Once upon a dark time…
Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she's managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…
To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King's life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.
Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.
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Greta and the Glass Kingdom
By Chloe Jacobs, Stephen Morgan
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Darkness. Fear. A circle of madness and death. Stone children trailing red from the corners of their eyes, collapsing bonelessly to the dirt.
Greta's in the middle of it all, the eye of the storm, and the power whips around her ferociously. Through her. In her. Sending her spinning. Spinning. Spinning out of control.
Someone grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her.
Fire burning. The world shakes. Someone screams.
Screams. Those were her screams.
The world wasn't shaking—she was being shaken. And the fire wasn't a nightmare, it was real. The smoke tasted like death and burned her lungs.
She fought against the hands holding her. Unbidden, the darkness that had become all too familiar since the battle with Agramon shoved outward, like a bully on the schoolyard eager for a fight.
"Greta, please!" Hands on her shoulders. That voice. It was Siona. "I am trying to contain this, but I need you to wake up and focus."
She snapped her eyes open, told herself to relax and stop struggling before she lost control of the thing within her again and hurt Siona.
In the darkness of the room, she couldn't see her friend or anything else. Siona must have wisely closed the door behind her when she'd rushed in to stop Greta from burning the castle down.
You are stronger than this. It does not own you.
She didn't know if that was her own voice talking ... or Isaac's, who'd been unshakable in his belief that she would overcome whatever this was that had been happening to her. Hard to believe, especially since the nightmares were coming more often, and each time it became harder to contain the dark magick trapped inside her.
The magick she'd never asked for and never wanted. Kind of like how she'd never wanted to be here to begin with. Getting stuck in the icy wasteland of Mylena wasn't exactly the thing every teenage girl dreamed of. Especially when a deranged, power-hungry demon kidnapped little kids—including Greta's brother, Drew—and used a spell to split open the universe so that he could terrorize every world, including the human world she'd tried getting back to for years.
Don't let it win. At first it was like talking to a stone wall, but after a long, quiet moment, her body finally started to listen. The snarly beast inside retracted its claws and closed its eyes. The heat dissipated. She took shaky, ragged deep breaths. And then fought to keep the tears from falling.
How could she have thought she was badass enough to take on a demon the likes of Agramon? He'd chewed her up and ... well, the portal he'd pulled her into would have swallowed her down if Isaac hadn't reached in and dragged her back out.
"It's all right now, danem." Siona had stopped shaking her and now patted her shoulder. It was awkward enough that Greta almost chuckled. She groaned instead. Despite all they'd been through together, Siona still refused to drop the Mylean formal address—dolem for men and danem for women.
"How do you always know?" She blinked up into the shadows about where Siona's face should be. Somehow her friend was always there before things got too bad.
Siona stepped back, and Greta thought she could see the outline of her slim shape. "It's my responsibility to watch over you while the goblin king is away," she whispered. "I heard your cries of distress and came to see if I could help."
Greta flushed with embarrassment at the thought that she might have awakened the whole castle with her screams. "Did I burn the bedsheets this time?" She glanced down, but it was too dark—
The door flew open and crashed into the opposite wall so hard she felt the shudder of it like a mini-earthquake. The sconces hanging on the walls out in the corridor let in enough light for her to see that the hulking figure filling the entrance to her room was very Isaac shaped.
He charged in, eyes glowing in the dark.
"I'm okay," she said, worried that he would see the scorch marks in her bed and lose it.
Her breathing hitched as he crossed the room in three long strides. Siona stepped back as he put his knee on the massive mattress—bigger than any she'd slept in before—and pulled her into his arms. His weight crunched the straw that had been packed beneath the layers of wool and linen making up the bed.
He pulled her into his embrace, and her cheek squished against his chest.
"I'm fine. It was nothing," she insisted in a muffled voice.
She felt him shift and knew he was looking back at Siona for confirmation.
She pinched him on the arm. "It was just a dream," she said. She didn't want him worrying about her. She'd caused him enough problems lately.
"Yes," he finally agreed in a low voice. He ducked his chin and rested it on top of her head. "Just a dream."
But they both knew there was more to it than that.
Neither of them would come right out and say it, though, because in this moment, it was more important that his touch stifle the cold carrying the dream's memory. He wasn't letting her go, and she didn't really want him to. She melted against him and let his strength be the wall between her and the fear she'd carried inside for weeks. It was a weakness she would berate herself for later, but right now, she was just scared enough not to care.
Siona cleared her throat, and Greta automatically pulled back, but Isaac's arms only tightened, and he didn't let her go far. "Do you require anything further?" Siona asked.
"She is fine. You may leave now." He tossed the order over his shoulder. Greta jabbed him in the stomach, and he grunted. "But I ... thank you for your assistance."
"Yes, my king." Greta thought she saw Siona's lips twitch before she turned to go.
"Siona," Greta called after her. "Could you leave the door open a little bit, please?"
"I hope you enjoy better dreams the rest of this night, danem," she murmured, and, with a shadowy nod, the goblin hunter left Greta and Isaac alone.
With the small crack of light coming into the room, Greta could see the look on Isaac's face as he peered down at her. "Don't frown at me like that," she said, then reached up to smooth the lines in his forehead away with her fingers. They hadn't talked much about the events of the eclipse. Not about Wyatt and the other human boys, or about the battle in Agramon's fortress. And especially not about the dark power that had hitched a ride inside her when she'd come out of that portal. But the worry in his eyes said they needed to.
He snagged her hand and kissed her fingers while drawing swirly patterns across her back with his other hand. His chest rose and fell with each of his deep breaths, so close to her she was moved along with them.
She was mesmerized. His touch was still so new, her body demanded she give it her full and complete attention. There was a kind of sloppy reverence in it. His hands were too big to treat anything delicately, and yet he seemed to want to try with her. She should remind him that she could handle his big strong self, that she was no fragile flower who needed to be protected. But that could come later.
She glanced around him to the doorway. It was the middle of the night, and he was in her room on the bed with her, and anyone could walk by and see them alone together. Everyone here already hated her, both for being a human and for bewitching their king. It was one thing for them to be faced with her presence in the goblin castle and not be able to do anything about it because she was a guest, but if they knew just how close she and their king had become, there'd probably be a riot.
"You shouldn't have come in here. Someone might see us."
He didn't remove himself, instead raised an eyebrow and glared at her like maybe she'd just offended him. "Your nightmare screams could raise the dead, but I should just leave you to them?"
The exasperation in his tone almost made her forget the blood, smoke, and screams of her nightmare. She smiled and ducked her head like a blushing schoolgirl. Weird that dating a goblin king in an alternate world would make her feel more like a regular human being than anything else.
A vexed rumble barreled up from his throat. It was still surprising just how quickly and easily she got under his skin. It was even more surprising that he let her see it. Greta had never meant enough to anyone to get under their skin, on their nerves, or anything else before.
She'd always kept her head down and avoided attachments. As a human in Mylena, that had been the only way to stay alive. Well ... that, and she'd become right handy with a sword.
And before Mylena? Who could even remember anymore. Maybe there were people besides her family who'd missed her when she disappeared, but she'd only had a few friends and no boyfriends. Greta was never the most popular kid, or the smartest, or the funniest. She'd just been another face in a crowded school hallway.
Isaac put a finger under her chin and tipped her face up. "You are all right?"
She clenched her eyes shut against the tenderness in those four words. "The dreams are coming more often," she admitted. She bit her tongue against telling him how hard it was getting to control that dark thing inside her. "Sometimes I see Drew's face in the circle, and sometimes I don't. Sometimes Wyatt is there shouting at me, but I don't understand what he's saying." She shuddered as the images all flooded back.
His grip tight, digging into her forearm. So deep she's sure the tip of each claw goes through her skin and bone. The pain crawls up and up like rivers of ice in her veins, heads straight for her chest, and she wonders if that's what a heart attack feels like.
He pulls her deeper into the devouring darkness, promises they'll have an eternity there together, but another presence adds his voice to the chaos, calling for her—
"You are worried for your friends," Isaac said. He smoothed her hair back behind her ear. She nodded, but it wasn't worry fueling these dreams, and they both knew it. "There has been no sign of them yet," he said. "But I will send Siona out to search the forest again."
She swallowed. It should be her out there, and she'd been able to slip away a few times to join the search, but Isaac worried when she went out alone, and she knew that if he came along, Wyatt would never let her find him.
"You're always in the dream," she said with a smile. "Urgent, cross, and demanding that I return to you."
"None would dare disobey the goblin king." He chuckled. "What else? I don't want you to be afraid."
She pressed her lips together and remembered the black place filled with the silence of smothered screams. The portal had not been a dream, and when she returned there every night, it was impossible not to think that this time she'd be stuck there for good.
The dreams varied. Sometimes she reached for Isaac and he slipped from her fingers, but sometimes she couldn't grab on at all. And on really bad nights she ... killed him instead.
In the end, she was alone. Always alone.
At first she'd blamed the nightmares on the fact that she wasn't sleeping well, and she'd blamed not sleeping well on the nightmares. What was the Mylean equivalent of the chicken and the egg?
"No, there's nothing else," she said. "It's not a big deal. It just ... it seems to trigger ..."
They both knew what got triggered when Greta lost control. Since Isaac had pulled her back out of Agramon's portal, she hadn't been quite the same. At first it only happened while she was sleeping, and thankfully, Siona had somehow been able to sense it and always came running to snap her out of it.
But it was getting stronger, slipping away from her easier—sometimes while she was awake now, too.
"What if we went back to my cottage, just the two of us?" he said.
The first time he'd brought her there, she hadn't understood why Isaac would prefer to hang out by himself in a tiny little stone house that had once been a hunting lodge for his father, not when there was a whole castle at his disposal with servants and everything. But she got it now. There weren't any disapproving looks, judgments, or expectations there.
But he was wrong if he thought their problems would cease to exist if they ran away.
"Your people need you to be here." She knew he couldn't stay there anymore, now that he was trying to accept his responsibilities as the goblin king and do the job the way his father would have wanted.
"We'll find a way to stop the nightmares," he said. If only she were facing an enemy with her sword instead of some unfathomable dark magick, she might have shared his confidence. He smiled. "I'll keep you safe, if I have to come and spend every night in this bed with you."
"Oh, no. Do you think it could be that serious?" She pretended alarm but couldn't keep from grinning.
His eyes glittered in the shadows. "A king must take all necessary precautions."
She hoped he was right about there being a way to stop it. He was so positive, he had to be right, didn't he?
She rested a hand on his shoulder and lifted onto her knees on the mattress, then lightly touched her lips to his. He didn't hesitate, instead tilted his head and captured her lips completely. He kissed her with a molten desperation that made her belly tighten and her heart pound.
His hand spread across the small of her back, and he pulled her hard against him. His other hand dove into her bed-head hair. She shivered at the scrape of his long incisors on her upper lip. His mouth opened on hers. She answered in kind, and his tongue slipped in to taste her.
She groaned, and her fingers curled. She was aware of everything. The slope of his hard bicep, the wrinkles in the fabric covering it under her fingers. She was even aware of the tiny little pockets of space that remained between them.
She still couldn't get used to this touching thing. The kissing thing. It was amazing and intoxicating and left her whole world reeling every time, but it was also treacherous. Trust wasn't her best skill, and neither was diplomacy. She'd spent three weeks in the goblin castle under Isaac's care and protection—going stir-crazy with inactivity—and none of his people seemed any closer to accepting her.
A flicker in the light from the corridor drew her attention. Reluctantly, she pulled back and shimmied her arms between them. The shadows in the hallway seemed to shift. Was someone out there?
"Don't worry," he said. "No one will say anything even if they know we are here together."
"They won't say it to your face, but they'll still talk."
He paused. "Has someone defamed you?"
"Defame? What kind of archaic word is that?" She tugged her shirt back into place. To Isaac's amusement, she still stubbornly wore her hunting clothes, whether she was awake or asleep, even though there was a closet full of feminine dresses and stuff just waiting for someone to show interest in them. "Don't worry, I can handle myself." She also kept her dagger under the pillow.
For the first time, she remembered another reason why he shouldn't be in her room. "When did you get back?" she asked. "I thought you would be gone at least another moon rising." He was dressed in travel gear and smelled of sweat and those ugly Mylean horses that weren't really horses. He must have come straight to her.
"If you had let me into your dreams last night, I would have told you of the change in my plans."
"You don't have to be snarky about it," she said.
She would never be able to keep him out of her head for good, but she was intent on regaining control over her subconscious mind. Not only for privacy's sake, but because it might be the only way to keep the darkness inside her from spilling out all over the place.
She remembered Luke, who'd found her in the snow after she got stranded in Mylena and had taught her how to fight, how to survive. He used to go to his sacred circle in the woods every evening to connect with the Great Mother, and recently, she'd decided to try meditating herself to see if that worked for her. It seemed to help where Isaac's ability was concerned, although it hadn't made any difference with the nightmares yet. So far nothing could keep them away.
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First Impressions I loved Greta and the Goblin King, and have been excited to read this for ages. The book picks up pretty much where the first one ended. You're immediately thrown in to their world and their new set of problems. Characters Greta is pretty cool! She has to find a balance between being kick-butt and letting others take the lead. Greta has tons of problems in this book, but deals with them well. She never gives up hope, even when everyone else already has. Isaac isn't in this as much. I love the scenes with him, and love seeing him and Greta together! Writing While I think the writing could have been a little better (I noticed lots of common things, etc), it was overall pretty good! The story flowed well and kept me hanging until the very last page. The one thing I might have hoped for was a little down time between action scenes. They would defeat one thing, and then immediately something else would happen. World-Building Much of the world building occurred in the first book, so this didn't require as much. That said, Greta was going on a whole new journey to new places that hadn't been explained before. I really enjoyed seeing the new places and seeing how they dealt with all the obstacles they came across. I wish I could have seen more of the Glass Kingdom though, as that seems like a pretty interesting place.
Expect to be blitzed with loads of surprises, twists and turns, heartbreak and unexpected betrayals! Isaac: "Visiting the provinces has made me realize it's far past time I make it clear to one and all that my heart is claimed and my commitment to you is true." Greta: She’d finally realized how rare and special what they’d started together was. No king and queen anywhere were going to be as good together as they would be. She was finally going to prove that not only was she good enough for Isaac and good enough to stay in Myena, she was good enough to rule Myena. GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM by Chloe Jacobs is a fabulous addition to Chloe's Mylena Chronicles series! I had read and loved GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING, the first book in the series, when it released back in December 2012. I've been dying to return to Mylena since and was beyond excited when I saw that the next book was soon to be released. The wait was sooooo worth it as I was not disappointed in the least! GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM is as good if not better than GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING. My only complaint - and it's a small one - is that since it had been so long, it took me a little time to catch up with the world and characters of Mylena. However, everything started falling in place after the first couple of chapters and I could only hold on while Chloe took me on another wild ride! Oh my! It was GOOD! In my opinion, this series really needs to be read in order! GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM does not work well as a standalone. However, that's not a bad thing as both books in this series have been fantastic! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club.
3 stars I received an e-ARC copy of Greta and the Glass Kingdom from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received this book, opened it up and didn't understand anything. So after days of trying I went looking for the first book.To understand this book you really really need to read the first one. There is no summary or good explanation for readers who pick up the second book first. Greta and the Glass Kingdom picks up directly after Greta and the Goblin King. Greta is with Isaac back at his palace. She is having nightmares and is scorching the sheets in her dreams. Isaac loves her and wants his people to accept her as their queen. Greta is not quite so sure. She is human, a bounty hunter and totally not ready for the responsibilities of being queen. Plus she has been infected by the tainted magick from the demon Agramon and it keeps trying to take control. The gnomes declare war at Isaac's banquet and the faeries propose an alliance and a promise that their queen can help Greta, the offer is too good to resist. Leaving Isaac to deal with the gnomes, Greta sets off with Siona, Isaac's half faerie bounty hunter cousin, and Wyatt, a pursing lost human boy to see the faerie queen. So spoilers ahead.**** First, love love love love the cover. Its what talked me into picking up this book. The book starts with Greta's nightmare, her struggle with control, Siona's help and Isaac coming to comfort. I felt really dumped into the middle. I was so lost before I read the first book. Even after having read the first book, I still felt dumped. So Isaac and Greta cuddle, make out, and freak out about the banquet that Isaac is throwing. That first chapter just dragged for me. So banquet, Siona is helping Greta get ready. She has to wear a dress, which she isn't happy about. Then there is an intruder in the castle, Greta wants to investigate, so Siona undoes the dress and then leaves, which is when Wyatt shows up. So Greta is prancing around, clutching the dress, hugging Wyatt and then pushing him away, almost kissing him. Arrrg, Greta you made your choice stop waffling. So then Siona escorts Wyatt out and Isaac comes in and Greta is STILL running around holding that dress. The whole thing just me roll my eyes a lot. I was really really excited that Siona was a prominent character in this book. I liked her in Gobling King. So Siona is half faery and not accepted by either side of her heritage. Its cool that she is there for Greta to connect with and that they can develop a solid friendship. As the faeries interact with Greta she sees that Siona has history with them. Since Siona trusts them, Greta thinks that she can give them a shot. So the plot of this book was awesome. The action scenes, fighting and running moved the story along quickly and all added to the plot. The conversations that happened in between each of them dragged. Especially every time Greta talked to Wyatt. But the Siona conversations become important. Siona comes into her powers and its helping Greta with her tainted power. But the plot twist, brilliant. Having Siona, the one creature of Mylena that Greta has decided to trust betray her, brilliant. I also loved that once Greta figured it out, everyone was out, she was done and she never doubted that she wasn't right. I do think that she was a little quick to forgive in the end though. (Isaac doesn't count because Greta didn't trust him in the beginning and I still don't think that they are on complete solid ground yet. There are issues that they haven't talked about yet.) I really feel like some of the talking could have been streamlined so that it wasn't the same conversation over and over again between the same characters. *coughWyattcough* I had a few issues with the consistency of magick. I want to know how Greta learned to control the magick. She never talks to anyone about it and most of the time ignores it or is writhing on the ground in pain from it. She has not control and then all of sudden at the end she can draw it out and use it. Not consistent, especially because it was almost killing her. Plus how does the dream magick work and why can Greta all of sudden control it? Wyatt drove me nuts. Again. I didn't love him in the first book and I liked him even less is this one. Greta cares about him. He reminds her of what she has lost but Greta has built a life on Mylena and she is okay with that. Wyatt, I felt, did everything he could to undermine Greta and her decisions. She got not support from him. I do want to know about this portal that they supposedly found. I also want to know what happened to Ray. I do think that Siona to Wyatt straight to the faeries when she escorted him from the castle. Isaac was interesting in this book. I loved the fact that he went lost and it was Greta who had to chase after him in dreams. I think that it was important to see Isaac as actual monster and for Greta to have to deal with it. I feel like Isaac developed more as a king who cares about his people and the girls he loves. I did want more from him in that last chapter. Speaking of last chapter. OMG, of course they end up on earth. Its obvious that they will have to get back to Mylena but now everything will be awkward and Wyatt will be annoying and Isaac self sacrificing plus how are they going to defeat a demon faery queen? I felt that it was rushed. Additionally Siona and Wyatt???? So overall. Great plot. Some characters and lots of talking that drove me nuts. Plus consistency. Love, love the cover. I would read the next book.
Never have I been so disappointed with such a long awaited sequel. I couldn't even finish this one. If Greta *gasped* one more time, I would have thrown my book across the room. The writing wasn't as flawless as book 1 and was really hard to wade through. Very disappointed.
2.5 stars I was sort of hoping that the second installment in The Mylena Chronicles would answer some of the questions I had in the first one. Instead it added some more questions and I wasn’t completely satisfied. Greta was even more annoying to me in this one than she was in the previous book. The whole “I’m not pretty because my body and face is riddled with scars thing” had me rolling my eyes so many times. Also, we get that she’s a bounty hunter and supposed to be this bad ass chick (which, I really don’t get because she’s always being saved by either Isaac or Siona), but she kind pf stepped into it when she fell in love with a Goblin King. I mean really, you don’t want to wear dresses and do all the things royalty does, then get away from the royalty. The plot kind of jumped all over the place for me and I ended up being more bored than interested. In short it was messy. I also felt like it could have been shorter, because there were a lot of times where it seemed the author just put in more words to describe a scene that only needed a few. The only thing I pretty much enjoyed was the ending. I wanted to enjoy this one more than the first, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.
I read Greta and the Goblin King just a couple of weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it. It was full of emotion, passion, romance, adventure, magic. I had a feeling that I would like it, but I had no idea just how much. I read it in a couple of hours. Just couldn't put it down! I wanted Glass Kingdom in my hands, immediately after reading Goblin King. Thankfully, I am a part of this wonderful tour, so I didn't have to wait too long! Glass Kingdom starts off right after the events at the end of Goblin King. Greta is struggling with this dark magick inside of her, and it is posing a serious threat to Isaac. She knows she has to figure out some way to get rid of it, but there are more pressing matters at first. Like her being presented as the future Goblin Queen of Mylena, for one! Unfortunately, that becomes the least of her concerns, and Greta and gang find themselves on a mission. A mission for allies, for a way to release her from the magick, and finding a ragtag bunch of human children, lost in the Mylean wilderness. This sequel is one of those sequels that live up to the first books awesomeness in every way, and somehow even surpasses it. There is no short of adventures, fighting for lives, and heartbreak along the way. The characters we came to love are still here, and each has managed to grow as a person. We meet some new characters in this story, some good and some bad. It is hard to tell immediately whether you can trust them or not, and trust becomes hard to give to even those characters you have fallen in love with. The pacing of this story is perfection, and the writing has such a wonderful flow. Greta has grown from the last book, and throughout this sequel she continues to grow, to morph and to change. She has been dealing with so much since she first arrived in Mylena, but finally having opened herself up to loving and caring for it's people also causes her no short of heartache. Yet, it has made her a better, stronger, braver person. Siona has a much larger role in this one, and I truly enjoyed getting to know her, even when I might not have liked her at certain points in the story. Her and Greta's relationship has grown, and I loved their scenes together. Wyatt is back, and he has grown a thicker skin. He has changed a lot from the first book, and I truly enjoyed his character. And Isaac, how I love Isaac. I can't say too much about this important player, but I will say this. I had HOPE, the whole way through. He is such a great Goblin King! Each player in this story is multi-faceted, and they each stand out in their own ways. All in all, this series is quickly turning into a favorite. It is a special series, and it has captured my heart. There is a certain scene on a bridge, with a monster and his pet, and a song, that might easily be a favorite. But there are so many favorite parts of this story! And what an ENDING! What a middle! I cannot wait to see what Chloe Jacobs has in store for these amazing characters in the next book. And I hope that next book gets here soon! I would absolutely recommend this series to any teenager, and tell every adult to give it a chance. I am 32 years old, and I have fallen in love with this amazingly talented writer, and the world and characters she obviously loves so very much! Thank you to Chloe Jacobs and YA Bound for allowing me the chance to read this book, and be a part of the tour!
"Greta and the Glass Kingdom" by Chloe Jacobs is a very fun sequel. The reader is taken back to Mylena and we find that Greta has survived her battle with Agramon. In winning this battle his dark magic has attached to Greta, so any time she is feels stressed or threatened then she has this new dark magic that flairs up. Now that Greta is with Isaac the Goblin king, she is not allowed to hunt anymore. The people truly hate Great and they believe that she has bewitched their King. Isaac wants Greta to become his queen. Greta has to battle Agramon when he returns with a vengeance. The characters are great in "Greta and the Glass Kingdom." Jacobs' brings her wonderful characters back to her readers. The characters are really what made this story because the characters are interesting. Greta is brave and loveable. She puts her life on the line for others because she cares more about others than herself and this proves to be true again in this story. The down fall of this book is the fact that the plot wasn't very good. I had a hard time getting into the plot because it had so many twists. I was glad that I kept reading because the ending was fantastic. I thought the story ended really well and I can't wait until book three.
Two years is a long time to wait for the next book...but all is forgiven with Chloe Jacobs ability to weave pure magic into her pages. Greta and the Goblin King, took on a Demon in the previous installment. During their battle some of the demon's taint has dug deep into Greta. Together Greta and Issac, the king, are facing the prejudiced against Greta's humanity while they are struggling through her ability to keep the evil tainted magic under control. I was not surprised that I loved this story. I was hooked on book one, Greta and the Goblin King and found myself immediately reeled into book 2, Greta and the Glass Kingdom, as well. The story is fast passed and action packed with nail biting suspense that will keep you hanging on till the end. Greta and the Glass Kingdom is a magnetic, magical, mystical must read! I highly recommend that you become wrapped up into Jacobs' storytelling, it is a must read story for any young adult fantasy reader.
*My Thoughts* When Greta was 13, she tried to save her brother from a witch’s fire and ended up falling through a portal to the land of Mylena where humans are the scum of the earth. Everyone believes that humans are to blame for the constant winter conditions. For 4 years, Greta hid her identity and trained to be a bounty hunter, hunting down the Lost for money. Mylena is a world that is filled with not only goblins, but sprites, dwarves, ogres, gnomes, the elusive fairie, and other bizarre creatures. Then, her cover was blown and she ended up meeting Mylena’s young goblin king Isaac, who invades her dreams and bonds with her like no one else before. But, let's not forget that there were other humans on Mylena as well. I shall call them Wyatt and the Lost boys to save time. As with Greta, these humans were dragged to Mylena against their will, and have been trying to find a way home ever since. They were also used as pawns in a darker scheme by the dark sith lord Agramon. Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2) takes us back to Mylena, and this time we find that Greta has survived her battle with the big bad villain, Agramon, but in doing so, his dark magick has caught the Greta train and latched on for the ride and flares up whenever she is stressed or threatened. Except for the dark magick, and the fact that she's not supposed to hunt anymore, things are just fantastic for Greta! ::dripping with sarcasm:: Even though she is with Isaac now, she is truly hated, and there are those aching to kill her for bewitching their King. With Isaac wanting her to be his queen, things quickly spiral out of control, and in return, we get our first real look at the Fairie and the secretive Glass Kingdom. Shall we speak of the twisted triangle of doom? Shall we make it known that Isaac has Greta's heart, while Wyatt is just spitting into the wind? Shall I say that I don't understand Wyatt's intentions other than he's human, and so is Greta, and he is definitely prejudiced towards non-humans? Perhaps Wyatt would be better served by focusing his energy on a certain goblin hunter instead. Greta and the Glass Kingdom is a story that travels the gambit from being a paranormal romance novel, to a suspense filled story that hangs on Greta's choices, and others betrayals. Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the water, Jaws aka Agramon returns with a vengeance leaving me shaking my head, and hoping that Great and Isaac can finally find a way to bury this bunghole in a vat of boiling lava. So, in conclusion, I waited 2 years for the sequel to Greta and the Goblin King only to be left with a twisted, gut wrenching cliffhanger thanks mostly to the actions of others? I think I'm going to scream, and then cry, and then be sick. No really. If you hear screaming coming all the way from Florida, that would be me! Don't send the paddy wagon after me, I'll be fine! I just pray, yes I said pray, that we don't have to wait until 2017 for the SEQUEL!!!! Ya feel me Chloe Jacobs? **I received this book for free from (Entangled Teen) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Greta and the Glass Kingdom is book two of The Mylena Chronicles. This book continues where book one left off. Greta is living in the Goblin King’s palace. Every night she has nightmares and the dark magick that seeped into her at the portal fights to overtake her. Siona, Issac’s cousin seems to be the only one capable of helping her tamp it down. When the rest of Mylena gets word that the Goblin King has chosen a human to be his queen, skirmishes begin everywhere. Will Greta be a good choice for queen? Will she ever be rid of this dark magick gnawing at her core? What of her relationship with Wyatt??? The Mylena Chronicles is a fantastic series! Book two was definitely worth the wait. It has nonstop action and edge of your seat excitement to keep you turning pages. You most definitely won’t want to put this book down. The emotional aspect was very realistic as Greta wondered what became of Wyatt and the boys, also her worry about whether or not she could keep the dark magick at bay. This was an amazing book and teaches that it is possible for true love to conquer all.