Book Review: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
Greta and the Goblin King
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 would have given it a four if I didn't sense a love triangle. Actually, let's get right into this bit before I rehash my love for the nonstop action and surprisingly, quite likable character.
The Love Triangle
There wasn't a triangle at first. There was only that too intense, arrogant, thank-goodness-I-didn't-find-the-word-gorgeous-in-describing-him goblin for our main character to contend with. Their... relationship was explosive, they're always clashing. As if there was even love in the first place between them what with the secrets and lies and her being, in fact, human. The goblin fell first but I wasn't sure until all the hints he made and the actions he did. Even if he was really pushy and being all alpha male. Should I fault him for him acting a caveman. My modern female self says yes and probably the reason why I gave this book a 3.5 rating aside from there being a love triangle. At least he recognized that she could get it on with all the creatures after her.
The other male in this triangle was all human and Greta met him when she was on the run from the hunters and a big, ugly demon. Hmmm, I still think that the "feelings" that sprung up between them was a situational one. She, because he was one of the first humans she encountered in this otherworld and he, because she was the first female he met in this otherworld and of course the feelings that arise between people in times of great crisis. So no, I won't take task with this one. And for Greta to be even considering... Well, I guess I couldn't fault her. A goblin and a human... hmmm, which?
Greta No-Last-Name (because she had too few precious memories from before she was sucked into this Great-Mother-forsaken-world called Mylena) was surprisingly likable in a way that she reminded me other badass heroines who hunt and fight to survive and live i.e. Celaena Sardothien, Violet Fairdale and Aileana Kameron to name a few. Even though she could fight like no other, she's not one of those who're really hardcore and be all cold and merciless. She could but there was still a touch of vulnerability and helplessness, that you knew that if given the chance, she would be doing something else, somewhere else she'd rather be.
Fast-paced, action-packed, it's a wonder Greta herself could take a breather and sleep for at least two hours. I would have lain in the snow after that brutal fight in the tavern and probably not move after almost being gutted by a faerie. This is why I liked the book - fast and full of action, but not giving up what's happening, not entirely.