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: https://www.crowdrise.com/greater-rochester-teen-book-festival---year-12/fundraiser/teenbookfestival

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: https://www.crowdrise.com/greater-rochester-teen-book-festival---year-12/fundraiser/teenbookfestival

If you have any questions about signing up to participate in the Eastman PhotoFinish 5K, email Kimberly Rouleau at kimberly.rouleau@gmail.com

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Hello TBF readers!

It’s been almost two weeks since TBF 2016! I still have a ridiculous smile on my face because I have so many happy memories from TBF! There are so many people to thank for making TBF happen so here we go!

THANK YOU…to the 31 authors who traveled long and far to come to Rochester! You have changed our lives forever by talking to us, signing all of our books, taking pictures with us and just being there. You have touched all of our hearts! Please come back someday!

THANK YOU…to the various publishers who sent and supported all of those wonderful authors! We hope that you know that your authors have treated like the rockstars that they are. We love your authors and their books.

THANK YOU…to all who have donated to TBF! Your support for TBF means the world to us! TBF would not be possible without you! We can keep the event FREE for all who attend. Every teen from different backgrounds can come together without fear and share the love for books!

THANK YOU…to the TBF volunteers! You gave up your whole day to help run this huge event run smoothly. You helped bring a smile to the authors and attendees faces!

THANK YOU…to the fantastic TBF Committee! These wonderful people worked all year to help plan and bring you TBF. They are dedicated to bring happiness and spread the love of reading. Without their passion and dedication, TBF would not be possible.

THANK YOU…to Stephanie Squicciarini! You have seen this remarkable and amazing woman. Stephanie is the woman behind TBF. Without her, we would not TBF. We would not have an awesome teen book festival right here in Rochester. We wouldn’t have the wonderful memories at TBF with the authors or other teens if TBF did not exist. She has been working ELEVEN hard years to make sure that TBF is what you imagined.

And lastly, THANK YOU to YOU! Yes, you! TBF is about you! TBF is about bringing the Rochester community together. It amazes me that so many people attend TBF each year. It once was an itty bitty teen book festival and now it bloomed into a big festival! Without your endless excitement for TBF, it would not continue to be an event to look forward to.

If you attended TBF this year, please fill out this survey! We want to help make sure TBF is perfect for next year and we can’t without your help! The due date for the survey is June 3rd. Also tell us which authors you want to see at TBF 2017!

Thank you all so much! I will talk to you all soon!


Friday, May 13, 2016

TBF Author Bio: Rachel Hawkins


Are you guys excited?! To celebrate the fact that TBF is TOMORROW, Katie will share some fun facts about TBF Author, Rachel Hawkins! Take a look:

Looking for sass, superpowers and strong leading ladies? Search no further as Rachel Hawkins is your woman. Author of the wonderfully hilarious Rebel Belle series about a homecoming queen forced to protect her arch nemesis and Hex Hall which she describes herself as "... if you got sent to Hogwarts, only it TOTALLY SUCKED, ” she has a similarly fantastic sense of humor in real life (just wait until you find your time sucked away stalking reading her tumblr).
Here are ten fabulous facts about Rachel Hawkins:
  • Obviously, she’s a big fan of spooky tales and names R.L. Stine, Stephen King, and Lois Duncan as some of her favorite authors.
  • She was born in Virginia and now lives in Alabama.
  • She is married to a geologist.
  • Her favorite Southern slang is “bless your heart.”
  • She got stabbed with an arrow when she was 5.
  • Some of the fandoms she’s in are Doctor Who and Game of Thrones.
  • She knits (Apparently very badly…)
  • She once was a high school teacher that had to help seniors understand works like Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales.
  • If she ever was in a beauty pageant, her talent would be monologuing.
  • If she only could use one word to describe herself it would be “shenanigans.”

Make sure to visit Rachel Hawkins and other authors at TBF which is less than ONE WEEK AWAY! :)

Thank you so much, Katie!

See you all, tomorrow!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Book Review: Identical by Ellen Hopkins

IdenticalGreetings readers! Only two more days until TBF!

I've been reading Ellen Hopkins' Identical and let me just preface it with this: it is intense. For those of you familiar with Ellen Hopkins, this shouldn't be a surprise; she tackles a lot of dark issues afflicting teens and their families and Identical is no exception. The one difference is that the issue that she's tackling isn't apparent for some time into the book. I won't spoil it for you though, that's not what I'm here to do. I just want to warn you that if you aren't familiar with Ellen Hopkins and the themes she tackles but want to read her books, I would probably recommend a different book of hers to you first, Burned, before you dive into the intensity of Identical or other books. It's still deals with serious issues, but is a touch tamer than most of her other books (I actually started Burned and that's how I got into her other books).

Now that I've finished that little caveat, on to Identical!

Written in free verse like Hopkins' other books, Identical is filled with first person snippets and poems from the point of view of Kaeleigh and Raeanne, twin daughters of a local judge and a politician. On the outside they're an ideal family, but each family member holds trauma and secrets. Their mother is on the campaign trail, and while she's away, their father smothers Kaeleigh in misdirected love. Raeanne wants nothing more than that attention from her father, but when she doesn't get it, she turns to drugs and sex to cope. Both twins are on a downward spiral but their differences drive them apart more than their kinship brings them together. Their facades need to come down for them to really live, but who is going to step up to change themselves and make up with the other?

As I mentioned before, this is something right up Ellen Hopkins' alley of controversial, deep and dark, and the verse fits so well with the themes she's trying to express. The free verse and the poems allow for a lot of texture and visual aspects that only further the story and the emotion that goes along with each excerpt, even hinting at other things between the words. And Kaeleigh and Raeanne represent different ways that dysfunction manifests in people and how different people internalize or act on their pain.

Raw, painful, and tragic, this book is definitely for anyone who has read and enjoyed Ellen Hopkins in the past. She perfectly captures the emotional depth required to convey the situation of Kaeleigh and Raeanne. Just keep in mind the book is meant for ages 14 and up, and if you're new to Ellen Hopkins, I would still recommend Burned first. And since they're both written in verse, I bet an avid reader could read both before the festival ;)

Happy reading! See you all at TBF this weekend!


Book Review: Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Hello TBF readers!

TBF blogger, Katie reviewed Sarah Rees Brennan's latest novel, TELL THE WIND AND FIRE. Take a look:

“In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.”

If you’ve read A Tale of Two Cities, the name Lucie Manette may seem very similar to you. And it certainly should, since Tell the Wind and Fire is actually a retelling of Dickens’ classic tale, replacing the two cities in the title, Paris and London, with two sides of New York City- Light and Dark.

In this reimagined modern-day society, humanity has discovered two types of magic and while Light Magicians who derive their power from the sun and moon receive a place at the top of society where they are ruled by the ruthless Mark Stryker, Dark Magicians, taking magic from blood, are confined to the slums where unrest is always brewing.

Caught between these two worlds is Lucie Manette, a.k.a. the Golden Thread through the Dark who became a city-wide celebrity after trying to save her father from the Cages, a cruel Light punishment. Having moved from her previous home with her aunt in the Dark side of the city, she now has a better life ahead of her, along with a happy relationship with Ethan, Mark Stryker’s nephew- but only as long as she can keep her image clear and her past out of the spotlight.

However this all begins to change when she finds out, through a series of unfortunate circumstances, that Ethan has a doppelganger created by Dark magic, the roguish Carwyn. And to make matters worse, the Dark side of the city is starting a revolution, using her name as their rallying cry.

With magic, and evil shadow twins, this book is a good read if you don’t enjoy the long-windedness and historical setting of classics. I also found the main character, Lucie Manette, to be quite more in control of her own destiny than the original which is great if you’re like me and enjoy reading about strong female leads.

But when it comes to my favorite character in the novel, it would have to be Carwyn. Funny and wildly sarcastic, he was a wonderful doppelganger not just for Ethan but for his counterpart in A Tale of Two Cities Sydney Carton. Here are some of his best lines:

“‘Well, said Carwyn, ‘I’m a growing avatar of darkness and I’ve been waiting for room service a suspiciously long time. Like two hours. I’m wondering what to do about it.’”

“‘I know,’ said Carwyn [pretending to be Ethan]. ‘I am just not very bright. Well, you’ve seen the kind of clothes I choose to wear, with the entirety of New York’s men’s fashions at my disposal, right?’”

“‘I said I wasn’t a criminal mastermind whose devious plans topple cities,’ Carwyn told me. ‘I never said I was nice.’"

So all in all, make sure to pick up Tell the Wind and Fire before May 14th and check out Sarah Rees Brennan at Teen Book Fest! You certainly won’t regret it!

Thank you so much, Katie!

That's it for today! Talk to you guys soon!