I love fairy tale retellings, especially when they are not sugary sweet. I had never read a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk before, so I wasn't sure of what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised and devoured it as fast as I could at my son's nap/bedtime.
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.