Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Towering by Alex Flinn

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Source: ebook provided by publisher via Edelsweiss for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

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 am always so excited when I see another fairy tale retelling, and Rapunzel is one of my favorite fairy tales so I had to read this one! It didn't really work for me as well as I was hoping, but keeping in mind it's supposed to be a fairy tale, I let some things slide. I thought that the general story was really interesting and I liked where the author went with it, but things such as insta-love and conveniences really put me off, as much as I tried not to let them.

I will start with Wyatt since I think of him as the main character really, though Rachel is too. He was sent to a town in the middle of nowhere to live with an old woman that his mother knows. He went through a lot back home, so getting away from it all seems like a great idea. Except he hears a voice that no one else can, and then he finds Rachel locked in a tower. Well, that is after she saves him from drowning. He is instantly in love of course and they can't stand to be away from each other. I do applaud his determination to do what he must to solve the mystery, which he does pretty quickly. He is also sweet and charming and says and does all the right things to make Rachel melt. (I wouldn't think it would be hard since he's the first boy she's met) He shows that he is brave and selfless, unlike that way he felt when he got there. I really did like him. He was a great character.

Rachel was naive, but it's not her fault since she's been isolated her entire life. She falls for Wyatt immediately, and she knows that he was sent to her for some purpose. She also knows that she is supposed to do something big. She has a great purpose in life, and with Wyatt's help she figures out what it is. I never felt a connection to her, but I think it's meant to be that way. She is so distant from real life and doesn't know common and basic things.

The romance was sweet, but it was still insta love and not very convincing. I know that there's this whole thing where they are supposed to be together and whatever, but seriously, after the second time they see each other they are telling each other they love the other. I believe that they feel strongly for one another, but love? Not so much. Putting that aside though, I really did enjoy their time together. Wyatt was really sweet to her, explaining things and telling her stories. I had to keep telling myself that it's a fairy tale, it's supposed to be a whirl wind romance and all that jazz.

Overall, I just wasn't feeling it. The plot itself was good, but I think that I could have done without a lot of the seemingly unnecessary scenes. I know a lot of the small things add up to things in the end, but so much of it felt drawn out and I almost wanted to skim over it to get to the real story. I thought that this would be a little darker than it was too, but nothing was really surprising or overly dark and dramatic. I think that I just went into this thinking about it all wrong, and would have enjoyed it more if I had not had any expectations at all.


20 comments:

  1. Ah such a bam that this one didn't go the way it could have been. Fairytale retellings are the best if they are done skillfully, looks like this one didn't :/

    I'm so far not sure if I'll pick it up as I really detest instant love and naive MCs. *sighs*

    Brilliant review, Amy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The storyline was good, but the characters just didn't do it for me. I get why Rachel was naive and easy to fall in love, but the other characters weren't believable.

      Delete
  2. Bleh too bad this one felt so insta-lovey to you. I know it's a fairytale, but still! The only ones I have read are Cinder and Scarlet and those to me were so darn good. I never did read Beastly or see the movie so I'm no familiar with Flinn's work, not sure they would be for me. Great review, sorry this one didn't work out as well as you had hoped!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have a few of her books, but this is the first I have read. I have seen Beastly and thought it was pretty bad lol!! I think that the writing was good, but there were just things about it that didn't work for me.

      Delete
  3. Awww, it's too bad that you weren't really feeling this one. I'm such a slut for fairy tale retellings, but I often regret it right afterward, you know? I need to be more particular. Mostly seems like I can do better than Flinn's retellings, but I suspect I'll fall for their pretty outsides at some point. Goodness, but I'm shallow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha!! This cover was so what lured me in. Well, that and the fact it's a fairy tale retelling of Rapunzel, which is one of my favorites! Sadly, it just wasn't quite what I expected.

      Delete
  4. I was a little disappointed because Kendra wasn't in it. Even though on Good Reads it says it part of the series, I'm starting to think that maybe its not.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't read any of the other books in this series, so at least I wasn't lost lol!! I just saw Rapunzel retelling and had to have it!

      Delete
  5. I'm not big on fairy tales, or re-tellings, but I did like Bewitching by Flinn. I know it's a fairy tale, and I didn't mind this as a kid, but I cannot handle people who declare their love after one day.
    Great review, Babe!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I was so looking forward to this one, especially after I saw that gorgeous cover. I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings but I don't think I've read a good review on this one yet. I guess this is another blah book with a gorgeous cover...

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yea, I was surprised there was more about Wyatt in this than of Rachel. Yea, this one didn't affect me as much as I was hoping. I know its a fairytale, but the instalove really didn't do it for me. I also thought she didn't mesh the magical & contemp aspects that well. Great review babe!

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

    ReplyDelete
  8. That's too bad that there was insta love, that tends to drive me nuts. I have seen only so-so reviews for this so far. I'm definitely intrigued though. I got a copy of it but loaned it to my SIL so whenever I get it back I'll give it a shot!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Sorry you didn't like this one more- but I do enjoy a good fairy tale retelling. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

    ReplyDelete
  10. Omg Rapunzel is also one of my favorite! Probably THE favorite actually I just adore her! And you're not the first who mentions that you have to suspend disbelief a lot on this one but it IS a fairy tale so I guess I could let that go, all except insta-love... because that's just UGH!! I only read other book by Alex and it was a 3 for me, too (Beastly) so I didn't expect this one to be mind-blowing. I still might try it because: Rapunzel!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Aww I'm sorry you didn't like this one as well as you'd hoped, especially since you love Rapunzel! I totally hate insta-love not only is it really unrealistic, but at least Wyatt was a likable character, even if Rachel was a little naive. But I SERIOUSLY love Rapunzel; Tangled is one of my favorite retellings of it!

    Fantastic review!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I've never been into the the Alex Flinn books. At one point I wanted to try Beastly but now it's attached to Alex Pettyfer's face because of the movie adaption. >.>

    Besides the insta-love (ugh) this sounds like a book I could enjoy. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Too bad this one didn't work for you. I loved it. It is very fairy tale and yeah it's for sure instant love. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Lovely review! It holds a lot of promise. I'll have to think about chancing this one. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I remember Val's review. I don't think I would pick this one up. Might be too much fantasy for me.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Bleh - insta-love SUCKS the big one! I'm sorry the characters and their love-affair didn't work out for you as much as you were hoping! The story does seem to have been a little bit better but (like you) I'm a big character reader so I may hold up on this one for awhile...Thanks for the fab review though ♥

    ReplyDelete

My blog is now an award free zone. I really appreciate the thought, but stopping by is reward enough for me. Thank you so much!!

I have been getting a ridiculous amount of spam comments so I have disabled anonymous comments. If you are an anonymous user and a real person, I apologize.

I love comments! I will try to respond to as many as I can. I read every one of them, even if I do not respond to them all.