Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Undertow by Michael Buckely

Hey everyone! Glad to share my very first review for the TBF blog. This week, I read Undertow by Michael Buckely. Michael Buckely has written two other fantastic series, N.E.R.D.S and the Sisters Grimm, both I would highly recommend. This book is the first of his newest series that, after finishing Undertow, I'm sure will be just as fantastic and exciting as everything else he writes!

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Starting from the very moment I opened this book, it has been nothing but a rush. The thing that makes this read so great is how realistic it feels. There are many people the main character, Lyric, meets, and each one comes off the page with a different personality. There are characters that I love and cheer on as well as others that I love to hate! But one thing that they all have in common is how real they are. There are no two dimensional stereotypes, which is really good for a book who's main premise is how the world would react if refugees from a different species suddenly showed up out of nowhere. Undertow is filled with gripping scenes where people say certain things or make huge decisions. And each time they act as relatable human beings (even if not all of them are human) that never stray from their character. That's why when you read this book, it's going to be a struggle to put it down!

I would recommend this to anyone who's looking for a really good read. Not a fun one that you can read in a night and go about your day tomorrow like normal. This book will leave you thinking about yourself, human morals and behavior in general, and especially about Raging Sea. AKA the second book in the Undertow series!

That's all for today. Come back next week for another review about an amazing book by a TBF author!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meet the 2017 TBF Blogging Team

Hello everyone!

As we are starting to kick off the new TBF cycle, you may notice new faces. I'm here to introduce to you three new members of the 2017 TBF Blogging Team. Please give a warm welcome to Anica, Katie C. and Claire!

Hi, my name is Anica and I am in 9th grade. I have gone to TBF for three years (this will be my fourth). I have volunteered at one. I was one of Rachel Hawkins author assistants. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to do it again. This is my first year blogging. I love dystopian, science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy books. I love TBF because I have met so many amazing authors.

Hi! My name’s Katie and I’m a sophomore this year. This will be my fourth time attending TBF and my first time as a book blogger as well as getting involved behind the scenes with this wonderful festival. I love the middle school genre, but won’t mind reading a couple more mature YA novels every once in awhile. I love fantasy (specifically contemporary fantasy) and I will devour any superhero book you give me. I can’t wait to start book blogging this year!

Hello! I'm Claire and I'm in eighth grade. This is my second year attending and being involved with TBF. I will read almost anything, from fantasy to contemporary as long as it's good! I love TBF as every year I get to meet new authors and find new books to love!

Alongside our newest TBF bloggers, TBF's veteran bloggers, Elizabeth, Theresa, Katie G. and I will be sharing all the greatest TBF reads! So stick around! There are a TON of books and fun things to share with you throughout the year!

We can't wait to talk to you!
Miranda and the TBF Blogging Team

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Island Stone

Happy fall everyone! I hope your school year has gotten off to a great start. I spent my Columbus Day this year reading Tamara Island Stone's Time Between Us cover to cover. Let me tell you, it was worth it. 

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time. 

Time Between Us was a perfect way for me to start off the TBF blogging year. There's nothing like a good book to sit down with and tell everyone "yes, I recommend" once you've finished it. Tamara Island Stone did a great job beautifully crafting this love story. 

What I found so alluring about Time Between Us was it's wonderful characters and interesting plot. Anna, our main character, from page one was introduced as average teenage girl who had wanted to just get away from her small town. Bennett, on the other hand, was a mystery to Anna. Out of place in her average life. So full of secrets. He was her daring adventure, so to speak. When combined with the amazing power Bennett possesses, and the underlying reason he was spending time in 1995 in the first place, the story became a powerful one. Not just an adventure for Anna or Bennett but for us as readers as well. If you pick this book up expecting a cliché love story you are definitely not going to get it. 

I would definitely recommend Time Between Us to any reader who is a big fan of time travel and or romance. You will definitely get sucked into the 1995 right along with the characters.

That's all for today. Happy reading!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review: The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

Hello TBF readers!

Are you guys excited?! This is the FIRST book review of the brand new TBF year. Before I jump right in to my book review, I do have an author announcement! Benjamin Alire Saenz will be attending TBF this year! He is the well-known author of ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. So cool!

Now, time for the book review. When I should've been studying for school, I was too busy reading, Sara Shepard's newest book THE AMATEURS. Take a look:

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she's hooked. Helena's high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It's the reason she's a member of the site in the first place.

So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena's sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation.

But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they've been keeping quiet.

As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer's trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.

THE AMATEURS is my first Sara Shepard novel (I know, I’m behind). If THE AMATEURS is anything like her other novels, I will be binge-reading them in the next few weeks. The first book in this brand new series is fast-paced, thrilling and full of drama.

What I love about THE AMATEURS is cast of the characters. There are four teens to this detective wannabe group: Seneca, Maddy, Brett and Aerin. They all of have their own personal motives for solving the mysterious death of Helena Kelly. They have no resources or forensic knowledge. All they have going for them is their ambition, quick-thinking and the desire to know what happened to Helena. In a strange way, solving cold cases is even therapeutic for them.

I highly recommend THE AMATEURS to every mystery reader lover. You will be very addicted to the plot, characters and the drama.

That's it for today! Be sure to check back for more book reviews and more!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Another TBF Author has been announced!

Hello everyone!

Are you sitting down? No, Take a moment to do so. Are you sitting down now? Good. Because I have some SUPER EXCITING TBF author news. Are you ready for this one? The one and only, SARAH J. MAAS will be joining the TBF 2017 Author line-up! TIME TO FREAK OUT!

In case you didn't know, Sarah J. Maas is the bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. If you haven't read this two amazing high fantasy series, I suggest you do so, right now!

And in case you missed it, I announced some of our TBF 2017 Author Line up in this blog post. Check it out!

That's all for today! Be sure to check back very soon because our TBF blogging cycle will be starting! And you don't want to miss the latest book reviews and author interviews coming up in the next months!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

TBF 2017 Author News

Hello TBF readers!

It's been such a long time! How have you all been?

So it's that time of the year again (no, not the winter holidays. Although curling up in ten pounds worth of blankets, drinking a nice cup of hot cocoa with a book on your lap sounds really nice)! Time to reveal our TBF 2017 Author Line-Up (so far)! Are you ready?!

Charles Benoit: author of You, Fall From Grace, Cold Calls and Snow Job

Scott Bergstrom: debut author of The Cruelty (This debut novel is coming out February 2017)

Libba Bray: author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, Beauty Queens, Going Bovine and The Diviners series

Zac Brewer: author of The Blood Between Us, Soulbound, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, The Slayer Chronicles and Cemetery Boys

Michael Buckley: author of The Sisters Grimm series, NERDS series and the Undertow series

Don Calame: author of Swim the Fly series and Dan vs. Nature

Selene Castrovilla: author of The Girl Next Door and Saved by the Music

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo: author of Feels Like Home, Prizefighter en Mi Casa and Fat Angie

Zoraida Córdova: author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and Labyrinth Lost, the first book in her new series called Brooklyn Brujas

Ellen Hopkins: author of Crank, Glass, Fallout, Burned, Smoke, Impulse, Perfect, Tricks, Traffick, Identical, Tilt and Rumble

A.G. Howard: author of the Splintered series and RoseBlood (Her latest book, RoseBlood will be released January 2017)

Shaun David Hutchinson: author of We Are the Ants, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, The Deathday Letter and At the Edge of the Universe (At the Edge of the Universe will be released February 2017)

A.S. King: author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Everyone Sees the Ants, Ask the Passengers, Reality Boy, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, I Crawl Through It and Still Life with Tornado (A.S. King's newest book, Still Life with Tornado will be out October 11)

David Levithan: author of Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, Two Boys Kissing, The Realm of Possibility, Love is the Higher Law, Every You Every Me and Wide Awake

Matthew Loux: author of Salt Water Taffy series and Sidescrollers

Danielle Paige: author of Dorothy Must Die series and Stealing Snow (Danielle Paige's latest novel, Stealing Snow, will be released September 20)

Kim Savage: author of After the Woods and Beautiful Broken Girls (Her second novel, Beautiful Broken Girls will out February 2017)

Sara Shepard: (YES, THAT SARA SHEPARD) author of Pretty Little Liars series, The Lying Game series, The Perfectionists series and newest series, The Amateurs (The first novel in The Amateurs series will be released November 1)

Tamara Ireland Stone: author of Time After Time duology and Every Last Word

Maggie Thrash: author of Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir and We Know It Was You (Her latest novel, We Know It was You, will be out in October 4)

Terry Trueman: author of Stuck in Neutral, Life Happens Next, Inside Out, Cruise Control, No Right Turn, 7 Days in the Hot Corner, Sheehan: Heartbreak and Redemption and Hurricane

Look at all those FANTASTIC authors so far! And yes, we are still confirming some more!

That is all for today! Be sure to check back for more author news, book reviews and more!


Friday, August 26, 2016

Eastman PhotoFinish 5K

Hello TBF readers!

One of the greatest things about TBF is that it is FREE to attend! For over 11 years, we have managed to keep an admission free event thanks to the fantastic and wonderful fundraising. One of our biggest fundraisers is the Eastman PhotoFinish 5K. This year, the Eastman PhotoFinish 5K will be held on Saturday, October 1st, starting at the Eastman Museum. We did a great job fundraising last year and we need your help again!

"How can I help?" you say.

There are two options:

Option #1: We are looking for participants to run, walk, skip, jog or kazoo as part of our team this year. If you are interested in doing so, please register with the race here:

After you register to participate, start your fundraiser forTBF through Crowdrise. Sign up here:

Option #2: If you don't want to participate in the race, but still helpTBF have its best fundraiser ever, please consider donating to our Crowdrise page:

If you have any questions about signing up to participate in the Eastman PhotoFinish 5K, email Kimberly Rouleau at

Thank you all so much! We are looking forward to your participation!