Towering

Towering High in my tower I sit I watch the birds fly below the clouds float above and the tall green forest stretch to places I might never see Mama who isn t my mother has kept me hidden away for many ye

High in my tower I sit I watch the birds fly below, the clouds float above, and the tall green forest stretch to places I might never see Mama, who isn t my mother, has kept me hidden away for many years My only companions, besides Mama, are my books great adventures, mysteries, and romances that I long to make my reality But I know that no one will come to save me myHigh in my tower I sit I watch the birds fly below, the clouds float above, and the tall green forest stretch to places I might never see Mama, who isn t my mother, has kept me hidden away for many years My only companions, besides Mama, are my books great adventures, mysteries, and romances that I long to make my reality But I know that no one will come to save me my life is not a fairy tale after all.Well, at least no one has come so far Recently, my hair has started to grow rapidly and it s now long enough to reach the bottom of the tower from my window I ve also had the strangest dreams of a beautiful green eyed man When Mama isn t around, I plan my escape, even if it s just for a little while There s something maybe someone waiting for me out there and it won t find me if I m trapped here Towering above it all.

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  1. NOTE If you would like to contact me, please visit my Facebook, Twitter, or website or e mail me alixwrites aol , but DO NOT MESSAGE ME THROUGH While I have a bio on as a service to my readers, I do not visit on a regular basis Like literally twice a year.Okay, bio.I was born on Long Island and grew up on a street called Salem Court This probably influenced my interest in witches It also means I can t use that as a password or security question and no, I won t tell you my first pet s name When I was five years old, my mom said that I should be an author I guess I must have nodded or something because, from that point on, every poem I ever wrote in school was submitted to Highlights or Cricket magazine I was collecting rejection slips at age seven I learned to read early But I compensated for this early proficiency by absolutely refusing to read the programmed readers required by the school system workbooks where you read the story, then answered the questions When the other kids were on Book 20, I was on Book 1 My teacher, Mrs Zeiser, told my mother, Alexandra marches to her own drummer I don t think that was supposed to be a good thing Nonetheless, I learned how to read, and my second grade teacher, Dr Gross, was much cooler He was the one who handed me a copy of Ellen Tebbits and said, I think you re ready for this I didn t know what that meant, but I was VERY EXCITED.My family moved to Miami when I was in middle school I had a really hard time making friends, so I spent a lot of time reading and writing then But unlike Christopher Paolini or Amelia Atwater Rhodes, I never finished writing a novel Note to teen writers It s okay not to finish your novel in high school That was also when I learned to be a keen observer By high school, I d made some friends and gotten involved in various gifted and talented performing arts programs I studied opera in college I m a coloratura the really loud, high pitched sopranos and then went to law school.It was law school that probably helped with my first novel Breathing Underwater deals with the serious and all too common problem of dating violence I based the book on my experiences interning with the State Attorney s Office and volunteering with battered women I thought this was a really important topic, as 27 percent of teenage girls surveyed have been hit by a boyfriend I m happy that the book is so popular, and if you are reading this bio because the book was assigned for school, I m happy about that too There is a companion to Breathing Underwater, in Caitlin s viewpoint It is called Diva.I started writing an early and laughable version of Breathing Underwater in college I was really bored on a car trip with my parents I later learned that my mom tossed it out when she was cleaning my drawers Thanks, Mom I didn t get back to it until I had my first daughter, Katie I m self taught I went to the library and took out books on writing Then, I read a lot of young adult novels by writers I admired I write my first drafts longhand, then I type them.I think I write for young adults because I never quite got over being one In my mind, I am still 13 years old, running laps on the athletic field, wearing this really baggy white gymsuit I m continually amazed at the idea that I have a checking account and a mortgage So I try to write books that gymsuit girl might enjoy It s a way of going back to being thirteen knowing what I know now.Right now, I live half a mile away from my old middle school, in Palmetto Bay, a suburb of Miami, with my husband, daughters, dogs, and cats.

615 Reply to “Towering”

  1. She is going to slay this fairy tale DDDI cannot freaking wait.EDIT Cover revealed Love Cannot Handle FREAK OUT OVERLOAD


  2. Ohhhhhhhhhh YEAH All hail Alex Flinn queen of modern fairytale retellings edit on June 2, 2013Ok, so I was wrong Alex Flinn is no longer the Queen of Modern Fairytale Retellings That spot is now vacant for Marissa Meyer or Melanie Dickerson to claim.First off, I was SUPER excited to read this, seeing as how Flinn did a fantabulous job with Beastly, A Kiss in Time, er, not so much with Cloaked , and Bewitching The Kendra Chronicles.Unfortunately, that was not the case Nope, no siree.But anyway, s [...]


  3. I blame the cover.Look at the beautiful freaking cover How could I resist it Besides, fairytale retellings are my kryptonite Unfortunately, I end up sifting through massive amounts of crap in order to find a good one Towering is a prime example of Crap.I have to admit that I had fair warning about this one, though.There are literally hundreds of scathing reviews on that beg other readers to stay away from this book.But did I listen No No, I did not.Why Well, I had just finished another retelling [...]


  4. I ve said it a billion times that I m a huge sucker for fairytale retellings in the YA world, and I ve always felt that YA needed of that genre Now Rapunzel is a particular one that I ve always wanted to see retold in YA fashion, yet I also know that this fairytale is a tough one to modernize Believe me, I ve attempted it But still, when I stumbled upon this on , I was excited I m not a huge fan of Alex Flinn, but I was mainly excited for the fact that there will finally be a YA retelling of R [...]


  5. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    FULL REVIEW I am not a REVIEW yet I am just some random thoughts don t like me, I am not fully formed P2.5 StarsYou guys don t listen too good do you I have always been drawn to the innocence in the classic Rapunzel fairy tale, it harkens back to the much debated sins of the fathers theology, and how the child of a woman with pregnancy cravings can become a prisoner to those sins A mother, heavy with child and likely cranky, has a craving for some leafy greens depending on the translation the ex [...]


  6. I hate to admit it, but clearly, COVER ISN T EVERYTHING.I am a big fan of Rapunzel She s my disney princess Even when Tangled wasn t out yet, I always always found Rapunzel to be magical, wondrous and very interesting When I first got a glimpse of this book, I HAD SKY HIGH HOPES Is it my problem that I set my dreams so high Oh well I guess we can t really have it all, eh This book has a damn great cover, I ll give you that Unfortunately, that s the best thing that I can say about it.The story of [...]


  7. To see review click here.Is it that hard to write a modern day Rapunzel retelling Yes and no I sort of have an idea for one, but I m not going to write in anytime soon because it currently has five thousand plot holes and probably would be too dark to be mainstream, but whatever Those who have actually attempted to write one have succeeded somewhat grant it, I only read two of these retellings and only one has actually sort of succeeded Towering is not that book.And yes, we re deviating from my [...]


  8. Towering by Alex Flinn is a retelling of the childhood classic Rapunzel with a few modern twists The result is a creepy gothic tale complete with ghosts and mysteries Towering is set in upstate New York in the Adirondacks The region s natural beauty combined with its isolation from civilization creates a spooky atmosphere Our heroine Rachel has been living in a tower for almost as long as she can remember She s 17 years old and has beautiful golden princess hair which grows so fast it must be cu [...]


  9. 1.5 stars.I don t even know Seriously, this review brain, it hurts It s mostly a stream of consciousness review be warned.The problems with this book are abundant and scattered throughout I mean, I don t even know where to start, it s that confusing You ve got your Rapunzel retelling and your murder disappearance mystery, kind of, which ties in to the retelling but that s where it gets kinky So apparently, as far as I can tell, view spoiler there s this drug, rhapsody, that s been tainting the t [...]


  10. Like, do you guys have ANY idea how excited I am for this book BECAUSE I AM REALLY EXCITED OKAY I need it Now.


  11. Before anything else, look at that book cover isn t it gorgeous It is one of the rare moments when I buy a book just because of the cover and it was on sale so I just can t resist it And I am not regretting that I bought it This book didn t start well for me It was quite dragged and uninteresting but I pushed myself to read it believing that it will get better and I am so glad that it did It got better when suspense and mysterious events keeps on piling up and then there are new characters comin [...]


  12. Rapunzel is my favourite princess fairytale ok maybe just because of Tangled so I was looking forward to reading this book I think you can do a lot with the Rapunzel tale but this book was kind of a let down I didn t realise that this was written by the author of Beastly at first but now I can see definite pattern with her work, as this book starts off okay, looks promising and the ending is so rushed The same thing happened with Beastly I barely had an idea what was going on in the last 30% of [...]


  13. Warning This review contains spoilers for the book When I first saw Towering, I was very excited to read it Not only because it has a beautiful cover and a lovely summary, but because I have read some of Flinn s other books and loved them I m beginning to think that I have a love hate relationship with her work, because I enjoyed Beastly the book and the movie , A Kiss In Time, and Bewitching If anyone asked me for recommendations for good retellings, I would point them towards those in a heartb [...]


  14. I feel a really strong need to describe this book in one word, an Urdu word to be specific And that is Bakwas Pronounced as buck vaas , we use it to describe something that is colossally stupid and makes a grand total of zero sense which is exactly the case with this book We re human beings, we re attracted to bright and shiny and beautiful things for instance GORGEOUS BOOK COVERS like flies to filth Which is why I didn t even bother to read the premise and dived straight in without a second tho [...]


  15. Okay, guys, I ll admit I really liked Beastly , and I ve had the second of the Kendra books sitting in my TBR pile on Mr Nook for months now, which I heard was pretty good So to see another fairyretelling by Flinn coming out made me pretty exciting, especially since Beastly put some very creative twists on the original La Belle et Le Bete tale However, it was not to be Towering was disappointing in all technical areas I can t even claim it as a guilty pleasure read that s how bad it was Which wa [...]




  16. This book had SO much potential I feel like it kept building me up to a wonderful ending and then just dropped me If you re not a hero, does that make you a villain This book was completely original, slightly unpredictable and if it wasn t for that ending it would have been great It was a retelling of Rapunzel, with a twist It starts out with the typical girl in a tower, remembering her past Then we see Wyatts point of view and its when things get interesting He went through an awful and mysteri [...]


  17. Towering I was surprised to like this one My previous read by Flinn was rated not than average, so I didn t really expect to love it this much for it s just another retelling And that s the thing, it s a retelling so we all know what s it s all about and what s going to happen inside but NO, this book was really exciting and full of unexpected things Not really one of my average reads cuz I loved it So it s the modern version of Rapunzel played by Rachel and Wyatt That s my favorite fairy tale [...]


  18. Okay first off I have to say that I give any author credit for re telling a fairy tale and making into a YA book Kudos to you for doing that because it is not easy and lord knows you will get those out there who will not like it and trash it but I have to say I was really impressed by this book When I was talking to a few of my buddies they all said they were nervous to read this one and I said yes I agree but let s give it a go What is the worse that can happen that we don t like it so we put i [...]


  19. So, as far as I ve seen in the comments below, this book was only chosen to be read because of the cover.I did not choose it because of the cover I chose it because I love Alex Flinn s work, I ve read mostly everything she wrote, and I was so excited that she decided to do a modern version of Rapunzel.And you know what, I ve chosen this book to be the last one in my Reading Challenge, so this 100th book is a winner.I ve loved it so much, because it was exactly the kind of story I would ve liked [...]


  20. This book was EPIC 5 STARS I have no idea why this book got 3 5 on I decided to give it a chance, anyway, because I hadn t read a Rapunzel retelling before I can see the potential in this book There are a lot of mysteries that keep the pace going, like why Rachel is in the tower and what happened to Mrs Greenwood s daughter, Dani That s why I kept reading for as long as I did I wanted to know what was happening in this small town.Anyway, Towering is a retelling of Rapunzel, set in frozen Upstate [...]


  21. Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyAs a person who has enjoyed fairy tale retellings my entire life, I was looking forward to TOWERING I was curious how Flinn would retell the story of a girl who lived in a tower in a modern day setting It seemed like quite the challenge Unfortunately, it ended up being a completely implausible and awkwardly written story that was very disappointingWERING s biggest failing was the fact that I found it remarkably unbelievable As you all know, I read books [...]


  22. 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 Wyat [...]


  23. As readers of The Phantom Paragrapher will know , I am a huge fan of rendition novels and one of my favourites would have to be Beastly by Alex Flinn So when I learnt that she had a new one coming out called Towering , I knew I just had to read it For those who have never read an Alex Flinn before you will notice that they are called the Kendra Chronicles but in this particular novel the name Kendra does not arise In Book 1 Beastly, Kendra was a witch who in order to teach the main character a l [...]


  24. I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings and as I entered this, I was filled with excitement only it was deflated very fast as the story progressed The tale of Rapunzel is a true favorite but this twist on the classic did not unfurl any enchantments that thrilled or made me zealous for The story had potential but I was disappointed when it fell short on its journey of reaching anywhere near what it could have been 2.5 5



  25. Initially this started out slow and I had some trouble figuring out what the oozles was going on, but Flinn turned it around, picked up the pace in no time and showed me just why I call her the Queen of fairytale retellings I can finally let out the breath I ve been holding while reading this novel, because, no, Flinn did not in no way whatsoever butcher my cherished fairytale Yippee Beastly is my favourite work of Flinn s, but Towering definitely held its own ground One of the problems I had wi [...]


  26. The cover is bloody gorgeous 3 I can t wait 2.5 stars, thedailyprophecyThe first thing I need to say is why is this part of the Kendra chronicles I really don t get it Kendra has nothing to do with this book and it doesn t have any connection with Beastly and Bewitching Strange And it was good, but was it as good as I expected Not really EDIT, comment from the author Thanks for the review I apologize for any confusion about Kendra This book is a standalone book and was never meant to be part of [...]


  27. I have read a number of Alex Flinn books before and they are always quirky and fun fairie tale retellings I was excited to read this retelling of Rapunzel, because there aren t a ton of Rapunzel retellings out there However this book ended up being a disappointing read.This book is told from two viewpoints The first is Wyatt who is sent to live in the Adirondacks with a elderly friend of his mother s Wyatt has been suffering through the death of his best friend Tyler and his mother thinks a chan [...]


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