April 6, 2014

Review: Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1) by Chloe Jacobs


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…

add to goodreadsGreta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1)
by Chloe Jacobs
Publication Date:  December 11, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

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Gabby-2013It 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.


chloe jacobs

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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  1. I like high fantasy AND twists AND triangles, but I’m still unsure about this one. I’ve had it on my TBR list FOREVER, but now . . . I don’t know. I’m sorry it wasn’t everything you thought it would be :(

  2. Megan

    I’ve had my eye on this one ever since a friend of mine recommended it. I’m sorry you didn’t totally love it.

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