Thursday, October 18, 2018

*Review* Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting

Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: September 3, 2018
Pages: 214

What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword. 

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him. 

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father. 

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her. 

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.

I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

I am a big fan of fairytale retellings, so I was excited when Ms. Ting told me about this book. Although I'm not typically overly fond of religious books, that aspect in this story worked really well and didn't feel overbearing to me. The way Ms. Ting wove together religion and fairytale was inspired.

One of the things I particularly liked about this book was the language. I felt sort of like I was reading The Scarlet Letter and it really helped to set the scene and tone for the book. It did seem a little stilted compared to modern language, but I enjoyed the change of pace it presented. 

Although it wasn't a major element in the story, the romantic aspect of this book made me giddy. The build up and banter between the two obviously meant for each other characters was fun.

Overall I give Jaclyn and the Beanstalk 4.5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Award Winning Author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. She also toured with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Twitter: @maryting

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