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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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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