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Published: May 2009
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
Okay, I fully admit that I'm a cover-fiend. I LOVE me a pretty cover. I'll also fully admit that I'm a little bit over the big pretty ball gown look, so when I saw this one at the library, I had to pick it up. It's so simple and yet so beautiful at the same time. I'm in cover love.
I didn't have much idea what I was getting into when I started it. The Goodreads blurb is on the very vague side and I didn't think about checking one of the other editions to see if there was more (there is). I got started and the further I read, the more I was all, 'Huh?'. A big old confusion face, that was me.
From the blurb, you can see that Laurel has sprouted a flower. Um, what? Girl as plant? I wasn't sure I was buying, and I very nearly DNFd this book because it sounded so absurd at that point.
I'm stubborn though, and unless a book is seriously not doing it for me, I won't DNF it. (although, there was that one day when I DNFd THREE. THREE IN ONE DAY!!! That might be a record.) I was sufficiently absorbed by the story at that point that I felt like I needed to keep going, if only to find out what was up with Girl as plant.
I'm not disappointed that I did. It was a charming story, and one that I enjoyed quite a lot. It was the perfect spring read and super appropriate for YA girls. There are enough nice-looking males to keep us ladies interested and enough OH NO moments for all.
I thought Laurel was okay, if a little bland. She wasn't terribly exciting to me, even after she sprouted. (well, blossomed, as it's explained in the book, but I kind of like saying sprouted) She didn't really get very interesting for me, and kind of fades into the vast pantheon of YA heroines. Not that she was a bad character; she just didn't stand out.
Same with the guys, although I think I liked them better than I liked Laurel. They were good-looking, chivalrous, and all-around good guys, but a little on the boring side. Ah well. At least they weren't stalker jerk creep faces (I'm looking at YOU, sparkly stalker undead guy who shall remain nameless). I give them a pass just for that.
Overall, I enjoyed this. It was 'drool worthy' for being a fun story and one that I hadn't considered (people as plants, yo!).