won an eARC of this book via twitter, so I was super excited to get to reading and find out all about Greta and Goblin King! I was not disappointed. The book starts off with Greta tracking down a beast who has kidnapped a young goblin boy. As it turns out, Greta is the only human in a beastly world, and she has to hide her humanity or face being killed. Greta hunts down the beasts that have fully given over to the pull of the moon and become true monsters, and collects a reward for their heads. She soon learns that Isaac, the Goblin King is following her. He seems to follow her everywhere, even in her dreams. While she feels a certain pull to him, she knows she shouldn't trust him. I loved their story line. I liked Isaac's character a lot, and really enjoyed the scenes the two of them shared.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Greta is a fantastic heroine. She thinks she is selfish, but she isn't. She knows how to take care of herself and does a great job of taking care of others in the process. She is a great role model for young girls. She doesn't whine and she doesn't need a man to fulfill her life. I loved that about her. She wasn't pining away after some guy and that was all she could think about. No, she did her job, protected others, and yet fought her feelings for Isaac. Don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of romance, I just didn't feel it was the center of the book and I really appreciated that. I think there's a time and place for romance, and while it's definitely a big part of this book, it's not the central theme. Greta isn't defined by her feelings for Isaac, but by how she is able to take care of herself, care for others and put others first. A wonderful lesson we can all learn from.

I enjoyed the pace of the book as well. I was never bored, and honestly felt like the book flew by too quickly. I definitely want more of Greta and her world. A must read for those of you who enjoy fantasy romance. I give much love for Greta and the Goblin King!
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A very engaging read!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
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4.0
Greta and the Goblin King sucked me in from the start. I had been pretty intrigued by the cover and the synopsis but to actually read the book, it was all I could ask for. The action sequences, the electric chemistry, Mylena creatures out for blood and a bounty hunter as the protagonist. Just wow. Greta is something else entirely and on top of it, Isaac is a very intriguing character.

Greta and the Goblin King is set in the world of Mylena where the humans are considered evil and where every kind of creature from faeries to goblins to gnomes, demons and ghouls thrive. But Agramon wreaked havoc on Mylena and the Great Mother had to put a curse of ice and snow and the two moons on the people of Mylena. The world-building is flawless and being as taken with the icy cold weather as I am, I found myself wanting to feel the cold penetrate deep in my bones more than once.

Add up all that with a human stuck in their world unwillingly as a result of a sacrifice to save her brother's life. Suffice it to say that it hasn't been an easy four years in Mylena for Greta. But Luke miraculously didn't kill her on sight, instead took her in and taught her all the trades of surviving. Everything was as peachy as it could be for Greta when the goblin king decided to pay her a visit during her job as a bounty hunter. The same goblin who just a fortnight ago was trying to get her to say his name and unknowingly giving him the power to come inside her mind whenever she dreams. All because Greta intrigued him. Now isn't that charming.

What do you do become when you have nothing? Fearless is only a glimpse into Greta's personality and she is pretty self-reliant. But for a human to survive right along with paranormal creatures as a bounty hunter and trying to disguise her humaneness. Not an easy one. But somehow Greta manages until all hell in the shape and name of Agramon threatens to take her last bit of her sanity.

And then there is Isaac, the infuriatingly intense and hot as hell Goblin King of Mylena. Only not as much by choice but as a stroke of fate. It is so engaging to see Isaac hot on her trail, haunting her in her dreams, making her want him and trying to get her to see the real him. But Greta haven't earned the title of the best bounty hunter for nothing. She is an expert when it comes to guarding her emotions. Only lately, along with Isaac, she is somehow also letting others affect her judgement and making her care.

Wyatt, Sloane, Jacob and especially Ray made me fall in love with their stories and it was admirable to see them trying to protect each other through thick and thin. All of them played a role in trying Greta to see the other side of the story and to light the fire in her again that willed her to live and survive in the cold, cursed land of Mylena.

I found myself absolutely engrossed in the story of Greta and the Goblin King, willing the words to fly by as quickly as they can so I would know what was going to happen next and how it would all play out. I always find such books to be great reads. I loved how Isaac remained true to his own self even in the most turbulent of times; that's devotion. I can only imagine what kind of action would be in store for Greta in Books 2. Three cheers for Chloe Jacobs!
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Greta and the Goblin King
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Greta and the Goblin King is a captivating fantasy that draws you in right from the start. Greta and Issac have an intense bond that only gets stronger as the story progresses. Greta fights the bond because she still has the hope that she will find a way home, but in her dreams she knows that she belongs with Issac. Issac does not care that Greta is a human. Human or not she is his, and he will move the earth and the stars to make her realize that they are fated to be together.

Chloe Jacobs enchants you with her talent for storytelling. Through sarcastic humor and larger doses of snarkiness, Greta and Issac dance around their feelings and through many near death experiences and run ins with outcasts, Greta and Issac are faced with many challenges including how they feel about one another.

This unique spin on fairytale creatures is refreshing and new. Fast paced adventure, humor, star-crossed lovers, and a girl who can kick some serious butt, keeps the reader glued to the pages.
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Large doses of adventure, romance, and humor.
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