Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Towering by Alex Flinn

Blurb (from Goodreads):
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!

Towering by Alex Flinn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Towering(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Rachel knows very little of the world other than what she has read in books. For years she’s been imprisoned in a tower in the middle of some woods, with only ‘mama’ visiting occasionally for company.

Wyatt is travelling to stay with a friend of his mom’s called Mrs Greenwood. When he arrives he finds a diary in one of the rooms in the house, which seems to have belonged to Mrs Greenwood’s missing daughter Danielle.
One day whilst out with some friends Wyatt hears singing, and follows it to find a beautiful girl in a tower, with long golden hair.
Who is Rachel though? What happened to her real mother? Why does Wyatt sometimes hear her speaking in his head? And will Rachel ever leave her tower?

This was an okay retelling of Rapunzel, but nothing special.

This was an okay story overall, but I did feel bored whilst reading it. The characters were okay, the writing was okay, but it just felt a bit dull and boring for me.
The added elements to the story weren’t exciting, and although I did feel a little interested at one point, it faded quickly. I will say that I didn’t guess what had actually transpired to land poor Rachel in the tower, but this was more because it was a bit odd, rather than the storyline being opaque. It was one of those stories where you get to the end and find out that it was all because the main character loved pigeons, when nothing has been mentioned of pigeons all the way through, and pigeons aren’t all that exciting anyway. When the mystery was revealed in this one I just thought ‘Whatever.’.
I’ll admit that it must be difficult to write fairy-tale retellings in a new and interesting way, but this one fell flat for me. Fans of this author or fairy-tale retellings might enjoy this, but for me it was only okay.
Overall; an okay retelling of Rapunzel, but nothing exciting.
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I like retellings but only if they can blow me away.