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Jaclyn and the Beanstalk

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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
Paperback, 275 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Vesuvian Books
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Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***3.5/5 Stars***

Jaclyn and The Beanstalk was a magical tale filled with adventure, love and family. It was an entertaining take on Jack and the Beanstalk and I loved how creative this story was at times. While it held some of the same elements as the original tale, it was interesting watching how it veered off onto its own path. When I reached that last page, three shining things stood out to me, and they were:
How in the world can a tiny little bean help me?

✮ The creativ
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love anything Mary Ting writes, and Jaclyn and the Beanstalk was no exception. The twist she put on Jack and the Beanstalk was phenomenal. There was so much adventure in this book, so many twists and turns, I loved it all, even if she did make me cry LOL Jacklyn and the Beanstalk will take you on a journey like no other. Jaclyn not only is a strong female character from the beginning but I feel like she grows into so much more and we get to experience that with her. Demons, monsters, oh my, yo ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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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
Gloria Bustillos
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's always awesome reading one of Mary Ting's books. New twists on a fairytale of forgiveness and unconditional love. Jacklyn and the Beanstalk is a mysterious yet suspenseful story that leaves you captivated. ...more
Lisa Mandina
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you've been reading my blog for very long, you'll know that I always look for these fairy tale retelling type of stories. And this was a very unique one! At first I was wondering just when we'd get into any of the things that were familiar about the Jack and the Beanstalk story, but it wasn't long before we got to the magic beans. Even if they were introduced in a different manner, my brain was still like, "Ah-ha! There they are!" But this story had so much more detail and back story than the ...more
Jeannette dods
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is captivating! From start to finish I was pulled in by the mystery that is Jaclyn. I love how this book contained action, suspense, mystery and love. To be more specific, two types of love. One type we see in mostly all books, but the second is an unconditional love. The unconditional love is intensely touching and I'm unable to describe it without spoilers. A wonderful read. ...more
Jessica Robbins
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Not your traditional Jack and the Beanstalk story. This one is even better as we follow Jaclyn a 16 yr old girl raised pretty much in the middle of no where. She gets curious when monsters start coming around as well as some other strange things. The bartenders of the original exist but the twists are so unexpected that it really keeps you guessing. In conjunction with the best world building we get a st
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk is a truly fantastic and utterly enchanting story that completely transforms a much loved fairytale into the stuff of legends! I was completely blown away by the magnitude of literary talent and the depth of heart with these pages. This story is nothing to be taken lightly. It is something very precious meant to be savored and treasured at every turn. What you have in your hands is a rare piece of heaven wrapped in more heart and soul then you can imagine while tied wit ...more
Lenni Jones
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-and-special
This book was definitely an interesting twist on the original tale. It’s Jack and the Beanstalk, but with a strong and courageous female lead. I guess you could also say it’s Christian fiction considering all that happened in the book. I can’t really go into that without spoiling things, though.

Anyway, I thought this book was a little weird, but also very cute. I definitely enjoyed all the flirting between Jack and Jaclyn. In the end, I give it three stars and I would recommend it to fans of Mel
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)

“This is my destiny. This is my story. I knew this to be my fate in every vein, bone, muscle, and in my soul.”

Check out today's interview with JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK author Mary Ting!

The fairy tale lover in me always leaps for joy when a new retelling hits the market. When it's gender-bent as well with a strong female heroine? Sign me up immediately. Fans of Melanie Dickerson will love JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK by Mary Ting. It's a stand-alone, but leaves room for poten
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting is set in the 16th century, giving a new twist on the old fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jaclyn, along with her mother and father have a quaint life in the country, until one day Jaclyn eavesdrops on a private meeting held by her father and other villagers in the dark of the night. As a backdrop, Jaclyn has been hearing haunted voices whom she thinks are demons trying to get to her soul. These nightmares become a large fear that she fights inwardly. Fa ...more
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
So many stars

I received this book for my honest review.

This book does not release until September.

Have you ever wanted to just reach inside a book and become that character? If you haven't when you start this book by the epic Author Mary Ting you so will want too. Not only does this author entice you into the pages of this amazement of a joyful, scary yet epic spun tale, she brings you into the story at first chapter.

If you have read this authors other books you will so enjoy the epitome of thi
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Get ready....This is not like the original story of Jack and the Beanstalk.....It's much better!!!

The characters were amazing. I loved reading about Jaclyn and the darkness that surrounded her. She was a powerful character that kept me wanting to read more and hope she would get a happily ever after.

The story-line was phenomenal. It was mystifying, magical and suspenseful all rolled into one. I felt a real connection with this story. The storytelling of this story made it feel so real and so bel
Katie Harder-schauer
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 a
Gracie Bustillos
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love anything Mary Ting writes, and Jaclyn and the Beanstalk is no exception.  There was so much adventure in this book, so many twists and turns. Jaclyn and the Beanstalk will take you on a journey that makes you feel like you are in the story.
You won't be disappointed she brings you into the story at the very beginning.
Mary has done it again. This book is a page turner. I couldn’t put it down. 
Casia Courtier
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. Everything that follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk is a YA retelling of the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. I requested to be a part of this blog tour and to review the book because of the gender role switch as well as being a retelling. There aren't many Jack and the Beanstalk retellings out there, guys. It was new and refreshing and I was intrigued.

That said, the f
Alexandra Mack
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Jaclyn loves both of her parents, but she won't tell them that she has dreams about monsters. These dreams attack her, cause her to see things that she never wanted to see and cause her immense pain. She doesn't know why she has these dreams though and just asks her father to teach her how to fight in case something happens. Then, her father and his friends are taken by the monsters, and it is up to Jaclyn to save them.

Even though Jaclyn was sixteen years old, this book could still relate to you
Sep 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
One of my favorite genres is reimagined stories. I love when someone takes hold of a classic fairy tale, and puts a spin on it, such as telling Cinderella's story from the perspective of the stepsisters; or learning that the Wicked Witch wasn't actually wicked, but misunderstood. As a feminist, I was particularly intrigued by the idea of a female-centric retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk. I had strong hopes for this story.

My hopes were dashed away, much as magic beans were dashed t
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk is beautifully done. The bones of that classic fairy tale are faintly evident throughout, but Ms. Ting made it more than a child, magic, and monsters.

In these pages she brought to life a girl who's strong-willed, strong-minded, and courageous. She loves passionately and deeply. Her loyalty is unbreakable. She finds the strength to do the impossible and discovers a bond deeper than friendship with a boy who's always been there for her but who she has neve
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, epic-fantasy, reviewed
Fans of fairy tale retellings like Snow White and the Huntsman will love Mary Ting's gender-bent Jaqlyn and the Beanstalk. Not only do we have a believable heroine in Jaqlyn, who prefers trousers to skirts and sword practice to needlework, thank you very much. But our heroine's loyalty to her family, especially her heroic father, lay the groundwork for one epic quest.

From the beginning, Jaqlyn is plagued by nightmares of demons. She attempts to lighten her dark thoughts by entertaining her famil
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting turned the tale of 'Jack and the Beanstalk’ on its head. Jaclyn lives with her mum and dad on their isolated farm. She knows how to wield a sword, thanks to her father. When he, and several companions, set out to take care of some monsters terrorising the region, they don't return. With her friend Jack, Jaclyn sets off to find and free her father.

Though it started off a bit in the slow side with setup, I really enjoyed once Jaclyn was off to free her father
Kelly Risser
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fairytale retellings and clean adventure stories
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk was my first book by Mary Ting, but it will not be my last! A very enjoyable adventure with excellent pacing and character development. When we meet Jaclyn, she is a very sweet and devoted daughter. While she seems content to live with her mother and father in an isolated area, we also see her longing for adventure. That opportunity comes when she overhears her father and some men talking about monsters they must battle. In a form of mild rebellion, Jaclyn follows the me ...more
Joann Buchanan
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun and adventure!

An old story with a new twist. I'm sure everyone knows about Jack and he beanstalk. It's an old time fable. Mary Ting wrote a modern fable with the main character as a young girl who wasn't supposed to know how to fight, wear pants or go on adventures. Her father saw the lively spirit in her and taught her everything she needed to make it through the world he knew about.
I loved the way the characters came to life. I also enjoyed the fact that no matter how hard the ad
Rebecca Veight
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jaclyn who lives a sheltered life on a farm in the 16th century, starts to dream of monsters when she turns 16. When the monsters turn out not only to be real but also take her father, she decides to go to the Black Mountain to save him.

The twist on the known fairy tale is not only with the change in the protagonist's gender, but there are many original ideas making it a new story. The monsters' origin is quite unexpected.

Charming and grounded at the same time, straight to the point, Ting's wri
Arlene Mullen
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jaclyn is a 16 yr old girl. She has nightmare and does not know why. She is to afraid to tell her parents for fear they will think she is crazy. Then she ports a secret door in the barn full of weapons. After that things just keep getting stranger and stranger. What will she do?
I was not sure what I would think of this book. But I truly loved it. Jaclyn was not a typical 16year old. She has this amazing destiny that she is meant for. Even though she suffers so much, she still supernovae and forg
Ashley Dawn
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Mary's books and this one was awesome! It is a twist on Jack and the Beanstalk but it didn't go the way I expected. Jaclyn is a beloved daughter and she dotes on her parents. I love how they let her be herself and her father teacher her to take care of herself. The monsters were completely freaky!

Jaclyn is so strong and courageous. There were times I could have smacked Jack through the book but he was great too. The author did wonderful with her cast of characters and I loved the
Kim Owens
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are not enough good things that I can say about this book! I was thoroughly engrossed from cover to cover.
I mean... who doesn’t like a good tale of Jack and the Beanstalk? Change things up to include a strong-willed heroine, with more courage than you can imagine, hordes of monsters, and a sweet love story, and it doesn’t get much better!
Mary Ting’s rendition of this beloved tale is truly spectacular. I am a sucker for a strong female protagonist, and Jaclyn was no exception.
The charact ...more
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Fantasy novels never cease to amaze me in their creativity.  This book is a prime example of such creativeness.  Jaclyn and the Beanstalk is a different take on Jack and the Beanstalk.  In fact ... this book is set in a historical setting but doesn't read like a historical novel.  

Jaclyn is the only child of her parents but kept apart from the village which she doesn't seem to mind. As the story goes along, however, strange things begin to h
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jaclyn And The Beanstalk is my first read by Mary Ting. She is an exceptional author as she has taken a classic fairy tale (Jack and the Beanstalk) and completely made it her own. It is a unique re-telling. The world she has created as well as the well-rounded characters makes for a page-turning adventure with action, twists and turns, romance, monsters, a Bible story to name a few. Mary draws you into the story from the first page to the last and you become emotionally involved. This re-telling ...more
Katy Rose
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new take on Jack and the Beanstalk, honestly a much better take than the original version! I loved the grand adventure that Jaclyn and then Jack (whom we meet later) have.
Jaclyn is a great Female lead! She is funny, brave, and a fierce warrior with plenty of growing room! I thoroughly enjoyed how Jaclyn takes on whatever is thrown at her and develops through the book!
Jack is a great book boyfriend! He is funny, vibrant, strong, and very mature for his age. He compliments Jaclyn very
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