By Amy Brecount White
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 everyday? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?
Review: *SPOILERS* This book was very interesting. I was surprised by how much I wanted to keep reading while I was reading. Overall the writing was nice, nothing spectacular. The characters were so-so, but manageable. The plot is hard to grasp at, was it the on going learning about Laurel's powers? The tussle-mussie fiasco? Her distant crush on Justin throughout the book? The antagonist throughout the book was differing too... Tara? Laurel's father? Kate? Rose? Or the fact that there was so much that Laurel didn't know about her power? The only ting that I think I can pick out from the outline of the story that actually is obvious, besides that Laurel is the protagonist, is that Prom night was the climax. And it was an exciting climax at that. The ending though, eh. It was so Happy... Laurel's grandmother came to see her, the orchid had a second bloom, she got over her fathers new lady interest, Tara didn't win, and Laurel got Justin.
But the book wasn't satisfying. I wasn't duped until the ending. There was no mystery to it. Everything that happened was very predictable, which made me sad. I didn't go into the book with high hopes, and I didn't come out being surprised.
Above I illustrate how I was surprised how much I wanted to keep reading. I was surprised because I didn't really like the book, but the idea of a whole language of flowers was entirely enticing and fascinating. I am bound to continue research on this, and might post a bit about it now and again.
Over all I'll rank the book 3/5 stars. It was okay. Read it if you want to know more about this Flower Language concept, but not if you're look ing for quality writing.
Now I'm off to read some more, dink around some other blogs, fix up my blog a bit, and anything else that pleases me.
Here are some links to some websites about this Victorian Flower Language
I recommend Google, if you're interested in more! ;)