Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TBF Author News

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Hello readers!

I have some author news. First off, Laurie Halse Anderson will not be joining us for TBF 2015 due to an amazing opportunity for her to visit schools in Australia and New Zealand. However she will be with us for our Read-a-Thon so come see her at Barnes and Noble in Pittsford on Saturday, November 1st at 4:00pm! For more information about the RAT, check it out here. Secondly, I'm delighted to announce the authors who will be attending TBF 2015!
  • Gayle Forman: author of SISTERS OF SANITY, IF I STAY duology, JUST ONE DAY series and I WAS HERE     *I WAS HERE will hit the shelves January 27th 2015*
  • Jennifer Niven: author of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES     *ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES will be released January 6th 2015*
  • Tamora Pierce: author of SONG OF THE LIONESS series, DAUGHTER OF THE LIONESS series,  IMMORTALS series and so many more! Be sure to check out Tamora Pierce's Goodreads page for all of her books.
That's it for today! Be sure to check out blogger, Victoria's book review of PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King.


Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

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Hi, everyone!

I got to read Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King. Here’s the summary, if you haven’t had a chance to see or read this awesome book:

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Vera is a pizza delivery girl whose vocab I use to study for the SAT. She is an interesting person because she is not your usual distraught, rebel teen or your usual good girl stay in the lines, which are unfortunately many main character teen types that I find in YA books. She is an interesting mix of the two and does not always make the right decisions. She was a very real character that I liked a lot.

The book kept constantly switching point of view, time period, and even style of the chapter. It was fascinating because I would become so into what was currently happening, then it would switch and show us a piece of Vera and Charlie’s history that made them such good friends, and back to present again. There were a bunch of little side chapters and charts from Vera’s father that gave us a wider view into Vera’s life and what she was dealing with in addition to her dead friend’s mysterious death crisis.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants to read a deep yet light hearted book about friendship and just the choices we have to make in general. This book does have an aspect of magical realism, but don’t let that turn you off because I’m not a huge fan of magical realism, but it was woven so beautifully into the story that you simply cannot have the story without it.

A.S. King is an amazing author, so make sure you check out her other books too!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Hello readers!

I recently read THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and it was heart-pounding thriller. Take a look:
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

When I read THE NATURALS I felt like I was watching a pilot of a new TV Crime Drama show. I was sucked in after Chapter One. And when I had to do some mundane chores around the house, those were the commercial breaks. I was dying to find out what happens next.
What I found very intriguing were the Naturals, people with extraordinary skills. Cassie, our protagonist, is a Natural profiler, she can read people easily. For instance Cassie would know if someone liked their eggs scrambled or sunny-side-up without asking them. There are other Naturals in the book like Naturals at deception and lying, numbers and probabilities and reading emotions. I wondered if there are such people out there. I’ve heard about these geniuses on the news and I wonder if the FBI hires these geniuses.

I also enjoyed the very short chapters in the point-of-view of the killer. The killer’s chapters were chilling to read and I was desperate to find out who was the serial killer as much as the characters.
I highly recommend THE NATURALS to people who love TV Crime Dramas when they’re not reading a good book.

Also the thrilling sequel, KILLER INSTINCTS, coming out November 4th. Readers, I'm dying for it!

That's it for today! Make sure you check back the blog for more book reviews, author interviews and more!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Another Author Confirmed for TBF 2015

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Hello TBF readers,

I have some news to brighten your Monday! M.T. Anderson is coming to TBF 2015! M.T. Anderson is the author of FEED, THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, TRAITOR TO THE NATION series, NORUMBEGAN QUARTET series and more! Check out all of MT Anderson's books on his Goodreads page.

That's it for today! Be sure to check out the blog for more book reviews, author interviews and more!

Monday, September 29, 2014

TBF Read-a-Thon

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Hello readers,

Before I talk about the TBF Read-a-Thon , I would like to congratulate our wonderful TBF fans who ran in George Eastman House 5K Photo Finish. In addition, TBF raised $2,100! A huge thank you to everyone who donated and our runners!

Now let's talk about the Read-a-Thon (RAT). This is just one of the few fundraisers you can participate in. This year's fundraising goal is $10,000.  How can you sign up for RAT?
Ask your librarian at your school or library if they are involved with TBF and can get you a reader packet.  If not, contact Stephanie at StephanieS@tbflive.org. We ask fundraisers to raise a minimum of $20 to participate in the RAT. For an added incentive, the teen reader who raises the most money for RAT will receive TWO tickets to the TBF Author Dinner on Friday, May 15th, 2015.

Details about RAT
Date: Saturday, November 1st, 1-5pm
Location: Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza (3349 Monroe Avenue, 14618)
Fun: Meet Laurie Halse Anderson, who will arrive around 3:30 to meet our readers and then will stay for a short reading/presentation and book signing.  Laure is up for a National Book Award for her latest book, The Impossible Knife of Memory! (YAY! Congratulations Laurie!)
Snacks will be provided.  Readers should bring pillows, blankets, other comfy stuff and reading material.
Prizes: Readers can win door prizes and every reader will get a free TBF T-Shirt.
That's it for today! Be sure to check out the blog for some more news, book reviews from our new TBF bloggers and author interviews!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Updated Information about George Eastman 5K

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Hello readers,

If you didn't know, there's an event going on in Rochester called George Eastman House PhotoFinish 5K Run/Walk. For more information about it, check it here.

I have some update information regarding the George Eastman 5K.
  • Online registration ends TOMORROW, Wednesday 24th, at MIDNIGHT. To register click here.
  • The walk up registration fee increased to $30

That's it for today. Be sure to check out the TBF blog for book reviews from our new TBF bloggers, author interviews and more!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Calling All TBF Fans

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Hey TeenBookFest fans! 

We are looking for TEN fans willing to walk or run with us at the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K Walk/Run to be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

To register for the 5K, simply click on this link http://photofinish5k.eastmanhouse.org/?page_id=213 and follow the steps to register for the 5K and then to join our TBF TEAM. Also, once you register, someone will be in contact with you to make sure you have a TBF t-shirt to wear that day.  

If a 5K is not your thing, consider a small donation of TEN dollars for year 10 of the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, to be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

To make a donation, Simply follow this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/tbf2015
If you have any other questions about registering for the PhotoFinish 5K as a TBF Team member or if you want more assistance with how to donate to TBF through the fundraising page, please feel free to contact ljones1@naz.edu.

On behalf of the GREATER ROCHESTER TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL INC, thanks so much for your support!