Summary: 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.
Review: 3 stars
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk is a gender reversed retelling of the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk. I always enjoy retellings and have never seen one about Jack and the beanstalk, so I decided to try this one out. I thought the cover was beautiful and entangled Kinas a favorite publisher of mine as well. It was a pretty good read, despite having a bit of a rough beginning.
the beginning almost turned me off of this book completely. There was a lot of filling material and very simple dialogue that seem to have no purpose. Jaclyn also came off as extremely immature. When the author was introducing us to the characters and setting there was very little character development and the dialogue didn’t help give it the characters any more depth. I want to say that the character development improved as well., This is the plot got more interesting.
The plot was very different than what I expected. I was thinking that it would be your classic retellings, just with the gender . Well it was like that, the plot also had a religious aspect to it. The Monster, or giant in the original tale, had a connection to the double our main characters were Christians. With the religious retelling him a lot of symbolism and made her an interesting tale. The very clean, Christian, young adult fairytale retelling. Overall I felt like the characters felt very flat. They were innocent and religious, but they were also boring and without much depth, which was a little disappointing. That was really cool though. Mary King took a classic fairytale and put a whole new twist on it. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a cleaner Christian, fantasy.