Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White


Forget-Her-Nots
Amy Brecount White
[buy it here]

When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door, Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn't so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don't always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she's soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom.

This was one of those novels I had a feeling I would read, even if it wasn't my type. So when the chance to get a free copy came, I snapped it up. This way, I knew I would be able to read it and I would still be afford all the books I REALLY wanted.

This novel surprised me. At first, the pacing was slow and kind of boring for me, but quickly the plot picked up and more was going on. Then from there on out there was always something to keep my interested in reading.

The characters were very much true to high school kids. Even the mean girls were accurate - because really who can be evil ALL THE TIME? While the love interest wasn't really featured enough for us to know him well, I couldn't help but root for Laurel to get him, all while thinking that the other possible love interest should've gotten more time with her.

The entire novel was far more interesting than I would've imagined and I loved the way she made all of this into a novel. It definitely takes some creativity to take flower language and make it a main feature in a novel!

Overall, this was an excellent debut novel and Amy is an author to keep an eye on!

--Julie

3 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really interesting book. I'm defiantly adding this to my wishlist. Great review!

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  2. This is one of those books I have to read even though it might not be my type, too :)

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  3. Great review - I had my reservations with this one too, but I'd prolly check it out on a later date :)

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