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Jaq's Harp [Kindle Edition]

Ella Drake
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 headquarters high above the city...even though she'll be brought face-to-face with Harper English, the man who left her to go deep undercover at Giant.

For Harp, Jaq had been a distraction the mercenary thought he couldn't afford. But once he sees her again, Harp knows he's made a mistake. Even though she vowed he won't have her again, it's clear they still have a powerful attraction. Harp's determined to get a second chance with Jaq—if they can escape Giant Corp and get back to solid ground in one piece...

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...anybody who loves re-tellings of fairy tales, futuristic romance, or just a nicely-paced kick-ass read will want to get a copy of Jaq's Harp. --Rex Robot Reviews

Drake does a tremendous job with her world-building. The bio-engineered beanstalk, the floating "islands," the hovercrafts, the dark, gritty, and desperate feel...make for a stunning vision of a world gone awry --Penelope's Romance Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (February 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1F7V2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaq and Beanstalk, oh my! February 21, 2011
By tmsmith
Format:Kindle Edition
4 ½ Stars! A stimulating futuristic twist on Jack and the Beanstalk! With a kick-ass heroine, and a fabulous title, you can't go wrong grabbing this one up! And I so love the cover :D

Jaq's main plight in this novella is to get the cure her younger sister needs to live. She must find a way to get to the floating islands, sneak into Giant's secure headquarters and steal the antidote. Oh, and then get out. Adding to the mix, a year ago her fiance went deep undercover in the same place, leaving Jaq behind brokenhearted. And he is still there, somewhere. Will she run into Harp while searching for the antidote?

Ella Drake kept this reader glued to the page with her well paced plot, with lots of action! I really liked both of the characters. I also felt Drake did a great job of world building and creating the romance within a shorter word count. Perhaps because the couple had a previous relationship, I found their current attraction quite believable. Highly recommended whether you like sci-fi or not. Jaq's Harp is an exceedingly entertaining novella with a conclusion much different than the original fairy tale. I hope that Ms. Drake revisits this world, as I would love to learn more about it! I will be watching for more stories by this creative author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but too short to really develop May 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The idea of a futuristic version of "Jack and the Beanstalk" really intrigued me, unfortunately the story was too short to really develop the characters for me to really understand and care about their problems.

In the futuristic city of New Castle, the agents of Mother Organization polices the corporations. Corporations and the wealthy live on floating islands in the sky. Agent Jacqueline "Jaq" Robinson sets out on her personal mission to destroy Giant Corp, the company responsible for her sister's illness. Using bio-engineered beans to get to the floating island, Jaq sets out to steal the vaccine even though she'll be forced to seek help from fellow agent Harper English--the man who left her to go deep undercover at Giant.

As much as I wanted to love this story for its uniqueness and its creativity, it just didn't work for me for two main reasons:

1. Too Short--I've come to love short stories and novellas and all, but unfortunately the author tried to cram too much into a short story so much of the story telling was left to telling instead of showing. A lot was left unsaid. I really couldn't connect with either Jaq or Harp or understand their emotions because there just wasn't much time to develop the characters. Several things were alluded to, which if explained, would have helped out enormously. The sexual tension just wasn't there for me so it felt awkward when Jaq and Harp did have their romantic moments.

2. Super Agents making stupid mistakes--we are supposed to understand that both Jaq and Harp are top notch super agents for Mother Organization, yet they both can't seem to get it together to get the job done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic short story March 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Jaq's sister is dying. And if she doesn't steal a cure for her, there is no hope. So Jaq sneaks her way onto the floating island that the Giant corporation calls home. There, she runs into her ex-fiance, Harp, who is on an undercover mission to take down the company and its corrupt owner. And of course, the heat between them ignites all over again.

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 & Harp escape with the antidote and evidence they need? And can they get over the issues that drove them apart to find their way back together? It's not too much of a leap to figure out what the answers will be, but it's a fun enough ride to get from Point A to Point B. It's just hard to care much for the characters when we have so little time to get invested in them. (And Ella Drake adds a fairy tale twist, with a brief nod to Jack & the Beanstalk by incorporating magic beans and a "Giant" into the novella... but it does little to add or detract from the story when all is said and done.) 3 1/2 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously fun! March 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a fabulous read! Jaq's Harp was short--but a lot of fun. Floating castles, secret operatives in deep cover, love rekindled...!

For Jaq and Harp, the stakes are high: mission, family, world--and love!--all balance on a knife's edge. Can Harp escape Giant Corp with the vital information he's gathered? Can Jaq nab the antidote that will save her sister's life?

Can both of them keep their hands off of each other...long enough to escape Giant Corp alive?

I especially enjoyed and appreciated how real the characters' emotions, thoughts, and reactions were. The story was packed not only with edge-of-the-seat external conflict--but internal conflict as well. I think Ella Drake handled the characters' challenges in an impressively realistic manner.

And yes, despite the characters' danger and the mixed feelings...their romance ended steamy and satisfying. :)
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More About the Author

As a child, Ella read books under the covers with a flashlight. There she found a special love of elves, dragons, and knights. But when she looked for those dragons in Pride and Prejudice, and didn't find them, she decided to write them. She enjoys creating worlds full of wolf-shifters, dragon-shifters, raven shifters (in a gothic romance, of course), space cowboys, elementally enhanced humans, space pirates, sexy demons, and anything else her geeky heart can imagine.

Author of Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance, Ella can be found at http://www.elladrake.com or on twitter @Lori_Ella

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