Today I am one of the stops on the tour for Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs. This tour is hosted by Shane @ Itching for Books.
Title: Greta and the Goblin King
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher for blog tour
Series? Mylena Chronicles #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 290
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.
To survive, 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 will to escape.
But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back… (summary from goodreads)
I participated in the cover reveal for Greta and the Goblin King, so I was excited when signups came for the blog tour, and I got on it. So far, I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by Entangled Teen, and this one is no different.
Greta and the Goblin King is a strong YA fantasy. Chloe Jacobs has some really creative ideas. The worldbuilding for Mylena was nicely done — humans are the villains here, because they brought a curse to Mylena, causing never-ending winter. Greta wasn’t born in Mylena, but ended up there, and has had to conceal her true identity for the last four years. It hasn’t been a picnic — far from it, actually.
Taken in by Luke, a wood sprite and famous bounty hunter, Greta became a bounty hunter herself. She’s so far from the girl she used to be she barely recognizes herself, and after four years in Mylena, she’s starting to forget Earth and her past life.
Greta reminded me of a younger urban fantasy or paranormal romance heroine: stubborn, kick arse, and skilled. I liked her character, a lot.
When Luke is murdered, Greta sets off to find his killer, in a journey that reminded me a bit of Star Wars — in a good way.
I was 75 pages into Greta and the Goblin King before I knew it, and I just kept going. I finished the book in one sitting, and I can’t wait for the next! Chloe’s writing is extremely easy to read, and quite enjoyable. I also liked that the book was written from the third-person point of view, unlike a lot of YA books. I still got a good view into Greta’s mind.
I did have some trouble with the romance between Greta and Isaac. At the start of the book, Greta keeps telling herself never to trust Isaac, because he fooled her. And it’s dangerous, for her to have any interest in him, because he knows her secret. Their relationship changed and developed too fast for me. But the romance wasn’t a huge part of the book, so it didn’t bother me too much. I’m just hoping there’s not a big love triangle in the next book, because it’s sort of hinted at.
My favorite part of Greta and the Goblin King is probably the worldbuilding and mythology. As I said, Chloe Jacobs has some creative ideas, and I can’t wait to find out more about Mylena. I usually think of goblins as baby ogres: green and stupid, so it was nice to see such a different spin on them in this book.
Rating: 4 owls
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