It's summer in Shaver and, frankly, Dahlia Kennedy is bored. Even though she and Eva are throwing a party for David and she gets to visit Rowan in Ambrosia easier on account of summer hours, it seems like senior year is never going to come. Worse yet, it's looking like the one thing she's planned on doing for forever isn't going to happen.
Cue Dahlia's Embarrassing Incident: the tipping point that seems to shift everything into a new direction. David's acting weird. Something happens to Rowan. Dahlia's forced to ask the least likely person ever for help. A secret is blown wide open.
Conflict between the Lennox Rochforts and the Townsends grows more and more out of control until so much is going on in Ambrosia, Dahlia can barely keep up with life at home. Frustrated with trying to keep track of who knows what, Dahlia continues fighting to help the people she loves, and slowly, the truth is exposed.
Crazy thing is, she had no idea about any of it. And it changes everything she's ever known.
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First, can we just talk about the covers for this series? Like seriously, they are so amazing. Anyway, Open Thy Heart was a great continuation, with just as much intrigue, interest, and uniqueness as in the first book. I still had some of the same problems with Dahlia that I had in the first book, as she was slightly annoying and I found myself unable to relate to her or, well, really like her that much. She was so narrow-focused, seeing things only through her perspective and yelling at everyone about things before finding out the truth. While I realize having people hide things from you so much is really freaking' annoying, not everyone is trying to do you a disservice. Just calm down and find out the facts. I found Rowan to be not as dynamic in this one as he was in the first one as well. This may have had to do with the fact that this story focused more on the political happenings rather than just him + Dahlia and we didn't see as much of him. But we also did see other sides to him, such as the leader he really is, and saw him truly as The Prince instead of just a boy, so that was also nice. We also got to see a different side of David, which was better than just wanting to yell at him all the time ;) The plot did pick up in this one. There was still a few places where it lagged, but it definitely kept me interested. We got to see more of Ambrosia, which was awesome. We definitely got to see some more of the Ambrosia side characters and how they all connected. I will say, some of the things happened too fast, or I was confused as to why things were happening/why they were important, especially at the end. But just a little confusion, not enough to deter me from reading. And the things that were revealed at the end? Definitely did not see that coming. Open Thy Heart is a unique story that will definitely keep you guessing abut what is to come, and I can't wait to see where this series goes.
Open Thy Heart was a delightful read! I don't think I liked it quite as much as If I Speak True, but it still felt like a great book. Just like in book one, I loved Dahlia's POV. It was fun, fresh, and real. She was a great character with a personality that I really enjoyed. Actually, I really liked most of the characters' personalities. They were easy to sense and just seemed to shine throughout the book. The characters made the story for me. I also liked how Dahlia's world became more mixed up with Ambrosia. I can't say much else without spoiling anything, so I'll just say it was nice to see. The romance was okay. I wasn't a big fan of Rowan (he felt dull compared to David, the one I wish was the love interest) and I didn't sense as much chemistry between him and Dahlia as I should have. I loved the scenes with Dahlia and David, though. They had a great friendship and I spent a good majority of the book hoping for a love triangle. There was just something about him that I really, really liked. I didn't like Ambrosia as much in this book. I just wasn't that interested in the things that were happening while Dahlia was there. Court politics/disputes among royal people/things along the line (involving princes/queens and some sort of conflict between them and other people)--things like that can get boring for me, so I wasn't surprised that I wasn't very interested in his aspect of the book. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Open Thy Heart! The characters and their personalities were my favorite part and I'm really looking forward to seeing more of them in the next book. The ending to this one felt a little rushed, but it did leave me wanting to know what happens next in the story. If you haven't looked into this series yet, I suggest giving it a try! The first two books were both great and I'm sure the rest of the series will be as well *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my review or rating. .
Every girl dreams of falling for a dark and mysterious prince, and that is exactly what happened to Dahlia. Open Thy Heart but Jessica Brooks, the second book in the Flora series, picks up in the summer before Dahlia's senior year. She has been separated from her love, and going insane at home with her protective mother. Once she returns to Ambrosia, she discovers there's more discontent brewing then she realizes and has to join Rowan, her prince, to help protect their world. This book reads quick, and the story just draws you in. Rowan is a sweetheart, and now that he's been unmasked, I feel like we get a better, sexier version of the prince. I LOVE the blending of Shaver and Ambrosia in this book. I found myself guessing which characters knew about Ambrosia and which didn't, and being surprised at who and what the characters go through. While this is a true love story, I feel Jessica Brooks has done an amazing job allowing Dahlia to be intelligent, brave, and strong willed, unlike so many woman in the romantic novels. A must read! (Though I would read book 1, because it explains a lot).