Today I have for you my stop on the Greta and the Goblin King Tour. I have Chloe Jacobs for a guest post and my review of her book. Be sure to enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of Greta and the Goblin King. Here is a bit more on Chloe:
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. Greta and the Goblin King is her debut novel. You can find Chloe on her website, Facebook, twitter and Goodreads.
Here is Chloe to tell us a bit more about her inspiration for her novel:
I’ve always been fascinated by fairy tales. When I was little, my mother read all the Disney stories to me. I thought they were magical and filled with such beauty. But when I got older and discovered that the real fairy tales were much darker, uglier, and had a lot less singing tea pots, I was even more intrigued.
For example, did you know that in the real story of Sleeping Beauty, the beautiful Rose is indeed put to sleep for a hundred years, during which time she’s raped and impregnated with twins? And in the original story, poor Red Riding Hood gets eaten by the wolf instead of being saved by a Woodcutter.
I wanted to know where all those tales really came from, and I was especially interested in what the world was like when they were being written. Could I draw parallels between those times and these? Fairy tales are said to represent the most deeply rooted fears of the culture where they originate, and when fairy tales are altered, it’s usually because the culture of the people has changed over time .
The origins of many fairy tales are much darker than the Disney versions we’ve grown up with. Does that mean that when Disney reinvented Cinderella and gave it a sweet and fluffy ending, it was because the culture at the time was feeling optimistic about its future? I don’t know exactly, but in 1950 the second world war had ended and America experienced an industrial and commercial boom.
It seems like the original fairy tales were a lot more like the stories readers are drawn to
now. Darker stories. Stories that don’t sugar coat the truth and make everything look rosy and pretty. The ones that don’t always have a happy ever after, but an ever-after that is satisfying because it is right for the characters.
GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING is what happened when I went looking into all of this. Greta started as an idea for a Hansel and Gretel re-telling that would be gritty and dark…but in the end, it turned into so much more! I hope you like it!
Thank you so much Chloe! I did like the Hansel and Gretel references in the book. As part of the tour I am able to offer you a giveaway. Chloe is offering to one lucky winner a signed copy of Greta and the Goblin King. Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter. (Note: this contest is not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings). Thank you to Chloe and Shane over at Itching for Books for allowing me to be a part of the tour.
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Here is my review:
Greta and the Goblig King (Mylena Chronicles #1) by Chloe Jacobs
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...Paperback, 290 pages Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
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 world inhabited by goblins, gnomes, sprites and more. A sprite bounty hunter, Luke, took her in and trained her well. All the while hiding her humanity. Humans are believed to be the cause for the curse that plagues the land. During the eclipses, the entire population succumbs to their dark side and become blood thirsty monsters. The humans brought the demon into this world and he is the source of the curse. Now, all humans must die. Greta keeps her ears tucked under her long braids to hide her human features. She is fierce and deadly and intent on finding her way home. The only problem is she can't find a portal and there is the little problem of the Goblin King, Isaac,
who constantly pursues her. Does he know her secret? Can Greta find her way home?
What I Liked:
- I thoroughly enjoyed that Ms. Jacobs brought me something new and exciting! Not only did I get an entire new world inhabited by paranormal creatures, but I got to know Isaac the noble and fearsome Goblin King. In the past, books I read on goblins portrayed them as fearsome and ugly ghoulish type creatures. Not this time. Instead they look a lot like humans, and in Isaac's case very attractive. I liked that I was presented with something original.
- I also like a tale that utilizes good, solid world building and Greta and the Goblin King has just that. I liked learning all about the icy, cold world of Mylena with all of its paranormal inhabitants and its eclipse curse. Ms. Jacobs does an excellent job in creating a detailed world.
- I really admired Greta. She is a young lady thrust into a horrible situation, yet she stands tall and perseveres. Through her training with Luke, the sprite, she has achieved some impressive fighting skills. She can wield a sword, or dagger and kick some butt. I loved that she was strong and incredibly brave.
- I liked that this book was jammed packed with thrilling scenes. Greta is caught time and time again in situations where she must fight, and she never fails to impress. This book is packed with action and there are some nail biting fight scenes. There is rarely a dull moment in this one. It comes at you fast and furious and doesn't let up until the final pages.
And The Not So Much;
- While the world building is top notch, the book falters a bit on the explanations of the inhabitants. I never felt like I had a complete picture of any of the creatures that inhabited the world, except the ghouls. The goblins especially left me wondering. What were their powers? Did they all have a human appearance? How was Isaac able to get into people's dreams, is it just by saying his name? The composition of all the creatures in Mylena needed more detail.
- The romance between Greta and Isaac was difficult for me. I think because their first meeting occurred just a few days prior to the opening of the story, and it is retold in a few flashbacks. I think this technique didn't work because I never felt the sparks of attraction nor saw what drew them together to begin with. I did like that for the majority of the book the two were at odds and had an antagonistic relationship that hid the magnetic attraction between them. In all honesty, I felt the way the relationship developed between Wyatt and Greta was much more believable. Yes, this book does utilize a love triangle, but for me it wasn't such an issue because Greta never reciprocated Wyatt's feelings, in her mind she was constantly driven toward Isaac.
- The ending was open. The story draws to an exciting conclusion and it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but it does leave a bunch of unanswered questions.
Greta and the Goblin King is a solid and unique beginning to a new series. Ms. Jacobs plunges us into the cold and deadly world of Mylena ruled by the Goblin King and under the curse of the eclipse. Greta is a stubborn, fierce and determined young lady who will win you over. This book is packed with action and an antagonistic romance. I enjoyed this original book and will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
“You’re deluding yourself if you think you can know who I am or what I want from spying on me in my dreams. Therein lies a realm of fantasy, and while it’s an interesting place to visit every once in a while, we both have to live in the real world, don’t we?”
“I think showing off your sword might distract them from the fact that you have breasts...at least for a little while.”
“No matter who you are or where you come from, we’re the same. We were meant to be together.” He said it with such certainty and finality. “It has been decreed in the stars, and in our blood.”
"The moonlight played with the shadows, giving him deeper hollows in his cheeks and hiding his eyes. He dragged his thumb lightly over her bottom lip, continuing up the slope of her jaw. His hand shook a little bit, but his touch made her feel as if she were being welcomed home after a long absence, as if every good memory of being human was wrapped up in him."
I received a copy of this book for participating in the book tour. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not compensated for this review.