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 potent every day Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school Undeniably original, inspired and evocative this stunning tale will ensnare the senses and illuminate the mind This beautiful book contains such exquisite thought and interesting concept, which I found to be thoroughly intriguing and quite unusual within this genre Forget her nots is a fabulously fun teenage read, full of warmth and sincerity whilst remaining true to its central focus point flowers Laurel s journey of self discovering is enchanting, as you observe her blossoming and bloom Undeniably original, inspired and evocative this stunning tale will ensnare the senses and illuminate the mind This beautiful book contains such exquisite thought and interesting concept, which I found to be thoroughly intriguing and quite unusual within this genre Forget her nots is a fabulously fun teenage read, full of warmth and sincerity whilst remaining true to its central focus point flowers Laurel s journey of self discovering is enchanting, as you observe her blossoming and blooming into a confident and striking character whose inner strength is commendable Delicately interweaving fantasy themes with a light sprinkling of young adult romance, this delightful story is enlightening and entirely engrossing Something some power is blooming Unlike using flowers for decoration, fragrance pressed or their properties in herbal remedies Laurel s gift with them is extraordinary She can bring back memories that were thought to have been lost forever, and she can even make people fall in love This ability stems from an ancient secret, and so to uncover the truth she must peel back the layers one by one and open her eyes to those hidden clues that surround her Avondale School holds a special place in Laurel s heart, for it harbors a consequential connection to her family and to her power which increases in potency daily This timeless mystery is a truly magical and mystical delight, which captivates so as to draw you in until the very end I felt that this tale was a combination of spinechilling suspense within a cleverly complex narrative that was shrouded in secrets not dissimilar from an Agatha Christie The magical, dreamlike quality and nuance was almost akin to Harry potter or the secrets of Immortal beings that one encounters within the fantasy genre Complete with a perfect balance of teen romance to tug at the heartstrings, I was deeply mesmerized by this intoxicating, addictive book that I would recomend to the younger YA reader.I do believe that flowers hold magical properties and each individual type of flower contains meaning and singular significance I loved how Amy Brecount White highlights this and embraces flowers in this wonderful tale, encompassing the past, present and future all in one Okay, I m totally biased having spent a large portion of my life writing this novel, but I do hope YOU love it Even on the umpteenth rewrite, I never stopped loving the story, the setting, or my characters I m still in love with Justin, too I am thrilled to share Laurel s world with you all And I wish you lots of magic scents swirling through your life Amy Brecount White the author I m one of the lucky ones to have been able to read this pre published It is a unique fantasy that will delight all readers with a compelling mystery and lots of fun romance You will also come out learning a lot about the Victorian meaning to tussy mussies or flower bouquets that has stayed with me ever since I read the manuscript If you love historical romance as well as contemporary YA plotlines, this is the book for you. When I received an ARC of FORGET HER NOTS from a friend, I peeked past its pink cover, a little unsure whether I d connect with fourteen year old Laurel s story I usually read novels with older characters and edgier plots After giving FORGET HER NOTS a try, I ll say two things 1 Yes, Forget Her Nots will likely appeal to younger girls, though older readers looking for a sweet story about friendship, flowers, and first romance will find this book a treat 2 I must confess to staying up lat When I received an ARC of FORGET HER NOTS from a friend, I peeked past its pink cover, a little unsure whether I d connect with fourteen year old Laurel s story I usually read novels with older characters and edgier plots After giving FORGET HER NOTS a try, I ll say two things 1 Yes, Forget Her Nots will likely appeal to younger girls, though older readers looking for a sweet story about friendship, flowers, and first romance will find this book a treat 2 I must confess to staying up late reading it Really late Because apparently I m a sucker for all three of those things.Amy Brecount White skillfully explores the tangle of relationships between Laurel and her friends at school I m so glad to read a book where the main character isn t an odd outsider who has maybe one or two equally quirky friends and constantly battles the Evil Popular Clique While Laurel definitely has some quirky flower powers pun intended she spends a healthy amount of the book learning how to lovingly tend to her friendships and family as well Also, I love how she doesn t let romance overrule her own passions in life Beautiful quotes at the beginnings of the chapter deepen these themes, as does poetry throughout Finally, the language of flowers itself lends itself wonderfully to messages of compassion.Why wouldn t I give this book five stars I did zip through it in two days, but I had problems keeping track of the plethora of similarly described girls also, there was teen slang that sounded off, and some basil related silliness that could have been a little dealt withlightly On the other hand, the flower descriptions in this book sang with beautiful colors and scents FORGET HER NOTS made me want to get up and garden After, of course, I finished reading it t I was somewhat aware of, but didn t realize the intensity of the subject The history behind the language is incredibly fascinating I loved the hidden meanings behind flowers and how they were used to convey a message when words couldn t be shared privately I think that was my favorite aspect of the entire novel And I thought it was brilliant of of Amy Brecount White to incorporate the Flowerspeak dynamic from such a simple element It s a realistic story with just a little dust of magic, t I was somewhat aware of, but didn t realize the intensity of the subject The history behind the language is incredibly fascinating I loved the hidden meanings behind flowers and how they were used to convey a message when words couldn t be shared privately I think that was my favorite aspect of the entire novel And I thought it was brilliant of of Amy Brecount White to incorporate the Flowerspeak dynamic from such a simple element It s a realistic story with just a little dust of magic, love.After reading Forget Her Nots, I d say it s gearedtoward a middle grade audience then a young adult one Not that young adult s wouldn t enjoy reading this novel, but it s definitely a novel I wouldn t hesitate to recommend to younger ya readers.Laurel the main character is supposed to be fourteen years of age, but she seemed a lot younger than that to me as the reader I didn t really relate or sympathize with Laurel much either initially, she seemed very whiny, even though most of her problems were because of the lousy choices that she made I would have liked to seen her say no, perhaps just one time It seemed like she never grasped that it was her actions causing most of the turmoil I can say, however, that by the end of the novel, she started to come into her own personal growth is something I always admire in a character The other characters felt a little flat for me as, I just didn t get a distinct voice from any one of them Kate, Tara, Justin they just all sort of run together The only character that really stood out to me was Laurel s cousin Rose I always enjoyed reading a scene that she was in That Rose, she has some spunk.The overall pacing was a little slow, but the writing and overall mystery was enough to keep my interest in tact.Forget Her Nots was a fascinating debut, full of mystery, friendship and flowers Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.comLaurel is starting over at a new school after her mom s death She s attending her mom s alma mater, Avondale Prep School, and she s finding that the school holdsandkeys to her past.It all starts with a speech on the language of flowers in her English class When Laurel gives the bouquet she made to her English teacher and soon after Ms Spenser finds love, Laurel starts to discover she has a gift with flowers When Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.comLaurel is starting over at a new school after her mom s death She s attending her mom s alma mater, Avondale Prep School, and she s finding that the school holdsandkeys to her past.It all starts with a speech on the language of flowers in her English class When Laurel gives the bouquet she made to her English teacher and soon after Ms Spenser finds love, Laurel starts to discover she has a gift with flowers When rumors start to fly about Laurel s gift, all the girls want them, especially before prom.Being a matchmaker isn t easy, and Laurel has a lot to discover about the language of flowers.FORGET HER NOTS is a light, refreshing read It incorporates magic without being over the top, and I finished the book believing in the language of flowers I know I won t be looking at flowers the same way The story takes a bit to pick up, but once it does, it s a fun read Laurel and her friends are fun to read about Avondale Prep School sounds like such a fun place, I wish I could visit Some of the characters weren t completely fleshed out I had a hard time keeping track of the numerous girls that were mentioned But Laurel and her teachers were great to read about, and I loved that Laurel got along with her teachers and had great relationships with them.FORGET HER NOTS does a great job of giving a nod to classics such as ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and THE SECRET GARDEN This story has the same warm fuzzy feel of those books, and Laurel is definitely a kindred spirit This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.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 Sc This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.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 growingpotent every day Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school The premise of this book was what drew me in I m always up for something different, and flower magic seemed just that Laurel s mother was a flower enthusiast and always spoke about the Victorian language of flowers Laurel took up learning the language after her mother s death, and through that, she discovered the magic of flowers.Laurel was a fairly likable character Though she gave off a naive air, she could do what needed to be done and act when need be The secondary characters had personalities that were realistic and unique from each other.The writing style was nice, though it felt a littlebabyish Which I suppose should be expected when reading a book about characters younger than yourself The plot was fairly straight forward introduction, conflict, resolution.Overall, it was a light read which I could appreciate after reading a series dramatic paranormal novels It told a sweet story about first love, friendship both creating new ones and strengthening the old and flowers I recommend Forget Her Nots to younger readers than I, and give it 3 out of 5 I was truly tempted to give this book a higher rating The concept of Flowers having a language and some sort of power seemed interesting.What I didn t like so much about it was the way Laurel goes about the flower situation Laurel does have a unique ability with flowers but she keeps insisting that My flowers are special As if she liked her power not just because it helped people but because it made her special And for some reason Laurel doesn t try to hide it She even gets upset when pe I was truly tempted to give this book a higher rating The concept of Flowers having a language and some sort of power seemed interesting.What I didn t like so much about it was the way Laurel goes about the flower situation Laurel does have a unique ability with flowers but she keeps insisting that My flowers are special As if she liked her power not just because it helped people but because it made her special And for some reason Laurel doesn t try to hide it She even gets upset when people don t believe her flower powers Another thing, she made thing a bit melodramatic, but I know I probably blew things out of proportion at 14 too But Laurel isn t bad she is well rounded and not insecure She does learn and grow during her time at the girl school She tries to amend relationships that went astray because of her focus on flowers The flower parts were good and it was perfect timing since I read this during the spring and I could look at flowers differently I ve never thought much about flowers to be honest The plot was woven in well enough but I would ve liked it if she didn t spend so much time on the flowers.The book didn t captivate me but I was interested in Laurel s story and liked how it all turned out, so it s worth a try This book sadly like many other YA books suffers from Disappearing Parent Syndrome where parents are just kind of out the picture But this book gets through it and is truly interesting.Laurel s mother has passed away due to cancer and know her father has sent her allowed her to go away to boarding school what is up with boarding school and YA books and suddenly those odd little songs her mother used to sing are causing odd things to happen with flowers.Honestly I m not usually the one to f This book sadly like many other YA books suffers from Disappearing Parent Syndrome where parents are just kind of out the picture But this book gets through it and is truly interesting.Laurel s mother has passed away due to cancer and know her father has sent her allowed her to go away to boarding school what is up with boarding school and YA books and suddenly those odd little songs her mother used to sing are causing odd things to happen with flowers.Honestly I m not usually the one to fall forgirly, lovey dovey books Which this one manages to pull off and make interesting These flowers depending on their meaning there is a very nice guide in the back of the book and with Laurel s help can guide emotions But Laurel is new at all of this which causes some problems which she must solve Even though at points I wanted to smack her, I ended up really enjoying the book