New Release Review: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
Book #1 in the Mylena Chronicles
Publication Date: 12 Dec 2012
ARC Provided by the publisher Entangled Teen

Synopsis from Goodreads: While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…

Christal’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B+

Greta and the Goblin King started out with a bang but the ending was too abrupt to be satisfying.  I had originally thought this novel was a standalone, but now I realize it is the first in a new series.  As long as the next book focuses on Greta, Isaac, and Wyatt, I will be much more forgiving.

Greta finds herself in Mylena after she saves her brother from a witch.  She is taken in by a sprite named Luke and taught to fight and hunt.  She becomes a bounty hunter, constantly hiding her humanity from those around her.  I really liked Greta.  Ms. Jacobs wrote her as a very strong character, but she also gave her believable flaws.  She was stubborn and hardheaded and quick to judge, but she was also loyal and caring and always protecting those around her.  I was really interested in her conflict between her life in Mylena and her desire to return home.  It would be scary to think about going back somewhere, even if it was your home, when you haven’t lived there for four years.  I liked that Greta didn’t give up when the going got tough.  No matter what situation she found herself in, she saw it through until the end. 

Isaac was an interesting character.  I loved learning more about the goblin culture and his real reasons behind taking the throne.  He and Greta had a lot of chemistry, but he wasn’t my favorite guy in the story.  That honor belongs to Wyatt, one of the wayward humans Greta happens to run across.  The slow-burn between Greta and Waytt was much steamier to me and I’m rooting for him even though he appears to be the underdog at the moment.  I loved all the other “Lost Boys” too, especially Jacob and Sloane.  Jacob could just break your heart.  Ray was okay; I understood why he acted the way he did and he did come through for Greta in the end so I have to give him some credit.

The plot was a little slow to get started because we are dropped right into Mylena without any backstory, but the readers were quickly brought up to speed and the story started to clip along.  My favorite part was when Greta joined up with the “Lost Boys” and helped teach them new ways to survive.  I thought the setup with the demon was well done, but I got a little lost in the description of the ritual that was taking place.  All in all, I got the gist of it and I was happy to see a certain someone returned home (hopefully!).  I didn’t like the very end with Greta and Isaac very much because it felt rushed.  It didn’t feel like that was the ending… I needed like 50 more pages at least!  I’m glad to see that this will be a series and I know I will rush out to pick up the next book.  Though it better be about Greta or someone’s getting pushed through a portal!

Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing an ARC copy of this book!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

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