Author: Chloe Jacobs
Series: Mylena Chronicles #1
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 400 (eARC)
Source: E-book for Blog Tour
While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon. To survive, 17-year-old 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 determination to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .
Back in the human world, Greta was lured into caves by a witch and then thrown into a fire that caused her to black out and wake up in the far away land of Mylena. Full of ghouls, sprites, goblins, faeries, gnomes, and so many other torturous creatures, Greta had to learn to survive. Thankfully, she was taken in and rescued by a wood sprite named Lucius who ruthlessly trained her as his apprentice, teaching her his bounty hunting skills and how to cover up her true identity as a human since humans were blamed for ruining the climate in Mylena and thus were hunted to extinction within the country. But when the eclipse approaches and Greta has to begin to survive on her own to avoid the bloodthirsty beasts that the eclipse turns every inhabitant of Mylena into, her world turns upside down.
Greta is one of the strongest heroines I have come across in a while. She was thrown into a world full of hate and instead of allowing it to conquer her, she conquered it. She hunted the evil beasts that would instead hunt her if they knew her true identity and helped save innocent creatures that were taken from their homes. She learned how to protect herself in any type of circumstance and she learned to survive. Survival, in Mylena, is nearly impossible, especially for a human. The characterization in all other characters were strong as well.
There was a slight love triangle, but it's one that is understandable and enjoyable. There is Isaac, the brooding, powerful and mysterious new Goblin King of Mylena who can enter Greta's dreams and never leave her be. Then there's Wyatt, the odd human she meets by chance in the woods who takes her in and helps her survive. Instinct and logic say that she should go for Wyatt because they are both human, which is why the love triangle didn't bother me. However, Isaac was the first boy to her heart and their connections due to dreams and desires were so strong and powerful that they churned each others emotions into wild storms. They could not be ignored because they were simply meant to be, even though they're best hobbies were slowly infuriating each other. This is a love triangle that I enjoyed.
My one problem with this novel is the lack of world-building. We are told about the creatures in Mylena and throughout the novel many aspects of it are explained, such as the double moons and the reasoning for the constant wintry climate, but there wasn't much explanation to the world of Mylena itself. It left me wanting more because I didn't know much about this new land I entered. Granted, Greta was just as confused as I was when she first entered Mylena, but this book takes place four years after she went to Mylena, so she easily should have been able to give us much insight into her new "home." Also, while I enjoyed very much where the book started, I wish it started slightly earlier in time because the beginning of the book kept referring to events that had happened in the past that we didn't know about since we weren't told about them clearly. The transpirings referred to happened mere weeks before the start of the book, so I think it wouldn't be asking much to start the book slightly ahead of where it was actually started to avoid the initial confusion I felt as a reader.
Beyond that one aspect of the plot, this book was strong. The creativity and unique plot twists kept me reading easily and I truly do believe that just about anyone can enjoy this book. While it is a fantasy novel, it is not entirely thick with fantastical themes, so anyone can give it a shot. Jacobs' debut is definitely one to check out. I will eagerly be awaiting the release of book two in the Mylena Chronicles.
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