Release Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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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?
I read the first six chapters online and was really looking forward to continuing it. I'm not really into flowers (I like them just as much as the next person), but the idea of reading about something new other than my usual paranormal/fantasy characters plus the language of flowers interested me.
I took a very long break half way through because there was just so much malevolence towards Laurel. Even Kate, who's suppose to be her friend, made her life harder. Laurel did enough of that on her own. One of the reasons I've rated it so low is the ending. It was so abrupt and unrealistic, just like that everything was solved. The other reason is, after the first hundred and fifty pages, the more I read the less I wanted to know because the story moved at a very slow pace. I hate being negative, but I was just so disappointing in this book. A positive is that it's well-written and I'm more interested in flowers than I ever was before and might even buy a book about the language of flowers.