Saturday, 30 January 2016

Greta and the Lost Army, by Chloe Jacobs - Book Review

Greta and the Lost Army
Mylena Chronicles, #3
By:  Chloe Jacobs
Publish Date:  February 1, 2016 
by Entangled TEEN Publishing
Genre:  Young Adult, Teen, YA Fantasy
Pages:  259 Adobe Digital Editions
377 Print
Source:  Entangled TEEN Publishing/via NetGalley

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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I came into the Mylena Chronicles late, at book 3, so it was great that author, Chloe Jacobs, gives a prologue scene at the beginning of The Lost Army showing when Greta originally met the goblin prince. This helped give me immediate perspective for where Greta’s been in the last two books though I think it’s definitely better to read the series start to end.

Greta, Isaac the goblin prince, and the boys have finally made it home to Greta’s family after four years and the boys are reunited with their families. I felt the author deals with this scenario very realistically. Returning to regular life after everything she must have experienced in Mylena is not going to be easy and her take on mundane life is going to be different. And mundane life is just not going to cut it for Greta while the demon Agramon still has to be defeated so we know where stubborn Greta is headed.

I felt the writing style/prose a bit run of the mill but the author keeps the action tight and scenes moving with great emotional connections to the characters through the whole book. We return to the battle against Agramon and his hold on the faerie hive full tilt back in Mylena. It’s pretty hard going. Can they even muster enough forces to take down the powerful demon? There’s a neat twist I didn’t see coming towards the end.

Isaac is very steady goblin prince and you get a good sense of the strong, even magical, connection between him and Greta. I would have liked to see more of what he actually looks like in book 3; I got a sense that he’s big and devoted to Greta but not a lot else. It’s great that Isaac has no problems with Greta being human. And she’s one strong, determined girl who knows her own mind and works through thick and thin to get what she wants.

I really liked Greta and the Lost Army as an enjoyable, solid YA fantasy romance. Totally feel good ending. 4.4 Stars!
  
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