Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Blog Tour: Review: Greta and the Lost Army by Chloe Jacobs (GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT)



Title: Greta and the Lost Army
Series: Mylena Chronicles, #3
Category: Fantasy/Romance
Genre: YA
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 
*ARC was received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
After spending the last four years trapped in a place of monsters, demons, and magick, the last thing the fierce teenage bounty hunter Greta expected was to ever be back on Earth. But a rare opportunity gives her and the Goblin King Isaac the opportunity to do just that. Now she’s home. With a boy in tow. And her parents have lots of questions.

Although Greta finally has her heart’s deepest wish—to see her family again—every step she takes to reconnect with them drives her further away from Isaac. Greta and Isaac planned for her to return to Mylena and become his queen, but she’s not sure if she can go back to that harsh world, though staying on Earth means giving up the boy she loves.

But a powerful enemy refuses to let Greta escape. A demon who will stop at nothing to destroy her and everything she loves. Even if it means following her to Earth and forcing her to face a fate as unavoidable as love itself.

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 My Review

I fall hard for this series when I picked up the first book and meet the fierce and stubborn Greta, and the strong and proud Isaac. Who knew how much I would come to love them and their world, but I did. I fall hard, and it is such a bittersweet moment to say goodbye.

This book was an astounding adventure and gripping tale of a world covered in ice and filled with mystical creatures of all shapes and sizes.  Watching both Greta and Isaac grow throughout the book and this series brings a tear to my eye at how well and beautifully they have progressed.  And I’m very proud of who they became at the end of the book.

Greta and Isaac have really come a long way since the first book. Though there were a few obstacles left for them to overcome personally, I was very proud of their growth. Greta, still unsure of where she belongs, definitely did struggle at the beginning, but as events unfolded I was happy to see her finally find her place. Though she will always remain that stubborn, headstrong fighter I first came to love (which I’m so very happy about). Then there is Isaac. He really turned up the heat in this book.  Sweet and so very endearing. I loved being able to see this other, softer side of him. I felt he grew the most in this book, finally opened up and finally showed all sides of him.  Though he is still that short-tempered, stubborn Goblin King I first met and fell in love with.  

The book did flow at a fast pace, as well as the development of the plot and the events, but I enjoyed the constant movement of the book. Though the detail is light within the depiction of the characters’ surroundings, it’s heavy with their emotions.  That’s why I connected with this book. The characters felt so vivid and so very real when it came to the depth of their emotions. Though I loved the world that Jocabs created, it was the characters, their strife, their struggle, their overall growth that made me love this series.

I can’t forget the secondary characters. I’ve come to love some of them just as much as the main characters and was really happy to see them as well and watch them grow along with Greta and Isaac. Watching everything unfold, watching them come to that final battle, it was both heartbreaking and breathtaking. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.  

Greta and the Lost Army was filled with moments that made me hold my breath in anticipation and also left me breathless in the best ways possible.  A stunning and wonderful conclusion to a series I have come to really love.



Read below for an excerpt from Greta and the Lost Army:
The streetlamps cast soft cones of light on the sidewalks all the way through the neighborhood. Greta pointed things out as she remembered them. “That’s where my friend Danielle used to live. I guess she probably still lives there.”
“Are you looking forward to seeing her again?”
She nodded. “And if I remember correctly, she’s more hyper than a Mylean berserker—only less ripping and tearing, and more frenzied hugging and constant talking.”
The rumble of his amused chuckle made her grin. He squeezed her hand. She looked up at him, and it hit her. “You know, this is kind of like a date,” she said, tingles of awareness dancing up her spine.
His smile was crooked, and his eyes warm as he laid his arm across her shoulders, making her feel like he would rather be here with her right now than anywhere else. It probably wasn’t true. They were both too worried about Mylena for it to ever leave their minds completely, but maybe one day it would be true.
“What would be the purpose of a date?” There was such a thing as courtship in Mylena, but she and Isaac had pretty much bypassed anything resembling normal…in both worlds.
What if she was wrong and the portal didn’t open again? What if they stayed here? There could be more nights just like this, and eventually maybe they would get a place of their own and… “You know, so a couple can get to know one another and decide if they like each other.”
“But we already know we like each other.” When they were alone like this and his voice softened because he trusted her enough to let down his guard, it did crazy things to her. Like popping candy hitting her bloodstream. “Even more important, we know that we fit together. In battle together, or planning for Mylena’s future, even while arguing…and definitely when I kiss you…nobody fits me like you do.”


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... 
Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1) by Chloe Jacobs 
Published December 11th, 2012 
 Published by Entangled Teen 
279 Pages 
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy 

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greta and the glass kingdom

Once upon a dark time…

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.

Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2) by Chloe Jacobs 
Published February 9th, 2015  
Published by Entangled Teen 
320 Pages 
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy 

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About the Author:
chloe jacobs
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. 


  **GIVEAWAY** 

Winner’s choice of $5 Amazon Gift Card or a print or eBook copy of Greta and the Goblin King or Greta and the Glass Kingdom. As well as notebook, a pen with the words "Dream bigger darling," and Hammond's candy.

4 comments:

  1. This was such a good conclusion and I was so sad having to say goodbye. But Greta and Isaac really did come a long way in this book and I loved that growth. Great review!

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  2. I am so glad you enjoyed this one too Magen! You and Teresa both love this series, so I am so happy it was a satisfying, fulfilling end to the series! I definitely need to pick these up!

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  3. Great review!!! Thanks so much for joining the Greta and the Lost Army blog tour!!!

    -N

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  4. I'm so excited to start this series and finally meet Greta and Isaac!! I love that they both have grown from the first book but that they're still the same characters you fell in love with. This is such a beautiful review; I can really tell how much you love the series, and I'm so happy you loved this last book and that it was a good conclusion :-) And I adore that excerpt -- it makes me want to pick up the first book right now! Wonderful post, Magen *big hugs*

    ~Mckenzie

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