Title: Greta and the Goblin King
Series: Mylena Chronicles, #1
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Published: Entangled Publishing, November, 2012
Source: received a copy for the blog tour
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository]
While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon. To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter — and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .
What can I share with you about this place called Mylena? It is a world with extremely tough living conditions. It’s a land with many ruthless creatures roaming. If you didn’t know how to defend yourself and you had limited survival skills in the wilderness, you’re out of luck. Chances are you wouldn’t be able to stay alive for long if you were being thrown into Mylena through a portal. In this story, Greta and her little brother were being lured by a witch and before she knew what really happened, she was being transported from our human world to Mylena. Since her brother did not fall through the portal with her, Greta kind of made the assumption that her brother was safe. It was until four years later that she began to connect the dots and see why she got trapped in Mylena. Now that she is on the most wanted list to be hunted, can she make her way out alive?
Greta is a girl who is constantly watching her back. She knows she can’t let her guard down and it’s not safe for her to make friends with any of the creatures in Mylena. So, when she develops unusual feelings for a young goblin named Isaac, she tries really hard to ignore her desire. But Isaac is determined to be with her, and let me tell you, I’m not exaggerating when I say he wants her to be his and only his. Is the relationship a convincing one? I’ll let you read the book and find it out for yourself, but Chloe Jacobs does have her magical way to make a goblin look hot, sexy and charming! 🙂
But Isaac is not the only one who has feelings for Greta. There is another person. His name is Wyatt and he is a human. And before you go into making any assumption, I just want to say that it’s hard not to like Wyatt. I tried, and believe me, I tried really hard not to like him, but in the end, I can’t find myself disliking him. Perhaps it’s his kindness, his sense of protectiveness and his forever patience, I just find him irresistibly attractive. But I guess it doesn’t really matter whether I like him or not because ultimately, what matters the most is not up to me to decide – it’s up to Greta to make her choice, right? Personally, I think Wyatt helps Greta in ways that no one else can and I’m happy that Greta learns to open up herself when Wyatt is around. It’s actually quite sweet to watch what’s being developed between Wyatt and Greta. Without Wyatt, I’d say Greta might never make it all the way to come to term with herself. She might never want to face herself with honesty and she might never realize where her heart truly belongs. So, from how I see it, I’d say Greta wouldn’t grow into becoming the version of who she is at the end of the book if she’d never experienced what she’d felt between herself and Wyatt.
To me, Greta and the Goblin King is a beautifully-written story that is well-paced and pleasant to read. I like that it talks about survival and I love that it offers room for readers to ponder on both the upside and downside of risk versus responsibility. If you love a good fantasy and you’re in the mood of reading a decent young-adult novel, I’d suggest you pick up a copy of Greta and the Goblin King. I think you’ll enjoy it.
About the Author
Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she’d at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.