Review: Greta and the Glass Kingdom – Chloe Jacobs

greta and the glass kingdomGreta 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.

Rating: 2/5

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.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Greta and the Glass Kingdom – Chloe Jacobs

  1. When I wait a long time between books in a series I often find myself either confused from not remembering enough or not liking it as much. Tastes change all the time! Slang in books is usually a pet peeve of mine in general. Unless it really flows well and it has a point (not just to try and be different). And Greta sounds frustrating! Hopefully your next read will treat you better! ❤

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    1. I loathe the long wait between series, just because I forget what happened or my tastes have changed. Which sucks if you get so excited for the sequel after loving the first book! Slang in a fantasy setting just doesn’t work for me – definitely a personal peeve!

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  2. I’m glad it wasn’t just me! I enjoyed the first book, but ended up giving Greta and the Glass Kingdom a DNF. The whole time I was just thinking, “Was the first book this childish?” I just could not get into this one storywise or character-wise but, like you said, it has been about three years since the first book.

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