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 hunterand 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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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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Greta and the Goblin King (The Mylena Chronicles)
By Chloe Jacobs, Heather Howland
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2012 Chloe Jacobs
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When she'd set out to track the foul beast hunkered down in the cavern ahead, Greta hadn't counted on gale force winds and an ice storm engulfing three goblin territories descending like a bitter, frozen plague to torture her.
She should have. A blinding blizzard was nothing less than typical Mylean weather, and after spending four years stranded here, she definitely should have expected it. The cold had long ago penetrated her thick coat and the layers of wool and soft cotton, until it seemed more like days than hours since she'd felt the welcome of a roaring fire in the hearth, but her comfort would have to wait a while longer. A young goblin boy had gone missing from his home in the village. She refused to believe he was dead already.
With a weary sigh, she squinted through a break in the canopy of gloomy evergreens, gauging the amount of fury left in the turbulent sky. The shadows falling across the blanket of craptastic white stuff were still long, but at least she could see her hands in front of her face again. She had to have been on the ghoul's trail for at least three hours by now.
Three hours of non-stop fun.
She approached the cave entrance carefully. After scoping it out from a safe distance, she circled back and came at it from the side.
Her stomach twisted as she thought of the kid suffering inside, but the image that came to mind wasn't of a frightened goblin child. Instead, she saw a human boy from another time and place. Drew.
Shaking her head, she squared her shoulders and kept moving. Blizzard or not, she needed to bring the goblin home alive if she wanted to get paid, and the creature who took the boy had ensconced itself and its prize deep inside the cave.
A noise. Distinctive from the natural groaning of tree limbs weighed down by snow. A crunch behind her as someone took a step closer.
Damn. She'd miscalculated, assuming no one would have followed her while she was following the ghoul.
She spun as a familiar flash of amethyst rushed her in the not-quite dark. Before she could duck and roll, a thick, muscled arm slammed across her chest and shoved her against the cave wall so hard the back of her head scraped rock.
With a speed and strength that had been drilled into her daily for four years, Greta brought her knee up. Her attacker evaded but wasn't quick enough to avoid her headbutt to his lying face.
"Danem Greta, stop." Isaac grunted and frowned down at her. She sneered at his use of the conventional form of Mylean address. Not that she wasn't used to it, but coming from Mylena's shiny new goblin king—who was only a little older than her seventeen years—it felt like a veiled insult instead of an expression of respect.
With a hard swallow, she took in his appearance. His fur-lined cloak gaped open at the throat, and black hair streaked with deep purple curled at his neck. He had a square face and sharp features, although his cheeks were pale and smooth in the dark of the forest.
Like most goblins, he was tall and wide, built like someone had simply chipped away at a hunk of granite. It wasn't hard to imagine him in a fight to the death for the goblin throne, no matter how young he was.
He rubbed his abdomen with a pinched expression. "What did you do that for?"
Because I knew it was you? "Oddly enough, I don't enjoy being attacked from behind by strangers."
His startling violet eyes locked on her. Lying eyes. Manipulative eyes. Eyes she'd been seeing in her sleep for too many nights. He chuckled low under his breath. "Ah, but I'm not a stranger to you, am I?"
She fought against the deep cadence of his accented voice and the mischievous grin that curled his lips, reminding herself it was all an act. Their entire relationship was based on tricks and lies, and Greta wasn't going to fall for them again.
"But since you mention it," he continued, "which one of us is out lurking in the Goblin Forest in the middle of the worst storm all year?"
She rolled her eyes. Sure, if he wanted to press the issue, this was technically the Goblin Forest and he was technically the goblin king. She was trespassing.
Not that she cared about such minor things as legal boundaries. Not when it came to doing her job. Especially in a territory run by an arrogant goblin whose biggest claim to fame was that he happened to be the youngest monarch Mylena had ever seen. "This can't be the worst storm all year," she said. "I'm sure the one that slammed us a fortnight ago was just as bad. Are there ever any conditions in Mylena other than crappy?"
He grinned and his face was transformed. Suddenly, he was the boy she'd met that evening at Maidra's who smiled at her and made her feel accepted for the first time since ...well, since she found herself trapped here. As the only human in a world where her kind was reviled and any suggestion of their presence created a furious outcry for blood, acceptance and the possibility of friendship were things she'd never expected to experience.
But she didn't want him to be that boy again. He should go back to being the goblin king. At least then she knew where she stood—as far away as possible.
"I wasn't aware you felt so strongly about the weather, Danem," he teased. "Perhaps it irks you because it is one thing that remains irritatingly beyond your influence."
If the weather really were the only thing out of her control, she wouldn't have much to worry about. But after being torn from her family and everything she knew at the age of thirteen, thrust into a hostile environment where food and warmth were luxuries someone like her could not afford, and forced to hide her true identity, Greta had ended up with a whole host of issues. If she ever made it back home, some lucky shrink was going to have a field day trying to figure her out.
"I have legitimate cause to be here. I'm on a job. Why don't you let me do it?"
With a shove, she tried to get around him but he pushed her back against the rock. Not hard enough to hurt, but enough to make a point. "Unless you want to alert the ghoul in there to our presence, quit fighting me so we can handle the situation together."
"Aren't you too important to be talking to me? Go home. You have a responsibility to stay safe and provide for your people now."
His teeth ground together. "Why don't you let me worry about my people and what they need."
Her shallow breaths exhaled in a fine puff of vapor that twirled around his, becoming one before dissipating into the frigid air. Greta finally nodded and his grip on her arms relaxed. She twisted and knocked her elbow up into his abdomen. A petty move, sure, but she wasn't above immature displays of annoyance when the situation called for it—or maybe even when it didn't.
He grunted as she darted around him and clasped his wrist in a quick twist behind his back. She used the momentum to push him face-first into the rock. In the shadows, his oversized incisors peeked from the corners of his mouth. He twisted his head to the side to look at her.
Her knife was at his throat before he could blink, going a little way towards salvaging the pride that had been damaged when he managed to sneak up on her. "Maybe you've forgotten, but I don't play nicely with others."
His arm tensed under her grip, and his gaze flickered to her mouth almost hesitantly. "On the contrary, I think the two of us would play very well together."
The warm rush of mortification flooded her cheeks. "You may think because you can spy on my dreams you have some kind of claim on me, but it's never going to happen," she spat. "Not in any way that counts out here in the real world. Let's just get that straight right now."
The light in his eyes flared. "You have such a peculiar way of speaking," he said. "I rarely have any notion what you're talking about, but I could listen to your voice all day long."
She'd adamantly held onto her human expressions and mannerisms over the years. It was a little like hanging off the edge of a cliff, desperately scrabbling for every crumbling handhold. She did it despite knowing it further isolated her in this world, because the longer she stayed here, the more afraid she was of losing herself completely.
It was already happening. She remembered less and less about her life before Luke, one of Mylena's more reclusive wood sprites, had found her in the snow that long-ago night and took her in. The people and places from that former life, even the person she'd been ...it had become a foggy blur that slipped away a little more every time she closed her eyes.
Greta lowered her blade and sheathed her dagger in the custom leather sleeve fitted to her forearm. She barely noticed the sleeve anymore. It was simply a part of her, like her freakishly tall body, big nose, and long blond hair—hair she kept plaited to hide her human ears from prying goblin eyes.
Locals in every county liked to gather around their tavern hearths on stormy nights and tell tales about how humans were responsible for the endless winter, and turned the daughters of the Great Mother—Mylena's two moons—against them.
All of it was crazy mythology, of course. But it had forced a young girl who'd found herself stranded in a strange land to hide her true self from everyone.
He straightened with a shrug, reminding her that the goblin king topped her in both height and breadth by several inches. She wasn't small, but next to him, an Amazon would look like a dwarf.
"Have you finished ogling me?"
His audacity made her grumble. "Don't you ever get tired of being so full of yourself?"
"Don't you ever tire of being so contrary?"
"Interesting sentiment, sprite."
Greta barely stopped herself from adjusting her braids over her ears. No, there was no way he could know. She'd be dead by now if he had somehow discovered her secret.
He watched her closely. "As much fun as this has been, you don't want to waste any more valuable time, do you?"
Resigning herself to the fact that he wasn't going to go away, not with one of his own being held inside that cave, she crossed her arms. "Come along, then. As long as you realize the bounty is mine," she added.
His smile disappeared and he looked about as serious as she'd ever seen him. "I don't care about the coin, Danem. I'm only here to make sure the boy gets out alive."
"Let me do my job and he might." She didn't bother telling him that the thought of the helpless goblin child being held by that monster was almost more than she could bear. That it hit too close to home, made her stomach lurch and her head pound, and even if there'd been no reward, she would have still come for him.
His tone hardened with the turn of their discussion and she watched as all the responsibilities of his position fell back onto his shoulders. The night they met, he'd seemed so animated as he shared his passion for inventing gadgets and his dreams of traveling to exciting places. She'd been mesmerized by him, and not only because he was the only boy who'd spoken to her—besides Luke—for what felt like, well ... ever.
It was hard to reconcile that spirited boy with this dour person who seemed consumed by obligation and duty. Then again, everything that night had been for show. He'd probably just been laying his trap, setting her up.
She'd fallen for it in a big way.
"Fine. Good," she said, annoyed by the jolt of pain the memory of that night always brought on. "Make sure you don't get in my way."
His lips pressed together in a thin line as he looked her up and down. "Agreed. You are the professional. I will yield to your judgment."
Satisfied the high and mighty lord of the goblin realms would at least try to play by her rules, she braced one hand on the cold stone and stepped forward, narrowing her attention on the opening in the cavern wall. She strained to detect the faintest sound, but from their position at the mouth of the cave, she could hear nothing but the intermittent groan and crackle of tree branches bending against the will of the wind, and Isaac's softly measured breaths as he fell into place close behind her.
She gripped the hilt of the sword strapped to her hip, but dared not draw it. Even that slow glide of steel against leather would echo. Any advantage they had would melt away like the snowflakes landing softly on the tip of her chapped nose.
Greta wished for a flashlight as they passed into the full dark of the cave. It wasn't the first time she'd have given her last meal for one of the modern conveniences she'd once taken for granted, and doubted it would be the last either. Oddly enough, the things she found herself wishing for most often included a decent pair of warm gloves and—
Thud. From deep inside the cavern.
A big hand clasped her elbow and squeezed. She nodded and picked up some speed but refused to rush headlong into the dark. Winning the day rarely came down to being stronger or faster or braver than the other guy. Mostly, it came down to being colder, smarter, and more ruthless than the other guy. Luke had taught her that.
The farther she traveled into the dark, airless cave, the easier it was to imagine what torture the poor kid was suffering. It tugged at her control and she had to hold herself back.
When she stopped to look over her shoulder, Greta could no longer see the entrance. The last of the weak light was gone. The goblin king himself was but a hulking shadow, although she felt him poised and ready behind her.
Violence hung in the air like the sticky haze of a muggy day, filled with the thick scent of fresh blood. The sudden unmistakable sound of a pained cry being silenced mid-shout completed the disturbing effect.
He surged past her then, arm brushing her shoulder as he took the lead. She shot forward and tugged him back before he went barreling down the narrow passage like a raging bull. He turned, his chest heaving against hers. She could barely see the pulse in his cheek ticking away.
After a tense moment, he gave in. He let out a silent breath and stood back to let her take the lead again, but Greta wasn't immune to that plaintive cry for help either. She finally drew her sword.
"We go in," she whispered. "You get the boy. I'll handle the ghoul." He clasped her fingers and squeezed his assent, but she wasn't finished. "Then I want you to get out of there. Don't go all heroic, thinking you have to stick around and help—you'll just be in my way. That kid is going to need medical attention. That's your first priority. Got it?"
"Hasn't anyone ever told you it isn't wise to give a king orders?"
She ignored him and turned back around, trailing a hand along the wall of the cave to keep track of her position as she started forward. It annoyed her that the goblin followed with ease, like he had the benefit of night-vision goggles—but something so cool had never existed in Mylena.
After a few hundred feet, a soft glow became visible ahead of her.
A sliver of anticipation bloomed, the same pathetic combination of expectancy and defeat that crept past her defenses whenever she came across such a place. With it was the insane hope that, maybe this time, she would find the evil witch who sent her here and could manipulate the fire to open a portal back home.
She was always disappointed. In four years, luck had never been on her side.
She shoved away the foolish feelings. "Follow my lead."CHAPTER 2
With adrenaline pushing through her system, Greta adjusted her grip on the hilt of her sword and turned the corner. She wasn't disappointed. What lay in wait was one of Mylena's most monstrous creatures.
Ghoul. A disgusting distortion of life that fed on innocence and purity with a ferocious brutality—and that was its natural phase.
Everything here had a natural phase and a raw—or moon—phase. Most of the reasoned beings like sprites, faeries, and goblins, had evolved to the point of being able to control their shift, but there were situations that could force a transformation, including strong emotions like hunger, fear, and rage. Additionally, all creatures of Mylena felt the pull of their raw phase most strongly during the rare occurrence when the moons came directly in line with either or both of the planet's suns. An eclipse.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Absolutely adored this book!!! If you or anyone else has a guilty pleasure for dark fantasy, romance and a strong female lead this is the book to read. I read it twice in one day and I can't wait for the second one.
This was so much better than I thought it would be. Definitely worth the read
I really enjoyed this book. The original cover wasn't that great but I do like the new one. This book is full of action, adventure, tragedy, mystery, and fantasy. I found the world building quite interesting. Mylena is full of goblins, faeries, sprites, wraiths, gnomes, and many other fairy tale creatures. There are no humans. Humans are a hated race and killed instantly. Greta, a human, was found by a Sprite, Luke. He trained her to become a great bounty-hunter and taught her how to survive. Greta isn't a perfect heroine with perfect abilities. She is capable of making mistakes while she's hunting for the Lost. The Lost are any creature who sub-comes to the pull of the Moons. They become rabid creatures who live to kill. We get a clear example of this right at the beginning. She is a human through and through. She has fears and flaws just like any teenage girl. Of course, her fears are legitimate as she always has to be on guard lest she be exposed. There is a little bit of romance and the smallish love triangle. There's also a little bit of insta-love but it wasn't too much for me. I despise insta-love so there were points where I was irritated but it wasn't too bad. I liked how she cared for the boys she found, especially the youngest. She is compassionate and willing to do what she could to help them survive the cold, harsh world of Mylena. The ending felt a little rushed but it was definitely a dramatic one. It set up book 2, Greta and the Glass Kingdom, quite well without having a horrible cliffhanger. Overall it was a great book. There are flaws but not enough to bother me. I definitely recommend it, especially to fantasy lovers. http://reviewsbykatelin.blogspot.com/2016/02/greta-and-goblin-king-by-chloe-jacobs-4.html
So I took this journey into a world of demons, gnomes, goblins, ogres and more. On a roll and I just want more. Might as well since I'm pretty much snowbound.
After four long years in trapped in the world of Mylena, seventeen-year-old Greta has become an expert at hiding her humanity. She has to if she wants to survive. Human's aren't welcome on Mylena where goblins, sprites, ghouls and other creatures all blame humans for ruining leaving their world in perpetual winter. Work as a bounty hunter in Mylena is not easy. Especially for a human pretending to be something she's not. But it gives Greta access to the caves that she knows transported her to Mylena when she tried to save her brother from a fire all those years ago. Keeping a low profile in Mylena is simple until Greta catches the attention of a strange young man who appears in her dreams. It becomes impossible when that same young man turns out to be Isaac, the new goblin king. When Greta's secret threatens to come out, it becomes obvious that Greta is part of someone's plan to open a new portal out of Mylena. The only problems are Greta doesn't know where that someone is and she doesn't know who she can trust in Greta and the Goblin King (2012) by Chloe Jacobs. Greta and the Goblin King is Jacobs' first novel and the start of her Mylena Chronicles trilogy. This book is an incredibly loose retelling of the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" in that Greta sort of sounds like Gretel, there is a fire, and Greta has a brother. In some sense this could be an alternate version of the fairy tale or even a continuation but again these connections are loose enough that it's easier to just call Greta and the Goblin King a unique fantasy. Greta is a tough-talking heroine who relies on herself and no one else. She does not tolerate fools, posers, or anyone who might underestimate her. Consequently she is also brusque and rash throughout the novel as her pride often prevents Greta from asking for the help she obviously (desperately) needs. Isaac, by contrast, is remarkably level-headed despite being a goblin who could revert to his baser form (sort of like a werewolf) at the next eclipse. He's an interesting foil for Greta and also, much to her dismay, a strong ally. There's also just something entertaining about a goblin being the male lead in a paranormal romance. While Greta and Isaac are fun characters separately, their romance is problematic with a lot of it hinging on Isaac "claiming" Greta as "his" to keep her safe. The world building here is messy. Some aspects of Mylena--such as why most creatures are essentially humanoid--are neatly explained while others--including how Greta is in Mylena at all and why a goblin on another world would be named Isaac--are tidily ignored. Greta and the Goblin King is an interesting if not perfect novel. Recommended for readers looking for a fun new retelling/romance after reading the obvious suspects. Ideal for readers who are enjoy lots of action with minimal background. Possible Pairings: Beastly by Alex Flinn, School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins, The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, Dust City by Robert Paul Weston, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Goblins don't get any sexier than this! I picked this book up because of my love of the old 80's movie "Labyrinth". The promise of a sexy Goblin King and an epic adventure in a magical land was just too good to resist. Delving into the story itself there was most definitely an irresistible yet aggravating Goblin King. There was also a lost brother to save, however the similarities to the old film ended there. Chloe Jacobs has created a whole new world of creatures and with a whole new set of rules to live by. The world of Mylena is full of dangerous creatures and even the weather is trying to kill the residents of this crazy place. The world building was wonderful and descriptive. It was only too easy to get lost in this world. The story was fast paced and dived right into the action from page one. This was one of my favorite aspects of this book. There was not time wasted getting right into the thick of things and not once did things drag on or slow down. Greta was a great heroine. She is compassionate, brave, and confident in her abilities. My favorite part about her, though, was that she wasn't perfect and she acknowledged this. She wasn't always the selfless warrior and made a lot of mistakes, but she learned from them and in the end she took responsibility for her actions. Her loyalty to those she cared about was unbreakable even in the face of her own wants and needs. Isaac was arrogant, stubborn, and loyal. Isaac has some serious secrets, but his loyalty to his people and especially to Greta knows no bounds. He knows Greta's secret, but will go to any lengths to keep her safe. Isaac is often very gruff and mysterious, but when he is with Greta he often lets his guard down and his devotion is quite obvious. He has his own people to worry about and responsibilities he must deal with. He is a true leader and does what is necessary to keep those in his charge happy and safe. He also loves to provoke Greta and the back and forth between these two was always amusing. I only wish there was more time between Isaac and Greta and for their relationship to progress, but I cannot wait to see more of these two and the rest of Mylena in the next book. Faeries and Gnomes and Goblins, Oh My!
You know when you start reading a book and instantly you know it's going to be a favorite? This is one of those books for me. I was planning of 5 staring it but throughout the book there were little inconsistencies that I just couldn’t overlook. Like every time Greta thinks about home, she mentions how it's fuzzy and she doesn't recall much. “She couldn’t remember exactly what he looked like, or how he smelled, and she couldn’t remember the timbre of his voice, but she remembered his promise that the tooth fairy would come and leave her a dollar.” But later on the same page…. “Her hand went to the chain around her neck. Inside was a tiny photograph of her parents, the only thing she had.” How does she not remember their faces when she has a picture? This is an epic fantasy adventure that delivers a scandalous romance between a human and goblin*. Although at first you do wonder if it will just be a romance novel then after the first 50 pages or so the epic adventure starts. I didn’t mind reading the romance. Chloe Jacobs delivers a juicy romance in this one. Which is funny, I say the romance was a little much in the beginning but after finishing I was wishing there was more throughout the entire book and maybe more towards the end. For some reason I keep thinking that maybe Greta is from Mylena. Throughout the entire book she talks about feeling the creatures around her and also having a feel of the land. “Greta I’m scared,” The boy whispered. He curled up into a tight ball in the center of the pelts. “Are you going to come back?” She knelt before him and took his hand. Placing a kiss on his palm, she closed his tiny fingers over it. “Of course I’m coming back, magpie. You keep this safe, because I’ll want it back, do you hear me?” Greta was great main character. I loved her! She’s smart, sassy, classy, badass, motherly, selfless and loyal. She loves and she learns to put others before herself. I feel like I should mention the fact that in the beginning of the book she is a badass bounty hunter and somewhere towards the middle she turns into the one always needing to be saved. How did that happen? Isaac was also a great character. At times I wished he had a bigger role throughout this book but what I did see of him made me like him. “His jaw clenched, “You’re mine, Greta. I would bring you back from death itself if I had to.” This book does have a love triangle but it wasn’t overbearing. I liked Wyatt. I’m not sure if I could really call it a love triangle, though. Wyatt likes Greta but all she sees is Isaac. “I saw the way he looked at you, Greta. It went beyond the eclipse. He looked at you as if he would defy the law, the moons, and the Great Mother herself to-“ “That’s ridiculous,” she cut him off. “How could you have possibly seen all that? It was pitch dark, for one thing, and-“ “I saw it because I feel the same way. And because I knew even before he showed up that there was something you weren’t telling me.” I really enjoyed this book even though there were some inconsistencies with the writing and some editing errors. I would still recommend this book to everyone who loves romance and epic adventure! *It's only scandalous because she is human. No Smut! Sorry Guys! This novel is PG but still amazing!
This book was awesome and I read it in one sitting.
This novel is a good start to a new trilogy, although I do have a couple of issues with it. The story was a bit too fast-paced and I often found myself backtracking a few pages to see if I maybe missed something. I would have liked more backstory, instead of just vague references. For instance, Greta and Isaac’s first meeting. I think if the meeting was actually written into the book as part of the story, instead of just off-handedly mentioned a few times, that their romance would make more sense to me as a reader. She said his name and suddenly he is able to get into her head? Why exactly is this? Also why exactly did Isaac change into such a diplomatic ass when he took over the role of Goblin King? He could’ve been his friendly self with Greta at least. Now to get to Greta, I really didn’t get her some of the time. She’s supposed to be this strong female bounty hunter, but she has such massive mood swings that I began to think she was a twelve-year old heroine, instead of a seventeen-year old kick-ass bounty hunter. She hates Isaac one minute, and then she likes him within a split second, and then all of a sudden she likes him again. Then she meets up with this bunch of human Lost Boys in the woods and all of a sudden she’s attracted to the leader of the pack. And now, another thing that really bothered me, if a seventeen-year old human girl just happens to stumble upon a group of human boys, with two or three of them smack in the middle of puberty, who haven’t seen a human girl in year, shouldn’t she at least be a little bit wary? Does she automatically trust the group of boys because they are human? Also, what of Luke? Why would he provide shelter for a human, and teach her everything he had, if the whole planet thought humans were the reason for Mylena’s curse? But except for all of that, I really did enjoy this book. It had some promising moments, and I always like reading about girls who can work a sword or a dagger, or well any kind of weapon. It seems to be a good start to a trilogy that might just surprise us all.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
It was the cover for Greta and the Goblin King that caught my interest and it was the title that reeled me in. I was looking to read some fantasy and wasn’t very sure of what to expect from the novel. Romance? Some Goblins and a lady bounty hunter for a protagonist? Sounded like nothing I have ever read before. After finishing the novel I can say that Greta and the Goblin King is a very unique novel and that there has to be a sequel from the way that ending was set up. After saving her brother’s life from a witch, Greta falls through a portal from our world into another; Mylena. In Mylena every fantasy creature we know of is very real, very dangerous and very spiteful toward humans. By a stroke of luck Greta is saved by one of Mylena’s inhabitants who doesn’t want to kill her and instead teaches her how to survive in Mylena and trains her to become a bounty hunter. Years later and Greta is now one of the fiercest bounty hunters in the lands but has unluckily caught the eye of the Goblin King Isaac. When her identity as a human is found out Greta is left on the run with nobody she can trust and when she discovers that an old evil is reawakening she finds herself lead straight to a group of people just like her. With Isaac haunting her in her dreams and the eclipse (an event that will turn every creature in Mylena into bloodthirsty beasts) looming over all their heads—Greta could make her way back home but at what cost? I have to admit that I did expect more from Greta and the Goblin King and was a bit disappointed all in all. The novel does start off with a fast-pace and introduces us to Greta, Isaac and a few other key characters immediately but from that point forward the plot does get a bit confusing. Throughout the novel apart from a few action scenes where Greta wields a sword against some monsters, things are pretty slow paced and don’t pick up again really until we near the novel’s conclusion. Despite the title (and a few scenes in the beginning) the only time we really get to see any chapters with Greta and Isaac are during her dream sequences. Which is totally fine. But the romance aspect of the novel between the two characters felt seriously forced and way more oriented around lust than anything heartfelt and true. There’s a sort-of-love-triangle that is messy and unnecessary and personally took away from my experience while reading. While reading I did also furrow my brow a lot while reading because while Greta comes off as this smart character who can kick some ass and come up with a good plan the effort she puts into hiding her human identity before she’s found out had me a bit confused. Mainly because in her dialogue she’d use a lot of words that I doubt people in Mylena have even heard of before. For example she tells a character to “Go to Hell” at one point and I’m pretty certain that in Mylena they don’t follow Christianity. The novel is still very comedic in the way that it’s written but there were some parts of the novel that were darker. What I enjoyed most about the novel would have to be the lore that’s created for the different species introduced into the novel. Personally, I was intrigued by the character Lazarus and wanted to know more about him than any of the others in the novel. There’s a lot of potential there with him and I just wish he could have been more than a secondary character and plot device. I would recommend this novel to readers who want a high fantasy novel with a twist. Any readers who want a fantasy novel that has some pretty good mythology or just want a decent read should check out Greta and the Goblin King.
*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!