Book Review and Author Interview: Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk

Jaclyn and The Beanstalk

Written by Mary Ting

276 pages

Published by Vesuvian Books

Publication date: 4th September 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.



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A mash-up of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Lord of the Rings” … RECOMMENDED ―School Library Journal

“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.” ―Readers’ Favorite Review

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.” ―Readers’ Favorite Review

Mary Ting writes with an adventurous heart, a clever pen, introducing young readers to a classic that meets fantasy, shedding light on the family devotion and a love story that buds to completion by the end. This short novel comes as a highly recommended read for parents and young adults that prefer fantasy fiction with a Christian-based theme and a creative perspective. Mary Ting is one of those writers to notice and watch. ―Kingdom’s Review  


Jaclyn and the Beanstalk Teaser One
This book took me totally by surprise! As soon as I read the synopsis, I wanted to read it due to the fact that it is a fairytale retelling, which I love. I was also intrigued by the idea of having Jaclyn be the main character, rather than Jack, although he does turn up later as the love interest!
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The story begins with Jaclyn worrying about the fact that she cannot sleep due to hearing strange noises at night, which she believes to be demons. An overheard conversation leads her to suspect that there is more to the story than this and she decides to take matters into her own hands to get to the bottom of the problem.
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Unfortunately, things don’t go quite to plan and Jaclyn ends up crossing the country again and climbing the Black Mountain to face the ‘monsters’ and save her family.
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Intrigued yet?
If you enjoy fairytale re-imaginings, have ever imagined how the story might be different with a girl as a protagonist rather than a boy or are interested in a fun adventure, give this book a go!

About the Author

Mary Ting


Mary Ting 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 privilege 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.




Author Interview

What was the initial spark of an idea for this book?

I wanted to write a twisted fairytale with a gender and a biblical twist.

How much did this story change from the first draft to published story?

My first draft was horrible. I went back and polished it and re-polished it until I was happy with it. This was the hardest book to write because of the time period.

What is your favourite fairy tale and why?

I don’t have one. I love them all. But growing up, Snow White was my favorite.

What’s next for you?

ISAN Book 2 will be releasing in June 4, 2019. ISAN is in production with Arclight Films.

Quick-fire favourites:

Colour: Red

Food: Chinese Food

Drink: Hazelnut Latte from Starbucks

Book: Gone with The Wind

Movie: Lord of the Rings

(Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Mary!)


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