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Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review: Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1)

Release Date: December 11, 2012
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Length: 279 pages

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...

    

Review:

Protagonist: Greta, after saving her brother from a witch's fire finds herself in Mylena, a faerie realm where everyone blames humans for it's eternal winter. Four years later she's a renowned bounty hunter who keeps her humanity under lock and key to avoid persecution. When thrust into hiding after her secret gets out, Greta meets other humans like her who believe they know of a way out of Mylena, but they need Greta's help and for the first time in four years Greta has an ounce of hope. The thing I loved about Greta's character is that she feels like a constant misfit, even when she has the possibility of going home she's unsure if she even wants to as she's spent so long in Mylena that it's changed her. This first installment is definitely about Great trying to figure out where she belongs and who she belongs with.

Romance: Probably the only downfall of this book is the love triangle, and it's a pretty big downfall. Now I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have nothing against love triangles as long as they're done well, but unfortunately, this one was not. The romance between Isaac, the goblin king, and Greta was fine, though I do wish that we could have seen their meeting and the early days of their friendship.relationship. It's actually the romance between Greta and one of the other humans she meets, Wyatt, that I really didn't like. It started off fine I guess, but then it started to feel forced and it got to the point where any scene between the two of them I got uncomfortable and tried to get through it as fast as possible. Another thing I had trouble with was that she obviously had trouble deciding who she wanted to be with, but from the last chapter and the description of the next installment it seems as though her choice was already made without us actually seeing her make it, which is obviously very upsetting.

World-Building: The world and mythology of Mylena was actually very interesting, though at times a but confusing. I'm hoping the next installment in the series will clear up a few things, though mainly just some things left hanging at the end that I wasn't quite sure about. Other than that I was really interested to learn more about what goes on in this world and how everything sort of fits together. The world itself is well described and it was easy to create a vivid picture of where our heroine was in nearly every scene.

Predictability: For the most part this book was fairly predictable, at least for the first three quarters or so, even then the bigger and more game changing twists weren't all that shocking. However towards the end things started to get a bit more muddled and it was hard to really see what was going to happen next. Even though the end was more surprising it was, weirdly, not as exciting as the moments before and I think this may have to do with the end being a bit more confusing than the beginning and middle of this book.

Ending: Like I said the ending wasn't really very strong. Things were happening so fast and there was so much happening at once that it was a bit hard to keep up. The final climax was good, but again still hard to understand and while I know what happened in the end, I'm still unsure of how it happened. The very end didn't exactly leave things in a cliffhanger, but more like it cut off in the middle of the end. I expected one more chapter the really and fully wrap things up for this tale and instead we get a bit of an unfinished ending.

Rating:


So while I do believe this book is worth a read, I also understand that the love triangle could really turn people off and the book itself can be a bit confusing at certain parts. Despite all it's flaws I'm actually looking forward to the second installment, mainly because I'm interested to see how the author's writing has developed in two years.


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