“wow, a different way to tell the story of Rapunzel. At first, i wasn't sure about the twist to the story but after chapter 3, I really go into it. I just wanted to know more. My take to the story was it was a mystery/Fairytale.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Unfortunately, this was not one of my favourite fairytale re-tellings. It started well, with a dark, gothic feel and references to "Wuthering Heights" but by the end the plot was just ridiculous. Drugs in a fairytale?? The characters were okay, although fairly one dimensional. Rachel was too...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Unfortunately, this was not one of my favourite fairytale re-tellings. It started well, with a dark, gothic feel and references to "Wuthering Heights" but by the end the plot was just ridiculous. Drugs in a fairytale?? The characters were okay, although fairly one dimensional. Rachel was too naive and Wyatt too perfect to be real, and their instant love was bordering on sickly. Overall, a disappointing read.”Heather wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“wow, a different way to tell the story of Rapunzel. At first, i wasn't sure about the twist to the story but after chapter 3, I really go into it. I just wanted to know more. My take to the story was it was a mystery/Fairytale.”~♥~Alex Renner(Daughter of Jeremy Renner)~Wes Stromberg is my boyfriend~I'm not okay,3000 miles away~♥~ wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This modern day fairy tale retelling of Rapunzel starts off like a gothic mystery, but it spins out of control by the end. If you enjoy fairy tale retellings, you might have some fun, but don't get your hopes up too high. Too many things didn't make sense, and the author didn't even try to explain half of them. ”Jennilyn P wrote this review Thursday, September 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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Characters: Wyatt, the true protagonist of the story (not Rapunzel), presented problems for me. On the one hand, he was a nice enough guy who didn't drink and helped out whenever he could. But he was just a little too guy for me, and there was something about him that prevented me to from becoming attached. Now, I am sure there are plenty of Readers out there who will get attached; I'm just not one of them, and I'm not entirely sure why. I just . . . didn't really care. Rachel - AKA Rapunzel, - on the other hand, I really liked. She was innocent and classy and curious, and also brave. She did what needed to be done when it needed to be done with very little hesitation.
The Romance: This is what didn't meld very well with me. Wyatt and Rachel's attachment to one another is very sudden. It is, in fact, one of the most sudden romances in written history. Maybe because I wasn't attached to Wyatt, the rapidity of the attachment bothered me more than it might have if I had liked him better. But I've been a fan of fast romances; they aren't realistic. And this one is no exception. Not to mention that Wyatt is the first male Rachel has ever met, so she doesn't know anyone beyond him.
Plot: When Wyatt comes to live with Mrs. Greenwood - the mother of Wyatt's mom's childhood friend, who mysteriously disappeared, - he doesn't expect anything exciting to happen. Mrs. Greenwood lives in the middle of nowhere, in a town where everyone knows each other and internet is a thing of myth. But when Wyatt arrives at Mrs. Greenwood's house, he's greeted by the ghost of Danielle Greenwood - Mrs. Greenwood's daughter, who went missing several years back and was never seen again. Wyatt isn't sure what he sees is real or a figment of his imagination, but the discovery of Danielle's diary makes him wonder just what happened to Danielle - and whether she could, in fact, still be alive. Okay, sounds relatively exciting, right? It, in fact, sounds like a mystery, right? Towering actually did take on a Gothic mystery feel that I wasn't expecting, but don't get too excited. While I enjoyed the overall concept - [Spoiler] a magical drugring selling a plant called rhapsody [End spoiler] - the story fell down in areas, mostly in pacing. As I have said earlier, Wyatt and Rachel's romantic attachment is way too quick. It's no exaggeration when I say that they are passionately kissing and saying, "I love you" after two minutes of meeting one another. Yes, they share this special telepathic link because Rachel is Danielle's daughter, and Wyatt is part of some prophecy that doesn't even get mentioned until the book is well past halfway done. I'm still not buying it. The only thing that keeps the first half of the book from dragging is the Gothic feel to it, as Wyatt reads Danielle's diary, is followed by a stranger, and keeps hearing a girl's singing when no one else can (hint, it's Rachel). But then a bunch of stuff is sprung on the Reader: an ancient prophecy, a special brush that holds a key Wyatt and Rachel will need, and Rachel's special healing powers that is strangely, and dangerously, similar to Disney's Tangled (only without the chameleon). There are some great ideas in the plot! But it's too rushed.
Believability: Not applicable.
Writing Style: First person, past tense. There are two narrators: Wyatt and Rachel. Wyatt is the principle narrator, and he's all right. I enjoyed Rachel's more; she had a better narration voice due to her havng only read classic literature all her life.
Content: 2 s-words.
Conclusion: Now that the prophecy is sprung on us Readers, it's also time to reveal this ages-old curse the whole town is under! And all of those people who mysteriously disappeared over the years? That has a magical explanation as well, and the villains . . . Well, it's just a tidy, and ultimately rather disappointing, end for everyone. I liked the concept of Towering, and it had great potential. But it was rushed and sprung too many things all at once at the very end. And I didn't care about Wyatt.
Recommended Audience: Girl-read, ages fifteen-and-up, good for fans of modern fairytale retellings.”
“Fantasy romance with accent on the romance. (Teen fluff romance.)”Renee B wrote this review Tuesday, August 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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I finally finished reading Towering no...it's not that good. I thought that Flinn created a nice retelling of a classic story that every kid heard before going to bed but i was wrong. This book is nothing like beastly...it's inferior to it.
Let's start with the characters:
To be honest although i am a die hard for romance novels i hate insta-love. I want the characters to make each other suffer a little before confessing to each other, i want to feel this agony, this craziness that makes me turn pages like crazy in order to finally read the part where they get together and i didn;t experience that in this book...not at all. When Wyatt met Rachel it was boring and predictable...it lacked the sparkle. The author wanted us to feel the same thing as Wyatt and Rachel but her attempt fell flat. And no it's not the fact that i have read so many books that i find nothing fascinating anymore, because with Easy by Tamara Webber i was shivering with every scene i read.
Their relationship seems superficial and the only part that gives you a slight glimpse of their actual connection comes for a couple pages and then fades away in the author's rush to finish the book.
It was pretty good for a fairy tale retelling...modernly. I didn;t see the twist coming and to be completely truthful with you i didn't even had the slightest suspicion of what would happen.That was great of her.
Now what put me completely off was the ending. Although Flinn made a great job with keeping you reading ,choosing carefully her words did a terrible mistake (unforgivable) with the ending.
I found the last few chapters of the book completely stupid. It dind;t make any sense and i felt like the author wanted to get the book out of the way as fast as she could. It was rushed and not well written and i really wanted to give up on the last 20 pages. Why would you write a whole book and just change your attitude towards the end???? It was disappointing.
I don't know if i would like to spend my time reading this book on reading something else but i now know that i wont be reading any other books of Flinn unless something really good comes up. Although it kept me reading i would prefer it if it was a written a little more careful.”
“Bit disappointing. I thought it was gonna be better.”Lara Rosenthal wrote this review Tuesday, August 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wyatt is leaving Long Island to go live with Mrs. Greenwood, a woman who lives in his mother's hometown, in Upstate, New York, after a horrible thing has happened to his best friend. It is not something that Wyatt can talk about, and he definitely is not ready to deal with it. He settles into a quiet routine, being homeschooled via Internet and enjoying classic Star Trek episodes with Mrs. Greenwood, who has a crush on William Shatner.
Things quickly turn very interesting as he starts to hear the voice of a girl singing, and he is seemingly visited by the ghost of Mrs. Greenwood's long missing daughter Danielle. Mrs. Greenwood freaks out about the visit, but things quickly settled down by morning.
Wyatt slowly gets used to trouble with his phone service and the small town nature of the deep countryside in which he is living. He even starts to build a core group of kids that he tries to be friends with ... at least from time to time. On New Year's Eve, they decide to head out into the woods to celebrate, when Wyatt hears the singing.
The next day he goes back and starts to explore the area. The kids insist the sound is a loon, but he thinks it is really a girl. Unfortunately, he falls through the ice and is almost lost. Fortunately, he is saved by Rachel, a mysterious girl with long, flowing blond hair. Rachel has been locked in a 5-story tower nearby for some time. She climbed down the tower in order to save him, and the two quickly fall in love.
As they grow closer, they are also drawn deeper and deeper into dealing with their own mysteries: what has happened that landed Rachel living in the tower with only her elderly Mama to come and visit, and what is it that Wyatt needs to confront about what happened to his friend? As they get closer to the answers, they also find themselves getting closer and closer to a danger that will explain everything but could cost them their lives.
This is another fairy tale retelling by Alex Flinn. She has done a great job of blending in a bit of realism in a story that she must have confronted many times while working as a lawyer in the Florida Family Court system. It is touching and sad. The elements of Rapunzel are nicely woven in, but seem to be a bit difficult to accept some aspects of the story in the modern world in which we live.
If you can take a step back and just accept things as they are presented, you will find yourself enjoying a story filled with magic, kidnapping, death, romance, and mystery. I enjoyed it, though not as much as most of her other fairy tale retellings.”
“Another effective fracture by Alex Flinn. Towering mixes present day drug kidnapping and enslavement with a girl trapped in a tower (with magically growing hair, of course)- but it works! Flinn does not disappoint! ”Amy wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No