Review: Towering

Apr •  23 •  2013
Review: ToweringTowering by Alex Flinn
Series: Kendra Chronicles # 3
Published by HarperTeen on May 14th 2013
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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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!

 Since I’ve been following this series from the beginning, I had to read this. I really enjoyed watching Kendra meddle in other peoples lives.  Unfortunately, while the book is good, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

My first thought after finishing the book was, where’s Kendra? Its missing Kendra. As I read on in the chapters, I kept expecting to see Kendra step in, meddle, create chaos, or at least help the situation someway.  Instead, Kendra was no where to be found and that left me sad. I really enjoyed Kendra and her crazy antics. To see her missing was like the book is incomplete.

The plot itself went from a lost girl to a murder mystery. I find this part of the story interesting. I enjoyed being in all the characters shoes, watching them unravel pieces of information to unlock the towns missing people. The clues left behind, were woven nicely into the plot giving the reader just the amount of information they need to make the connections needed.

Of course there was a love interest in which I felt moved way too fast. Given the fact that they barely knew each other and of course the plot moving fast, I couldn’t really feel the love. Time was working against them, so I somewhat understand. Still, I need my romance nice and slow.

Overall, Towering is an okay book.  For me, this book didn’t really fit the Kendra’s mold.  At this point, I’m unsure if I want to continue the series. Bleak and a easy read, Towering is okay.

I give it 3 BITES!


Happy Reading!



  1. Jenny
    Apr 23, 2013

    I typically like a nice and slow relationship too Savy, the insta-love or the insta-pining just doesn’t work for me anymore. I was more forgiving of it a year or two ago when it wasn’t as common, but now I just have no patience for it so I’m bummed the relationship progresses so quickly. Still, I really enjoy Alex Flinn’s books, so I’ll likely still pick this one up at some point!

  2. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Apr 23, 2013

    It’s too bad that this one didn’t work as well as the others for you. I haven’t read the other ones, but I do have this one to read. Great review.

  3. Oh shoot. I have only read one of Alex’s books so perhaps I wouldn’t have been as disappointed, but I do like retellings. At least now I’ll know what to expect! 🙂

    • Savannah
      Apr 24, 2013

      My only problem was that it felt different. Like it was separate from the Kendra series.

  4. Mel@thedailyprophecy
    Apr 23, 2013

    Yeah, I was disappointed about the lack of Kendra and I don’t understand why this book is part of the series. It could easily be a stand-alone.. While the romance was too cliché for my taste, I loved the mystery 🙂

    • Savannah
      Apr 24, 2013

      Exactly, what I’m thinking. Kendra is supposed to be in it. At least I think. I even doubled checked good reads to make sure it was part of the series.