Ballad of the Beanstalk

Ballad of the Beanstalk As her fingers move across the strings of her family s heirloom harp sixteen year old Clarion can forget She doesn t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has

  • Title: Ballad of the Beanstalk
  • Author: Amy McNulty
  • ISBN: 9781927940853
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • As her fingers move across the strings of her family s heirloom harp, sixteen year old Clarion can forget She doesn t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life She doesn t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing tAs her fingers move across the strings of her family s heirloom harp, sixteen year old Clarion can forget She doesn t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life She doesn t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected She doesn t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn t want to be her sweetheart any She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.When Mack, a lord s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time Drawn to Clarion s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen When even the town witch won t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn t need protecting But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

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  • Amy McNulty

    Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor with an honors degree in English She was first published in a national scholarly journal The Concord Review while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.


  • Don’t you just love getting “the rest of the story” regarding those fairy tales we grew up with? Did you ever make up your own fairy tale to go with one, say like Jack and the Beanstalk? Amy McNulty did just that with her tale of THE BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK as she reveals her version of the real story behind the magical singing harp.Perhaps we weren’t ready for this until we were grown up, because it is NOT a fluffy version of magic and happy endings, but it does make one want to re-read [...]

  • Ballad of the Beanstalk by Amy McNulty and narrated by Kaitlin Descutner is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is the back story of the harp and the story of the bean stalk characters. The story was very hard to get into. It was slow, too many character introductions, the plot was going nowhere It did get a bit better later but the characters still were shallow and the plot just okay. The saving grace was the narrator who performed wonderfully with what she had. I woul [...]

  • What an awesome take on the Jack and the Beanstalk world. This book was very engaging, and McNulty's prose was fluid.

  • 4 Stars.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 [...]

  • I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I really do love retellings but only when they are done right and since I have previously read all other books by this author I had expected this one to be just as good as well. Well, it did not disappoint. With Ballad of the beanstalk, the author brings to us the prequel of Jack and the beanstalk explaining the mystery of the magical singing harp and what happens in the land above the clouds. Clarion has lost her father and her [...]

  • I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alex Lidell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.I had hoped to love this one, as I enjoy a good retelling. Sadly this one didn't work for me. There wasn't one point that I disliked, but I was just left unsatisfied as I listened to this one. The writing style didn't work for me, the characters came off as helpless and whiney, and the plot di [...]

  • This was a whole new way to look at ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ regarding the giant’s magical singing golden harp. This was a true trip in to fantasy and the beginning to the harp (Clairon). Clarion and Elena were both friends and one boy came to town and made things more complicated. This begins the journey for Clarion up the beanstalk and the prequel to Jack and the Beanstalk. Narrator Review of . . . BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK . . . Kaitlin did a good job. She allowed me to become more engage [...]

  • A lovely retelling that should be read by all. A unique tale on what happened before Jack climbed the Beanstalk.The plot was great and fascinating. I don't believe there are nearly enough great Jack and the Beanstalk retellings out there. At least I haven't found them. Clarion is a good MC in that she wants what's best not just for herself but those around her as well. The death of her father doesn't make her get bitter and hard. Instead she grieves but still cares about others. When she goes fr [...]

  • See this review and more at lilbooklovers.wordpress!Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Overall Thoughts: I really liked the premise of the book. How did the Harp in Jack and the Beanstalk get there? It was a very interesting and unique “prequel” to Jack and the Beanstalk, and I finished it in two days. It was a quick read that keeps you hooked from the beginning! I stayed up one night just to finish the book, and I could [...]

  • This is another fairy tale retelling and I loved this very much. This was my first time to read an Amy McNulty story and I was so happy to have signed up for this book. Thanks again, Amy McNulty for the ARC. This is actually a prequel to Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the story behind the magical singing harp.This is one of the best retellings I have ever read. I was really dazzled and bewitched by the story. I want more. I hope there is a sequel. I usually give my ratings at the end of eac [...]

  • **I received this ARC from the author for an honest review and in no way did it impact my review of this book. **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 se [...]

  • ALERT SMALL SPOILERClarion struggles after the death of her father and her life with her mother is growing more difficult. When she learns her mother has sold the last two positions of her father, Clarion feels like there is nothing left for her in the world. Clarion's relationship with Elena, her sweetheart and best friend, becomes strained at the arrival of a new man in their town, Magnus. Though he is meant for Elena, he is drawn to Clarion and she is equally attracted to him. They find their [...]

  • Audio Book Review. Author Amy McNulty has created an imaginative rendering of the story before the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. She introduces a lot of characters quickly, and some are not as well fleshed-out as others, so as an audiobook, it is a little hard to keep-up initially. But soon enough, each role is clarified and McNulty gets snaps for coming up with the most novel love triangle (square?) I have seen. I found it interesting and refreshing that the characters being homosexual and b [...]

  • Before Jack, Mack and Clarion discovered the Beanstalk and the Hen Who Lay Golden Eggs I'm always on the hunt for intelligent, adult driven, psychological, and/or deeper (or darker) fairy tale or nursery rhymes retellings. This one gets two thumbs up. Rather, two hands and two legs to climb up. The first thirty minutes or so (I wasn't watching the time) could be overwhelming with the introduction of many of the Land characters. The 'giants' seemed to be more slowly coaxed onto the pages. The rel [...]

  • This fairy tale retelling tells the story of the magical golden harp in Jack and the Beanstalk. Clarion is the daughter of a pig farmer, one of a trio of friends, and a harpist that can capture listeners' hearts. After her father's death, her mother resorts to selling all of their possessions, including Clarion's beloved harp. While playing her harp for the last time at the Mayor's ball, Clarion and a visiting lord's son discover a giant beanstalk growing in a witch's garden and the adventure be [...]

  • 3.5- rounded up because it was just so much fun to read.I really liked this book. I found the beginning a little hard to follow, there were so many names and it took a bit for me to keep track of who was who, but when I did, I found it a fast, enjoyable read. I wish there had been a little more character development. Most of this book hinges on the lengths that Clarion is willing to go to to save those around her, but I constantly wondered why. Elena struck me as petty, a little mean spirited, a [...]

  • Wow. This book took a classic story and twisted it upside down the back again. I really enjoyed how different the two lands were, yet tied strongly together. Clarion is one determined girl, who is not afraid to get what she wants. She may not know who she wants to be with more, but she certainly will stop at nothing to make sure she has that choice. Kaitlyn Descutner is brilliant. She is easy to listen to and reads at a great pace to follow. It was easy to tell the characters apart and really en [...]

  • Just more great writing from Amy McNultyThere hasn't been a story that she's told that hasn't had me completely riveted. This, like all of her books, was another one that I didn't want to put down. Jack and the Beanstalk was never a favorite story, so I was reluctant to read this. In Amy's competent hands, she crafts another feudal world full of literary umami richly told with an unexpected journey to the well-known outcome. I'm pretty smitten with all of her work.

  • very interesting book; well written & engrossing. I thought both the characters & the plot were nicely developed. now I want to read the story of Jack and the beanstalk. .

  • Clarion is our quiet, determined hero of this story. She’s on the cusp of adulthood and this adventure will catapult her into life with several decisive actions. I really liked her character. She’s had a pretty stable if downward spiraling life up until recently. She and her mom are facing poverty. With her dad deceased, it’s up to her and her mom to make ends meet. I was right beside Clarion in her grief over her mom’s decision to sell the last of the pigs. However I do wonder why Clari [...]

  • This tale is an interesting retelling of the original and well known fairytale called “Jack and the Beanstalk”. If you saw a giant plant sprout from the earth and travel all the way into the clouds, how would you react? McNulty does a really great job with explaining the confusion, suspicion, and curiosity that passes among her characters after a giant beanstalk takes up precedence in a magical garden which coincidentally belongs to the town’s witch. This adventure has tons of creativity, [...]

  • I asked for this free audiobook from the author for an honest review. WellI didn't make it halfway through the story. While I felt there were too many characters introduced in such a short period, the narrator did nothing to help this. I hate leaving bad reviews, but I'm choosing 0 stars since I didn't finish it.I'm not much of a fan of stories that are told to you. This is the result of the writing style the author chooses. If you know what I mean, then yeah, if not, you'll figure if you contin [...]

  • When you hear beanstalk, you automatically jump to the story "Jack and the Beanstalk"well, this isn't that story. This is the story of the Harp, and even the Golden egged Hen, in a weird way. Clarion isn't your every day, average girl. Well, she is. But she's the daughter of Pig Farmer who died some months back, and her mother has taken to selling off everything she loves. Clarion herself comes from noble blood, though that seems like it does her no good anymore, as the Mayor's family has unseat [...]

  • The Ballad of the Beanstalk has an interesting premise, the back story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It was a little hard to get into initially, with too many characters to keep straight in the first chapter. As I kept reading, it became more intriguing, although there was much that was disturbing throughout. Clarion and Elena’s relationship is described as loving, but seems mostly shallow, with only a few exceptions. Even when they are trying to do what is best for the other, it is often the wro [...]

  • This novel was slow to start. There was too many characters, introduced too quickly who, in the end, didn't really contribute to the story. Additionally, there was superfluous scenes. Once we actually got to the beanstalk, the pacing did improve, and we had a clear problem for our protagonist to solve.There was these growing, compounding problems that which brought us into the beginning of a good climax Which then suddenly gets cuts short. The ending is unclear. Indeed, there was several moments [...]

  • Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the writer in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.This is a prequel to the classic Jack and the beanstalk tale and I really enjoyed it! A fair amount of it has the nice comforting feel of the old fairytale but McNulty adds new details and a new storyline that breathes life back into it. The ending was a surprise to me, but once I read it, I couldn't see it ending any other way.Th [...]

  • I had a lot of difficulty getting into this and gave up at 43%. I still highly recommend the author's other work, and may try giving this one a read another timelease date: 04.11.17received via Netgalley for review purposes

  • A fun and creative prologue to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We learn of the small town and its connection to the giant city. The magic that allows the two places to interact is discovered. The author does a great job of intertwining her story with the classic. We learn the history of the giant, his wife, the gold egg laying chicken and the harp as well as Jack himself. A quick, fun story.Full disclosure - I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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