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The Stillness of the Sky

(Flipped Fairy Tales #2)

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Once upon a time, my life was certain: it was insignificant, and it was cruel. But I refused to let it define me, no matter how great the cost.

Once upon a time, I made a wish. The world I knew grew wider than the sky and higher than the stars, and I listened to the voice within me, reaching out for freedom.

Once upon a time, my wish became my fate, and my destiny the hard
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Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 7th 2015
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LeAnn
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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"I suppose the greatest journeys always bring us a little pain at least."

Well, she did it again. Starla Huchton took me on an adventure of a lifetime and I'm not ready to come back down from the clouds just yet. She took a well-known story and twisted it into something that hasn't been done before.

Jacqueline, or Jack, hasn't been dealt an easy life. Her mother left, leaving her to live with a drunk, abusive father. She's wondered ever since then why her mother, the one person in the world who l
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Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

The Stillness of the Sky is a gender flipped take on "Jack and the Beanstalk" with originality. I ADORE Starla's Evolution series and her other gender flipped fairy tale, Shadows on Snow. I not only wish I had thought about this, too, but also wish for her to gender flip everything! XD

In this rendition, Jack is short for Jacqueline. Jack's mother is tired of dealing with her father so she tries to convince Jack to
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Rachel Barnard
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“There will always be opportunities to be better people, but it’s up to us to take those chances.” (Page 286).

What can we do to ensure that the world be a better place in 100 years? Starla Huchton, Miss America contestants and Jack from the Stillness in the Sky all think the answer is peace. Jack’s answer comes with magical consequences that bind her to fulfill this wish by using her newfound abilities as a powerful and talented bard. She was nothing more than a farmer’s daughter when she came a
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Melissa Hayden
So much love and kindness. A GREAT inspiration for all to be better in the kindness way to all. I think I enjoyed this one more than the first, and the first was amazing. The talent in Starla's writing has become something to reckoned with. My word! Starla is a Bard for sure. The Bard story here has a true Bard feel to it. All the words are poetic and so SO many amazing phrases and statements that people could relate to their lives. This story has the feel of many fairytales do, the underlining ...more
Stacy
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is something wonderful about discovering a new author - someone that makes you completely fall in love with reading all over again and transports you into the story. The way that Starla Huchton flips the gender in her retelling of fairy tales is masterful. She captures the emotions of her characters nicely and her imagery is well developed. To take a story that everyone knows and retell it in a way that makes you curious again is not an easy task. I recommend reading Shadows on Snow first ...more
Kenttrell
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I came away with similar feeling with this book as I did the other in that I could recognize the fairy tale but the story was engaging and not childlike at all. I didn't pickup immediately on the connection of the characters between this book and the other twisted fairy tale. But once I realize it so many other things clicked. Awesome read. I feel like my love of fantasy novels is renewing after reading these two novels...
Lauren Jones
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is such an adventure to begin with. Jack (Jacqueline), is on a search for her roots. She wants to know who she is and where she comes from. When her father kicks her out of the house to go sell their last remaining livestock to fuel his drunken desire, she only tries to oblige to his request. Since walking distance is so far away, she decides to sleep for a while with the cows tied up. Once she reopens her eyes, she discovers that her cows are gone, three seeds have been placed beside ...more
Cat
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness this was such a treasure, I honestly don't even know where to begin! I love fairy tale retellings and the creative twist the author added to the story was just phenomenal! And as much as I enjoy fairy tale retellings, many sadly come up short for me because they start off with so much potential but then deteriorate into a slightly more interesting regurgitation of the original story with romance taking over the majority of the plot, but not this book!! The author has managed to tu ...more
Hannah L (Reviewer)
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Once again, Starla Huchton has taken one of my least favorite fairy tales of all time, gender-bends it, and turns it into one of the best Young-Adult novels of all time. In this Jack and the Beanstalk remix, Jacqueline (a.k.a Jack) a kindhearted girl who could not hurt a fly leaves home and her abusive father, well, after she looses the cows she was supposed to sell and found strange beans in their stead. On her trip she keeps sharing her kindness with others as she travels with no real plans, u
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Piper Gee
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I love faerie tales, always have. New and old alike. However, I am very particular about retellings of classics. Sometimes, they don't change enough to make it worth the time to read it if you have read the original. Other times, so much is wildly different that it isn't even retelling anymore, but a whole new thing. Starla Hucthon's two flipped fairytales are the perfect mix for me! You can find the references and throwbacks to the original tales, whilst still enjoying something new. I loved it ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

If you haven't read anything by Starla Huchton, you are really missing out on a great author. Whether superhero romance or a fairy tale retelling, her stories pull me in like few can. The Stillness of the Sky is no exception-- in fact I think this may be my favorite of her novels.

In this flipped fairy tale, Jack was a sixteen-year-old girl, and a wonderful role-model for anyone. She led a hard, traumatic life, yet had nothing b
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Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book to read and review honestly for the purposes of this book tour. No other compensation was offered nor would have been accepted.

Oh, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...No, really. Starla Huchton has hit another one out of the ballpark. From the Evolution series to Shadows on Snow, I am a Huchton fan, totally confirmed. I have to read The Endure Series, of which I know that I at least have Maven waiting for me on the Kindle. And honestly, I don
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Doris
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

I first read The Evolution Series by Starla Huchton and from that moment on I promised myself to be an Internet stalker... I mean super-fan- of ALL of her work!
I was honored to read The Stillness of the Sky, which is her second flipped fairy tale, and I will continue to stalk...uh... read her work.
All funniness aside, this is a true work of art.
The Stillness of the Sky is about a girl named Jack, and she has endured loads of tra
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Heather
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** 5/5 Stars! ***
This is my second book to review by this author. I LOVE her writing style and stories. They are fairy tale sweet but lifelike in their realism and presentation. In this novel, she mixes up traditional fairy tales and delivers them on a lovely platter of lyrical fantasy.
Jack, Jacqueline, is our main hero. This chick is sweet, vulnerable, and kind. She also has an uber power hidden within herself that is unleashed once she sets out on an adventure to escape her abusive home life.
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Mike
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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“Gaping, I wondered, not for the first time, exactly how hard I’d hit my head to account for the unparalleled vision before me.”

The Stillness of the Sky has a wonderful style to it that just clicked for me much like the previous book in the Flipped Fairy Tales series Shadows on Snow. It’s got a depth of description that can’t help but paint the fantastic image of the world created here, while at the same time leaving enough to the imagination to set it flying.

The story was only the barest po
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Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
"Never discount the impact of the smallest kindness" for "Kindness given is kindness returned"

This book started off at a crawl but picked up its pace steadily and was a fun read in the end. It is all about the power of kindness and an unimaginable "change brought about because of a single act of kindness and a wish", albeit an incredible wish by an abused, naive, and stubbornly kind girl. The writing style was lyrical, had a fairytale like tone, a soothing resonance and all around beauty. The wo
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Kezz
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
When I finally got into this book it was really good. I struggled with the first several chapters.

This is a very original idea taking a welk know tale and putting a completely new spin. I loved the character of Jack, such a wonderful strong and kind character.

The story shows us all the importance of kindness in the world.

Thank you x
Mike
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quick thoughts: Another great twisting and blending of established stories by Huchton. Loses just a touch of momentum towards the end but still provides a suitable finale. Jack is a fantastic protagonist and Huchton's imagination and deft touch give her gender swapped fairy tales significant depth and appeal.

Phyllis
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Menkes, Linda Menkes
What a wonderful book! The writing drew me in from the beginning and the story was so much fun! I loved this re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk and every so much more. I will be reading more of this author's books
Delia
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful characters and story.
Jennifer Kaser
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So refreshing to read a book with a theme of kindness!
Lea Wiggins
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stillness of the Sky: A Flipped Fairy Tale Flipped Fairy Tales, Book 2
Author: Starla Huchton
Narrator: Starla Huchton
Listening Time: 8 Hrs. 56 Min.

Disclaimer: "This Audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost, in exchange for an unbiased honest review."

I always like to preface any reviews I give with this information.
I am a 68 year old female who has been an avid reader since I was around 10 or 11 years old.
I read primarily for pleasure.
I have a great many interests a
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Cmoore
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starla, you wrote and read a truly Wonderful book... you gave me goosebumps!!! Thank you!
  This is only the second tale in this Flipped Fairy Tales and I've gotta say that it's already one of my favorite series! The first book was more or less a retelling of Snow White, with the titular character as a Prince! But, this story is so much more than that! Really, this story is not just Jack (Jacqueline) climbing the bean stalk, it's a jumping off point to a bigger, greater story, offering up a new l
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Rebecah
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite read

I enjoyed the message about kindness but I just didn't enjoy the story as a whole. The main character was not one of my favorites and the love story was a bit too instant love for my tastes. I love a good slow burn. However, the author is a wonderful write and has create a unique fairy tale world so the book is worth reading if you want a story about kindness and do not mind a bit of instant love.
Amber Smith
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Yet another amazing book by this amazing author! I loved Jack! She was brave and strong. She was just a good character. I also loved her bird Rowe! This story was unique and wonderful. I couldn't put it down. I loved the singing. The narration was fabulous. I love fairytale retellings and this is a great one!
Ashley
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh... it was ok.. barely. The first book was really good so I had high Hope's for this one. But the characters were flat, boring, unrealistic, and unrelatable. No so bad I couldn't finish the book but not something I'd reread or recommend. To to it off, despite the main characters kindness... she's rather selfish. Very pot and kettle with what she was lecturing the eldest prince on. I hope the next one is more like the first.
Alix
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jack Tales Retold

This was a fun, if not a little too long, re-imagining of "Jack and the Beanstalk" along with other Jack and familiar fairy tale / nursery rhyme themes / settings / characters. Our heroine is plucky, good natured, and generally likeable.
Mel
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked Jack, but she almost seemed too good, which can get frustrating in a heroine. I would have liked to learn with her more about Bards.
Julie
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really fun, really unique fairytale retelling I thought I’d never see. It’s great!
A.F. Grappin
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second of Huchton's flipped fairy tales I've read, and at least the eighth book of hers I've read. I've yet to be disappointed with anything of hers I've read, which is saying a lot for her. That said, this is not my favorite of her works. Was this book bad? Not at all. Did it not live up to her other works? Again, the answer is no. This one, oddly enough, just didn't quite resonate with me like some of her other works did. I enjoyed it very much, but it seemed to wander a little too ...more
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A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. She is a three-time finalist for Parsec Awards for her podcast fiction work, and was the first place winner for Science Fiction & Fantasy in the Sandy competition in 2012. Her work spans science fiction, fantasy, New Adult Romance, Young Adult titles, Steampunk, Contemporary, and various other varieties of ...more

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