Giveaway! The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb


Hello, everyone! If you follow me via @bookshelfbitch on Twitter, then you probably encountered my tweet where I mentioned that once I reach either 1,500 Twitter followers or 4,000 blog followers – yes, I realize that I am being a rather ambitious bitch – I will conduct the biggest giveaway I’ve ever done on this blog.

However, I’ve been the recipient of a lot of love from the book blogging community, and I just feel an inexplicable desire to share the same love and joy with fellow book lovers – if that makes sense. Or maybe I really just don’t have any type of patience at all. Who knows?

Regardless, it being World Book Day today has given me the last push to convince myself that hey, a smaller giveaway is just as great, yes? At least for now, I mean. Besides, today seems as good of a day as any!

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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!

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


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

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#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.

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Review (and author interview + giveaway!) || The Heart Forger, by Rin Chupeco


Title: The Heart Forger
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:
In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

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Review (and giveaway!) || The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco


Title: The Bone Witch
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland… and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

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Review (and giveaway!) || The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo


Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry
Copy: Paperback
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Narrated in verses, The Poet X is a compelling story revolving around the life of young Afro-Latina Xiomara Batista. As Xiomara struggles with obeying the laws of the church, and negotiating between the person she wants to become and the daughter her mother demands her to change into, she writes down all her thoughts and frustrations onto the pages of her notebook like prayers. In doing so, she is eventually introduced to slam poetry, in which she discovers both her voice and the strength to finally speak up.

Before anything else, I feel the need to disclose that Dr. Seuss aside, I have never read a story told in verses before. From the get-go, my reading experience with The Poet X was definitely a strange one – and of course, I mean this as a compliment. I was worried that perhaps the unconventional narration would distract me from the events in the story or would confuse me every now and then, but I am pleased to say that it was never the case. If anything, the almost lyrical quality to the narrative made me even more engrossed by the story’s events.

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