“So I've read this marvelous book before, but I have to say, oddly enough, the second time through was event better! Greta and the Goblin King is an exciting, funny, and touching story that keeps you hooked until it leaves you gasping and begging for more. The characters aren't your usual pushover...”see full review » see other reviews »
“So I've read this marvelous book before, but I have to say, oddly enough, the second time through was event better! Greta and the Goblin King is an exciting, funny, and touching story that keeps you hooked until it leaves you gasping and begging for more. The characters aren't your usual pushover girl who is lonely and sad and then the overbearing boy who has a serious complex; no, they are something entirely different. Greta isn't your typical girl, since she has been lost in this foreign world she has grown hard and tough. She doesn't trust, which leads us to one of the main conflicts in this thrilling story. Issac, our resident Goblin King, is cocky, but he will do absolutely anything for Greta, which adds humor and a nice undertone to the story! And all along the way, you have to add a serious problem, like say Greta being a human in a world where humans aren't liked so much...and the small problem of the moons. But you'll read about that when you pick up this exciting and funny book! Get started already!”The Wordsmith :) wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Greta and the Goblin King did not disappoint me! It was pretty much everything I was looking for, and then some. Full of magic, mystery, a fantastical world with its own rules, and just enough romance without being overwhelming, Jacobs' debut was absolutely fantastic.
I loved how Greta starts out as a bounty hunter, caring only about keeping her humanity hidden. Well, and her complicated relationship with Isaac. But, as events progress, everything changes for Greta, and she becomes much better and much stronger because of them. I don't want to be too spoilery, so I won't say much about what those events are, but I really think Greta handled herself and the situations in the best way possible, even if they weren't the easiest choices.
Jacobs' world-building was amazing. From the very beginning, I felt like I was in Mylena with Greta and Isaac, and I almost didn't want to leave. Plus, the magic and mystery and everything surrounding the world and Greta's story just made it all the more exciting. Until the eclipse of course; Jacobs' made the whole transforming into killer beasts with no control over themselves terrifying and I would not want to be around to see that happen. Although I hated seeing Isaac affected just like everyone else, I thought that it was so well done and such an integral part of the story.
And speaking of Isaac, he definitely added so much depth to the story. Even though he's headstrong and arrogant, he's also caring and funny, and he does whatever he can to help and protect Greta. I have never really pictured goblins as being attractive or caring, or anything other than short, scary, little creatures that haunt the dreams of children... but I'll take a goblin like Isaac any day. I think he's probably one of my favorite heroes in any book I've read recently.
I definitely have some unanswered questions, but they just make me look forward to the next book all the more! The sooner it comes out the better... and I'll definitely be trying my hardest to get an ARC so that I can read it ASAP and learn more about Greta, Isaac, and Mylena! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy novels, especially those with a strong heroine who doesn't depend on anyone to save her. Even those who aren't really fans of YA would probably like this, although fans of YA fantasy would definitely like it more. I would rate this book as a 4/5.
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A fantasy world parallel to ours filled with creatures of the wild forest, Goblins, Orges, Ghouls, Wood Sprites, and more, make this story an adventurous tale.
Fast-paced, action packed, with a strong female lead, makes this a winner for fantasy fans.
Greta, the human is thrusted into the world of Mylena after trying to save her brother in our world from a witch, whom's soul purpose is to collect young human boys and transport them through a fire into the world of Mylena. Flash forward four years and Greta is living the life as a hunter, trained by a wood sprite who found her all those years ago. Lucious, aka Luke trains her in the art of killing the bad creatures of this world. Luke is basically a father figure to Greta, and they share a small cottage in the woods. Greta does her job well, and conceals her humanity.
Issac, the Goblin King, of one the territories of Mylena has plagued Greta's dreams. He is a constant in her dreams, slipping into her mind and controlling the setting to her dreams. They seemed to share some kind of history, but what that is or how they initially met, was a little hazy. Their chemistry is electric, although neither one admits their feelings, and it seems to be a sort of cat and mouse game with each other. He shows a protected nature toward Greta, but she has a hard time believing or trusting him. Although, she does harbor something for him.
Issac, shows up at a local pub/bar, which happens to be the same place Greta is. He takes her home after a scuffle at the bar, and although leery of him she lets him. As they approach the cottage, Greta notices Luke is not waiting outside for her, something he always does when he hears her coming back from a hunt/job. Fearing the worst, she enters the cottage to find everything she ever felt safe about, destroyed. Luke is now gone and she is at a loss, as to what or whom to trust. Issac wants to help her and tells her he wants to keep her safe. He seems to have an underlying reason, that is not unveiled until the end.
Greta is determined to avenge Luke's death and she sets out alone, against Issac's wishes and begins her journey to fight the most evil in Mylena, Agramon. Disguising herself in her journey proves to be difficult as there is now a bounty on her head, as the hunter becomes the hunted.
I really enjoyed this story! It was fast paced and the plot was interesting. Emotions were high, and although the romance, seemed to be there, it was a large tease of one, and a slight feel of a triangle. The story seemed to be confusing at the beginning and left me with unanswered questions, but as you read the story, questions were slowly answered in my mind, and the ending revealed most of the plot, although it did leave me hanging. This will be a series and I hope most of the questions I had in my mind are answered, especially between Issac and Greta.
All in all I would recommend this book, it was a unique concept and the creatures in the story were interesting, as well as the characters. Fast-paced, action packed, with a strong female lead, makes this a winner for me!
"You can put up walls, Greta, but sooner or later, I'll break down every last one. There won't be any secret you can keep or any part of you I don't know." He leaned foward, his voice lowering to a whisper. "Intimately"”
“Seventeen year old Greta has been stranded in Mylena for four years making her living as a bounty hunter as her patron taught her, rescuing missing goblin children by hunting the creatures lost to their raw creature pulls. In rescuing the children, she remembers how she got here, saving her little brother from the fate of this world. Greta has to hide she's human as humans bring the cry for blood in Mylena. The creatures here blame humans for the endless winter and the curse upon them by turning the two moons against them. Isaac, the new young goblin king, has had his eye on Greta since they meet a fortnight ago. There is an attraction between the two, and it grows from Isaac's intruding and spying in Greta's dreams. He is interested in her and tricked her into letting him invade her dreams. Wanting to know more of her he keeps visiting her on the occasional night asking her to share her secrets, promising to be lenient with her if she tells. Greta comes home with her own aching wounds to find the wood sprite who took her in four years earlier to Luke bleeding from an obvious battle in their home. Lucius's dying words are a warning that He knows the key and sounds as trouble is stirring for humans. Could the one Greta is fighting her feelings for and now the Goblin King be the one she can trust with her secret and life? Could he, would he, help her - a human - and all human kind? Being the Goblin king he is looking out for the safety of his people, and in his forest. Greta goes out on her own with Isaac fresh in her dreams, asking to help her, she finds others like her. Her own band of Lost Boys. With the eclipse seven days away the beasts inside are freeing and the people all change to loss control. Greta may not be safe for them to be around with the turning hunters after her and the dangerous man trying to get to the human world.
There is a connection between the guarded Greta and flirty goblin king Isaac. You hope they could be together but know he, in his position which he didn't want when they first meet, and she, being the hated human thought to be a sprite, can't work out. But still hope they could come together.
Isaac is the next hot thing around! So what he's a goblin. To have this man in your dreams, and in the flesh...dreamy... His human form and what's inside will have girls willing to have him in control of their souls and happiness. He has a flirty bad boy feel, BUT there is more to him and he cares deeply. I do love the way he gets under Greta's skin, good and bad, or is that in her dreams... I do look forward to her dreams where he's present. There is a fire between these two, challenging each other.
Then we meet Wyatt and his band of Lost Boys. Wyatt is different from Isaac and I instantly melted for his kindness. Where Isaac's sure of himself and muscled, Wyatt is kind and smart and quick thinking with this world, and good to Greta. And he's human. Something Greta thought she'd never see again. Wyatt brings new pieces of information to us, pieces Great wants and no one else in Mylena will share.
This story was full of action in a world being turned up on it's nose with the curse of the eclipse. There is trouble at every turn, and it's compounded with hunters now hunting Greta. There is a growing thread we learn of a terrible secret up in the mountains. And Greta is determined to learn more about it, and save who she can once she finds the truth. Wyatt helps Greta greatly, but Isaac is always there on her tail. This is also about a young girl having lost so much and learning to become what she needs to be in a strange dangerous world, now put more on the defensive when the world learns what she really is. Greta has to learn to trust someone, but who will that be? Greta also has to make a choice, one she never thought she would have to.
Wonderful action packed fairy/fantasy read. They are not all the happy creatures you would think, and Greta's stuck in the middle of a world that blames humans for their curse, while the curse is changing them sending them into a blood fury for a night. Action and a touch of love in this Young Adult read that I loved. This was a great tale to keep me flipping, wanting more of Isaac, Wyatt, and even little Jacob along with others in the Lost Boys. Not only is there a touch of romance but action and danger to keep me wanting more.
I do look forward to future stories with Greta and all the others.”
“So much promise...
Greta and the Goblin King follows the adventures of Greta, a 17-year old human who 4 years ago fell through a magical portal to Mylena, a world of goblins, Faeries, Giants and Witches. It's also a place where being human is a one-way ticket to an early grave, as they are blamed by the locals for, well, everything. Luckily for Greta, she was found early on by Luke, a Sprite and Bounty Hunter who became a father figure to her and taught her how to not only hide what she is, but how to fight, how to survive the harsh climate (it's constantly winter there) and how to be a Bounty Hunter, like himself.
When we meet Greta for the first time she's on a mission in her role as Bounty Hunter and I thought this was a really strong opening scene. She's a sword-wielding badass with a snarky attitude who seemed very likeable and I appreciated that she'd kept her human traits and vocabulary despite the dangers involved in doing so. Where this book fell apart for me, though, was the romance. It was pretty terrible, I'm afraid. Absolutely paper-thin characterisation of Isaac the Goblin King. And even though his name graces the title, don't think for a minute that stopped there from being a love triangle thrown in for good measure. And sadly, I preferred the second potential love interest over Isaac, which I don't think was supposed to happen.
I think perhaps the fundamental mistake and the reason I didn't connect well with the romance was that at the time we join Greta's story, she and Isaac have already known each other for two weeks. Now if only we'd been privy to that first meeting— which sounded rather good and flirtatious and would have told us much about Isaac's true nature and personality. Plus, it was only two weeks ago; it's not liked we'd have had to backtrack years! You could even just stick it on as a prologue— But no, instead we only hear about it in brief retrospect and so when he all of a sudden, out of absolutely nowhere to my eyes, starts talking about these great immense feelings they share, I was like "What now? Did I miss a something?" I just wasn't feeling it at all.
On the other hand, when we meet the second potential love interest we get a proper introduction, some nice life and death actions scenes together, some tender, quiet moments and a believable beginning to a relationship. So I found myself totally rooting for the underdog, which judging by the title, is not the author's intent.
Having said all of that, there were some really good aspects to this book; it's not all doom and gloom by any means. I thought the actual concept was good—a human surviving undercover in a world that detests humans— and Greta was a pretty decent kick-ass protagonist (although considering she was meant to be very skillful, the amount of times she needed saving somewhat belied that fact). Also, there were some nice secondary characters that were fleshed out quite well. The action scenes were really easy to visualise, the weird creatures sounded funky and the idea of the eclipse affecting everyone and turning them rabid was interesting and unnerving. So definitely not a total loss. Just such a shame about the romance angle, really.
I would possibly try this author again in the future because there's clearly a good imagination in play here, but I think I might have been a bit too underwhelmed with the characters to continue with this particular series.
3 Stars ★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ”
“Greta and the Goblin King was an unexpectedly wonderful book to read. The plot was compelling and the writing wove such an enjoyable and surprising fantasy tale. I read this book in one day because I could not put it down!
When Greta was 13 she tried to save her brother by pushing him out of a witch’s fire only to be sucked into it herself. As it turns out it wasn’t a fire but a portal into another realm. In this world called Mylena, humans are hated because it is thought that they brought down a curse on all who live there.
For four years Greta was taught to be tough and to hide that she is a human. Now as a bounty hunter she works hard to survive and to find a way back home. Only Isaac stands in her way as he has found a way into her dreams. What will happen if he finds out she is not what she seems to be…
To say I am looking forward to the next book in this series is a serious understatement! Greta is one of my favorite female heroines of this year and Isaac is so dark and yummy. I cannot wait to see what happens next with them in this unique adventure!”
“Greta, at the age of 13, was thrown through a portal by a Lamia (witch) in the world of Mylena. Mylena is a world filled with goblins, ogres, ghouls, fairies and sprites and they all hate humans. They blame the humans for the evil that has cursed their lands.
To survive Greta, with the help of Luke a wood sprite, has learned to become a bounty hunter. She is contracted to save innocents from the Lost, the creatures that have turned to the feral side. Luke was an excellent teacher, giving her all the skills she will need to survive this harsh land. He had only a few rules, but the day she broke the rule that draws the attention of the Goblin King, Isaac, Greta’s life changes forever.
Isaac has the power to dream walk and has been living in Greta’s mind and discovered her secret. He's been living in her dreams and fantasies. All humans are hunted, but instead of hunting Greta Isaac insists he is here to be her protector.
Greta’s secret of being a human is revealed and the world she lived in for 4 years has now turned on to hunting the hunter. The creatures of the realm, the other hunters and an ancient evil demon named, Agramon...he believes she is the key to unlock his portals.
Will she be strong enough to survive? Can she keep this evil from destroying more worlds? Everything hangs in the balance and her blood just might be the key.
From the first few pages, I was hooked! Greta and the Goblin King was a marvelous young adult fantasy, paranormal, action, adventure, romance with the perfect amount of heart to get you emotionally vested in the characters. My request, Chloe Jacobs, please get going on Mylena Chronicles book #2! 5 Stars!
This copy of Greta and the Goblin King was given to me by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review.”
“Three and a half stars: A kick butt heroine fighting to survive in a cold, dark world.
Greta trudges through the snow. The icy wind bites her fingers, but she ignores the frosty cold, intent on tracking the ghoul that stole the goblin child. Greta is an accomplished bounty hunter. She is seventeen and human. Four years ago she and her brother were lured by a witch into a cave, Greta shoved her brother aside, but fell into the fire. When she awoke, she found herself far from home in a snow covered world inhabited by goblins, gnomes, sprites and more. A sprite bounty hunter, Luke, took her in and trained her well. All the while hiding her humanity. Humans are believed to be the cause for the curse that plagues the land. During the eclipses, the entire population succumbs to their dark side and become blood thirsty monsters. The humans brought the demon into this world and he is the source of the curse. Now, all humans must die. Greta keeps her ears tucked under her long braids to hide her human features. She is fierce and deadly and intent on finding her way home. The only problem is she can't find a portal and there is the little problem of the Goblin King, Isaac,
who constantly pursues her. Does he know her secret? Can Greta find her way home?
What I Liked:
*I thoroughly enjoyed that Ms. Jacobs brought me something new and exciting! Not only did I get an entire new world inhabited by paranormal creatures, but I got to know Isaac the noble and fearsome Goblin King. In the past, books I read on goblins portrayed them as fearsome and ugly ghoulish type creatures. Not this time. Instead they look a lot like humans, and in Isaac's case very attractive. I liked that I was presented with something original.
*I also like a tale that utilizes good, solid world building and Greta and the Goblin King has just that. I liked learning all about the icy, cold world of Mylena with all of its paranormal inhabitants and its eclipse curse. Ms. Jacobs does an excellent job in creating a detailed world.
*I really admired Greta. She is a young lady thrust into a horrible situation, yet she stands tall and perseveres. Through her training with Luke, the sprite, she has achieved some impressive fighting skills. She can wield a sword, or dagger and kick some butt. I loved that she was strong and incredibly brave.
*I liked that this book was jammed packed with thrilling scenes. Greta is caught time and time again in situations where she must fight, and she never fails to impress. This book is packed with action and there are some nail biting fight scenes. There is rarely a dull moment in this one. It comes at you fast and furious and doesn't let up until the final pages.
And The Not So Much;
*While the world building is top notch, the book falters a bit on the explanations of the inhabitants. I never felt like I had a complete picture of any of the creatures that inhabited the world, except the ghouls. The goblins especially left me wondering. What were their powers? Did they all have a human appearance? How was Isaac able to get into people's dreams, is it just by saying his name? The composition of all the creatures in Mylena needed more detail.
*The romance between Greta and Isaac was difficult for me. I think because their first meeting occurred just a few days prior to the opening of the story, and it is retold in a few flashbacks. I think this technique didn't work because I never felt the sparks of attraction nor saw what drew them together to begin with. I did like that for the majority of the book the two were at odds and had an antagonistic relationship that hid the magnetic attraction between them. In all honesty, I felt the way the relationship developed between Wyatt and Greta was much more believable. Yes, this book does utilize a love triangle, but for me it wasn't such an issue because Greta never reciprocated Wyatt's feelings, in her mind she was constantly driven toward Isaac.
*The ending was open. The story draws to an exciting conclusion and it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but it does leave a bunch of unanswered questions.
Greta and the Goblin King is a solid and unique beginning to a new series. Ms. Jacobs plunges us into the cold and deadly world of Mylena ruled by the Goblin King and under the curse of the eclipse. Greta is a stubborn, fierce and determined young lady who will win you over. This book is packed with action and an antagonistic romance. I enjoyed this original book and will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
“You’re deluding yourself if you think you can know who I am or what I want from spying on me in my dreams. Therein lies a realm of fantasy, and while it’s an interesting place to visit every once in a while, we both have to live in the real world, don’t we?”
“I think showing off your sword might distract them from the fact that you have breasts...at least for a little while.”
“No matter who you are or where you come from, we’re the same. We were meant to be together.” He said it with such certainty and finality. “It has been decreed in the stars, and in our blood.”
"The moonlight played with the shadows, giving him deeper hollows in his cheeks and hiding his eyes. He dragged his thumb lightly over her bottom lip, continuing up the slope of her jaw. His hand shook a little bit, but his touch made her feel as if she were being welcomed home after a long absence, as if every good memory of being human was wrapped up in him."
I received a copy of this book for participating in the book tour. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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“~Copy of the book provided by the publisher for an honest review~
When I opened Greta and the Goblin King I can admit I had very high expectations. Unfortunately, I was very worried that the book was not going to live up to the description and beautiful cover. Well guess what, I was wrong. Dead wrong! It was all that and a then some. The author drags you in from the first page, taking you through a well written plot line filled with many twist and turns that will have you thoroughly entranced. You won't be able to put it down, I know I couldn't. I was so taken with the story that I stayed up well into the night reading. I just had to finish it. The authors description and well fleshed out characters will truly captivate you and make you feel as if you are there experiencing Mylena with them. Chloe's writing is like a well versed poem, or a fine wine that you will always remember the taste of.
First off we have this amazingly strong independent heroine Greta who has learned to become more than the average everyday human. Greta is a girl who has hidden her humanity and become a bounty hunter, defied the odds and survived four years in a strange land who kill humans on sight. Now if this girls is not a heroine then who is? I love reading books where the MC is no weak willed cry baby, that they take destiny by the horns and kick it in the face. Greta is that heroine. Sure she has some major obstacles to overcome but I know she can do it. Even though she is a badass bounty hunter, deep down she is still that shy, hormone crazed teenager. The chemistry between her and Isaac. Scorching! There are several steamy scenes that will have you becoming a puddle of goo on the floor. You have been warned ;)
Isaac, what to say about this sexy piece of goblin. I can honestly say I don't think I have ever read a YA book where the love interest is a goblin. That being said Jacobs has me joining the goblin bandwagon. Chloe has written such a hunky, dreaming guy that I think I might just have a crush on him myself. Okay no lying, I do have a crush on him. He is just so perfect. That perfect blend of protectiveness and possessiveness that has your heart in a tangle. Isaac is an alpha, no other word for it, he takes charge whenever he enters a scene. He dominates those parts like a pair of nice fitting jeans. I loved that though he is openly pursuing Greta he still holds an air of mystery and secrets. I found myself wondering about him through most of the book. Is he "too good to be true" or is he really after Greta for another reason. But one thing is for certain, Isaac will have you wanting a goblin king for your very own! I know I do ;)
Greta and the Goblin King was an amazing fantasy filled with intrigue, action and romance. Each page will hold you spellbound and aching for more. I know I will be marking my calendar when part two comes out. If you are looking for a book to take you on a journey and lose yourself in it, Greta and the Goblin King is it.”