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Greta and the Goblin King

(Mylena Chronicles #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,225 ratings  ·  293 reviews
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
Paperback, 279 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Entangled Teen (first published November 13th 2012)
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Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
"Caught the attention of the Goblin King, darkly enticing, Isaac..." Ohuhuhu.

Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Greta saved her brother when she was 13 years old by pushing him out of a witches fire that was really a portal. While saving her brother Greta fell through the portal and entered Mylena. A land of goblins, faeries, horrible snowy weather, and also humans are hunted there. A sprite took her in and trained to her survive and be the great bounty hunter she now is. She hunts the Lost, ghouls that have given into their dark sides. Every eclipse all Mylena's creatures go over to their dark side. When ...more
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Greta and the Goblin King is one of those novels that starts out with a bang, but ends, quite unfortunately, with a whimper. Nevertheless, Chloe Jacobs debut is certainly a novel to look out for and it is a start to a refreshing new series that I can already see myself eagerly following through till the end.

In the harsh, winter land of Mylena, humans are said to be the cause of a centuries-old curse. Hence, they have long been hated and the l
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, dragons what else is really left for paranormal books to delve into? How about goblins? Those crafty shifty looking buggers from Harry Potter immediately came to mind, but in Greta and the Goblin King we are faced with a whole different kind of goblin, a goblin king who’s fierce, arrogant, infuriating, and confident but most importantly when he growls was hot? Yes ladies forget about the preconceived images you already have of short goblins with sharp claws ...more
Morgan E
So is it just me or does the cover chick look like Karen Gillan/ Amy Pond?

Actually holding the book, not so much. Close though.

You know when you start reading a book and instantly you know it's going to be a favorite?

This is one of those books for me. I was planning of 5 staring it but throughout the book there were little inconsistencies that I just couldn’t overlook. Like every time Greta thinks about home, she mentions how it's fuzzy and she doesn't recall much.

“She couldn’t remembe
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: A kick butt heroine fighting to survive in a cold, dark world.

Greta trudges through the snow. The icy wind bites her fingers, but she ignores the frosty cold, intent on tracking the ghoul that stole the goblin child. Greta is an accomplished bounty hunter. She is seventeen and human. Four years ago she and her brother were lured by a witch into a cave, Greta shoved her brother aside, but fell into the fire. When she awoke, she found herself far from home in a snow covered
Rachel Harris
Review coming soon, but I loved this book sooo much! If you haven't pre-ordered it, do so. The mood she captures is just breathtaking....not to mention my man Isaac :) ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm trying to calm myself down. Just a little bit. I want to scream on the top of my lungs, becouse I LOVE LOVE this book. It's that epic! It's literally so good I'm shaking becouse I finished reading this and knowing my luck I'd have to wait an entire year for sequel. And this thought make me angry. I think I'll have to scream into pillow or break something.

Anyway, Greta and the Goblin King was my first book about Goblins, so I think I just popped a delicious cherry and it was the best way to
Ji Mei
I couldn't finish this book. And that is a rare thing since I read through every school book without even using sparknotes for summaries. The first indicator for me was on the first page. "The shadows falling across the blanket of craptastic white stuff were still long" is one of the most idiotic phrases I've ever read. The author could simply say snow instead of making you think the main character is walking through some odd white substance. I understand though what the author was getting at af ...more
My first thought when I was reading this book was: "This is.... a debut novel?!"

Because it was flipping fantastic.

You know how sometimes you read a book and you just love it so much and you want everyone to read it and fall in love with it? That's how I felt about Greta and the Goblin King.

The characters:
Greta is officially my new favorite heroine. She is a badass and I loved her for it.

"She needed to remember this moment. Not the fear or the loneliness- although those feelings were stro
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A phenomenal debut! Brimming with fantasy, magic and a sizzling paranormal romance, Chloe left me wanting so much more of Greta and Issca's story. I wasn't hard for me to get swept me away with Greta and the Goblin King. This action packed debut is fabulous! I'm a huge fan of well written fantasy stories, and this was just what I needed. Greta's story has now found a new home on my shelf of "go-to" books. You know those books you can't get enough and find yourself wanting to read them over and o ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
The book was fine in itself. What caused me to lower the rating was the romance, which I was not a fan of at all. Not only was there a love triangle, but the main love interest was super creepy and possessive and I was very against the "romantic" encounters with him in this book.
I will likely not be continuing the series because I get the feeling that this guy will become the major love interest in further books and I will not be able to stand it.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been fortunate enough to get a special peek of this book. I'm not a big YA reader, but this one kept me turning the pages. Loved it! ...more
Teresa Mary Rose
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The moment I saw sign-ups for the blog tour for Greta and the Goblin King; I simply knew that I had to be a part of this tour. This book sounded like something I would enjoy. It reminded me of the movie Labyrinth from the 80s with David Bowie and puppets running around everywhere. Being that I have a slight overwhelming love for that movie, I just knew I had to read this book. With all of that being said, this book caught me by surprise. I expected
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
This was a buddy read with Janice.

So much promise ...

Greta and the Goblin King follows the adventures of Greta, a 17-year old human who 4 years ago fell through a magical portal to Mylena, a world of goblins, Faeries, Giants and Witches. It's also a place where being human is a one-way ticket to an early grave, as they are blamed by the locals for, well, everything. Luckily for Greta, she was found early on by Luke, a Sprite and Bounty Hunter who became a father figure to her and taught h
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
What can I share with you about this place called Mylena? It is a world with extremely tough living conditions. It’s a land with many ruthless creatures roaming. If you didn’t know how to defend yourself and you had limited survival skills in the wilderness, you’re out of luck. Chances are you wouldn’t be able to stay alive for long if you were being thrown into Mylena through a portal. In this story, Greta and her little brother were being lured by a witch and before she knew what really happen ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Greta has been in Mylena for about four years after saving her brother. She has spent that time in Mylena trying to find a way out and learning to survive. All her training came from her Pater Luke. He made her one of the deadliest bounty hunters. She has learned to keep her emotions in check, but no one gets under her skin like the Goblin King, Isaac. She especially doesn’t need complications b/c no one can find out what she is, a
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
“You’re mine, Greta. I would bring you back from death itself if I had to.”

Oh Good freaking Lord, I don't even know what to write! This book was sooooooo good and I'm soooo glad that it stumbled on me. It was an un-put-downable, bunking-school, quit-doing-your-homework, forget-to-eat-sleep-talk kind of book.
Frankly I wasn't sure what to think. The title "Greta and the Goblin King" sounded like a fairy tale name (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beedle the Bard, you get the picture) and the whole
Melissa Simmons
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
Greta and the Goblin King is the first book in the Mylena Chronicles, a dark YA fantasy series by Chloe Jacobs. I was surprised I'd never heard of this series before I saw the sign up for this tour, I love this genre and I'm constantly on the hunt for new books to read. I knew just from the blurb that I was most likely going to love this book and I was not wrong.

Mylena is a realm of goblins, ghouls and ogres where humans are reviled and hunted. To add to the uncertainty, the creatures that resi
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Did anyone picture David Bowie in spandex at the words "Goblin King"?

Or was that just me?

Who would have thought that a goblin of all things could be the hero of any tale? Even if your childhood wasn't tainted by that movie Labyrinth and David Bowie with his spandex bulge and purple eye shadow, goblins aren't exactly your typical hero material. But that's part of what makes this story so cool. It's different and interesting and I liked it! (and don't worry, Isaac is a MUCH cooler goblin king than
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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very different place and plot than I'm use too. I don't really go for goblinish stuff. If you are a total amateur to the world of goblins, this is a good introduction and easy to follow with all the "magic" and "descriptions" of the monsters.

I really enjoyed the love part of the story. Without revealing a lot, yes there are the "toe curling" moments, and I really liked the dream aspect. Sometimes I had a bit of an eye roll at corny lines, but they were done with style :)

The girl is really kick
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hansel and Gretel meets Alice in Wonderland meets Labyrinth in this dark, enthralling story about what happened to Gretel after she fell through the fire to save her brother. One of the most fascinating love interests I've ever read! ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this story! So unique and exciting. The inhabitants of Mylena are scary, and beautiful... just like the frozen landscape. Greta is a tough girl and she must adapt or die in this new world that she has been pulled into. Love the Goblin King.
Whoa that was awesome. Greta and Isaac I think i'm inlove. Can you be my new bffs?

Review to come. ^.^
Feb 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
Dude, this sounds awesome.
Dominique Veronica
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
So this book felt like such a big story condensed into 279 pages. It was so rushed that I wasn't fully able to enjoy it. I did enjoy the Hansel and Gretel vibes along with the lost boys reference, but the overall writing of the story just fell flat for me. Also I hated Isaac so much as a male lead. ...more
The Twins Read
May 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Actual Rating: 1.5/5

This review can originally be found at The Twins Read.

The moment I received a text message from our favorite book clerk saying that a copy of Greta and the Goblin King had been set aside for me, I just about high-tailed it to the store. I was really intrigued by the premise that it was one of two books that I brought with me on my trip, thinking that I could read it during the flight. I hurriedly took my seat, snapped my seat belt on, and promptly read it with gusto, only t
Lisa {Silverlight} {Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Reviews}

A fantasy world parallel to ours filled with creatures of the wild forest, Goblins, Orges, Ghouls, Wood Sprites, and more, make this story an adventurous tale.
Fast-paced, action packed, with a strong female lead, makes this a winner for fantasy fans.

Greta, the human is thrusted into the world of Mylena after trying to save her brother in our world from a witch, whom's soul purpose is to collect young human boys and transport them through a fire into the world of Mylena. Flash forward four years
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
**3 1/2 stars**

So, I went into Greta and the Goblin King thinking it would be similar to Labyrinth .  And I guess it was, though not nearly as much as I expected.  Little boys abducted from our world and taken to the world in which goblins exist.  Check.  Mysterious goblin king with intense attraction to the heroine.  Check.  Quest to save the boys and send them home to their own world.  Yup.

While there are similarities to the movie's premise, this story stands apart.  For one, Greta isn't a
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
~Copy of the book provided by the publisher for an honest review~

When I opened Greta and the Goblin King I can admit I had very high expectations. Unfortunately, I was very worried that the book was not going to live up to the description and beautiful cover. Well guess what, I was wrong. Dead wrong! It was all that and a then some. The author drags you in from the first page, taking you through a well written plot line filled with many twist and turns that will have you thoroughly entranced. Y
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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 ...more

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