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Release Date: May 14th 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fairy Tale Retelling
Find it: Amazon | Goodreads
I have a lot of mixed feelings about Towering. Alex Flinn has written several brilliant modern fairy tale retellings, and so when Towering is compared to those (which is something that can’t be helped) it falls flat. A modern Rapunzel tale has so much potential, and unfortunately this just couldn’t deliver.
My biggest problem with the entire book was the remarkably dull characters. They were all pretty two-dimensional. I felt like they were cardboard cut-outs that have had fragments of personality quirks pinned onto them. I wanted to feel for the characters and their plights, but there was no character there! They were also just so slow. There are a handful of mysteries that need solving in the book, and I had them all solved within the first few chapters. It took all the characters the entirety of the book before they even started putting the pieces together. If the answer is staring you in the face and you can’t figure it out, then don’t be surprised if I don’t understand you.
Of course there has to be romance in any Rapunzel story, but the nature of this particular romance was fairly close to the original tale, and that isn’t a good thing in this case. It was just completely dripping in insta-love. Talk of how they were meant for each other and couldn’t live without each other began after only their first meeting. Really? You can feel a special connection and attraction, but don’t go around labeling it love and making rash, dangerous decisions based on something you don’t even know is real yet.
Despite all that, I did genuinely enjoy the book. It was well-paced and the integration of Rapunzel’s original elements was wonderfully done. Flinn obviously has experience in writing an enjoyable story, and despite its flaws it is a memorable and entertaining story.