Jaclyn and the Beanstalk

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk

by Mary Ting

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BN ID: 2940155655268
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: 09/03/2018
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 226,705
File size: 557 KB

About the Author

Mary is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privileged of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

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Jaclyn and the Beanstalk 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 4 months ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Jack and Jaclyn sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g! I’m sorry, I just had to throw that in this review. It has been on my mind since I realized that this book is a retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk. But in my opinion, Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting is better. It is more satisfying, with a great heroine and a good love story. I liked this book. I have a high school friend with a young granddaughter who loves to read adventure tales featuring young people and I can’t wait to tell her about this one. This is my first Mary Ting book, but I see she has written many novels. I’m going to read a few more as soon as I get the time. I like her style. Her voice is clear, clean, fresh, and young. Who would’ve thought that you could do so much with Jack and the Beanstalk? This would make an excellent Disney movie. What I liked most about Jaclyn and the Beanstalk is that Mary Ting managed to surprise me at every turn, even though I must have read this story a million times as a kid. The most impressive surprise was the creation of a girl protagonist who is so much better than the original Jack. Then she brings in the boy, Jack, as the love interest. Sheer genius and a great idea. The writing is great. The plot is good, and the various themes woven throughout the story make it a very compelling tale. Awesome job!
ReadersFavorite2 4 months ago
Reviewed by Eeva Lancaster for Readers' Favorite Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting is a heartwarming new take on an old fairy tale. Young Jaclyn hears what she thinks are monsters at night, and she has no idea if she's losing her mind or if they're just figments of her imagination. But one day, when monsters start causing terror in the villages, and her beloved father sets out to help, he doesn't return. Jaclyn's father has prepared her for situations like this. With only a sword and some magic beans given to her by a mysterious woman, she goes after her father in the hopes of saving him. Jaclyn is not aware of what the magic beans can do, but when one drops, a beanstalk springs up from the ground and takes her, and her friend, Jack, into a world of adventure. Mary Ting has done a wonderful job in the retelling of a classic fairy tale. The introduction was powerful and entertaining, and I was immediately drawn in by the setting and characters. A poor but loving family, with a young daughter who was taught how to fight with a sword, in a time when ladies were only meant to be married off to a suitable man. But somehow, the tone of the story changed and turned religious. The author connected it to Bible folklore and I'm left scratching my head and wondering why... Nevertheless, this may just be a personal preference. The book is wonderfully written, and is meant for young adults. What I loved most about Jaclyn and the Beanstalk is the relationship between Jaclyn and her parents. This book is gritty and heartwarming at the same time, with a bit of suspense and some mind-boggling twists to the story you won't see coming. A unique take on the original story.
ReadersFavorite1 4 months ago
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Mary Ting spins a new tale from a classic fairy tale in Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. “Everyone has a destiny, a story to tell.” Jaclyn is not your average sixteenth-century girl. She and her loving parents live alone, isolated from the townsfolk. Although beautiful, Jacyln is not very ladylike. Due to her father’s intense training, Jaclyn is skilled in the sword and other weapons. One day, Jaclyn discovers a stash of weapons hidden in the barn. She is somehow connected to these weapons; bizarre images appear after touching the tip of the lance. After this encounter, weird things begin to happen such as a mysterious lady with beans, secret meetings, talk of legends of treasure and night monsters. When Jaclyn's father and a small band of men are captured and taken to Black Mountain, Jaclyn realizes monsters are real. With faith and courage as her guides, she heads toward the mountain. Into the unknown, where evil creatures of the night reside, Jaclyn wills herself to be brave. She will save her father, no matter the cost. Jaclyn and the Beanstalk written by Mary Ting is an enchanting and adventuresome tale. Keenly descriptive and eloquently written with touches of sixteenth-century language, the story takes the reader into the world of monsters controlled by a diabolical villain, and into a land of mystery and magic beans. The story taps into the senses of the young adult reader. Written in the first-person narrative, the story is told from the heroine’s point of view. Jaclyn is strong, brave, and unusually gifted. Her sidekick, Jack, challenges her, annoys her, yet causes her character to arc and grow. Although the story is founded on the original tale, Ting includes imaginative and creative twists, heightening the adventure. I enjoyed and appreciated the blending of the classic fairy tale with the new, especially in the conclusion. This story is more than just good versus evil; it is about love conquering hatred. “Hatred does not win over evil – only love and forgiveness.” Jaclyn and the Beanstalk illustrates the power of forgiveness in an unforgettable way.
ReadersFavorite 4 months ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting is a twist on the classic fairy tale. Since turning sixteen, Jaclyn has been plagued by nightmares which come to life after she discovers a hidden sword and overhears her father at a secret meeting, speaking of the feared return of monsters. When her father and a few other men disappear, she takes off on her own to save them with only her sword and three magic beans to help her. As she journeys toward a dangerous beanstalk, she uncovers a shocking history, learns the truth about her nightmares, and joins forces with the handsome Jack. Mary Ting twists the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk into a fun and original adventure that gives the famed tale an origin story. Jaclyn is a strong-willed character who is constantly breaking the stereotype of women from the sixteenth century and proving herself to be this empowering heroine. Since childhood, she's trained with a sword and chosen to wear pants over dresses. She refuses to marry or to seek out suitors, instead choosing her own independence. Her strength and value make her the perfect role model and fantasy heroine. Her mother has moments where she's a little typical with a protective and doting nature, and she is subtly pushing her daughter to marry, but she's also self-assured and often breaks the stereotype by encouraging her daughter to be brave, as well as being the one who taught her husband how to use a sword. Ting weaves in a religious tone as faith takes precedence through a connection to Mary Magdalene and through the villain's desperation to seek revenge for being cursed by God. The villain is filled with hatred and is driven by a thirst for vengeance. His personality is cruel, but Ting provides moments where his tragic backstory sets him up for a possible redemption ... if he were to choose it. Jaclyn does have a little romance throughout as her relationship with Jack focuses on their banter and their charming butting of heads, which adds humor throughout the story. Ting explores themes of faith and forgiveness in Jaclyn and the Beanstalk, an adventure about loss and family, bravery and power.
Jenny1977 5 months ago
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 believable and I just couldn't put it down. I was so enchanted by the story, that I was able to leave the troubles of real life behind to delve into the life of this fiction story for a few hours. And when not reading, I would daydream about the story until I finished it Even the moral of the story was extremely heart and soul fulfilling. I was in awe at how this story of darkness brought on a new light within such a few pages. I will probably find myself going back from time to time to re-read and enjoy this magnificent story for years to come. I highly recommend this read.
babyssmile 5 months ago
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 this amazement and joy of Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. This brazen girl knows no boundaries as the ones set before her she hurdles them without fear or interference and when obstacles or monsters get in her wayward way she becomes a force to be reckon with but, how far will she take the skills she has learned, the heart she has and a commitment that most would fear? Come take a journey like this author has not written thus far and become entranced, invigorated and a lot scared in parts and enjoy a spin on a childhood favorite that goes beyond what we have heard, read and become entranced with. This story takes you leaps and bounds of yesterday and brings you in a book of "what ifs" so take Jacklyn's journey with her to become entranced in a new dimension of an old favorite. Happy Sexy Reading
Anonymous 5 months ago
Like this book! Different twist to the fairytale story! Quick read.
2GirlsandABook 6 months ago
I haven’t read a lot of Mary Ting’s work, but I was intrigued by the blurb for Jaclyn & the Beanstalk and had to check it out. This is NOT a Disney fairytale! Far from it! It is a much darker, twisted version. There is action, suspense, drama, death, and a budding romance. I was hooked from page one. The author took a unique approach to the story by weaving in religion, magic, and monsters. I was whisked away to another land. Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn may be the strongest female lead I have read to date. I was blown away by her strength and tenacity. I do have one small pet peeve with this story. I wish the author was more descriptive. While I was transported to another time, I felt that the author could have packed a bigger punch by painting a more complex and colorful world. As a reader it’s a personal preference of mine. For that reason, I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5.
Jazzie 6 months ago
A bloody gripping twist on a classic fairytale Note: This review contains NO spoilers O-M-G!!! I loved it! Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. What an incredibly gripping twist on a classic fairytale! And, not just a twist on a favorite children's story, there's also a religous twist! Whoa! This is a read that is NOT to be missed... Seriously!!! With well-developed, complex characters and world building, Mary Ting whisked me away to another time and place with every turn of the page! With her imaginative writing style, I can "watch" the story unfold in my mind's eye! I completely fell in for both Jacks as their romance also unfolded. I really enjoyed the subtle touch of this romance...it did not dominate the story, but yet, it was not too subtle that it got lost along the way. I also enjoyed the ironic twist that both characters' names are "Jack." Elements of suspense and horror is prominent throughout the story. Other elements such as the supernatural and drama, ties in well in this fairytale twist. I also enjoyed that ironic twist in which their story came around full circle... where it is not a cliffhanger ending, but yet, it leaves it open for a possible next generation (in other words, a sequel)! Not only that, this also plays like an "origin" story as well... You gotta read it to know what I mean...haha!! Jaclyn and the Beanstalk is a dark, gritty, intense, dramatic, and emotional read that fans of this genre will enjoy... It also has some irony that will make you say... "Hmmm..." LOL!
CharityRowell-Stansbury 6 months ago
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk is a captivating and unique interpretation of Jack and the Beanstalk and its origins! **** I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review. **** I loved Jaclyn and her family, they had depth and interest, and Jaclyn's history was intriguing. I have a soft spot for young, strong heroines; especially those who have families that support them. Ting also has a flair for adding religious undertones to the plot and making them relevant, without coming across as preachy. As a person who is more spiritual than religious, I appreciate this about her. Beyond the fact that it is a lesson in forgiveness, it is also a lesson in empowering our daughters, sisters, and nieces to discard society's gender norms and embrace who they are. It really is such a lovely, light read. I was riveted by the story from the first page and finished it in a few hours. I definitely recommend this to fairytale lovers as it is a wonderfully light read and a different take on a classic.
Shadowplay4u 6 months ago
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 with a beautiful bow of pure love and unwavering devotion. We have all heard the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It’s something that most of us can recite by heart because it is ingrained within us from childhood where we allowed our hearts to be light and wistful. Now, we may trip over a few words here and there since we have relinquished our hold on this wishful story. What if this story was once based on true events, but as it was passed down through the years from one generation to another, names and places had been changed? Is that something you would believe? Would you immediately begin researching the origins of this story, or would you pass it off as mere fancy without a second though? What might people think about your life and story years from now? Would you turn into mere myth and legend as the years tick by? There is an innate desire in all of us want to be remembered and to have our life mean something. Is there any harm in entertaining an outlandish idea especially when in your heart you can’t dispute it and yet it resonates within every part of your soul? Take your first step into this world with an open mind and an open heart because you never know what you will find and how it will touch you. The extraordinary characters that you meet throughout this journey will touch your heart in ways you can never imagine. They will show you what really matters in this life, and how to treasure those precious things. Your heart will expand and change into something you never thought possible. If words can change the world, then this book will shatter it and create a paradise so exquisite that you will never believe your own eyes. Mary Ting is true literary master who wields words like some wield swords or money. Her power is in the light and love that flows from her heart. What you behold is something too powerful and too life changing to grasp unless you open your heart and mind. Her revelations have to be embraced and accepted with no constraints or barriers. Can you even imagine what our world would look like if we lived our lives with that same approach?! Utterly magnificent, insanely brilliant and wildly passionate are how I describe each of the books that this incredible author has brought to life. Nothing she touches remains the same for she gently molds and unashamedly loves with each breath she takes and each word she fashions.
MTSmith 6 months ago
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 never dared reveal her true feelings to. They battle monsters and darkness to save the day. The romance between Jaclyn and her best friend Jack was lovely in that it wasn't the dominant point of this story. It's subtle and grows as they journey to save their loved ones, every now and then showing it's power without taking away from their circumstances. One aspect that did surprise me was the use of Christian messages in this story. Christianity and fairy tales don't usually go hand-in-hand, usually because fairy tales involve magic, a practice frowned upon in the Christian religion. And, yet, it didn't detract at all for me. The messages and the lessons learned seemed to go hand-in-hand, co-dependents to giving the story body and depth I feel it would have lacked otherwise. Ms. Ting is a new-to-me author. Her writing is engaging, and the characters of this re-telling are delightful twists to the fairy tale I grew up hearing. I hope the ending of this story isn't just a tease but an actual gateway to another tale to follow. It's one I hope to read if Ms. Ting feels so inclined to follow through. Regardless, I look forward to reading more by Ms. Ting. I'm sure there are more worlds she's created that are waiting for me, and others, to be discovered. Received from publisher for an honest review
Silverwood 7 months ago
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 family with made-up fairy tales. Never could she imagine the fairy tales are real, or her role in the coming challenges. Ting grounds her novel in the distant and fixed past, a time of deeply rooted religion and sinister superstitions. Life in her woodland home with only her mother and father for company is enough to satisfy Jaqlyn, who has no intentions to marry, only live a free and happy life. Until she stumbles upon a mysterious weapon hidden in the barn and begins to unravel her parents' pasts. Here is where Jaqlyn's journey truly begins. Before you start to wonder about the original Jack, of former beanstalk fame, never fear. Jack and Jaqlyn grew up together, but haven't seen each other since they were children. I loved how Ting brought familiar elements and characters like Jack and the beans and crafted something more exciting and fresh. Forget everything you think you know about giants and giant slayers. Prepare to enter a mythic past of epic proportions, led by a girl who is much more than she appears. Her heart and faith will see her through to the end, but a little skill with blade and lance can't hurt. ;)
StephPhillips 7 months ago
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 happen.  Since she was old enough to be able to hold a sword, her father, taught her how to wield one. Later this will come in handy. I enjoyed reading the authors take on how an army of giant, nasty, evil creatures were defeated by good.  Though there's always some type of sacrifice it seems like it was worth it to save many in the overall scheme of things.  I hope this review entices you to read this YA Fantasy novel.  It's a take all on it's own and definitely worth the read.