Jaq's Harp (Future Tales #1)
In a world of floating islands and bio-engineered beans, the bad guys are taken down by agents of the Mother organization—agents like Jacqueline "Jaq" Robinson. Instead of accepting her next routine assignment, she sets out on a mission of her own—to destroy Giant Corp, the company responsible for her sister's wasting illness. Jaq must steal her cure from Giant's headquart...more
Agent Jacqueline Robinson is on a mission - and this time, it's personal. Jaq's sister is severely ill and Giant Corp, the company responsible for her wasting illness, holds the cure hostage. So Jaq plans to infiltrate the company's ...more
This was an ARC....will be released by Carina Press in February. The premise for this story is fantastic. It's a futuristic sci fi take on the legend of Jack and the Beanstalk. I adore funky new twists on fairy tales and legends. Drake calls this book a "twisted fairytale, biopunk romance." What I liked....the sci fi details are awesome. Drake does a tremendous job with her world-building. The bio-engineered beanstalk, the floating "islands," the hovercrafts, the dark, g ...more
As you may be able to tell from the cover, Jaq’s Harp is a futuristic twist on the fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk. I really enjoyed the not-so-subtle nods to the original story, such as the “magic” bio-engineered beans, Monsieur Bovine, a reference to “the blood of an Englishman”, and more.
What worked for me:
* The cover art is simply gorgeous.
* I’m not normally a fan of stories where the main protagonists had a previous relationship, but I heartily approve o ...more
When the hero is undercover and the villain is waiting for him, it's not a good thing for the hero to lie on his bed, get naked and tell the heroine (who is upset at him already) to climb aboard and ride him for a quickie before they try and take down the evil corporation.
I usually don’t like short stories and/or novellas because I always seem to be left pretty unsatisfied in the end. So I tend to stay away from the shorter side of the story-telling world. However, something drew me to Jaq’s Harp, and having never read anything by Ella Drake, I can’t really tell you what made me want to read and review it. Jaq’s Harp is a unique re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk that involves floating islands, secret agents, and new-age technology. Add in a ...more
Jaq's Harp by Ella Drake is an imaginative, futuristic twist on the well known children's classic Jack and the Beanstalk. While this may be an extremely short novella, coming in with under seventy-five pages, this is still a romantically charged, action packed story that was interesting and enjoyable.
With many subtle and not so subtle references toward the original fairy tale, this novella grips the classic and drags it into the next millennium with bio-en ...more
I usually don’t like short stories and/or novellas because I always seem to be left pretty unsatisfied in the end. So I tend to stay away from the shorter side of the story-telling world. However, something drew me to Jaq’s Harp, and having never read anything by Ella Drake, I can’t really tell you what made me want to read and review it. Jaq’s Harp is a unique re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk that involves floating islands, secret agents, and new-age ...more
With that sort of premise, you expect a fun and creative retelling of the original fairy tale, but to my disappointment, the author played it as close as possible. Apparently the gender reversal and turning the giant into a big evil corporation is quite enough variation, because that's about all we get. On page 10 Monsieur Bovin ...more
I have to say that I really can't offer a summary of the story that is any different from the blurb provided. The concept for this one was really brilliant. A sort-of fairy tale retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk with an adult science fiction twist. Unfortunately the story is quite short and thus not enough character development or backstory is provided.
Without the character development both Harp and Jaq felt flat and their romance lacked any real spark. The ...more
Jaq is a young woman who is strong, caring and very protective of ...more
I liked Jaq, liked Mr. Bovine (he was funny) and I enjoyed the thorough worldbuilding. The SF was nicely blended with the Romance and there seemed to be equal parts of each. I liked the tech. It had a bit of a James Bond feel. I liked the way a couple of innocuous things n ...more
The bad: I felt there was too much back story crammed in between t ...more
This is a short story, only 67 pages. So there's not a lot of room for anything too deep. Basically, you've got two questions that play out: Can Jaq & ...more
I think part of my low rating was because the reader could have been better with her voices. The main male henchman sounds so very female. When his character was speaking, it wasn't nearly threatening enough.