Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tour: If I Speak True by Jessica Brooks

If I Speak True
If I Speak True by Jessica Brooks
Series: Flora #1
Genre: Young-adult, supernatural
Published: January 27, 2014

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... is Ambrosia real? Is he real? What is going on between the two of them, exactly, and why does he insist that she keep it to herself?

 As secrets usually go, however, it's only a matter of time before everything comes out. And when Dahlia finds out the truth of who Rowan is, who she is, and how he really feels -- it’s beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

Title: If I Speak True
Author: Jessica Brooks
Series: Flora series book 1
Genre: Young-adult, Supernatural

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 the story. I want to know more about the mysterious Rowan and the thing about the dahlias. However, by the middle, I noticed that it's starting to drag. The book isn't really revealing anything. There is a phase where nothing is happening at all. The author just wanted to maintain the mysterious character of Rowan, which is getting on my nerves. The only thing that is happening is that Dahlia's getting more irritating as the story progresses. She continues to whine and whine. You'll see how clingy she is turning into. This is the part where I started getting bored and just wanted to get the book over with.

When the author finally managed to reveal some stuff that's the time when the book starts to interest me again, even if she suddenly threw the facts in your face. Though some were disappointing, the mysteries and answers were actually good but the book never reached the peak for me. I thought I was going to get a good ending but no, I was robbed of that. The ending was really disappointing because there was no fight. Nothing at all. The long wait was not even worth it. The fight was with a goon. I mean can't it be someone more important. Also, no skills or powers were shown in the whole duration. Is the world of Ambrosia really just that, another parallel world and nothing else?

I'm just so reluctant to give this book a four because I think that would be really unfair to the other books I reviewed. Don't get me wrong this is a unique world but I think the author lacked a few things that I was expecting or hoping for.


About the Author:

Jessica BrooksJessica L. Brooks resides with her husband of over sixteen years, three awesome daughters, and a plethora of pets in Central California, where fog, frost, triple-digit heat and various items of produce arrive bountifully, depending on the season. She has an affinity for both coffee and owls, and loves to connect with fellow readers and writers on most social networks like Goodreads, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also connect with her on her blog, Let Me Tell You A Story. Jessica shares reviews for her favorite books on Afterglow Book Reviews, spreads writing and author love for independently-published authors at Indie Ignites, and salutes all writers (no matter what stage in their writerly journey) at Operation Awesome.

Blog Tour Schedule
January 27th – Kristalyn Thornock at The Sarcastic Palmtree (Release Day/DVD giveaway)
January 27th – Cassandra at Cassandra Lost in Books (Release Day)
January 27th – Meg at Book Groupies (Release Day)
January 28th – Kaitlin at Reading is My Treasure (Review)
January 28th – Lisa at Dizneeee's World of Books
January 29th – Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Author Interview)
January 29th – Cheyanne at Cheyanne Young (Author interview)
January 30th – Eugenia at Chasm of Books (Author Interview and Review)
January 30th – A. Kerr at Kerrific (Review)
January 31st – Jenna (JL) at Avid Reader Musings (Writing Playlist)
January 31st – Ella Johnson at Mymcbooks Blog (Spotlight/giveaway)
February 1rd -Eugenia at Chasm of Books (Shaver dream cast)
February 3rd – Heather Rosdol at Buried in Books (Review)
February 3rd – Rachel at The NerdHerd Reads (Dreamcast)
February 4th – Penny at One Writer's Journey (Author Interview)
February 4th – Dana at Dana Square (character interview)
February 5th – Beverly at The Wormhole (Author interview and book promo spot)
February 5th – Kaycee at My Crafty Zoo (Deleted scene and recipe)
February 6th – Kimberly Lim at Kim's Reading Lounge (Review)
February 6th – Dianne at Oops! I Read A Book Again (Review)
February 7th – Janie Junebug at Women: We Shall Overcome (Guest Post)
February 7th – Jodie at Books for Company (Lyrics written for If I Speak True)
February 7th - Colleen at Cici's Theories (Plant meanings and their correlations to the characters)

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