Towering by Alex Flinn: Book Review

toweringTitle: Towering

Author: Alex Flinn

Started Date:  July 7, 2013

Finished Date:  July 12, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars


Summary from Goodreads:

“t 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.”



Gorgeous cover. That’s it.
This is one of the beautiful covers I’ve ever seen, not only because of the long blonde hair and the elegant white gown, but the cover itself tells us so much, it makes us expect more. It promises us an amazing retelling of Rapuzel’s fairy tale. But the truth is, I’m a bit disappointed after reading this book. It wasn’t able to lived up to my expectations. I LOVE all books from Alex Flinn, especially Bewitching that’s why it made me sad that Towering is not as beautiful.

In spite of it, I can actually say that it’s a cute one and dreamy. It started good because of the mystery, the two alternating POVs of Rachel and Wyatt, plus the diary of Danielle. The first part is kinda slow which is somehow a good thing since it tells us the separate story of Rachel and Wyatt. As expected, Rachel lives in a tower and Wyatt arrives to this certain town. (I don’t remember the name of the town! LOL!) Their insta-love is unbelievable even though I’ve expected it. But falling in love the moment they met? That’s definitely impossible. Well, come to think of it, it can happen, since this is a fairy tale, right? LOL! But of course, I was hoping for a more developed romance. In that way, readers will also learn to fall in love with the characters and their love story. Anyway, the second half of the book answers all the mysteries and questions, which is one of the positive things about the book. But the events are really off for me, especially the <spoiler>crying part so that the water will be contaminated and Rhapsody will wither. That ends everything. Also when Rachel healed Wyatt in the end is very predictable. </spoiler> Those parts are disappointing for me, it felt like the author did not think of a better ending.

Anyway, I still like the book, I’m giving it 3.5 stars! 🙂




4 thoughts on “Towering by Alex Flinn: Book Review

  1. The cover is so beautiful! The whole insta love thing does sound annoying (but you’re right, it is a fairy tale 😉 ) and i’m glad the 2nd half of the book answered the mysteries/questions. 🙂 Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. But Rapunzel’s healing ability is often a part of the fairy tale. In many versions, the prince is shoved out of the window and blinded by the brambles at the bottom. After Rapunzel is cast aside for allowing the prince to impregnate her, she wanders the earth looking for him. When she finds him, she cries – I forget exactly why, but probably because he’s blind, and she spent her time hunting for someone who’s not going to be able to help her feed the kid. Two of her tears fall on his eyes, and his vision is healed! (Yay – now you can pay your child support.)

    So even if it the healing factor is a cop-out, it’s also an allusion to the fairy tale legacy.

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