Greta and the Goblin King Paperback – Nov 13 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
In this epic story of magical creatures and survival, Greta is also having to deal with the a grumpy and determined Goblin King. The romance between them is very steamy, but also confused me a lot with the certainty in the relationship between the Goblin King and Greta to suddenly acting like they can't stand each others presence. But that aside, Greta and the Goblin King is a riveting and addicting story. I do recommend Greta and the Goblin King to all those paranormal romance lovers out there. I give it the rating of THREE AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!
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Can we talk about the cover for a second, too? This cover is absolutely spot on. Not only the setting of it is perfect but the clothing and even the models (minus the girls hair but everything can't be spot on, right?). Perfect cover so again, well done Entangled!
Now to gush about this story. This book is like nothing I've ever read before. I'm sure, if you read my reviews, you might hear me say that a lot but let me tell you...this time, I'm dead serious. I mean, just go back to my first paragraph if you need an explanation of why it's so different. Chloe Jacobs has proven me wrong. A Goblin can be sexy, powerful and so damn swoon-worthy. Isaac, who is the new Goblin King, is able to visit Greta in her dreams. Sounds creepy, right? Well, it kind of is (at first). Apparently, by saying his name it gives him access to your dreams. (I do wish there was a bit more explaining regarding this...) He tricked her in to saying his name because, with her being human, she didn't know any different. Big mistake on her part. You hope when you sleep that you get nice, peaceful rest but not when you have someone like Isaac trying to manipulate you during your sleep. We soon realize that his manipulating soon turns to flirting which then actually forms in to him admitting his true feelings and intentions toward her. All he wants to do is protect her. All he's ever wanted to do, since meeting her, was protect her. It goes from being creepy to being insanely sweet.
Greta is so kickass, she definitely makes my top 10 list of kickass heroines. She was thrown in to a world that she didn't know existed. Thought to be the only human here and made sure to keep her identity a secret for fear it would get her killed if word got out. A sprite who found her when she was just thirteen years old raised her to be a bounty hunter, like himself. He trained her ruthlessly day in and day out. At times, it was so rough she hated him with all of her being but he only wanted her to be the best she could (and to also help her stay alive). Luke was a father figure to her and really, all she had in this new life she's been living for the past four years. The book starts off with her out trying to save a goblin kid and from there, the action doesn't ever end.
Greta has new obstacles thrown in her path with every page that the reader turns. You wonder, at times, how she's ever going to make it out alive and it keeps you on the edge of your seat hoping she will. She meets some interesting characters along the way, some you'll find yourself extremely attached to. (I won't spoil it and tell you who but I'm sure I can guess at least one of them!) She puts herself in situations where to others it would appear to be a suicide mission and sometimes, you just wonder what's going on in that head of hers.
This book was just so amazing. I stayed up last night until my vision was getting blurry because I just couldn't put it down. I kept telling myself, after this chapter I will go to bed. The chapter ended and I couldn't stop there, I had to know what happened. It was a never ending cycle. Though, when you can't read the words on the page in front of you, it's a good sign as any that it's time to call it a night. Seriously. Buy this book, read this book, love this book. I assure you that you will!
Reviewed by Jessica @Step Into Fiction
Okay, I'll admit it. I was missing my fairytale lands. Yeah, I enjoy all this new and exciting stuff, but man sometimes you just can't beat ogres, goblins, sprites and the oldie-but-goodies.
Given what I was told about Greta being a bounty hunter, I didn't expect this book to open the way it did. I mean, yeah, it starts with her going out to rescue a goblin boy from a monster, but then instantly Isaac shows up and he's like, "Hi" and Greta's like "Ohmygod remember how we met like a fortnight ago and I was obsessed with you but now I hate you because you lied and oh by the way now for some reason you're the king of the goblins you little liar."
Of course I have to pick at the romance in this book. Of course I do. Because I can't get through it without not. Because not only do Isaac and Greta have yet another annoying love/hate relationship that seems to be based on...uh...hormones? Let's go with hormones since I can't think of much else. I mean, after they meet for a fortnight he invades her dreams because he HAS to be bound to her. Knowing she's a human. By the way, humans are blamed for all the ills ever on Mylena. So Isaac alternates from blaming all the world's ills on her to being like I MUST HAVE YOU. Literally. His repetitions of "She's mine" or "You're mine" creeped me out.
And then of course there is the requisite love triangle. Which doesn't seem to have any point at all, honestly. But I don't like love triangles. At all. You probably know this, so I'm going to stop here.
The characters as a whole didn't have much particular depth besides Greta. Many of their actions made no sense, or seemed forced. Isaac, especially, bothered me, both by the way he treated Greta and then the schizo way he acted at the end of the book. But I can't explain that for fear of spoilers. Many of the background characters just popped on and off-screen, though I appreciate the attempt to give every member of the lost boys a little bit of personality.
The thing that kept me going was the plot pacing. As in, plot went GOGOGO! There's no shortage of action in this book, and Jacobs isn't afraid to put some blood into the pages. (No, not graphically, I promise.) I'm pretty sure even Greta herself is injured from like page 1 on. Fast pacing is always, always a plot for me. I mean, I finished this book in one day.
I'm still not sure what I think of the world building, though. On the one hand, I felt like I didn't understand what was going on very clearly for the first part of the book. On the other, I really appreciated how Jacobs never info dumped. She even had the best opportunity, with the lost boys having no idea how things worked on Mylena. But Jacobs kept that to a minimal as well, and I really respect that.
All in all, I would recommend those who want to return to a fairytale land with lots of action and a lot of romance. It's not one of those books you can read too deeply into, but that's okay sometimes. It's a fun, quick read. I don't think I'd go out and buy book two, but I would certainly take the chance to request it on NetGalley.
It's a dark, dark tale that Chloe weaves, about young humans lost in a world where they are not welcome. At the story's beginning, Greta has been living in disguise as a bounty hunter sprite in order to keep the creatures of Mylena from discovering her true identity (you see, humans are not much liked in Mylena, and for supposedly good reasons which are discovered later in the story). In these last four years, she has been trained to protect herself and to hold her own in this world that is often quite unforgiving. Her situation created a very strong and likeable character in Greta. Her strength and determination, her confusion and insecurities about her place in both the world of Mylena and her human world, her desire to do what is right and ultimately the need to help others all make her a very "human" character in a story where humans are scarce. Oh, and she can kick some serious butt, too!
Also occurring prior to the opening pages is Greta's first chance encounter with the "would-be" king of the Goblin Kingdom in Mylena, the oh-so dreamy goblin, Isaac. When she first met him (in her dreams) he was charming, almost a kindred spirit with whom she was able to be herself around and, yes, flirt with. (Why not? It's just a "dream", right?) But if she had only known the truth about who he was and what he was doing in her dreams... At the start of the story, Isaac has already become the Goblin King and Greta now knows the truth of who her "dream boy" really is. And yet, since she has already let him into her dreams, he continues to haunt her while she sleeps. She tries to resist him, but the chemistry between the two is undeniable. The action-packed opening pages of the book places the two head-to-head against a dangerous bounty. Their interactions let the reader know exactly where their relationship stands and solidify that the ongoing tension between the two is "front and center" in Chloe's story. True, Isaac is an enigma for most of the book, but still I found him to be quite charming. (Oh and by the way, in my mind Isaac looks nothing like he appears on the book cover...) I am totally Team Isaac.
A tragic turn of events puts Greta on the run for her life, as a bounty is placed on her own head and the truth about her being human is revealed to the world. The events are told against a ticking time bomb of sorts, with an eclipse looming on the horizon that would mean chaos in all of Mylena. While much is explained about Greta and the characters she meets along the way, very little is learned about the world of Mylena. Most of the time is spent with Greta, either in her dreams, hiding underground, or in a hidden glade with a group of lost human boys. While the characterizations provide plenty of depth to the story and move things along quite nicely, I would ave appreciated learning more about the world.
Chloe certainly does excel when it comes to her characters, and most of all with the Lost Boys. They make the book. While the relationship between Greta and Isaac is undeniably intense, and their interactions are oftentimes spine tingling, it is the Lost Boys and their stories that really moved me. Wyatt is an adept leader of the Lost Boys, all of whom were brought to Mylena against their will and saved from slavery and who knows what other terrible fate that had awaited them. The young man, Ray, and his recent loss - his pain and turmoil - solidly carved out who he was as a character. The adorable boy, Jacob, brought out the maternal instincts within me. Just as Greta couldn't help but come to love them and wish to protect them, so too did I feel the need to keep them safe and sound. Well, all except for Wyatt. While he was a great leader (almost like Peter Pan over his Lost Boys), I couldn't help but see him as the meddling human who could come between Greta and Isaac. (Paws OFF, Wyatt! I HATE love triangles!) Also, I feel an unsettling air of mystery about Wyatt, as if he's hiding something...
In the end, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING proved to be a most worthy start to a fantasy series that I cannot wait to continue. Chloe Jacobs has won a fan in this reader. I only hope to learn more about the workings of her world in the next installment and see more of Mylena. With more depth added to her world, in addition to the strong characters she has already introduced us to in the first book, Chloe could have a real gem on her hands with this series.
Greta is everything I want in a heroine. In a word, she is tough. To expand on that, she is strong, confident, feisty, and she can fight. In a world filled with monsters, Greta has become one of the best bounty hunters. She did this despite being a human pitted against things much bigger and stronger than her. From the very first chapter, I knew I was going to like her. She has a no nonsense attitude and I loved it. At the same time though, Greta was not invincible. She has fears and she recognizes those fears. For example, she really has no love for the dark or for heights. She also needs saving at times. While she will take on anything that comes after her, there are things out there that she is no match for. It shows that she is not invincible and that she really is just a human girl, albeit an incredibly strong one.
Okay, now prepare for the crazy. I have a new book boyfriend and his name is Isaac. I simply fell in love with his character. He is so strong and determined and he knows just how to get under Greta's skin. Isaac is the Goblin King (see, the title... get it?). Isaac is in a bit of a tough place. See he has a responsibility to his people, a responsibility that is at war with his feelings for Greta. I have a thing for forbidden romances, and this was no exception. I started rooting for these two from page one, even when things looked like they may never ever work out. I am still rooting for them to make it work! What I like about them is that they challenge each other. Isaac dares Greta to accept her place in Mylena and knows that she is strong. Greta pushes Isaac's buttons and treats him like she would anyone, despite him being King. The attraction between the two is palpable. How Greta denies it is simply beyond me. I spent a lot of the book willing her to recognize what was standing right in front of her!
Now to mention some other characters. First I want to mention Siona; Isaac's cousin. She isn't in the book much, but she is memorable. I really like her character and I think she has a lot of potential. She seems very fun and feisty. She is also a voice of reason and very good at making Isaac and Greta see sense. We also have Jacob, who I love. He is just adorable. Then we have Wyatt. I do not really know what to make of him. I like him, I really do, but I think he could be troublesome for Isaac and Greta's relationship. Also, there is just something about him that I find slightly annoying. I really cannot put my finger on what it is exactly though. I feel like Wyatt represents everything Greta was forced to leave behind when she came to Mylena, whereas Isaac represents everything she has the potential to be in this new world.
The plot in this book is simply captivating. The first chapter opens to action and it does not let up until you finish the book. It is not the kind of book where it is easy to guess the outcome. I wasted a lot of brain cells trying to figure out exactly what was going to happen and trying to figure out who could and couldn't be trusted. You know there is a villain out to get Greta, but you don't really know why and that just adds to the mystery and intrigue of the story. Then the ending holds one huge twist that almost killed me. I had a moment where I refused to accept the events and I was demanding new ones. Do not fear, the ending is great. I personally loved it and I love that it was left just open enough for some continuation to the story. There is a definite arc to the plot and the ending is not a cliffhanger, however there is stuff that could be expanded on and there are definitely some threats still out there that need dealing with.
All in all, I simply loved this book. As I said before, this book took me by surprise and quickly became a new favorite. I am invested in the characters and I really hope that there will be more to this story. The fantasy world Chloe Jacobs created is stunning and something any fantasy fan will enjoy. Fans of Shadow and Bone and Throne of Glass, this one is definitely for you.
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!