Greta and the Goblin King Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on 6 November, 2012 | 0 Comments



Greta and the Goblin King Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAYGreta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
Series: Mylena Chronicles #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Entangled (12.11.2012)
eARC, 400 pages
Source: For Tour


3.5 Stars

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...

My Review

It took me a while to get into this one. To be honest, I didn’t really like it much at first and wasn’t sure I’d even be able to participate in the tour because I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish it. But I’m glad I did! The book improved vastly as it developed and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I think this series has great potential.

My main issue was the inability to connect. Greta wasn’t a spectacular lead, but she wasn’t a terrible one, either – I just couldn’t connect with her in any way. Isaac was a different story! I loved him from the minute he made his first appearance, and it was mostly him that made me want to continue reading in the beginning.  *swoon* I didn’t understand Greta’s apathy toward him, though. This really irked me, especially as the story went on and Isaac STILL had not shown any reason to fuel her mistrust. In fact, he was quite sweet to her; a bit aloof and tough sometimes, but he was never cruel to her in any way. So I failed to see why she had such a problem with him and kept harping on how he couldn’t be trusted because he was manipulative and how he was a jerk and crap about the games he plays and blah, blah, blah. He seemed like a pretty nice guy to me. And sexy, too! Forget that silly Greta, Isaac, you can visit ME in my dreams anytime! ;)

There was kind of a love triangle, but thankfully it didn’t really develop all the way. Wyatt never really stood a chance. Not for me, at least! Sorry, Wyatt. You just don’t compare to Isaac…

I enjoyed the setting: Mylena. An indifferent frozen landscape, harsh to humans. Full of goblins, gnomes, fairies, ghouls, and the such. I was a bit confused at first with the raw phase and the ‘transformation’ because it wasn’t explained until later, but the world building was decent. I actually liked the premise a lot.

The ending was good, too, albeit a bit rushed. The whole book had built up to it with all the talk about the mysterious Agramon, and he didn’t have hardly any part at all. However I did like how Greta finally opened her eyes in the end. Took damn long enough! And the last thing Isaac says to her…*dreamy sigh*

Favorite character: Isaac!

 

quotes

“You can put up walls, Greta, but sooner or later, I’ll break down every last one. There won’t be any secret you can keep or any part of you I don’t know…” he leaned forward, his voice lowering to a whisper. “Intimately.”

“Stubborn human. I will find you.”
“Arrogant goblin. I dare you.”
 
assessment
Plot: 4/5
Writing style: 3/5
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
World-building: 3.5/5
Pace: 3.5/5
Cover: 5/5
 
Overall rating: 3.5/5 starfish
 
 
Giveaway
 

 

Jessi (Geo)

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