Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Released Today: Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting Review @maryting


Jaclyn and the Beanstalk
By Mary Ting


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.

Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Vesuvian Books

My Review

A fairytale retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jaclyn and the Beanstalk puts a whole new twist that is full of mystery, fantasy, and biblical concept.

Jaclyn is a strong female lead in this story.  She is well trained by her father, while living in isolation from the rest of the village.  When word of monsters are starting to terrorize the small villages around the mountain, Jaclyn's father, along with very few men, decide to ride off into the night to try and stop the destruction. When they don't return, Jaclyn decides to take matters into her own hands and put her training to use. She can not abandon her father.

As darkness grows, so does Jaclyn's will. Her confidence grows beautifully as the story progresses, with twists and darkness. But with the darkness of despair, so shines the power of unconditional love and forgiveness.

Through the evil, Jaclyn finds comfort in her childhood friend, Jack.  I fell in love with their chemistry immediately. Their bond unites them to stay strong and powerful as a team....and their banter back and forth is a ray of bliss.

This story will entice your imagination with creative imagery and a dynamic plot. It will dominate your emotions.....from start to finish.

You can buy it HERE on Amazon!

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