If I Speak True
The more often Dahlia visits Rowan in his land of Ambrosia, the stronger their connection grows. But. ...more
I had never read a book written by Jessica L. Brooks before even though I have “known” her for a while now through social media. And, I have to admit, I was terrified of reading If I Speak True. Terrified because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it as much as I wanted to, and I was afraid of hurting her feelings. But honestly, I should have never worried about that. If I Speak True was an amazing read and so intriguing and full of butterflying feels. Most importantly, I had F ...more
At first, I was still relaxed about this book because I thought I still have lots of time to actually finish the book, a week actually, but that didn't seem to be the case. I ended up panicking a bit because I only have a few more days and I still couldn't manage to finish the book. It's just that long. I'm seriously thankful that I managed to finish it on time.
At first, I was really enjoying the book. I think the plot is really interesting and I just can't wait to know more about ...more
Get the paperback edition and hold these books in your hands because it is a beautiful cover and the paper is amazing. It almost makes me not want to make the first crease into the book... Almost.
I think everyone should take the chance on random books that you have never heard of from not-so well known authors b ...more
Anyways... If I Speak True was a unique, creative, and fun story. Dahlia is turning sixteen when the story opens. And like every year for the past ten years, a dahlia appears. She doesn't know from whom, she doesn't know why. But every year, it is there. That night, like most other nights, she dreams of a different world. A world she thought was just her overactive imagination...until Rowan appears. Now, ...more
Real Rating = 3.5*
A bookstore nerd and masked man of mystery in an atmospheric YA Contemporary Fantasy.
SERIES INFO: This is Book #1 of 2.5 (so far) in the “Flora” Series. According to the author, the final novella (#2.5) & book (#3) will likely be released in 2017. The audiobook for #2, Open Thy Heart, has been delayed; but she hopes to release it in late spring. And she is “in the process of searching for the *perfect* narrat ...more
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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
"O Heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound
And crown what I profess with kind event
If I speak true...
I, Beyond all limit of what else in the world
Do love, prize, honour you."
Jessica Brooks has done it again. After reading her impressive dystopian debut 'Pity Isn't An Option', I def ...more
First thing you should know about ‘If I Speak True’: it was a MAJOR attention grabber. I mean, who doesn’t love dreamy princes from different worlds? You can even see it in the blurb! And if you haven’t guessed by now, I ABSOLUTLEY LOVED IT. As in her debut novel, ‘Pity Isn’t an Option’, Jessica L. Brooks delivered and I know this because this is my SECOND novel by her.
Quick fun fact: the yellow flower you s
Thank you to Jessica for the review copy! Having received a review copy did not affect my views of the novel.
So this review is so hard to write because I don't know where to start. Actually, I don't even know what to say. On one hand, I did immensely enjoy the last 20% of the novel but getting there was quite the journey. While I didn't have a problem reading it as it had my attention (I do love reading books shrouded in mystery and secrets even if the p ...more
If I Speak True went well for me! Early on, I could sense that it was going to be good. The writing, the characters, the story—they all felt good. There wasn't much that I didn't like about it.
This book was definitely creative. It mixed the real world with a dream one—one with a queen and other royals I loved the explanations behind the conflicts happening in Ambrosia and I really liked certain elements (for exam ...more
When I was younger, I used to dream about a world of my own. It would be beautiful, perfect and of course I'd be the queen. This book reminded me of those times. Though Ambrosia was not the place I have always imagined, it still brings to mind how a different world, a world that is not just earth, could exist. It is utterly fascinating, making me wish that this place was real. I could see it in my mind, it was so vivid! The author has constructed a world, has molded it into some ...more
Dahlia appears to be a normal 16 year-old with older sisters and being raised by a single mother. She receives a dahlia on her doorstep every birthday for the last ten years. This frustrates her that she does not know who or why and seems to scare her mother insomuch that Dahlia stopped telling her mother about them. Dahlia is telling her own story of her life and her crazy dreams that are vivid and affect her waking life ...more
The story is about a teenage girl who dreams of her own little oasis, somewhere she can relax and think. She only visits there in her dreams, because it only exists ther ...more
Woww! It's such a beautiful book :D I feel a deep connection with the main character Dahlia. It's very rare that I can relate to the main characters in novels but this one. MAN. She suffers from insomnia, having weird dreams, pratically describing the perfect state of my life everytime I wake up and I look like a mess hahah #mylife. A down to earth feeling and the dialogues were funny, clever and the novel emanes a spark of fantasy and mystery.
P.S: Full review coming soon on my blog!
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I had a few problems with this book. First of all, I hated the narrator’s voice, which made it difficult for me to judge the book fairly on its content. I found the plot interesting–Dahlia finds herself crossing over into another world and becoming involved in its affairs–but the romance was just not my thing. My aversion to fantasy is well documented, but it wasn’t too bothersome to me in this book. Still, it just wasn’t my kind ...more
Angel Clark did a great job with the female teens voices, inflections and all.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the audio edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Can I just say that I was fangirling throughout this whole book? The main character, Dahlia, was so relatable and I was engrossed with the story immediately. I especially loved Rowan because he was so mysterious and dark. Overall, I thought this book was really good and creative and I couldn't put it down. I'm really excited for book #2!!