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If I Speak True

(Flora #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Dahlia Kennedy's sixteenth birthday marks a decade of mysterious dahlias arriving and strange, lonely dreams of being in a forest. The only difference this birthday, however, is that for the first time, someone is there with her. And he's practically from a whole other era.

The more often Dahlia visits Rowan in his land of Ambrosia, the stronger their connection grows. But.
Paperback, 455 pages
Published January 27th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 17th 2014)
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Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

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
Rating: 3.5/5

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
Amy's Review Obsession
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
First off, a little thank you the author Jessica L. Brooks for signing and giving me all of her books because everyone needs a little something something in their life and mine is books.

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
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I Speak True, is truly a fun read with a very unique story line. Jessica L. Brooks is an amazing writer who is able to give this story so much meaning. The characters are very developed and continue develop as the story continues. If I Speak True, is a story like no other, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to read something different or to someone who wants a fun and interesting read!
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Currently composing a review... (I swear I am!)
Annie Cosby
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story, the writing style, and the characters! The supporting characters were just as entertaining as the MC, and that's always a plus in my book! Absolutely loved If I Speak True!
Rachel Marie
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Can I start by talking about the cover? I don't know what it is, but I just really love it.

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,
Got My Book
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: more-please
Also posted (with Bonus Author Interview) on my blog Got My Book.

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
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on the blog Chasm of Books*

You can check out my Author Interview with Jessica L. Brooks on the blog too!

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
Stacey Kym
ARC kindly provided by Jessica L. Brooks in exchange for an honest review.


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

Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

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
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Source: I won an e-ARC copy of this book. This has not affected my review.

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
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Chasia Lloyd
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I know when I was a teen girl, I would daydream about the mysterious people I encountered in my dreams and had a connection with in the context of the dreams. I think lots of people 'fall in love' with someone in their dreams at least once in their lives, and the sensation is surreal but pleasant. It wasn't hard to connect with Dahlia's fascination with Rowan. What teen girl wouldn't go weak in the knees for a mysterious masked man with honey eyes and fervent devotion they met in their dreams? E ...more
Christine Rains
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every year on Dahlia Kennedy's birthday, a mysterious person leaves a dahlia flower on her doorstep, and she has dreams of being in a forest. Her 16th birthday is no different except that this time, someone else in the forest with her. Rowan tells her about the land of Ambrosia and shares with her its beauty. The more time she spends with him, the stronger their connection. No one else can know about this land in her dreams, but her friends and family know something is going on. Yet when somethi ...more
Coral Mitchell
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

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
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much! I have to be honest, if it had not been an audiobook, I do not know if I would have liked it as well. Angel Clark was the narrator for this book, and she was simply perfect! I would never have "heard" Dahlia's voice in my head as Angel used, and that would have made the book quite different for me.

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
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it

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!

Thank you
Monica Fastenau
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Read the full review here:

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
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good YA fantasy, especially for younger teens. There's no bad language or sex, and the teens acted very much like teens. A sweet love story, a bit of mystery, and another world all combine to make this a fun listen!

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.
Alison Lam
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won an ARC copy of this book. This has not affected my 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!!
Katie Smith
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
I can't wait for book 2 in the Flora series!!
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can not even begin on how well Jessica drew me in to this story. I could not put it down! She is simply one of my new favorite authors! I will recommend this to everyone I know!
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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Jessica L. Brooks is a lover of books, coffee, and all things owl-dorable. She writes young adult books about near-future dystopia (Pity Isn't An Option, Cozenage #1, available now) and magical realism (the Flora series). Connect with her on her blog, Let Me Tell You A Story, Tumblr, or anywhere else on the interwebs by doing a search for her username: coffeelvnmom.

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