Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another TBF Author Confirmed!

Hello readers!

Yes, we have another author confirmed! I'm happy to announce that Neal Shusterman will returning to TBF! He is the author (just to name a few) of Unwind series, Skinjacker series, Antsy Bonano series, Dark Fusion series, Shadow Club series, the Star Shards Chronicles & Darkness Creeping In series. Check out his Goodreads page to learn more about this books (since there's a ton).

That's it for today! We will keep you all posted on the authors coming to TBF 2015!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More TBF 2015 News!

Hello TBF readers!

I have some exciting news for you guys: Laurie Halse Anderson is coming to TBF 2015! Yay! Laurie is the author of Speak, Prom, Catalyst, Twisted, Fever 1793, Wintergirls, Seeds of America series and The Impossible Knife of Memory.

And for advanced excitement: Laurie Halse Anderson will be joining us for the TBF Read-a-Thon!

TBF Read-a-Thon
Where: Barnes and Noble in Pittsford
When: Saturday, November 1st
Time: TBD

More information about the RAT will be posted later.

That's it for today! Read a lot and enjoy your vacation!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Another Author Confirmed for TBF 2015

Hello readers!

I hope you all had a great 4th of July. I have exciting news to share with you: Matt de la Peña is coming back to Rochester for TBF 2015! Yay! Matt is the author of Mexican WhiteBoy, Ball Don't Lie, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living series.

Enjoy the sunshine! Read a ton this summer!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TBF 2015

Hey readers!

TBF 2014 was a success! YAY!

For readers who didn't get a chance to come to TBF 2014, have no fear because there's always TBF 2015! The 10th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival will be May 16th, 2015. And yes, TBF fandom, we already have some confirmed authors!
  • Charles Benoit: author of You, Fall From Grace & Cold Calls
  • Heather Brewer: author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, the Slayer Chronicles & the Legacy of Tril series
  • Jessica Brody: author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided & the Unremembered trilogy
  • Michael Buckley: author of the Sister Grimms series and the NERDS series
  • Kevin Emerson: author of the Atlanteans series, the Oliver Nocturne series and the Exile series
  • Ellen Hopkins: author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Smoke & Rumble   *Rumble will be released in August*
  • A.S. King: author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Everybody Sees the Ants, Ask the Passengers, Monica  Never Shuts Up and Reality Boy
  • Jonathan Maberry: author of the Benny Imura series
  • Heather Terrell: author of Fallen Angel duology and Books of Eva series
  • Terry Trueman: author of--he'll be very disappointed if you don't know his books by now, readers J --Stuck In Neutral, Life Happens Next, Inside Out, Cruise Control, No Right Turn, 7 Days at the Hot Corner & Hurricane
During the summer, I will be announcing more confirmed authors for TBF 2015 authors. I'm just letting you know ahead of time to not expect authors to be confirmed every week.

Good luck to everyone with end of the year exams, congratulations to the Class of 2014 (especially to our dear co-blogger Elizabeth!) and enjoy the summer, readers!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Post TBF 2014

Hello TBF readers!

It's been weeks since TBF 2014 and I'm riding the high from meeting all of these amazing authors and the wild excitement. I mean look at the excitement seeping through these awesome videos and pics!

TBF President Goddess Stephanie Squicciarini dressed up in Steampunk because readers met their fundraising challenge
Photo Credit: TBF Live on Twitter

TBF Author Parade from the POV of excited fan (aka me)

Video Credit: Miranda Reads

The crowd for the Opening Author Panel

Photo credit: Jay Asher on Twitter

Photo credit: BN Pittsford on Twitter

Photo credit: Sue Kowalski on Twitter

Opening Author Panel: Truth or Talent.

Alethea Kontis and Amber Lough sang and while author Jay Asher did a seaweed dance to "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid

Video credit: Alethea Kontis on YouTube

G. Neri and Jay Asher sang and beat-boxed to Selena Gomez's "Come and Get"

Video Credit: Miranda Reads

Lauren Myracle showed us she can still do a hand stand

 Photo credit: TBF Live on Twitter

Author Breakout Sessions

Left to Right: Amber Lough, Cristin Terrill, Michelle Madow and Tess Sharpe
Photo Credit: Amber Lough on Twitter

E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle
Photo Credit: TBF Live on Twitter

Jonathan Auxier and Aaron Starmer
Photo Credit: TBF Live on Twitter

Gina Damico
Photo Credit: TBF Live on Twitter

Autographing Session

Photo Credit: TBF Live on Twitter

Photo Credit: TBF Live on Twitter

For more blog posts about TBF 2014 check out these fun blogs!

A HUGE thank you to several people. Thank you to the authors who hopped on planes and drove all the way here to Rochester; you truly made hundreds of readers' day. We hope you enjoyed TBF and would consider coming back again! Thank you to the publishers who sent these amazing authors to TBF; we are grateful that you guys were supporters of this book festival and we can't thank you enough. Thank you to the sponsors; without you there wouldn't be a TBF. Thank you to all of the TBF volunteers; you guys put aside your entire day to make TBF enjoyable for the readers and authors. Thank you to the incredible TBF Committee; you guys put a lot of energy and time year-round into this event. Thank you to TBF President (or Goddess, either one), Stephanie Squicciarini, for shedding blood, sweat and tears and doing this festival for 9 years! And lastly, thank you readers for taking some time out of your day to read the TBF blog.

See you all at TBF 2015!

Monday, May 19, 2014

All Our Yesterdays

Thank you for attending TBF 2014 at Nazareth this past Saturday. Today's review is by guest blogger Florence who read Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays

This story is told through the perspective of time-traveler Em who is being held by The Doctor in a secret military base along with Finn, the boy she loves, who resides in the cell next to hers. Em finds a set of instructions in the drain of her cell, which she has been obsessing over for months, that she left there for herself to execute. The note tells Em "You have to kill him." and she knows immediately that her worst fear and hardest choice to live with is the last possible way to stop The Doctor from destroying the world. The story is also told from the perspective of Marina and follows her traumatic story with her best friend James whom she's loved since she can remember. When James' brother is shot and killed she makes it her mission to help him find the killer and to be there for him in any way she can, even if that means putting herself in danger. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill creatively and brilliantly explains time travel and builds a chaotic world where the characters race against the clock to save the world and alter the course of history. This sci-fi novel filled with time-travel, adventure and true love is a must read and will keep is readers intrigued until the very last word, which leaves them wanting more.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Book Review: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

It’s a tough life on light crew. Every day is full of danger, crawling through the dark hulls of abandoned, beached ships, searching for wire and metal salvage. To Nailer, it’s the only life he’s ever known, and even though he hates it, he has to find some way to support himself. Especially since there are so few people he can trust.

After a devastating hurricane, Nailer and Pima, his best friend, make the discovery of a lifetime – a swank ship, filled with all sorts of riches, riches that can get them out of this life. But when they scavenge the ship, they find something they weren’t expecting – a survivor. Against his better judgment, Nailer decides to rescue the girl, Nita, and she reveals that if they help her get back to her family, she’ll reward them handsomely. But dozens and dozens of miles of wasteland are between them and the nearest drowned city that they could venture to. Not to mention the goons trying to catch Nita, dead or alive – including Nailer’s father. Nailer isn’t quite sure what he’s gotten into, but he is going to survive.

Ship Breaker was an AMAZING book. As you probably know from my reviews, I don’t generally enjoy dystopias, but Ship Breaker…well I guess you could call it a literary dystopian thriller. There’s a reason it won the Printz Award and was a National Book Award finalist. Ship Breaker defies all expectations, and goes by so quickly that you’d can’t believe it isn’t only 200 pages. And once you’re finished, you’ll just sit there thinking, “What did I just read? I need to read it again.” I was extremely impressed with Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel, and I definitely plan on reading it again. You should definitely check it out and buy it if you have the money.

Just a reminder that the festival is TOMORROW!! (I can’t believe it, can you?) You all should come bright and early at 8:45 for the author parade and stay as long as you can – you won’t regret it. Can’t wait to see you all there! :)

Happy Reading!