ToweringTitle : Towering
Author : Alex Flinn
Rating : 4 Stars!

Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 2013 by Harper Collins USA
ISBN : 0062276328 (ISBN13: 9780062276322)
Source copy : Borrowed from Kate @ The Bookaholic Blurbs
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!
Source : Goodreads
I told myself I didnt want to be around anyone, but that wasnt true.  I only didnt want to be around people who knew me.
 – Wyatt
I keep on waiting and waiting the moment Alex Flinn said she will write another fairy tale retelling. She’s one of the authors that I definitely loved when it comes on this theme. Some authors can uniquely create another twist of plot beyond the fairy tale retellings but Alex Flinn totally captivates me the most. I started reading her book A Kiss in Time then I after I finished it, I know that I will definitely seek and stalk of her upcoming novels.
So now, I’ve got a chance, a time and a moment of silence in our house to read Towering! It was insanely good. Every chapter keeps on wanting me to read more and more about the three point of views of the characters. Which are Danielle, Wyatt and Rachel. It was a wild chase to read their point of views. As their thoughts lingered from nothingness that forms into reality. It feels that every threat upon their lives are slowly getting closer and closer in which I can’t stop reading at that point.
At some point I feel closer to Wyatt. The way his thoughts feels like exactly my thoughts. The urge to feel the heroism, to do what is right and to ameds the mistakes from the past. Its hypnotizing how he can think of ways that could cure his guiltness with his bestfriend Tyler. I felt the pain of loss and not taking actions from the start. It was excruciating. But as soon as she met Rachel, everything changed. It all felt like giant rock knocking his head off to wake up and move and waver all the sadness from his heart. I loved his courage and bravery to take responsibility of his actions.
I felt Rachel’ fear from the start. Being always reminded that someone might kill her if she’ll be outside the tower. The torment of being caged is another emotion that I felt while I was reading her point of view. The way she lingered freedom with every bit of her skin. Everyone knows how hard it feels to be imprisoned in your own dungeon. I felt that protecting someone may also cause pain, because at some point secrets keeps on coming up and it hurts in every single being of everyones lives.
Danielle, wow, she may be a mother and died at a young age but still, I felt she’s very alive upon the course of the story. I felt her emotions of being in love and to be surrounded with lies. But above it all she never left all of it to bury her, she did everything it takes to protect her daughter at all cost.
Towering is existensially full of emotions.  As I reached the end of it, I admire their bravery. The courage to climb up their way onto the top and seize the moment and cling on to the freedom that they’ve been wanting to.  This was a novel that will essentially make you feel more powerful and take full of chances to step up beyond the things that your heart call into.



  1. Yay! I'm glad this turned out great. I love retelling. It makes me feel young again. :D

    1. Yes! The retelling is really great! Brings a new twist on the fairy tale. :D