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Towering

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[Towering: PB: 9780062024190; HC: 9780062024176; EPB: 9780062209214] New York Times #1 bestselling author Alex Flinn reimagined the fairy taleBeauty and the Beast in Beastly and gave a twist to the story ofSleeping Beauty in A Kiss in Time. Now with her gothic and darkly romantic YA novelTowering, Alex Flinn retells the tale of Rapunzel. When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape. She is encouraged by the speed with which her golden hair has been growing. It's gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she's begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 144.78 x 220.98 x 33.02mm | 294.83g
  • Harper Teen
  • United States
  • English
  • 0062024175
  • 9780062024176
  • 507,967

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New York Times #1 bestselling author Alex Flinn reimagined the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in Beastly and gave a twist to the story of Sleeping Beauty in A Kiss in Time. Now with her gothic and darkly romantic YA novel Towering, Alex Flinn retells the tale of Rapunzel. When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape. She is encouraged by the speed with which her golden hair has been growing. It's gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she's begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?show more

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(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.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Everything that I love about Alex Flinn's fairytale re-telling - the humor, the creativity, the twist and turns, the ability to flawlessly combine classic into modern, and her "oh-so-epic" endings - weren't present in this book. Okay, maybe some of it but barely. I didn't love this as much as I would like to. Rachel, like Rapunzel, has long blond hair, lives in a tower and has a beautiful voice. She lives in that tower for most of her life, held like a prisoner and treated like a pet. She spends most of her time reading books, singing songs, looking outside her tower and braiding her hair. On the other hand, there's Wyatt. From Long Island, he went to Slakkil, New York to stay with the mother of his mother's best friend. He went there to help out the old woman in the household works in order for him to gain enough money to send him to college. And then there's Danielle or Dani, the old woman's daughter, who disappeared 18 years ago. Some said she run away, some said she was killed. But regardless of what happened to her, she's somehow connected to Rachel, Wyatt and the mysterious disappearance of a lot of teenagers in Slakkil throughout the years. As the secrets unravel and the answers became clear, a certain prophecy will finally be fulfilled. Well as to the questions of who, what, where, when and how, you have to find it out for yourself. This book is a bit disorienting. It feels like it was Rapunzel's story but it wasn't. (Did that even make sense?) It has Rapunzel elements to it like a girl with the long blond hair, a tower, a woman who put her there and a boy who's supposed to rescue her but other than that there's nothing more. The story is far from Rapunzel. I know that this is a retelling and the story is supposed to be different from the original. But man, this story is so different it feels like it wasn't her story at all. To be honest, it wasn't a bad story. The characters were okay, the plot was well-paced and the mystery behind the story will keep you guessing of what will happen next. But I guess, the problem here is that this wasn't even close to the Rapunzel story that we all know and expected. And just like what I said in the beginning, I also didn't see or feel the things that I love about Alex Flinn's retellings in this book. But nonetheless, I will still be a fan of her, no matter what. To sum it up, it wasn't the best but it wasn't bad, either. I will still recommend this to fairytale lovers out there and to those who love happy ever after. :)show more
by erleen
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