Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 13, 2012
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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...
I did not expect to enjoy Greta and the Goblin King as much as I did. Despite my opinion that the title is too long, it does have a certain ring to it. It was a wonderful winter read, and I loved curling up with it and a mug of warm tea. It was literally the best possible book to do so with, and thoroughly enjoyable besides. It was fun and memorable, and it was definitely a hard book for me to let go of.
Greta was an extremely awesome heroine. Seriously. In a world with no other humans that she knows of, she's worked hard to find her place and blend in. But as it turns out, it isn't going to be that easy for Greta. She's brave and when faced with danger, she doesn't run away from it. She also knows what she is capable of and doesn't go chasing after everything that chases her. I had a bit of a difficult time connecting to her at first because she puts on a good facade, but underneath that she is very human just a girl.
THE LOVE INTERESTS
Isaac is the goblin king, and he's arrogant and sexy as hell. He definitely has a very confident air, but it works on him. He knows what he wants and he'll do anything for Greta. Isaac also has an awesome sense of humor and often makes Greta laugh as much as he frustrates her. We also get the sense that he never really wanted to be king, but as that is now his role he's stepped into it and he is a strong and caring leader.
Wyatt is the leader of the human boys who Greta meets and starts to care for. When he came across so many young boys, he felt he had no choice but to take them in despite his own young age. He cares for them like his own siblings and clearly has a good heart. He's a sweet character, even though he isn't very compelling.
I loved Greta and the Goblin King. It's definitely a sort of modern fantasy. It took place in the world of Mylena, where all of the creatures there are slaves to the eclipse and it is perpetually winter. Greta cannot forget about her home, and she doesn't want to accept that it is gone forever. Her entire life is her hunting and searching for a way back home.
But somewhere in the middle of all this, she met Isaac. Isaac, who she didn't realize was the goblin king. And somehow, they formed a connection. He won't let her go easily, but she is determined to run from him.
Greta has made her life as being one of the best bounty hunters, and that's definitely not a common theme in YA. That entire aspect was interesting and it also was reflected in the way Greta has learned to handle things. Mylena is a dangerous place for humans.
The pacing is really nice. It moves fairly quickly and kept me very, very interested. I definitely constantly wanted to know more. I never was bored, because there aren't pages of annoying info that leads nowhere. Everything that happened fit in somewhere. The characters had very interesting relationships with each other, too.
It's a sweet romance, but there's so much more to it than that. It's also about family, and the girl with the power to save Mylena from itself.
I majorly enjoyed the romance here. Greta and Isaac have a connection, and I don't just mean the romantic kinds. He can walk in her dreams, and she hates that. So she tries to deny any feelings between them as a result of no more than that. Isaac, though, knows that it is more than that and he is determined to prove it to her no matter what. I loved the way you can see Greta's feelings for him evolve. It is also implied that Wyatt is falling for her, and Greta definitely considers him as a possibility. But she can't seem to forget about Isaac despite herself.
I love Chloe's writing. I love that she writes in third person! I felt like I was really a part of the story and it helped me to get a better insight to more of the story. Greta's way of telling things is definitely biased and yet we still get a deeper insight into things the way it is written. New fantasy worlds can also be hard to picture, but Chloe was careful to give us enough description so that we could. She also did not subject us to info dumps and instead gave us the information much more gradually.
The ending was really, really nice. It wasn't some sort of huge cliffhanger, which I especially liked. It closed everything perfectly and left me wanting more without cheating! It was definitely a very happy ending, too. It also felt very thought out and not rushed. Additionally, it wasn't all good. There were some sadder parts, but they were overall made up for.
I did love Greta and the Goblin King, and feel that it is one of the most fun books I've read in a while. I would definitely recommend this to fans of the Entangled Teen pubbed books in general. If you're looking for a sexy romance with a new fantasy world to fall in love with, then this one is definitely for you too! I will certainly be reading the next book in the Mylena Chronicles.
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