Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Review: Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White

Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
Pub. Date: March 02, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 384pp
Age Range: 12

Something—some power—is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping her friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.

Laurel suspects her newfound ability has something to do with an ancient family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.

Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?

After her mother’s death, Laurel Whelan is forced to enroll in a new school, something which leaves her feeling even more like an outsider. Life takes even more of an unexpected turn when a mysterious bouquet arrives at her door and causes magic to bloom all around her. Laurel soon tries to figure out the mysteries surrounding the flowers and their special effects on people. Through the language of flowers, Laurel finds comfort in this ability to stay connected to her mom and is further compelled to help those around her with her newfound abilities.

I enjoyed following along with Laurel as she learned how to magically influence the lives of people around her. I also enjoyed reading the flashback scenes with her mom, something which I found to be quite endearing. Her feats and blunders with the other students were quite amusing and helped make this book a fun and entertaining read.

Learning about all the different meanings of flowers was a nice surprise for me. Amy Brecount White did a great job tying it into the story to make Forget-Her-Nots a truly compelling read. Not being a flower person, I never thought I would be interested in learning the meanings behind flowers, but after I finished the novel, I found myself online researching the meanings behind them! Forget-Her-Nots is a very unique and original premise that pulled me deeper into its magical language as the pages turned.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

26 comments :

  1. Sounds like my sort of book! Glad I popped by! :)

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  2. I've been reading good things about this one. Thanks for the review. I think I'll Inter Libray Loan it.
    Happy Reading!

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  3. I wanted to read this book before your review, I want to read it even more now.

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  4. Great review. Definitely sounds like a great read. I will be looking out for this one. Thank you for your review =)

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  5. I'm curious as to why your rating was only 4/5 stars. This book sounds so good! Especially with the magic tied into the storyline! I'd love to try this book out.

    -Kelsey
    krae991@yahoo.com

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  6. ooh this sounds so cute! I don't know why, but in a way, it sort of reminds me of that old Sarah Michelle Gellar movie. Where she is magic with food. I forget the name.
    Anyhow, this looks awesome!

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  7. This book sounds intriguing! I love the mystery aspect added to the fantasy.

    ~smooches~
    Jase
    vslavetopassionv(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. This sounds like something I would very much like to read!

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  9. Wow! this books sounds awesome and I love that you get to learn the meaning of the flowers!

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  10. This book looks so good. It is definetly high up on my TBR pile. I love flowers and the meanings behind them. It's always been a secret desire of mine to work in a flower shop. LOL- I own like 8 books on this subject... haha *shamless confession* ;]

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  11. Just added this book to my wishlist. I love to garden and finding the meanings of the many flowers in my yard are great snippets to pass on to the granddaughter.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

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  12. I really like how it sounds like the main character is not a brat and doesn't want to hurt anyone. It bothers me when characters are purposefully being manipulative when they have special powers. I hope to read this soon!

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  13. I've heard so much about this book! I really want to read it! Great review!

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  14. This looks like a good book. Not a love, but something I'd really enjoy reading. Thanks for the review!

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  15. I'm on a tour for this book and what really attracted me to it was the whole element of the flower language. I'm excited to learn about that if nothing else! Great review!

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  16. The first time I saw this book I thought it was a nonfiction book about flowers! Now that I've seen it around more and more I've become more interested in it. The concept is interesting. Thanks for the review.

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  17. I read the first couple pages of this book off of a website that offered a sneak peak...and it was amazing! I cannot wait to read it!!!!

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  18. Sounds really good. It's something that I don't think I've ever read about, magic through flowers, very original.

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  19. Sounds pretty original! I wasn't for sure about this one, but I think I'll give it a try :)

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  20. flowers......not my thing, but I'm interested in the book anyways.

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  21. Very good review. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

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  22. I now have this craving to get a book about the language of flowers.

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  23. What an original theme for a book - I'd love to read this. Thanks for the nice review!

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  24. Great review! I definitely want to read this book now!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  25. Sounds like a great story. The kind that movies are made after. Leaving this aside, we actually need some grown-up fairy tales like this one. Also i found at All you can books some nice fairy tales in which the fairies have shortened their dresses, cut their long long hair and learned how to be women. Thanks for the review!

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