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Ballad of the Beanstalk Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01NAUNK0B
- Publisher : Snowy Wings Publishing (April 11, 2017)
- Publication date : April 11, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3426 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 252 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,958 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There were some completely original themes to this story, one being that the main character is struggling with identifying her sexuality. It was very tastefully and thoughtfully written, and I was glad to see a character that some teenagers or young adults may be able to relate to outside of the "normal" angst that has been done over and over.
This read as a prequel, setting you up for what you know as Jack and the Beanstalk. At the end, I found myself wishing Amy McNulty would write a sequel to this book. Even if it would come off more predictable, I would still love to hear her version. I very much enjoyed her writing and would read more of her works.
I loved the spin that Amy McNulty put on this classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk! Her writing is so amazing that you totally forget that this is technically a child's story turned into a adult's book. The main character of the story Clarion, is struggling with her sexuality. She thinks she has it all with her sweetheart and one of her best friends Elena. But when she happens to see a random boy one evening and gets butterfly's, she starts to second guess and wonder if it's really right to stay with her. Clarion knows that her and Elena's "understanding" is not acceptable in their times. I mean the setting is when woman wear bonnets and still need to be chaperoned with a boy. Clarion seems to struggle with a lot of things, her father passed recently, and she doesn't get along with her mother very well because she seems to want to sell everything off. Especially her father's most prized possession, his harp, that she plays and sings too. Clarion meets the boys who gives her butterfly's and from there on, her world is never the same. Witches,beanstalks, Giants and a giant king with a raging temper. Can Clarion figure out her heart? To find out all the adventures of Clarion with the beanstalk read this spin that Amy McNulty put it!
If you like fairy tales retellings, fantasy, adventure and don't mind instalove, you totally should pick up Ballad of the Beanstalk!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
I have to say, I'm not sure what it is that I expected from Ballad of the Beanstalk, but not only did it deliver, but it completely delighted me with every page! This book was a brilliant prequel story for a well-know and well-beloved fairytale, and I loved reading it! If you're looking for a unique, inventive and imaginative prequel tale for Jack and the Beanstalk, than this is the book for you.
What I loved most about Ballad of the Beanstalk was the characters - Clarion was absolutely delightful, and her voice was honest, raw and extremely engaging. The world was then populated with interesting and fascinating characters - Elena, Mack, Jacosa - all fantastic! The harshness of the world, and occasionally the characters themselves, reflected a truthful perspective of the dark places people can go when the supernatural starts all around them. There was selfishness, dishonesty, confusion and it all fed into why characters made the choice they did and for me, it never felt shallow or unnecessary. I understood why characters made the choices they did, and it was wonderful to read.
The world was really fascinating and well explained! Particularly when we reach the cloud-land of the giants, it was fascinating!!
The plot was well paced, interesting and something was always unfolding, either actively or emotionally. I found it easy to drop back into this world and loved it so much (I've been saying that a lot, haha). The end was, or course, bittersweet, and I'm not a huge fan of those endings (what can I say, I love HEA), but for Ballad of the Beanstalk, whilst it made me feel a little sad for the characters overall, I understood, and even felt satisfied with how everything turned out.
I'm not sure what else I can say now. I really can't recommend this book enough for a reader searching for a fairytale retelling that is a little different from the mainstream approach being taken at the moment.