Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Month of Rapunzel: Book Review: Towering by Alex Flinn (no spoilers)

Book: Towering
Author: Alex Flinn
Publication: May 2013
Source: Local Library
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary (From Goodreads):
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

My Thoughts:

I have seen a lot of low star ratings and negative reviews for Towering and honestly I can't see why. I see as a retelling how Alex Flinn add so many different aspects to the story of Rapunzel. This is not just another Rapunzel story. This is a story has mystery and suspense.

The mystery was my favorite part of the book. Wyatt goes to live with Mrs. Greenwood possibly the oldest woman in their small town. Mrs. Greenwood's daughter Danielle disappeared some 17 years ago. Wyatt isn't in the house long before he starts discovering secrets. I had a lot  of suspense waiting to find out what happened to Danielle and where the story of Rapunzel was going to come in.

Wyatt's character was my favorite since he was the main character of the book. I really liked that he was adventurous and willing to find out what was going on in this town. Rachel was our Rapunzel trapped in the towering. She dreamed of a life outside of it and I think she was naive enough to be believable.

As in most fairy tale retellings there was a lot of instant love in Towering. Sometimes it seemed a little far fetched. I think with a few more pages added to this novel Flinn could have developed the story a lot better.

I really loved all the twists and turns and how all the characters were connected in one way or another. Finding out the truth of the mystery at the end was my favorite part. This was a very light hearted Rapunzel story. I really do enjoy the darker elements of the fairy tales so that was a little disappointed, but didn't totally let the book down. I really enjoyed this character driven novel. I can't wait to read more books by Alex Flinn. This would be my second. I recommend you read this novel and make your own opinion. I didn't have high expectations for the novel besides the fact that I love Rapunzel and my expectations of Towering were exceeded.

Thanks for reading


  1. Great review! I received this one a while back, but couldn't make good progress. Now I wish I had!

    1. It was good, but probably won't be everybody's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it.

  2. Oh my gosh, I absolutely love how your blog is Frozen themed, plus the Tangled lanterns! LOVE those movies with a passion :)

    Anyway, it's great to see a positive review for this book! I love retellings and am pretty excited for this book. More so now because your review makes it great!

    1. Thank you. I think it is a great book and I highly recommend it. I have got so many comments on this review which just make my day between posting it over at A Backwards Story and on my blog.


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