Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Towering by Alex Flinn Review

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Conference
Stand Alone
At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.
Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.
Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next

I love this author! I've never read a Rapunzel story. This surprised me. It was very well done and I really enjoyed it. 

This tells the story of Rachel and Wyatt. After a tragic accident Wyatt has been shipped to the middle of nowhere. He's living with the oldest lady in town and hearing voices in his head. Rachel is locked in a tower but is unsure why. 

I loved Wyatt. He has such a good personality. I loved how determined he was. I loved Rachel too. I loved her unique personality. She was very proper. I loved her adventurous side. I enjoyed Rachel and Wyatt's relationship but it was very fast! 

I had some trouble getting into this story. Things took awhile to get going. It was pretty mysterious. I didn't see any of the twists coming. It wasn't incredibly fast paced but there was lots of suspense. There was a fair share of action. I think this did Rapunzel justice. It stuck to the story while still being original. If your a fan of fairytales, this one is for you!



  1. I've had a copy of this, but I haven't read it because most reviews are up and down about it. Nice to see that you enjoyed it for the most part. I might have to give it a try now.

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  2. Fun review, Jasmine! I enjoyed Beastly so I think I'll give this one a try. Plus, I get a kick out of reading fairy tale retellings. :)