Release Date: May 14th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: MEH – DNF
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 sucker for fairy-tale retellings, I found TOWERING by Alex Flinn a major disappointment.
Rachel knows nothings of the outside world, living in a tower surrounded by trees, she’s hidden away from people. Each day her hair grows longer and she’s getting lonely, spending pretty much all of her life just staring at snow and the endless sea of trees. Her only entertainment is her books that she’s practically memorized. But then things take a turn, and her life is suddenly at stake.
I was excited for TOWERING. I couldn’t wait to get started and was dying to read it. The beginning was okay, and I was sure it would pick up and get better. I was wrong, it only got worse as I went deeper into the book.
I read half of the book and not being able to read anymore, I put it down. I had expected a lot from TOWERING, you know, since Alex Flinn’s BEASTLY was actually made into a movie, and because I absolutely love retellings. But this book was a terrible let down.
The plot was pretty interesting and hooking, but the writing? It was horrible. I usually finish a book, even if it’s bad, but TOWERING drove me to the brink of madness. This has to be my first DNF (did not finish) since I began reading, and guys, I’ve read a LOT. None of the characters have any life in them, and there was insta-love. Yes, yes, fairytales usually have insta-love but this? It sucked, big time.
The story is told from two points of view, with the addition of entries from Dani’s diary. Dani’s diary was pretty much the only good part of this story, but her part ended too soon. All in all, TOWERING was not in my league and hopefully the next fairytale retelling I read will be epic.