Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she's managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…
To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King's life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.
Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.
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 carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.
I absolutely loved the first book, Greta and the Goblin King! I have been dying for this book and I'm so happy it didn't disappoint. My major worry was that there wouldn't be enough Isaac. LOL I mean I'm not sure there can ever really be enough but I was still happy that even though this story has Greta making a journey on her own Isaac is never far from her thoughts or dreams. If you have not read the first book and met this sexy and sweet Goblin King then you really must!
I love the fantasy setting. I'm not a big fantasy reader but this world doesn't confuse and I just love it. Greta beat the big bad from the first book, Agramon, but sadly her troubles are not over. First she has to face discrimination. Isaac wants her to be his queen (insert dreamy sigh here) but the people of Mylena will not be letting a human queen take over so easily. Plus something isn't quite right with her ever since she defeated Agramon. The fairies claim they can help so she ventures to the Glass Kingdom for answers.
In Mylena no journey is easy and no one is trustworthy. I could never guess what would happen next. Lots of surprises and twists and turns and unexpected betrayals. Unexpected heartbreak. Wyatt also hasn't completely left the picture. He was a sweet guy but I wasn't a huge fan of him in the first book. I definitely saw more of his loyalty, bravery, and carrying nature in this book. While he wasn't quite over Greta I didn't feel like the love triangle was dragging on. I really didn't feel like it was ever actually a triangle. Greta's heart and mine as well belong to the Goblin King! The ending was great although left quite a few things hanging. I'm just dying to see where the gang will go next and how they will react to this new development! I really hope the wait for the third book isn't quite as long as the wait for this one but either way I'm sure it will be worth it!
"Visiting the provinces has made me realize it's far past time I make it clear to one and all that my heart is claimed and my commitment to you is true."
"Come on, you know you want to get some alone time with me." "I know how fond you are of ravishing me in closets," he whispered with a grin. She shook her head. "One time...and you're never going to let me forget it, are you?" "But when I do get you alone again, I don't want to be rushed." The Great Mother save her, that sounded hot.
"Please, Isaac. I just want..." "What wishes do you make of me now?" His voice was a low murmur that teased the wispy strands at her temple until she felt the hesitant press of his lips. "I'll grant every one."
"I'd prefer that you never let me go," he said, suddenly serious. "But if you must, know that because of you I will never truly be Lost. You can always call me back."
Two years is a long time to wait for the next book...but all is forgiven with Chloe Jacobs ability to weave pure magic into her pages.
Greta and the Goblin King, took on a Demon in the previous installment. During their battle some of the demon's taint has dug deep into Greta. Together Greta and Issac, the king, are facing the prejudiced against Greta's humanity while they are struggling through her ability to keep the evil tainted magic under control.
I was not surprised that I loved this story. I was hooked on book one, Greta and the Goblin King and found myself immediately reeled into book 2, Greta and the Glass Kingdom, as well.
The story is fast passed and action packed with nail biting suspense that will keep you hanging on till the end.
Greta and the Glass Kingdom is a magnetic, magical, mystical must read!
I highly recommend that you become wrapped up into Jacobs' storytelling, it is a must read story for any young adult fantasy reader.
I received this ARC copy of Greta and the Glass Kingdom from Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication Feb. 9, 2015.
Written by: Chloe Jacobs Series: Mylena Chronicles Sequence in Series: 2 ISBN-13: 9781622662678 Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC Publication date: 2/9/2015 Series: Mylena Chronicles Sold by: Macmillan Age range: 12 - 17 Years Genre: Fantasy, Teen, Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
I received this from Netgalley for my honest review. Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Well looks like I'm in the minority here. I didn't enjoy this book.
In the beginning, I thought it was going good. It starts out where we were left off but the feel was different. Greta was no longer bad ass bounty hunter but a whinny, insecure girl. I didn't like the direction that the book took right off the bat and I have to say, I only made it like 60 pages in. The whole story felt contrived and strained. It mostly just annoyed me.
I don't know how I feel about this! I'm serious. Everything felt so...sudden. At least everything after the party scene. Greta goes on a adventure. Things go badly. Isaac comes for her. Things go even worse. Greta keeps traveling and things get even worse. There is literally NO GOOD things that happen. Every step Greta takes is one step further into misery and despair.
And I just couldn't understand why.
This is a pretty standard length book by today's YA fantasy standards. And while the first book wasn't puppies and rainbows bright and cheery, there were bright moments. I honestly started dreading when something evenly remotely happy was happening because I knew it would lead to endless pages of unhappiness.
Meanwhile everything I liked about the first book, namely Isaac and Greta's interactions, disappeared. After the party we don't get an honest to goodness Isaac and Greta scene until the last 10%. And even that last bit I'm not sure was earned or justified. The method by which we got Isaac back was nothing less then a TRUE LOVE CONQUERS ALL THINGS (including logic) device. And it felt that way.
And so we're clear this book perpetuates why I dislike Fairies/the Fair Folk in general.
You may be wondering why I gave this three stars when I had so much to be unhappy with (up to and including I think there's a third book I had no idea about?), but in truth I kept reading. This book kept me reading despite my anger, despite my complaints and I can't fault Jacobs for accelerating the plot. Happy Greta and Happy Isaac wouldn't have worked half as well as a second book, especially as there are still a LOT of unanswered questions.
Like just how bad are things in the world of Mylena that Isaac is covering up to Greta about? Or why in the holy hell can't Greta find one freaking friend who doesn't have ulterior motives? JUST ONE. That's all I'm asking for here.
As for the ending...:sigh: Portal fantasies are, by in large, groused about for good reasons. Whether it be by science or magic that sends out main character to a land of Not Their Own, portal fantasies need for the reader to buy into the conceit of how it happened. Since in the first book Greta is already in Mylena, and we only have her recounting of how she ended up there as to the "how it happened", not such an issue. Similarly we could discount Agramon and his minions threatening to throw her into a portal somewhere since they're bad guys. Rule #1 as a bad guy is to lie or obfuscate the truth.
In this book we get a first hand dealio with the portal transport and its rushed. The whole last chapter is rushed. For spoiler reasons please highlight to read why:
In the end this book kept me reading, but I grew more irritated as I went on. This was a 2.5 star read for me--basically I only enjoyed it half as much as I expected to--so its rounded up. Here's hoping Book 3 resolves some of my issues.
I have been waiting so long to get my hands on this book. I had been building up the anticipation for over two years now. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. What if the sequel didn’t live up to my expectations? What if I didn’t love the series as much anymore? I mean I love Isaac and I had so much hope for the sequel, but as with any sequel I always have those little voices of doubt in my head. I shouldn't have worried though because Greta and the Glass Kingdom was a great follow up and I loved going back to Mylena.
Greta is still the kickass heroine I remembered her to be and I love her so much for that. I love that she is the one taking charge and leading the way. She doesn’t let anything stop her and she never gives up. Even when things seem to be their darkest, she keeps pushing and fighting.
And then there is Isaac and I had almost forgotten how much I absolutely love and adore him. Seriously. He has stolen my heart and I don’t care if he ever gives it back or not. He is so strong and wild and rough around the edges, but he is still sweet and he cares and that combination makes him great.
I really enjoyed visiting Mylena again. Chloe has created such an incredible world. It is so captivating and dangerous and you can vividly picture it in your head. I also loved the twists and turns throughout the story. Some I saw coming but others took me completely by surprise. It really kept me on my toes. The pacing was good and I never felt bored. But that ending… OH MY GOD! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.
Greta and the Glass Kingdom was a great story with danger, adventure, action, and of course a swoony romance. For those of you who have been waiting for this one, the wait was most definitely worth it. And if you haven’t started this series yet, I highly suggest you do.
With thrills, twists, and an unexpected betrayal, Greta and the Glass Kingdom was a wonderful sequel that topped the first. It upped the stakes, revealed a few secrets, and the ending changed the game. I thought it was great.
Greta was as strong as always and she went through some growth. In book 1, she came across as narrow-minded and somewhat cold. But, in this book, she became more accepting of the land she found herself in and more willing to hope for the impossible. It made her a more likable character.
Isaac had a difficult time in this book with what happened to him. But, he was still a mix of powerful leader and sweet guy that made him so adorable. I still wish we got to know more about him, his past, just his character in general. But, while his character wasn't as deep as I would have liked, I still thought he was great.
The romance deepened in this book, particularly because Greta and finally admitted to her feelings. Greta and Isaac were a kick-ass couple and definitely sweet together.
The plot was well-paced keeping me interested all the way through. There were a few unexpected twists and a surprising betrayal along the way. I liked the story and the ending has me curious about what's coming next.
Greta and the Glass Kingdom was a great sequel that packed a few surprises in store. Fans of book 1 won't be disappointed. And, YA lovers, you might want to check this book out.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Cuando vi la portada no supe reconocer la saga, pero fue porque volvieron a diseñar la portada del primer libro, y este, el segundo libro es con estilo del primero.
Tengo que decir que adoro la portada. Me parece hermosa, muy limpia y muy bien realizada. El juego del cambio de la tipografía y sus colores es perfecto.
El libro es el segundo de la saga Mylena Chronicles, y saldrá a la venta en febrero de 2015 (así que podría ser una opción para el marcalibros - calendario)
Ha decir verdad, la primera portada no me llamaba mucho la atención, (la pequeña de la izquierda) pero la nueva (la pequeña de la derecha) es simplemente hermosa. Pero mi favorita de todas, es la nueva, Greta and the Glass Kingdom.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Greta and the Glass Kingdom is book two of The Mylena Chronicles. This book continues where book one left off. Greta is living in the Goblin King’s palace. Every night she has nightmares and the dark magick that seeped into her at the portal fights to overtake her. Siona, Issac’s cousin seems to be the only one capable of helping her tamp it down. When the rest of Mylena gets word that the Goblin King has chosen a human to be his queen, skirmishes begin everywhere. Will Greta be a good choice for queen? Will she ever be rid of this dark magick gnawing at her core? What of her relationship with Wyatt???
The Mylena Chronicles is a fantastic series! Book two was definitely worth the wait. It has nonstop action and edge of your seat excitement to keep you turning pages. You most definitely won’t want to put this book down. The emotional aspect was very realistic as Greta wondered what became of Wyatt and the boys, also her worry about whether or not she could keep the dark magick at bay. This was an amazing book and teaches that it is possible for true love to conquer all.
Chloe Jacobs' Greta and the Glass Kingdom was a long time coming! But the wait was totally worth it because this read was epic!
We pick up the story where we left off for the most part, and naturally my over-stuffed brain has read wayyyyy too much since this read and I couldn't remember everything that happened. But there's enough detailed weaved through the pages that I was able to get enough details to know what's going on. Greta is living in Isaac's palace, but is still plagued with nightmares. To make matters worse, her tangle with Agramon has left her tainted with a darkness inside of her. She's able to fight it off at the best of times, but it's still something that worries her.
Isaac is ready to present her before the kingdom/court, and basically declaring his love for her, to get his people to accept that she is his. Greta still gets the ugly looks because she's human. The event is a fiasco to say the least. Worse yet, Greta starts to worry that the darkness inside of her is having a negative effect on Isaac; one that is causing him to turn Lost. And once a goblin goes Lost, there's no coming back.
Two faery representatives in attendance recommend a cure of sorts. They say their queen can help her with her darkness. And Greta is determined to rid herself of this problem so she can help Isaac maintain his control. She and Siona set out with the faeries to their queen in the Glass Kingdom!
This was quite the exciting read! The description had me worried that Greta and Isaac were separated due to her leaving the castle. That this caused some flak between them and were fighting amongst themselves. This is so not the case! Isaac supports her decision, but he doesn't trust the faeries. So in a way, Greta does still sneak out, but it wasn't as dramatic as I feared it would be! And Isaac isn't completely out of the picture either. But that's all I say on that part!
We see more returning characters with this one! Greta has been searching for Wyatt and the boys and finds Wyatt on her journey to the Glass Kingdom at least. There's still a lot of tension between these two. I have to say that I am not at all for it either! Team Isaac through and through baby! Guess because I imagine him as a younger, but still hot version of Jareth a la Labyrinth! *grins*
There's a great deal of action in this one as Great makes her journey with her friends and "acquaintances". There's a well known saying within in literature, I believe, that goes along the lines of: never trust the fae. And that had me leery of the characters from the getgo, to say the least. That and Isaac's warnings of them as well.
Though Isaac and Greta are apart for sometime, the book isn't without its romance! There are quite a few sizzling kisses between these two that totally melted me! I love these two. And their relationship is about to be thoroughly tested in this one.
The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. I wouldn't say it was major...but it does rate at least a 7 on the 10 point scale! 10 being I need the next book yesterday! I say that things hit a nice pause...but there's still a great deal of anticipation in the moment where we left everyone! Hopefully a third book won't be too far from us this go around!
One thing I have yet to connect with this series is it being a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. I don't know what I'm missing in that sense. Though it hardly seems mentioning, as even as I write this I am trying to find where I saw that tidbit and do not see it on Goodreads...perhaps in my email somewhere...but like I said, this does not reflect poorly on the series because it is still an epically awesome read that I highly urge you all to read, because GOBLINS!!!
I read Greta and the Goblin King just a couple of weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it. It was full of emotion, passion, romance, adventure, magic. I had a feeling that I would like it, but I had no idea just how much. I read it in a couple of hours. Just couldn't put it down! I wanted Glass Kingdom in my hands, immediately after reading Goblin King. Thankfully, I am a part of this wonderful tour, so I didn't have to wait too long!
Glass Kingdom starts off right after the events at the end of Goblin King. Greta is struggling with this dark magick inside of her, and it is posing a serious threat to Isaac. She knows she has to figure out some way to get rid of it, but there are more pressing matters at first. Like her being presented as the future Goblin Queen of Mylena, for one! Unfortunately, that becomes the least of her concerns, and Greta and gang find themselves on a mission. A mission for allies, for a way to release her from the magick, and finding a ragtag bunch of human children, lost in the Mylean wilderness.
This sequel is one of those sequels that live up to the first books awesomeness in every way, and somehow even surpasses it. There is no short of adventures, fighting for lives, and heartbreak along the way. The characters we came to love are still here, and each has managed to grow as a person. We meet some new characters in this story, some good and some bad. It is hard to tell immediately whether you can trust them or not, and trust becomes hard to give to even those characters you have fallen in love with. The pacing of this story is perfection, and the writing has such a wonderful flow.
Greta has grown from the last book, and throughout this sequel she continues to grow, to morph and to change. She has been dealing with so much since she first arrived in Mylena, but finally having opened herself up to loving and caring for it's people also causes her no short of heartache. Yet, it has made her a better, stronger, braver person. Siona has a much larger role in this one, and I truly enjoyed getting to know her, even when I might not have liked her at certain points in the story. Her and Greta's relationship has grown, and I loved their scenes together. Wyatt is back, and he has grown a thicker skin. He has changed a lot from the first book, and I truly enjoyed his character. And Isaac, how I love Isaac. I can't say too much about this important player, but I will say this. I had HOPE, the whole way through. He is such a great Goblin King! Each player in this story is multi-faceted, and they each stand out in their own ways.
All in all, this series is quickly turning into a favorite. It is a special series, and it has captured my heart. There is a certain scene on a bridge, with a monster and his pet, and a song, that might easily be a favorite. But there are so many favorite parts of this story! And what an ENDING! What a middle! I cannot wait to see what Chloe Jacobs has in store for these amazing characters in the next book. And I hope that next book gets here soon! I would absolutely recommend this series to any teenager, and tell every adult to give it a chance. I am 32 years old, and I have fallen in love with this amazingly talented writer, and the world and characters she obviously loves so very much!
Thank you to Chloe Jacobs and YA Bound for allowing me the chance to read this book, and be a part of the tour!
**ARC received in exchange for a fair and honest review**
I'm so happy to finally get the next part of Greta and Isaac's story. I have really missed being in the world of Mylena.
The world that Chloe created is by far one of my favorite aspects of this series. She really created a fantastical world filled with creatures that are both scary and amazing. I love the little bits of lore and culture she wove into her story. The land itself was really amazing, not just the creatures that inhabitant it.
Greta is still the strong heroine I remember from the first book and that is why I love her character so much. She really is a tough individual, but she once again gets tested. Though she faces quite a few obstacles, one being with facing her new role in Mylena, to the darkness that now is trying to take over her and the world she has grown to care about. Despite being unsure of herself at certain times in the book, she always seemed to pull through in the end and never really gave up, even when she felt like she had.
I adore the arrogant, over confident Isaac quite a lot. There is just something about this Goblin King I can’t get enough of. Like Greta, Isaac is a determined character willing to do what he must to protect Greta and his kingdom. And even when things seemed bleak, he always came through, especially when he was almost lost. What I truly loved was the love he had for Greta. That really was a pure aspect of the story.
The book was also filled with some amazing side characters. Some I was able to get to know quite well. I loved that Chloe gave more depth into the other creatures as well. The sweetness and romantic scenes had my toes curled and I just couldn’t get enough of them. Though they don’t happened a lot, they were well placed and just enough for me wanting more. The character growth was also very evident through the book in all the characters.
The story was pretty fast paced and I did feel like it did more a bit too quickly for my taste. Things built nicely, but to me it all came to a head a bit too fast. In a blink of an eye everything changed, characters moving along, plot turning into a different direction, and a new crisis had arisen. But, in all honesty, I was able to move past that and just enjoy the story, which I enjoyed immensely. The writing is simple in detail, but that was something I did like. The action was intense and it moved the story along quite well. There were a few things I didn’t see coming and took me quite by surprise.
Now, I can't wait to read the next book because that was one killer of a cliffhanger! Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, filled with action, characters I can’t get enough of, and a world I really like being lost in!
Sweet baby Jesus, I was not prepared for this. I did not expect the author to have such a devilish streak that she likes to torture her characters so much! And then make it better to have to throw you for a big ole loop at the last second of the ending. And boy oh boy have I become a die hard fan after this one. I don't even know what to say except that this writer has made me love these characters so much that I'm a mess at the end of the book.
Greta saved a lot of people at the end of book one but at a sacrifice to herself. There's a dark magic left over from the demon and his portal and it's turning her into a monster. It's also putting a lot of other people around her on danger, so she agrees to go to the Faeries to let them help her get it out of her. And along the way, Isaac announces her to be his future queen and some very unthinkable things happen. Greta has changed so much. From her human self to her bounty hunter self to her now present self where she almost feels to take on the responsibility of the world and everyone in it. She thinks herself so bad and her she helps the so called monsters and finds a way to save everyone else even those mean to her.
Isaac is my new BBF! He's just that amazing. And I do love Wyatt but I have a special place in my heart that he's going to get a HEA just not with Greta. I also won't say more about them because I don't do spoilers. Siona, man I have so many things to say about her but for now I will say that I still think of her as a friend to Greta no matter what.
The story is fast passed and action packed with some serious plot twists, some mind blowing events, and some even heart wrenching moments that just make me wanna be all crazy!! Lol! The writing is fantastic and I will tell everyone- if you haven't read this series, I don't know what the hell you're waiting for!! And I'm especially grateful right now that I'm a reviewer for Entangled because they have me this most wonderful book! It's like Christmas lol :) a GOBLIN FILLED 5 PAWS!!
Expect to be blitzed with loads of surprises, twists and turns, heartbreak and unexpected betrayals!
Isaac: "Visiting the provinces has made me realize it's far past time I make it clear to one and all that my heart is claimed and my commitment to you is true."
Greta: She’d finally realized how rare and special what they’d started together was. No king and queen anywhere were going to be as good together as they would be. She was finally going to prove that not only was she good enough for Isaac and good enough to stay in Myena, she was good enough to rule Myena.
GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM by Chloe Jacobs is a fabulous addition to Chloe's Mylena Chronicles series! I had read and loved GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING, the first book in the series, when it released back in December 2012. I've been dying to return to Mylena since and was beyond excited when I saw that the next book was soon to be released. The wait was sooooo worth it as I was not disappointed in the least! GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM is as good if not better than GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING. My only complaint - and it's a small one - is that since it had been so long, it took me a little time to catch up with the world and characters of Mylena. However, everything started falling in place after the first couple of chapters and I could only hold on while Chloe took me on another wild ride! Oh my! It was GOOD!
In my opinion, this series really needs to be read in order! GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM does not work well as a standalone. However, that's not a bad thing as both books in this series have been fantastic!
A mystical story that will completely change the way you think about fantasy novels!
When we left Greta, she had won the heart of the Goblin King and defeated Agramon, but unbeknownst to readers, another trial was heading Greta's way. In this next installment of the Mylena Chronicles we discover that Isaac wants Greta to rule his kingdom with him. While this seems romantic to the literary audience, it is anything but to the people of Mylena. To them it feels like betrayal. How can their kingdom be ruled by a human? No! They will not stand for it.
To make matters worse, Greta hasn't been 100% since the defeat of Agramon. Somehow the portal unleashed some dark magick within her that she does not know how to control. And without control comes danger. Greta must find out how to control the magick before it controls her and ruins everything she has come to love. To do this she embarks on a quest to find the fairies in The Glass Kingdom. Question is, will she get there in time and will they help?
Chloe Jacobs' written words pull us in. They pull us deep into a realm that we realize can have dangerous consequences to our emotional state, yet we are unsure we ever want to leave. Get ready for an amazing adventure so high on the pedestal that no other fantasy story can dream to reach.
“Not when she’d finally realized how rare and special what they’d started together was. No king and queen anywhere were going to be as good together as they would be. She was finally going to prove that not only was she good enough for Isaac and good enough to stay in Myena, she was good enough to rule Myena.”
My second grade class has been working on their fairy tale unit in Language Arts where they have been writing their own twists on the fairy tale of their choice. So, I way beyond excited to receive an ARC of Greta and the Glass Kingdom! I loved reading the first book and I think I loved this one even more! Ms. Jacob again does a great job illustrating this new world. I could really imagine and see all the different settings and creatures, she described in vivid colorful images. This installment was very action packed from the very beginning!! This of course made me keep reading on. Poor Greta and Isaac, they cannot catch a break, I don’t think things could have gotten any worse than it did for these two. I do like that Greta never gave up, she is such a strong character and has changed so much!! The ending of this story was great too!!! I hope I do not need to wait too long to find out what happens next for all the character! I even think there might be a second romance brewing, but im not positive.
I liked this book better than the last especially because of Greta's character. It was a vast improvement. The story of Greta continues with Isaac wanting her to be his queen (loved that) and something within Greta is going on that she needs to journey to the Glass Kingdom with the gang (some new and minus Isaac).
I loved Isaac. He was my favorite character in book 1 and is still is. I was shocked about what happened to him and I was like please let it not be like Dimitri's situation in VA. It's not quite the same but kind of. I actually had to scan the last few pages of the book in order to know where that was going. I won't spoil that part anymore.
There isn't really a love triangle in here despite how Wyatt feels (I'm so happy about that) because Greta knows where her heart truly lies.
The ending, I quite hate and love because it's pretty much a cliffhanger at the same time their situation gets more interesting and a bit complicated.
Overall, I really enjoyed this fast paced fantasy, pack with adventure and it's little twist and turns there. The romance, well, I wished there was more but there wasn't much because of Isaac's situation but one good thing came out of that and that was Greta's feelings for Isaac.
**I received this book for free from (Entangled Teen) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal *Rating* 3.5
When Greta was 13, she tried to save her brother from a witch’s fire and ended up falling through a portal to the land of Mylena where humans are the scum of the earth. Everyone believes that humans are to blame for the constant winter conditions. For 4 years, Greta hid her identity and trained to be a bounty hunter, hunting down the Lost for money. Mylena is a world that is filled with not only goblins, but sprites, dwarves, ogres, gnomes, the elusive fairie, and other bizarre creatures.
After the events of Greta and the Goblin King, there is a lot of craziness going on in Greta and the Glass Kingdom. Ever since Isaac pulled Greta back into Mylena through the black portal, she's had a dark magick inside her soul that she isn't fully able to control. Plus, she's been outed as a human in a world that hates humans, so when Isaac wants to publicly announce his intentions for her among his people, it doesn't go so well.
Greta is convinced to go on a journey to the faeries world, the Glass Kingdom, to help get rid of the black magick, along with Wyatt who is trying to find the lost boys again, Siona, and the faerie princess and prince.
But the journey won't be easy. They'll come face to face with tons of deadly obstacles, and there might be more than meets the eye to the journey itself.
Oh...and the ending: wow - can't wait to see what happens in the conclusion of this trilogy, Greta and the Lost Army.
Greta and Issac are finally together, but their happiness is interrupted by Greta's recurring nightmares after the events with Agramon. Greta also feels a dark magick slowly spreading inside her which not only affects her but Issac too, leading him to draw nearer to becoming Lost. In order to stop the darkness, Greta journies to the glass kingdom to enlist the help of the faerie queen, but her journey is full of obstacles from ogres guarding bridges to blood wraiths and even the betrayal of a supposed close friend. And where is Issac in all this? Well you'll have to read to find out. This was definitely a good follow up to the first book and I can't wait to see what happens next with Greta, Issac, and their companions. >_<
Greta and The Goblin King was a story which I absolutely adored, I loved the unusual but believable relationship that Greta found herself in, but most of all I loved Greta’s feistiness, her strength in that she never gave up. So I was thrilled that Greta and The Goblin King wasn’t the last that we would be seeing of this crazy world and fantastic characters that Jacob’s created.
I loved how the story immediately kicked off from where we were left off, Greta was still stuck in Mylena, but it seemed as if it was the right choice that she had made, she was still in desperate need to locate the rest of the boys, but otherwise in no immediate danger as she had been before. Also she had lovely overprotective Isaac by her side. I had totally forgotten the way Isaac could make me feel and I was grateful that he was still the same growly goblin who we’d come to care for. Even though there was the potential for chaos in his kingdom, he still made Greta his number one priority. He knew his people may never accept Greta for who she was (just a simple human being), but he wanted to offer her the utmost protection that he could. I loved seeing this side of him. I know that Greta didn’t want to constantly depend upon Isaac’s protection and before she knew him she was a fiercely independent person, but at times I did want to shout at her, why couldn’t she just do what was best for her and safest for her? Okay in her position she had been offered a chance of finally getting rid of the magick within her, which had so far proven to be dangerous for her and Isaac. But for one second could she just consider the offer of help instead of jumping the gun? Then maybe a particular turn of events may have not taken place?
Once again we were able to experience one crazy journey with Greta, Jacob’s threw every single obstacle possible at Greta’s way that I lost hope numerous times that we would be getting the happy ending that I’d been hoping for. Also something major happens to one character that kind of broke my heart; you could say this journey really was a tumultuous one. But Jacob’s once again threw in a nice mix of characters into the story, I was quick to warm up to a few of them, but there was also this little voice at the back of my mind telling me to be a little wary at the same time too. And a couple of unexpected surprises that come later on went on to prove that you could never be certain about which character to trust in this novel.
Greta and The Glass Kingdom was a novel with a real frenzied pace, I liked it how there was no clear safe path that Greta could take and that she had to constantly stop and consider things. My only little peeve about this story was that the little niggle of a potential love triangle coming through kept popping up, I knew who my heart belonged to and whose Greta’s should too, I admired the decision Greta made in the end, but wished that she didn’t have to contemplate the decision as often as she had to. Despite this however Greta and The Glass Kingdom was a brilliant follow up story to Greta and The Goblin King, I didn’t realise that there would be another story which could evolve after this one, but I’m all for going back to this fantastic world and characters once again.
In GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM, Chloe Jacobs has created a fun and unique world, filled with lots of interesting characters. The main character, Greta, starts off with lots of problems to overcome, and they all seem to get worse quickly. Yet despite that the book starts out very slow, taking far too long to get the ball rolling.
I also had a few problems with the main relationship in the Mylena Chronicles series. I think Jacobs relied too heavily on the first book, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING, to show the connection that Greta and Isaac have. It is obvious that Greta is willing to do anything for Isaac, but as the reader you don’t fully understand why. All you see of their relationship is conflict between Greta and Isaac, and you just don’t see why Greta loves Isaac so much.
What really drew me into GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM were all the amazing plot twists. The book started out very cliched and that had me worried, but once the story actually started moving those cliches fell to the wayside. The book continues with plot twist after plot twist that kept throwing me for a loop. However, as the story was drawing to a close I saw a very cliched ending coming up, but Jacobs threw one final amazing plot twist that brought the book to an excellent and very unexpected close.
I fear the next book will start out as slowly as this one did, but I am definitely looking forward to it. Jacobs has left the series in a good place to continue the Mylena Chronicles. I’m just hoping it isn’t another two years before the next one comes out.
Didn't like the plot but the ending was sooooo good!
I loved Greta and the Goblin King so I feel really awful that I didn't quite share the same enthusiasm for GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM. It started off very slowly and it wasn't long before it was one out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire situation after another, after another, and so on. A lot was happening but strangely it felt like nothing was happening at the same time.
Greta, like many a heroine before her, has gotten stuck with some bad magic that she can't get rid of and it seems that the only cure for it is with the faeries of Mylena. But that requires a journey and instead of it being the sort of bringing disparate people together kind of tale I was hoping for it was pretty much a ton of everyone not getting along and ending up in fights for their lives.
I don't want to spoil anything but I think one of the factors that didn't work so well for me was that Isaac isn't very involved in the storyline. It could have worked if it had felt like it was going to end with something really good but ultimately I just wasn't all that into it. The good news is that while I wound up not enjoying this book's plot the ending was phenomenal and sets up the next book very well. Be forewarned there is an agonizingly good cliffhanger ending! I am dying to see what happens in the next Mylena Chronicles book now.
If you haven't started the series yet and you love Julie Kagawa, Gena Showalter, or Melissa Marr's worlds and writing I would still definitely recommend picking it up. A meh book didn't ruin the series for me.
Unfortunately, this book just wasn't a winner for me. I think with the three year gap between when I read the first book and when I read this one, my tastes changed rather substantially. I really did enjoy Greta and the Goblin King upon its release, but the series has lost its magic for me.
Things that irked me in the previous book were exacerbated in this one, namely:
1. The very colloquial/slangy language in a high fantasy setting. While it makes sense in that Greta is from the human/modern world, it's a personal dislike of mine. I found it quite jarring.
2. Greta is impulsive and makes reckless decisions based on her emotions at the time. She goes from hating people to loving them and back in the space of a few minutes, which make her a rather overlyemotional and (for me at least) an unlikeable narrator.
3. The plot in this one was quite convoluted, with everything turning upside down in the last two chapters. But it felt messy, instead of clever and twisty.
4. Greta's "oh I'm not beautiful I have scars and I'm a bounty hunter" shtick got old, fast. It's a cliche in YA literature where the heroine always needs other people to tell her she's attractive.
5. Finally, some of the writing felt a little clunky to me. Many words where used to describe something when fewer would suffice.
All in all, I really wanted to like this one, but sadly didn't work for me.
ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received an e-ARC copy of Greta and the Glass Kingdom from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book, opened it up and didn't understand anything. So after days of trying I went looking for the first book. Found the kindle edition for 99 cents. (thank you amazon). To understand this book you really really need to read the first one. There is no summary or good explanation for readers who pick up the second book first. My review of Greta and the Goblin King
Greta and the Glass Kingdom picks up directly after Greta and the Goblin King. Greta is with Isaac back at his palace. She is having nightmares and is scorching the sheets in her dreams. Isaac loves her and wants his people to accept her as their queen. Greta is not quite so sure. She is human, a bounty hunter and totally not ready for the responsibilities of being queen. Plus she has been infected by the tainted magick from the demon Agramon and it keeps trying to take control.
The gnomes declare war at Isaac's banquet and the faeries propose an alliance and a promise that their queen can help Greta, the offer is too good to resist. Leaving Isaac to deal with the gnomes, Greta sets off with Siona, Isaac's half faerie bounty hunter cousin, and Wyatt, a handsome lost human boy to see the faerie queen.
So spoilers ahead.****
First, love love love love the cover. Its what talked me into picking up this book.
The book starts with Greta's nightmare, her struggle with control, Siona's help and Isaac coming to comfort. I felt really dumped into the middle. I was so lost before I read the first book. Even after having read the first book, I still felt dumped. So Isaac and Greta cuddle, make out, and freak out about the banquet that Isaac is throwing. That first chapter just dragged for me.
So banquet, Siona is helping Greta get ready. She has to wear a dress, which she isn't happy about. Then there is an intruder in the castle, Greta wants to investigate, so Siona undoes the dress and then leaves, which is when Wyatt shows up. So Greta is prancing around, clutching the dress, hugging Wyatt and then pushing him away, almost kissing him. Arrrg, Greta you made your choice stop waffling. So then Siona escorts Wyatt out and Isaac comes in and Greta is STILL running around holding that dress. The whole thing just me roll my eyes a lot.
I was really really excited that Siona was a prominent character in this book. I liked her in Gobling King. So Siona is half faery and not accepted by either side of her heritage. Its cool that she is there for Greta to connect with and that they can develop a solid friendship. As the faeries interact with Greta she sees that Siona has history with them. Since Siona trusts them, Greta thinks that she can give them a shot.
So the plot of this book was awesome. The action scenes, fighting and running moved the story along quickly and all added to the plot. The conversations that happened in between each of them dragged. Especially every time Greta talked to Wyatt. But the Siona conversations become important. Siona comes into her powers and its helping Greta with her tainted power. But the plot twist, brilliant. Having Siona, the one creature of Mylena that Greta has decided to trust betray her, brilliant. I also loved that once Greta figured it out, everyone was out, she was done and she never doubted that she wasn't right. I do think that she was a little quick to forgive in the end though.
(Isaac doesn't count because Greta didn't trust him in the beginning and I still don't think that they are on complete solid ground yet. There are issues that they haven't talked about yet.)
I really feel like some of the talking could have been streamlined so that it wasn't the same conversation over and over again between the same characters. *coughWyattcough*
I had a few issues with the consistency of magick. I want to know how Greta learned to control the magick. She never talks to anyone about it and most of the time ignores it or is writhing on the ground in pain from it. She has not control and then all of sudden at the end she can draw it out and use it. Not consistent, especially because it was almost killing her. Plus how does the dream magick work and why can Greta all of sudden control it?
Wyatt drove me nuts. Again. I didn't love him in the first book and I liked him even less is this one. Greta cares about him. He reminds her of what she has lost but Greta has built a life on Mylena and she is okay with that. Wyatt, I felt, did everything he could to undermine Greta and her decisions. She got not support from him. I do want to know about this portal that they supposedly found. I also want to know what happened to Ray. I do think that Siona to Wyatt straight to the faeries when she escorted him from the castle.
Isaac was interesting in this book. I loved the fact that he went lost and it was Greta who had to chase after him in dreams. I think that it was important to see Isaac as actual monster and for Greta to have to deal with it. I feel like Isaac developed more as a king who cares about his people and the girls he loves. I did want more from him in that last chapter.
Speaking of last chapter. OMG, of course they end up on earth. Its obvious that they will have to get back to Mylena but now everything will be awkward and Wyatt will be annoying and Isaac self sacrificing plus how are they going to defeat a demon faery queen? I felt that it was rushed. Additionally Siona and Wyatt????
So overall. Great plot. Some characters and lots of talking that drove me nuts. Plus consistency. Love, love the cover. I would read the next book.
I like that the story flow better, probably because you already have all the pertinent facts. I am however disappointed in Greta because she lets herself be dissuaded from the things she believes or wants to believe very easily. She also wasn't paying attention to the situation at hand very well because it was clearly obvious to me at least. I get that she had Isaac and what was going on with the magick in her to be focused on her surroundings, not to mention trying to sort through her feelings for Wyatt. She honestly should have let that boy down easily from the beginning. It would have saved her a lot of heartache in that department. I hope Isaac brings that up in the next book.