Review || Windfall

Title: Windfall
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback

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Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.


Review || Keep the Faith (+ GIVEAWAY)

Title: Keep the Faith
Author: Ana Tejano
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Christian
Copy: Digital

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First things first: I received a digital copy of this book as part of my participation in a blog tour – this, however, affects neither my opinion nor the content of my review in any way. Many, many thanks to the author for this opportunity!

Keep the Faith is a relatively short novel that tackles, well, faith (and Faith, for that matter) – during devastating times, amidst large-scale tragedies, in the middle of heartbreak, and even in the people who don’t deserve it. The story immediately jumps into the messy aftermath of Faith’s breakup with her five-year boyfriend James. From there, we are whisked into her journey towards healing and moving forward. Make no mistake, however, Keep the Faith is more than what meets the eye.


1,500 followers and 25,000 visits!!! [And a giveaway]

Hello there, everyone! I don’t know what to say, truth be told. The post title pretty much sums everything up. Having said that, I think it would be best to keep this short, simple and straightforward.

A couple of weeks ago, That Bookshelf Bitch hit 25,000 site visits — an incredibly large numerical figure I once thought to be impossible to reach. Additionally, within the same week, my blog surpassed the 1,500-followers mark — another tremendous feat that I didn’t think would ever happen to me. Can I just say, it is absolutely heartwarming to know that there is a large audience of people interested in what I write and in what I post! To reach two huge milestones in seven days is incredibly surreal and wonderfully overwhelming! None of this would have happened without all of you!

To celebrate these little achievements, I’m conducting a couple of international giveaways! Many thanks to the authors for making this possible!


Interview with Frank Cavallo: Eye of the Storm (+ Giveaway)

Horror and dark fantasy author Frank Cavallo’s work has appeared in magazines such as Another Realm, Ray Gun Revival, Every Day Fiction, Lost Souls and the Warhammer e-zine Hammer and Bolter. His latest novel, Eye of the Storm, was released in August 2016 by Ravenswood Publishing.

Frank was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Communications in 1994 and he earned a JD from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2001. He currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has been a criminal defense attorney for fifteen years.


Hello, Frank! I’m so happy to have you on my blog today! Let’s start this interview off with a few questions about you, shall we? If you weren’t a writer, what alternative career path do you see yourself in?

Hi, thanks for having me!This one is an easy question for me, since I have another career already. Writing is what I love, but it’s only a part-time job. The rest of the time I’m a criminal defense attorney.


Giveaway || Win an Espresso Patronum hoodie!

Hello there! Here’s a quick and fun giveaway for all of you. I am pleased to announce that I am giving away one (1) Espresso Patronum hoodie! Many, many thanks to my home organization, UP Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students (UP ALCHEMES), and Alchemy Shop for generously sponsoring this.

The rules and mechanics are as follows:

[1] The TBB Hoodie giveaway is open internationally and will run until 12:00 AM, 01 November 2016 – (GMT+08:00) Philippines.

[2] In order to officially qualify, you must watch our advocacy video and give it a thumbs up on YouTube.

[3] Cheating is strictly prohibited. Participants found to be cheating will be disqualified from the giveaway, and all their entries will be deleted from the pool.

[4] The winner will be contacted via email and will be given 48 hours (2 days) to respond in order to claim his/her prize. Failure to do so will result in randomly selecting another winner from the existing pool of entries.

[5] Enter the giveaway (via Rafflecopter) by clicking on the image below:

And that’s it! Best of luck to everyone participating!

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Quick blogging update – 10/20/16 (+ GIVEAWAY)

My previous blog post was a pretty depressing, self-loathing read. On a much, much lighter note, here’s a short and quick update of what I’ve read and what I will read. And other miscellaneous babble.

What I recently finished reading

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.


Review || Omari and the People (+ GIVEAWAY)

Title: Omari and the People
Author: Stephen Whitfield
Narrator: Curt Simmons
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Copy: Audiobook (11 hrs and 17 mins – unabridged)

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Before anything else, I received an audio copy of this book, which was sponsored by the author and narrator, as part of my participation in the blog tour hosted by The Audiobookworm. To win an audiobook copy of Omari and the People (gifted via Audible) for yourself, enter my giveaway!

Omari and the People is a wonderfully written, epic adventure centered on a notorious, thrill-seeking thief named—as the title suggests—Omari. After unintentionally burning down an entire city, Omari, in an effort to redeem himself, deceives the displaced people into believing in the existence of a safe haven which only he can show them. From there, the readers are taken on a captivatingly narrated, arduous journey and personally, the more I travelled alongside Omari (so to speak), the more compassionate I felt for his character and his attempt at repentance for all he’s done in the past.