Dare You To Lie: Sneak Peak and Author Videos

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Title: Dare You to Lie
Author: Amber Lynn Natusch
Release Date: September 4, 2018

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Dare You to Lie’s release date is fast approaching.  I personally can’t wait for it to release.  If you’re like me and just want to get a head start, you can read the first Chapter here.

Amber made a couple of cute videos, one being the main character reading reviews about herself (see cute).  You can find these videos on her website, https://amberlynnnatusch.com/.

screen shots from Amber’s Facebook link.

Once you’ve read Dare You to Lie, come join use at TBR & Beyond on September 24th at 8pm EST to meet with Amber for a live author chat (this will be spoiler free so you can still join if you haven’t read the book yet).  There will be a chance to win swag during the live chat, so you wont want to miss it!

See  you then.

TBR and Beyond Author Summer Visits

Image may contain: 7 people, people smilingI just wanted to take a moment and let everyone know about some fun author visits on the Facebook group TBR and Beyond.  The Admins and Mods of this group has been working super hard and have connected with a number of authors who will be doing a live chat with everyone after the group read.  Below is more details/close up of each event in June – I will come back in July and August with more details about those group reads/chats.

Reign of the Fallen – June 21st @ 8PM EST

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Sarah Gleen Marsh will be joining us on a live chat to talk about her book Reign of the Fallen.  This is a group read for TBR and Beyond and will fit in the June event of “Love is Love is Love” Word Search – visit the event page for more details on that one.  This event can be found here.


Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Chance to Win…

By reading and joining the live chat, you have the chance to win a complete set of beautiful character cards from “Reign of the Fallen”.  There will be 10 sets that will be given away at random during the live chat.  It’s an international giveaway as well.

People Like Us – June 29 @ 8PM EST

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Dale Mele will be joining us on June 28th at 8pm EST on Facebook for a live chat.  She will be talking to us after we have read her book People Like Us.  This is another book that will fit in the June Event (see link above).  The event can be found here.  Just to note, the event card above has a typo – the event date is June 29th at 8pm EST.


Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

Change to Win…

By reading and joining the live chat, you have a chance to win a signed bookmark.  These too will be randomly given away during the live chat so make sure you join!

I am super excited for both of these books and hope that everyone decides to join us!

Are You Reading More Than a 5th Grader Read-a-Thon: Final Update

The Are You Reading More Than a 5th Grader Read-a-Thon officially finished yesterday (May 20th) at 11:59 pm.  I read a decent amount, for me, this week.  I was hoping to get more finished, but honestly I didn’t read as much as I was hoping. There was a threat of a reading slump halfway through the week.  I have learned through this month of Middle Grade reading that there are not many contemporary reads.  I have read a lot of fantasy books and I’m thinking I need a break from it – although I need to finish two more books for this month, but once I finally finish those I think I’m going to read a couple of contemporaries to avoid a true slump.

So what did I read this week?



Title: Unwritten
Author: Tara Gilboy
Pages: 198
Released Date: October 16, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade
Rating: Review to Come (eARC from NetGalley)


Just Princesses
Author: Crystal Velásquez
Pages: 160
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Humour, Graphic Novel
Age Range: Middle Grade
Rating: 3/5

21996359Title: Flunked
Author: Jen Calonita
Pages: 256 (5h 18m)
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Audiobook
Age Range: Middle Grade
Rating: 3/5

Currently Reading

So this one I didn’t quite finish during the Read-a-thon, but I will continue it and put it towards the TBR and Beyond Back to School Event.


Aru Shah and the End of Time
Author: Roshani Chokski
Pages: 355
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology
Age Range: Middle Grade
Current Progress: 45% (163 pg)

Overall, I’m happy with the amount I read, especially since I was fighting off a slump.  I was really worried I would have to DNF Aru Shah simply because of a slump, but I’m pushing past it.  I really enjoy the book – if I had to rate it right now I’d give it 4/5 – but because I’ve read so many fantasies in a row it’s causing me to read a lot slower than I normally would.  I also find I’m getting distracted with binge re-watching Gossip Girl.  But just this morning I read for about an hour (didn’t time it just an estimation) I manged to read another 5% (20 pages), which was more than I’ve read during most of the sprints in the later half of the Read-a-thon so I’m thinking I’m getting over my slump (for now).

How did everyone else do during the week?  Did you participate in the Read-a-thon?

Until next time.

Are You Reading More Than a 5th Grader Read-a-thon: Update

We’re halfway through the Are You Reading More Than a 5th Grader Read-a-thon hosted on TBR and Beyond Facebook Group and I thought I would update everyone on my progress so far.

I’m not doing as well as I would have hoped, but I’m still making progress – which is better than nothing!  So what have I accomplished?


UnwrittenTile: Unwritten
Author: Tara Gilboy
Pages: 198
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Age RangeMiddle Grade
Rating: Review to come (eArc from NetGalley)

28399445Title: Just Princesses
Author: Crystal Velásquez
Pages: 160
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Humour, Graphic Novel
Age Range: Middle Grade
Rating: 3/5


Currently Reading

21996359Title: Flunked
Author: Jen Calonita
Pages: 256 (5h 18m)
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Audiobook
Age Range: Middle Grade
Current Progress: 80% (3h 50m)


36222611Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time
Author: Roshani Chokski
Pages: 355
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology
Age Range: Middle Grade
Current Progress: 10% (36 pg)

That’s where I sit so far in the Read-a-thon.  I should be able to finish these two books by the end of the week – if not start another.  Really that should be an easy goal, since it does run until Sunday at midnight (EST).  Come join us if you want to participate in some sprints or just some reading fun.

Are You Reading More Than a 5th Grader Read-a-Thon

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As you may have read from my previous post, I am participating in the TBR and Beyond Read-a-thon called are You Reading More Than a 5th Grader.  The Read-a-thon runs from May 14 to 20th.  There aren’t any challenge to this one, but it is obviously encouraged to work on the Middle Grade Reading Challenge.  There will be sprints throughout it though.

Obviously, the Read-a-thon started at midnight today (May 14th), but sleep took priority over reading so far.  I don’t have a particular TBR for this one, not that’s different than my monthly TBR.  I’m hoping to get a couple books read this month – maybe complete the books I’m currently reading.

Current read

I will attempt to do updates as often as possible – I will try to wait until I actually make progress – who wants to read about me not reading anything, right?!

Come and join us!  The more the merrier. Are You Reading More Than a 5th Grader.

Girl Behind the Blog

Since this is my first official post, I thought I would do a quick little Behind the Blog Questionnaire.  I hope it helps give you a little insight of who I am.

Image result for femaleTHE OUTSIDE

  • Name: Heather
  • Eye color: Hazel (although lately they favour grey)
  • Hair style/color: depends on the day – right now wine coloured
  • Height: 5′ 3″
  • Clothing style: Comfy
  • Best physical feature: ?? Butt I guess lol

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  • Your fears: Heights and falling (good pairing right?!)
  • Your guilty pleasure: horrible B Horror Movies
  • Ambitions for the future: Completing my M.Ed and getting a Full-time teaching job!

Image result for Thought bubbleTHOUGHTS

  • Your first thoughts waking up: “Ugh it’s morning already!?!”
  • What you think about most: When I get to read for fun next.
  • What you think about before bed: depending on the day… lately it’s “am I ready for tomorrow’s class?”

Image result for which one WHAT’S BETTER? 

  • Single or group dates: Single – I’m an introvert, so I like smaller groups
  • To be loved or respected: Loved – I’m assuming anyone that loves me respects me
  • Beauty or brains: Brains – they’re with you forever!
  • Dogs or cats: Cats – I love all animals, but I have to cat fur babies so I’m bias lol

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  • Lie: well sometimes right… 
  • Believe in yourself:  again, sometimes
  • Believe in love: always!
  • Want someone: My husband… does that still count?

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  • Been on stage:  back in elementary school when they force children with stage fright to sing Christmas Carols lol
  • Done drugs: well technically, I really enjoy caffeine (which they claim is a drug) and I use to drink – so there’s that.
  • Changed who you were to fit in: hello, high school!

Related image FAVOURITES

  • Favourite color:  red 
  • Favourite animal: I’ve always loved White Tigers!
  • Favourite movie: I love so many movies, but I love Scream and I love Breakfast Club
  • Favourite show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, MasterChef, Sailor Moon
  • Favourite book: hmm…. I have too many that I love, but I guess The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

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  • Day your next birthday will be: Ugh turns out Monday
  • How old will you be: 33
  • Does age matter:  nope 🙂

Well that’s me, based on the questions anyway.  I would love to hear feedback, or feel free to ask me any questions that you’re curious about.