Greta and the Goblin King

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Gr 7–10—Four years ago, Greta saved her brother from a witch's fire and ended up transported to Mylena, a frigid land where humans are hunted and eclipses turn fairy-tale creatures into murderous beasts. To survive, the teen hides her human identity and becomes a successful bounty hunter while she searches for the portal back home. But when her guardian is brutally murdered, the bounty hunter becomes the hunted. With the demon Agramon tracking her every move, the Goblin King invading her dreams, and a looming eclipse threatening to turn all of Mylena's creatures into bloodthirsty monsters, Greta seeks vengeance on the one she holds responsible for her guardian's death-Agramon himself. This fast-paced fantasy features a resilient heroine whose daily struggle to survive has left her physically tough but emotionally isolated. Greta's constant self-sacrificing gets a little old, but her impetuousness illustrates her undying loyalty to those she cares about. Though their rushed romance smacks of stalking, Greta finds an interesting counterpart in Isaac the Goblin King, who constantly challenges her to examine who she is and where she really belongs. Packed with action and fairy-tale gore, Goblin King will keep readers riveted right up to the end, where several loose ends and the late introduction of a love triangle leave room for a likely sequel. Readers looking for a fun romp through a dangerous fairy-tale world will find that this novel fits the bill nicely. Give it to fans of Brandon Mull's Fablehaven (S & S, 2007) or Julie Kagawa's Iron King (HarlequinTeen, 2010).—Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620610022
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 526,501
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    A delightful young adult romance

    Greta and the Goblin King is a mixture of the supernatural and fantasy, and usually fantasy is not the genre I am interested in; however, I was interested in Greta and the Goblin King. This book was provided to me by the publisher for review and this was a book I openly pursued. I wanted it. I had no clue why but something about the cover, the title, and the synopsis had me grabbing for it. And I was left quite pleased after reading it. After trying to save her brother Greta is thrown into a world that she knows nothing about and where her kind (humans) are persecuted and pursued to the point of extinction. Humans are the reason behind the creatures of Mylena being cursed. Yup, about once every two years they go absolutely crazy and turn into monsters. But, not all of them are monsters. Oh, no, no, no. The Goblin King—Isaac...he’s ok in my book. And, in Greta’s. Even though he is hiding things he is out to protect Greta (that is what I truly believe) and lets face it Greta has some secrets of her own. I liked Greta she is stubborn, determined, independent, and good-hearted. Her only flaw: she trusts no one. Hence why her and Isaac are so good together—he doesn’t really trust anyone either. Oh what a power couple. At first I was a little confused. You see some things about Mylena, like The Lost, don’t really get explained for a while, and so I sat there frowning wanting to know what they were all about until it was finally revealed. About halfway through (may not that much) Greta stumbles across some lost boys and I had a sense of nostalgia. It reminded me of Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys. Greta was sort of Wendy and they were her Lost Boys…oh and there is a Peter (his name is actually Wyatt) who happens to be interested in Great/Wendy. I smell a love triangle. But, I’m still in the corner of the Goblin King. At first the lost boys kind of creeped me out. Why? Well these boys ranging from 4(I think) to 19 haven’t seen a human female since they were sent to Mylena, which for some is over two year. I thought things were going to take a turn for the dark for a couple of minutes. This being the first fantasy book that I’ve read since A Wrinkle In Time I have to admit that I really like it and I cannot wait for the next novel in the series. Chloe Jacobs takes you away to another world, just like Greta, and put a hunk of a young king in front of you and one kick butt story to follow.
    Good:
    Greta—She reminds me of Katniss. Just wanting to survive and go home to her family. And she risked her own life to save her younger siblings.
    Isaac/The Goblin King—killed his uncle for the thrown and wants to protect his people, his land, and Greta.
    Wyatt—Determined to do what is right for the younger human boys and has taken up a leadership role to help protect them. Like Greta he tried to save someone else and ended up risking his own life. I smell a love triangle come on sort of like a mixture between Twilight and The Hunger Games.
    Bad:
    Some things were a little confusing until they were explained. And, sometimes I wanted to slap Greta for not trusting anyone.
    Overall the writing was very well done. I had a perfect image of the world of Mylena and its characters. Especially when the eclipse stared to have their hold on the creatures of Mylena and some could barely hold on to their control. The characters and story were interesting a unique and I find myself itching for the next book. Chloe Jacobs ha

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    IF you loved the Goblin King in The Labyrinth, you'll for sure l

    IF you loved the Goblin King in The Labyrinth, you'll for sure love this!

    The Labyrinth is one of my all-time favorite movies so I knew I HAD to read this book and I wasn't disappointed even though the story is much different.




    The book begins a few years after Greta had saved her brother from being stuck in Mylena, a land of goblins, faeries, and continual freezing weather. In Mylena, humans are enslaved and hunted. Unfortunately, Greta was not able to save herself when she saved her brother and she has been stuck in Mylena ever since.




    Greta was one of the "lucky" humans as she was found and taken in by a sprite who hid her, taught her how to hide her humanity and trained her to hunt the Lost, which are ghouls whose dark sides have taken over their psyches. She has become an acclaimed bounty hunter and, just as in the movie, Greta, our heroine, has caught the eye of sexy, arrogant, caring and funny Isaac, the Goblin King.




    Greta fights her attraction to Isaac as she knows that their relationship would never work. It's difficult, though, to escape him as he visits her in her dreams. OMG... what dreams they were!!!!! Isaac was awesome and definitely swoon-worthy!




    When her sprite guardian is tragically murdered, Greta sets out to revenge his death and stop the evil entity responsible for his death. Even worse, Greta now finds that she has a bounty on her head as that same evil entity wants her. When Greta comes upon a camp of humans, they remind her of her brother and she finds herself feeling responsible for them too.




    I hate cliff-hangers and there's not one here but the last few chapters are nail-biters. There's no way I could put the book down for anything near the end.




    If you like YA reads with never-ending action, twists and turns galore, pick this book up! IF you loved the Goblin King in The Labyrinth, you'll for sure love this!




    VERY GOOD YA Read!




    4 1/2 stars!!!!!

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

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    *CONTAINS SPOILERS* I really did love all of the characters in

    *CONTAINS SPOILERS*

    I really did love all of the characters in this book, and the plot was just amazing. Greta is a strong character which I always look for. I can't stand weak characters who help nothing and constantly break down. There were moments when Greta did cry and needed help, but that just made her stronger and HUMAN. There was so much detail in this book that I could envision everything. It was really hard for me to put the book down. I've spent all day to finish reading it.

    I loved the romance between Greta and the Goblin King, but sometimes her hesitance and back-and-forthness annoyed the hell out of me. I wanted to scream at her to stop trying so hard not to want him, and just love him already! I can obviously assume what happened to the other humans she helped at the end, but it made me a bit curious about the little love triangle. She never told Wyatt what was really going on between her and Isaac, so that seemed a little unfinished, but since the connection between her and Wyatt wasn't at all developed like hers and Isaac's, it never really matter in the first place. I hate love triangles and if you do too, don't worry too much about it. Its not a big one, and it shouldn't stop you from reading the book.

    I also didn't like how there wasn't much depth to Agramon. I always like details about the bad guy almost as much as I want details about the main character. It almost seemed easy defeating him.

    I usually stick with stories about vampires and shifters, so this was such a good break from that. If you need a break from typical stories or just like ogres, gnomes, faeries, and goblins, then you definitely need to read this book!

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    This was a book I asked for and received way back at Christmast

    This was a book I asked for and received way back at Christmastime, but didn’t pick up until a short while ago because I wanted to savor it. I first started reading on the train in the afternoon, thinking I would just start it. About six hours later, I was glued to the book by my eyeballs, unable to tear myself away until I had finished!



    The plot:

    The plot was interesting, though I confess there were one or two places where I felt there was a piece of the story missing, like the book should have been longer. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the non-stop action and the quick pacing. While this does have strong themes of romance, it is very much an action flick as well with everything from sword fights to chase scenes. In other words, my kind of book.



    The characters:

    Greta can be a bit stubborn and there were parts where I wanted to slap her and scream “Can’t you see that Isaac loves you, you numpty?!” But her will to survive and desire to save others was admirable and I especially related to her protectiveness over her baby brother. I especially liked how Isaac didn’t have to charge in and rescue her every time she got herself into a tight fix. Greta could hold her own, but at the same time she wasn’t invincible. She was a balanced character, not too tough but certainly not helpless.



    I’ve always thought of goblins as rather nasty (especially post-LOTR), but Isaac fits securely into the category of adorable love interests. His strong personality makes a good match for Greta and his persistence is absolutely required to win over a girl like her. Though she might not see it at first, I think Isaac and Greta are definitely an OTP.



    I really liked Wyatt, the leader of the lost boys. He was an older brother, sometimes paternal, figure to the younger boys he’d taken under his wing. However, he has a thing for Greta and she a tiny thing for him and to that I must quote something I heard another reviewer say: “It’s Greta and the Goblin King, not Greta and the Human.”



    I adored the lost boy characters, though there is one I fear will be trouble later. The villain, Agramon, is certainly evil, though he doesn’t get much page time. For most of the story the villains are the weather and other bounty hunters before we actually come face-to-face with Agramon. I very much enjoyed the characters and I look forward to seeing more of them(except the villain) in future books.



    Conclusion: A fun, witty read with plenty of sarcasm, edge-of-your-seat action, and a breathtaking romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    A really great read!

    I read it in two hours! I usually get bored with fantasy books, but this is definately a book that I will read over and over.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

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    Chloe Jacobs bursts onto the scene with her debut novel, Greta a

    Chloe Jacobs bursts onto the scene with her debut novel, Greta and the Goblin King. This book is packed full of action and adventure, while Greta’s inner turmoil will overwhelm readers’ emotions. Jacobs does a fantastic job with the elaborate details in every scene. Readers will be shivering as they continue their journey across freezing Mylena.
    Though the beginning is a tad slow, the book will eventually capture the readers’ attention, making it difficult for them to walk away. Even the love triangle, where the heroine must choose between the good human and the bad creature, is more than it seems, as she tries to justify her past self within her present reality. Readers will be overcome with tears and will be desperate as they wait for the second book. Young Adult, Fantasy fans will want to add this book to their must-read list!
    Note:
    I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    Greta and the Goblin King is a captivating fantasy that draws yo

    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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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Isaac was my favorite character. Greta was a great heroine. She

    Isaac was my favorite character. Greta was a great heroine. She makes a sweet bounty hunter, and not sweet as in nice. None of her fights leave her unscathed but she doesn't let it deter her. My heart goes out to her on her journey of self-discovery. So set on looking back that she doesn't realize she isn't the same young girl nor is the world black and white.

    Upon introduction of the Goblin King I was less than impressed. I think it had something to do with the purple hairy chest. *shudders* I certainly didn't mentally swoon over the image he presented. Pair that with his demand that he be given anything he want and I was definitely ready for him to exit stage. But luckily that particular physical description is never repeated so I was able to re-envision him in my mind. Thankfully there is a subtle shift in the interaction between Isaac, the Goblin King, and Greta. As things continued to progress my view of Issac improved. Sure he was still full of himself and far to manipulative but he had enough good characteristics that I wanted more. When we get to see him in his full glory it is terrifyingly awesome. Realistically part of me wonders how a goblin and a human could ever work out but this is fiction so it just will. Definitely my favorite parts of the book involve Isaac in his moon induced form. In many ways the emotions in this book remind me of those you would find in a werewolf book. No wonder I enjoyed it. I wonder what will come next.

    Great fight scenes and a deadly winter white landscape. Everything I hoped it would be! I definitely recommend this to those who enjoy a good werewolf story.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

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    For YA and Adult readers alike, very strong female lead and smart, even in a fey world.

    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,

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