Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Greta & The Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs - Ashley's Review
*I received this book as an eARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review*
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Greta and the Goblin King did not disappoint me! It was pretty much everything I was looking for, and then some. Full of magic, mystery, a fantastical world with its own rules, and just enough romance without being overwhelming, Jacobs' debut was absolutely fantastic.
I loved how Greta starts out as a bounty hunter, caring only about keeping her humanity hidden. Well, and her complicated relationship with Isaac. But, as events progress, everything changes for Greta, and she becomes much better and much stronger because of them. I don't want to be too spoilery, so I won't say much about what those events are, but I really think Greta handled herself and the situations in the best way possible, even if they weren't the easiest choices.
Jacobs' world-building was amazing. From the very beginning, I felt like I was in Mylena with Greta and Isaac, and I almost didn't want to leave. Plus, the magic and mystery and everything surrounding the world and Greta's story just made it all the more exciting. Until the eclipse of course; Jacobs' made the whole transforming into killer beasts with no control over themselves terrifying and I would not want to be around to see that happen. Although I hated seeing Isaac affected just like everyone else, I thought that it was so well done and such an integral part of the story.
And speaking of Isaac, he definitely added so much depth to the story. Even though he's headstrong and arrogant, he's also caring and funny, and he does whatever he can to help and protect Greta. I have never really pictured goblins as being attractive or caring, or anything other than short, scary, little creatures that haunt the dreams of children... but I'll take a goblin like Isaac any day. I think he's probably one of my favorite heroes in any book I've read recently.
I definitely have some unanswered questions, but they just make me look forward to the next book all the more! The sooner it comes out the better... and I'll definitely be trying my hardest to get an ARC so that I can read it ASAP and learn more about Greta, Isaac, and Mylena! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy novels, especially those with a strong heroine who doesn't depend on anyone to save her. Even those who aren't really fans of YA would probably like this, although fans of YA fantasy would definitely like it more. I would rate this book as a 4/5.