Rumor Has It by Farrah F. Polestico
Publisher: Cosmos Books (November 30th 2015)
Length: 73 pages
Genre: YA; contemporary, romance
Rating: 3/5 🍑
I picked up Rumor Has It mostly for two reasons: 1) it features the fake dating trope! I’m not gonna lie, I adore it and still don’t feel tired of it and 2) it’s written by a Filipino author which is great simply because I haven’t read many books by writers from the Philippines.
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Probably not the best way to start this post but: I don’t really read that much poetry. At least not as much as I would like. Still, there are quite a few collections I’ve enjoyed immensely, so I thought I might make a series on that. (Most likely it won’t be actually a weekly thing, since I would run out of the things to rec too soon…) I’m also hoping this will motivate me to read more poetry tbh!
For this week I’m going with Greek mythology themed poetry books, since that’s what the last one I read (Sunblind by Ramona Meisel) was about & what’s one of my all time favourites (Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson) is about as well. They both focus on a gay relationship, too. Another thing they both share is the modern day setting, which makes them easier to connect to, but also somehow even more heartbreaking?
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For whatever reason I was convinced I already read more of this year’s releases… Turns out I was only planning on reading most of them & have yet to accomplish that. The only ones I did read were the Captive Prince short stories, When Rosie Met Jim by Melina Marchetta (I will grow old waiting for the Jimmy book but it will be worth it!!), and of course the most important two that completely stole my heart – The Gentelman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee & The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley.
If I’m being totally honest it’s those two that made me think so fondly of this year’s books & gave me so much hope for what’s yet to come! :>>>
When I started writing this post it was supposed to be “books of fall ’17” but then I realised just how many I’m waiting for and umm…. It didn’t seem like such a great idea anymore. So I cut it to only September in the end.
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I must say, July was simply wonderful for me in terms of reading! I was starting to get scared for my reading abilities this year (I was like 15 books behind my challenge on gr at some point!) but then finally a true blessing happened. 17 books in one month? I’d say that’s spectacular.
I started the month with The Gentelman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee which I’ve been anticipating for months & which exceeded my expectations in every way and ended it with a reread of one of my all time favourites: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (you can read my review here).
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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Publisher: Viking Australia (September 29th 2008)
Series: Lumatere Chronicles #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Rating: 5/5 🍑
Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.
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