Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The World Above Review

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Gen and her twin brother, Jack, were raised with their mother's tales of life in the World Above. Gen is skeptical, but adventureous 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...

This was a pretty good retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Although shorter than most of the books I read, it was extremely satisfying and enjoyable. I like that this story was told from Jack's sister's point of view and that she offers the "real" perspective of what happened. Gen is very practical and doesn't believe in magic but she soon discovers that there's more to the world than practicality. Jack was actually pretty likable in this story as well despite the fact that he wasn't as sensible as Gen. There was a fair bit of action in this novel and of course a lot of adventure that all came together to be an awesome read. I definitely recommend this novel if you love fairy-tale retellings. 


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