Review || Secondhand Origin Stories, by Lee Blauersouth

Title: Secondhand Origin Stories
Author: Lee Blauersouth
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Digital

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Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.

But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?



9 reasons reading Secondhand Origin Stories (by Lee Blauersouth) should be on your priorities

Hey there, readers*!

* Assuming that I have any, and if that’s the case, further assuming that you’re not yet totally sick of the blog tours I’ve been organizing. But, to be fair, it’s not my fault that there are tons of books out there that deserve more attention and love! [End of digressing]

If you’ve cared enough to peruse through my tweets, then you should be more than familiar with the book featured in the #SHOSPH blog tour – largely because I’ve been babbling about how much I adored it. Now, in the marginally tiny chance you’re completely unaware of what particular book I’m referring to, allow me to provide more details:

Last March 15th, Lee Blauersouth released their debut novel, Secondhand Origin Stories – or perhaps more helpfully, the latest book I’ve been obsessing over. By some miracle, luck was on my side and I was given the incredible opportunity to organize a blog tour for Secondhand Origin Stories, which was an endeavor I took very seriously. If there’s anything you need to know about me, my dear readers, it’s that I actively champion for what I believe in, especially when it comes to books. And I believe [Aang can save the world] that Secondhand Origin Stories is a brilliant, relevant novel you need to get your hands on!


2018 Book Blogger Awards Nominees [where Shealea can’t seem to shut up about how amazing book bloggers are]

The nominations for the 2018 Book Blogger Awards are open until the last day of April(!!!) – which means that I am right on time in releasing my set of nominations for the awards. However, before I pay tribute to a bunch of incredibly talented, remarkably dedicated, and just out-of-this-world awesome bloggers, let me provide a bit more context regarding the 2018 Book Blogger Awards.

First of all, the Book Blogger Awards was first organized by Joce @ Write Through the Night back in 2017, making this just its second year (although, of course, we’re all hoping that there’ll be more to come). Just as the name suggests, the Book Blogger Awards consists of numerous awards that are exclusively for book bloggers. If you’d like to learn the specific mechanics on how to nominate and vote for book bloggers, then let me refer you to this post where Joce explains everything you need to know.

I actually first encountered this through the nominations posted by Malanie @ Malanie Loves Fiction, and I immediately fell in love with the idea of providing a platform to recognize the hard work and dedication of book bloggers! I always, always, always make it a point to give recognition to other book bloggers whenever I can – be it on my monthly synopses or even on some book reviews. Having another avenue to express my love and appreciation is very much welcome here in That Bookshelf Bitch!


The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: The Calculus of Change, by Jessie Hilb

Title: The Calculus of Change
Author: Jessie Hilb
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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Aden isn’t looking for love her senior year. She’s much more interested in landing a solo gig playing guitar at Ike’s, keeping her younger brother out of trouble, and preventing her best friend from pursuing a risky affair. But when Tate walks into calculus class wearing a yarmulke and a grin, and Aden’s heart is gone in an instant.

The two are swept up in a tantalizingly warm friendship complete with long drives with epic soundtracks and deep talks about life, love, and spirituality. With Tate, Aden feels closer to her mom—and her mom’s faith—than she has since her mother died years ago. Everyone else—even Aden’s brother and her best friend—can see Aden and Tate’s connection, but does he?

Navigating uncertain romance and the crises of those she loves, Aden must decide how she chooses to see herself and how to honor her mom’s memory.


#TheVotingGamePH: interview with Peter Gulgowski (and giveaway!)


Hello. Peter! It’s such an honor to have you on my blog today. Let’s kick this interview off with a few questions about yourself. What are three quick facts about yourself that most of your readers might not know yet?

Thank you! I love cooking, learning to play different instruments (piano, viola, cello), and I am trying to learn to speak fluent French!

You’ve written a handful of books under the dystopian and/or science fiction genre. What are some sci-fi books and films you’d personally recommend?

That’s tough! There are so many! For films, I loved What Happened to Monday?, Alien, and I, Robot. For books, I really enjoyed Divergent, City of Bones, and Dark Matter.

When you’re not working on writing projects and author stuff, what are you usually up to?

As a full-time college student, when I’m not writing, I am usually in class or studying for an upcoming exam. However, for fun, I will hang-out with friends, catch up on a few shows I’m watching on Netflix or Hulu, or I’ll play video games. I’m fairly normal for a twenty-one-year-old when I’m not writing! Haha.


{book tag} | My Name in TBR Books

It’s been more than a year since I last did a book tag, as far as I know, so I’ve been meaning to do one for quite some time now. I mean, it’s a pretty mindless but still fun activity. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled when Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf (thanks so much, lovely!) tagged me to do the “My Name in TBR Books” book tag, which, as the name not-so-subtly implies, instructs the tagged blogger to spell out their name with the titles of books from their TBR pile.

Because I’m really an ✨ extra ✨ kind of girl who likes a challenge, I decided to use only books in my Kindle app as well as books that are currently with me in my dorm. That means none of my many titles back at home were included in this list. Additionally, I also decided to complete my entire blog handle: Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch.

So here we go!


#TheVotingGamePH: blog tour launch & giveaway!

Hello, everyone! That Bookshelf Bitch is back at it again with another blog tour. This time, we’ll be featuring the latest science fiction novel from the incredible and talented Peter Gulgowski.

The Voting Game was recently released just last month (within the first week of March, if I’m not mistaken), and it is my first read from Peter Gulgowski — which is a true shame on my part because he can effortlessly create a fascinating world and very compelling characters. I really liked Darrius, the main character of The Voting Game, in particular. He was very interesting to read about. But more importantly, Darrius is an unapologetically gay protagonist in a dystopian setting! I rarely see characters like Darrius in the science fiction genre — and that alone was enough to pique my interest.