Towering – Alex Flinn

13 Apr

By: Alex Flinn
Kendra Chronicles – Book 3
Available May 2013

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!

This Blonde’s Review:
I’ve read the other books in this series so was familiar with the way Alex Flinn writes these story retellings. For some reason I really wasn’t feeling this one.

She stays true to the fairy tale by having Rachel in a tower with hair that grows quickly. Strangely her hair grows even faster when it’s ‘needed’ then goes back to her usual. Wyatt isn’t your typical prince charming since he’s a guy with baggage. He lost his best friend and still struggles with it. Before he was sent to the Adirondacks he had withdrawn from everyone and so never really expects anyone to attempt to contact him, yet he can’t help but check his phone in the technologically obsessed way of today.

There are so many things that didn’t quite make sense to me. I really would have liked more answers on some issues. There is magic and we are supposed to accept it all without question, but I’m surprised that Wyatt accepts it as easily as he does. I don’t really accept it and would have loved to know where everything came from. Like the unusual plant and how Rachel’s hair knew when to grow faster and when to stop.

It wasn’t a terrible book, it was still interesting to see Alex Flinn’s take on Rapunzel. But it really wasn’t what I was hoping it would be. If it sounds appealing to you then you should definitely give it a chance. It wasn’t for me but you may enjoy it.


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