Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book Review: The Tower

The Tower by J.S. Frankel

Source:  eBook received from the publisher for review

Rating:  4/5

Bill Lampkin doesn't have much of a life. He's in the hospital, abandoned by his father and decides to take a walk one night to escape the grim confines of his existence. During that nighttime stroll, he literally finds himself in another world.

And what a world it is! He is found by a group of very unusual people who take him in and teach him everything he needs to know. As he lives among them, he shares their lifestyle and even falls in love for the first time. What more could anyone ask?

However, the reality is far from what he first imagined. Bill begins to question this ideal existence and, when he realizes the truth, discovers that someone is out there who could destroy his new world-and all others. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
What if you were a 13 year old boy, diagnosed with leukemia, abandoned to die by your neglectful father in the children's ward of a hospital? Taking refuge in comic books, only to stumble through a portal into a parallel world where super heroes and magic actually exist? Pretty cool, right? William Lampkin thinks so, especially when the Ultras (the superheroes) save his life! Sure, part of the cure aged him several years, but at least he's healthy again!

Really enjoyed this story! Will develops a serious case of hero worship, settles into his new life, finds that he enjoys his job, and even starts dating one of the Ultras! A perfect new life for a boy who never caught a break until now! Or is it?

Will starts noticing that things are not quite as they seem, and starts digging for answers. Will he be happy with what he finds, or will it jeopardize his new life and love? Sounds a little like a soap opera when put like that, but it's actually a fun story with a great main character! I really enjoyed watching Will grow up and mature from a sickly child to a confident young man.

Telling his own story, Will has a sly sense of humor and isn't afraid to lay it on the line, even when it doesn't present him in the best light. He breaks the "fourth wall" and addresses the reader directly, which I really enjoy when done right. This one does it right!

Looking forward to reading more by this author, as he's a talented writer with a good imagination and a great sense of humor! I'm a sucker for a sense of humor. :)


  1. The Tower sounds like a intriguing read by the way you paint it. Thank you for the review.

  2. This book is like my dream come true. I would love it if some comic book characters came to life. I also like that it's in a male point of view. Will check this out.

  3. Cassandra - Hope you give it a read, as it was a good one!

    Lan - Wouldn't that be awesome? Would love to be rescued by superheroes! *L*

  4. Alexia. I've nominated you for a blogger award! Check it out at http://thewriteobsession.blogspot.com/2011/08/and-blogger-award-goes-to.html