BOOK IN REVIEW: If I Speak True by Jessica Brooks

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Title: If I Speak True
Author: Jessica L. Brooks
Publishing Date: January 27, 2014
Paperback: 455 pages
Rating: 4.5/5

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 something so intruiging, so broken yet perfect at the same time.

I am not the kind of person who gets lost in a book. I admit that at first, I didn't really like the book but as the plot thickened and more secrets were unraveled, I found myself unable to put the book down. I anticipated every turn of the page, I hung on to every word. 

This story was told in the first person point of view. Although it did successfully portray Dahlia and Rowan as three-dimensional characters, it hindered me from understanding the other character's motives. 

The book is entitled If I Speak True because of one line in Shakespeare's book - "The Tempest"  
“If I speak true . . .
I, Beyond all limit of what else in the world
Do love, prize, honour you.”

This line clearly describes the love that Rowan and Dahlia have. 

Aside from the minor problem stated above, this book was perfect. I will definitely read the sequel. This book will take you on a journey that you'll never forget. I strongly recommend this book to readers who want to read a story that is light yet meaningful. 

Has anyone else made up a whole new world, a whole new fantasy? Don't forget to leave your comments! :) 

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