Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The World Above

Title: The World Above

Series: Once Upon a Time

Year: 2010

Author: Cameron Dokey

Summary: Gen and her twin brother, Jack, were raised with their mother's tales of life in the World Above. Gen is skeptical, but adventurous Jack believes the stories--and trades the family cow for magical beans. Their mother rejoices, knowing they can finally return to their royal home.
When Jack plants the beans and climbs the enchanted stalk, he is captured by the tyrant who now rules the land. Gen sets off to rescue her brother, but danger awaits her in the World Above. For finding Jack may mean losing her heart.... (from Goodreads)
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Review: I enjoyed reading this. The way the author interwove Jack and the Beanstalk with Robin Hood was clever. The characters were believable, and each new page kept you wanting to read more. Gen was a wonderful narrator, and I enjoyed seeing things from her point of view. Of course, Jack and the Beanstalk has long been one of my favorite fairy tales, yet it has faded greatly in the popularity of other fairy tales such as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, so there really aren't that many JatB retellings out there. This one was a gem as far as retellings go. And I'm looking forward to reading more of the books in the Once Upon a Time series.

My only real disappointment would be in the length of the book. It's really short, and that made the plot feel really rushed. I didn't get to know the characters as much as I would have liked, and I felt a little gypped. The ending, too, was a letdown, as far as the final villain conflict was concerned. But for those who prefer a light and enjoyable fairy tale, then this is the book for you; my curse is that I care too much for lengthy novels. *winks* So... all in all, a good, fast read.

Advisory: There was some light romance between two characters leading to a kiss. A bit of fantasy fighting as well, but nothing descriptive.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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