Waiting On Wednesday #16: Towering

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger’s most anticipated books.

This week, my pick is Towering by Alex Flinn

“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!”

Why I Can’t Wait:

I love fairy tale retellings and I’ve read all of Alex Flinn’s books! I will definitely read this book of her, a retelling of Rapunzel. Did you know that my most favorite movie is Tangled? Yes, I love that movie, I think I’ve watched it million times. So I will  not miss any book about Rapunzel! The cover is so gorgeous, I’m so jealous with her hair and dress! 😉

Expected Publication:

May 14th 2013

How about you?

What are the books that you’re waiting for?

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xoxo,

Jona

Cloaked by Alex Flinn: A book review

Title: Cloaked

Author: Alex Flinn

Started Date: March 24, 2012

Finished Date: March 24, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. 

It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission. 

There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades. 

Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED.”

 

I’m a certified Alex Finn fan, so I had to read this even though there are some not so good comments about it. What the heck, I just love this book! I read it in only for three hours, I enjoyed the adventures of reading it that I didn’t notice the time. There are seven fairy tales that were used in this book, The elves and the Shoemaker, The Frog Prince, The Six Swans, The Golden Bird, The Valiant Tailor, The Salad, and The Fisherman and his wife. The story is fun, full of magic and wonderful characters. Johnny is the main character, who works in their shoe repair shop and has a great passion for shoes, but unable to fulfill his dream because they are poor. Then came his once in a lifetime adventure when a princess asked for his help. I like him, his funny at most times, and a very responsible son. There are also many magical creatures who helped him in his journey, like the swans, a fox and a cute rat. Also, Meg, her bestfriend also came along. The romance is wonderful, imagine having a love story that involves magic, that’s quite a unique one. 😉 It also contains a lot of different life’s lessons. I realized that there are few books like this nowadays. Anyway, I highly recommend this book to those who love fairy tales and magic, and those who believe that dreams do come true!

 

My favorite quote from the book:

“And I’d hate not being with you. You are literally magical.” -Johnny

 

BEWITCHING by Alex Flinn: A book review

Title: Bewitching

Author: Alex Flinn

Started Date: February 4, 2012

Finished Date: February 8, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

WOW! I absolutely love this book! It totally deserves to go in my favorite shelf! This is the best book of Alex Flinn so far, but I also love her Beastly and A kiss in time.

I was really excited about it once I’ve learned from Flinn’s website that she will do a series about Kendra. And I saw this book already out on our local bookstores last week even though the expected publication date is on Feb 14. That’s why I’m a bit shocked when I saw it on our stores and I bought a copy immediately. I have no time for hesitations since I’ll just be thinking about it. 😉 I also learned that there’s a book giveaway and I can’t join because it is only available in US. So I’m a bit jealous to those who won a copy while I bought my own. But it’s all worth it!

Bewitching is mostly about Kendra’s adventures since her discovery from the plague in London. What’s the best part about the book is the combination of history, literature, and teen romance in it. I was introduced into different book classics which I know but haven’t read such as Candide, Vanity Fair and Shakespeare plays. And I love the history part such as the Plague in London, the sinking of Titanic and the story of Louis, Dauphin of France. I even googled everything about them,haha. I also like the spin-off of different fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Mermaid and Hansel and Gretel.

I had mixed emotions while reading it, I like the history of Kendra and her relationship with his brother. I like her personality, she’s strong and smart, she loves to help even though everything doesn’t go right and she got blame in the end. I got sad about what happened when she helped the children from a gingerbread house, the prince and the mermaid. They all turned out not well.

This is not just about Kendra, but also about a girl named Emma. She’s a typical teenager with a gorgeous evil stepsister, Lisette. But it’s not a typical Cinderella story, so you must read it to find out why. It’s a great read, sometimes I hate Lisette and sometimes I pity her. But Emma is such a kind girl and I totally believe that she doesn’t Warner. Good thing she didn’t end up with him but with Travis. (*spoiler alert*, LOL, I can’t help it!)Anyway, I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves fairy tales and happy endings. 😉