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.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

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! 🙂

 

xoxo,

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: A book review

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Started Date: October 15, 2012

Finished Date: October 24, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

 “Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

I FREAKING LOVE IT! A UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL RETELLING OF CINDERELLA!

I admit, it took me a long time to finally read it, because I don’t want it to end. It’s too short!!! I was expecting a cliffhanger but I didn’t know that it’s the kind that left me screaming for the second book. Wahhhhhhhhh, PRINCE KAI, you’re so perfect for me! LOL!

Before reading the book, I was expecting a dystopian Cinderella world, but I actually didn’t see it. I’m sure that this should be under sci-fi young adult fiction. The idea of Lunars, moon, and Princess Selene really reminded me of one of my favorite childhood cartoon/anime, Sailor Moon. When I finished it and read the acknowledgment part, I learned that the author actually incorporated Sailor Moon in it. Imagine a Cinderella retelling with a Sailor Moon twist, I’m so in love with this book!!!

I love all the characters! Cinder is awesome, she’s brave, strong, and a loving sister. I like the fact that she knows how to defend herself from her evil stepmother and stepsister and also the evil queen. She’s not even annoying! And I love heroines who are not annoying!! I’m serious! Of course, I love the prince, oh Prince Kai, you’re such a gentleman! I wish I can be a princess too! LOL! I can imagine him as Tuxedo Mask, you know what I mean. *wink*

Anyway, I’m so freaking now, I need the second, third, fourth book NOW!! As in NOW!!! *shouting and hoping that the author can hear me*

😉

 

 

xoxo,

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