READING, READING, READING TURNS FIVE & GIVEAWAY (OPEN)!

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Guess what today is?!

December 8, 2018, marks the FIVE YEAR anniversary of the creation of Reading, Reading, Reading! I cannot believe that I am still writing on this book blog for all of you amazing people to read! Reading has always been a huge passion of mine, and I am so thankful that so many of you come back to read all of my blog posts. I am also very thankful to all of the publishing houses that I receive books from, and that trust me to read and review their books in a meaningful way. I am forever thankful for this opportunity.

In order to truly express my gratitude, I have decided to do a giveaway!

YOU will have the chance to win one $10 gift card for my favourite place to buy books… BOOK OUTLET!!! This giveaway is open to anyone in the world (just make sure that Book Outlet ships to your country before you enter the giveaway please).

Here are the ways that you can win:

You MUST follow me on either my Instagram (@ReadingReadingReading) AND/OR my Twitter (@ReadingReadingR). After you do that, you must come back to THIS post and comment the handle of the social media account you used to follow me so I can make sure you entered the giveaway correctly.

In addition to the mandatory entry on either Instagram or Twitter, you can add another entry into this giveaway by following my blog either via your WordPress account, or via your own email. You will only get emails for my new posts, and not anything else. If you do either of these things, please COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH THE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT USERNAME AND PLATFORM THAT YOU ORIGINALLY ENTERED MY GIVEAWAY ON so I can count your additional entry to your profile!

This giveaway will be running from December 8, 2018 (the day I’m posting this) until January 8, 2019. I will be announcing the winner on a blog post on January 13, 2019, and will be contacting you via your social media account (so make sure you check your DM’s on that day).

Thank you all SO much for an amazing five years, I’m so thankful for each and everyone of you!

If you have any questions about the giveaway, feel free to make an additional comment and I will get back to you ASAP!

Good Night Book Owls!

FINE PRINT:

1. No purchase of any sort necessary to win.

2. Following @ReadingReadingReading on Instagram, or @ReadingReadingR on Twitter is the mandatory entry. An additional entry will be added for anyone who follows me via their WordPress account or personal email address.

3. Giveaway is open to anyone internationally as long as Book Outlet ships to the country in which you currently live. Check this to find out.

4. The duration of this giveaway is specified in this post.

5. The number of eligible entries in this giveaway is specified in this post.

6. The giveaway prize is specified within in this post.

7. The number of entries received and total prizes available determines the odds of winning.

8. Winners must comply with all terms and conditions of these official rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements.

9. The giveaway winner will be notified by via the social media account they used to enter.

10. If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to reply to the notification email within the required time period {two weeks}, or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. 

11. In the event that a prize winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner by random drawing.

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YA Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Hi everybody, and welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

The holiday season is finally upon us! Whether you are looking for last minute Hanukkah gifts, or doing some early shopping for Christmas and/or Kwanza gifts, you have come to the right place!


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One of my favourite bookish trends, if you will, is a bookish subscription box. This one sounds SO COOL! It is called the “Once Upon A Time Book Club“, and is a bookish subscription box that sends you one new release YA book, along with a ton of gifts that go along with each page/different parts of the book. The month-to-month rate on this box is $34.99 with slight discounts for prepaying either 3 months, 6 months, or a year.

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Another fun book subscription box is called “Bookship“. It is a book subscription box geared towards Adults who read YA! Every month you will get a new YA hardcover book along with items that go with the overall theme of the book. There are three basic plans for the box, “Flirt” (month to month payments $39.99 each), “Fling” (3-month prepay, $109.99), and “Real Thing” (6-month prepay, $199.98).

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One of my personal favourite bookish gifts are box sets. If a YA book worm gives you a list of books they would love to receive as gifts, check to see if any are the first in a series, and see if there is an entire box set for the series. I love binge-reading series once all of the books have come out, and I know a lot of others that are the same way! I received this box set of the “Darker Shades of Magic” series from my Mom for Hanukah just this past week, and I have been enjoying it so far!

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The last thing I would recommend purchasing for a YA book worm, is this BEAUTIFUL new book. It is called “Bibliophile” and was illustrated by Jane Mount. This is LITERALLY a book lovers bible, and it is SO beautiful to look at. Like the box set, I just recently received this book for Hanukkah and have been reading different parts of it every single night before I go to sleep. It is such a phenomenal book, and I would recommend buying this for all book lovers (including yourself!), not just YA book worms!!


That is my short and sweet YA Book Holiday Gift Guide for 2018! Do you have any other recommendations? Have you received any bookish gifts during the holiday season this far? Let me know in the comments or tweet them to me!

Good Night Book Owls!

Black Friday 2018 Book Outlet Haul

Hi everybody and Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

As some of you may know, Canada Post (the main postal service company in Canada) went on strike for a good portion of November. Therefore, a lot of packages were in (and are still) a backlog since there were a ton of delays from both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While my package took a longer time than most of my Book Outlet packages usually take (around three days), this one took about a week and a half (ordered on November 21, received on December 2 – who knew Canada Post delivered on Sundays?!).

I am so excited to share all of the books I bought with you! While I did recently made a HUGE Book Outlet order, this one is even bigger! Keep in mind, I hadn’t really bought any books in 2018 until my last Book Outlet order, so I still had some room to buy more books during their amazing 30% off regular priced books black friday sale!

To purchase your own haul of books from Book Outlet, feel free to use my link to receive $10 off your first Book Outlet order (click any of the words in this sentence to use it)!

Here’s a little sneak peek from inside the box!

This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales
Price: $3.59 CAD – Bargain Book

The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

This Is The Life – Alex Shearer
Price: $1.20 CAD – Bargain Book

Anatomy of a Misfit – Andrea Portes
Price: $2.89 CAD – Bargain Book

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Price: $3.59 CAD – Bargain Book

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Price: $7.89 CAD – Bargain Book

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes #3)
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Price: $5.09 – Bargain Book

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Price: $7.19 CAD – Bargain Book

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Price: $6.49 CAD – Scratch and Dent

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Price: $5.69 CAD – Bargain Book

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Behind Closed Door by B.A. Paris
Price: $7.89 CAD – Bargain Books

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
Price: $2.89 CAD – Bargain Book

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Price: $10.79 CAD – Bargain Book

If We Were Villains by M.L Rio
Price: $9.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Because You Love to Hate Me, Editied by Ameriie
Price: $8.59 CAD – Bargain Book

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warge
Price: $7.89 CAD – Bargain BookPrice: $7.89 CAD – Bargain Book

Tell Us Something Trip by Dana Reinhardt
Price: $5.69 CAD – Bargain Book

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Price: $3.59 CAD – Scratch & Dent

Two Roads From Here by Teddy Steinkellner
Price: $5.69 CAD – Bargain Book

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Price: $7.89 CAD – Bargain Book

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Price: $3.59 CAD – Bargain Book


Did you guys pick up any amazing books during the Book Outlet Black Friday sale, or another Black Friday book sale? Let me know in the comments!

Good Night Book Owls!

December 2018 TBR

Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

It is finally December! Does anybody else feel like this year has gone by pretty slowly? Most of the time I feel like the years go by quickly, but this one felt abnormally slow. Any who… December is the month of snow (yuck) and holidays (yay)! I will have a lot of exciting holiday posts for both Christmas, Hanukkah, and whatever else you may celebrate up very soon (including a YA/Bookish Gift Guide next weekend!).

I plan on reading quite a few books this month. If you read yesterdays blog post (November Wrap-Up), you will know that I sadly only read just about 1 and 3/4 books. Since I have quite a bit of reading time during the later end of this month, I have a set list of books that I hope to read and review for either this month or the beginning of next month. Fortunately, I am sent quite a few books from publishing houses every few months, and this month/the very end of November, I received a TON of Winter 2019/Spring 2019 ARCs (I will have a new “In My Mailbox” post up very soon) that I have to read as soon as possible, so I’m hoping to get through most of them this month.


The first three books I plan on reading are the “Shades of Magic” series by V.E. Schwab! I am more than half way thru “A Darker Shade of Magic” and I am really enjoying it so far. I recently purchased the entire box set from Indigo, which I posted an Instagram picture of last week. I plan on binging this series throughout the next week or two (however long it’ll take me to finish), and posting a full series review on my blog when I am finished it. I have heard an abundance of hype for this series, so I hope it lives up to it!

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The next book I plan on reading is “The Catcher In The Rye” by J.D. Salinger. Like 1984, I will be reading this with a group for my English Lit class and I am SO excited to finally read this book. I bought it off of Book Outlet a few months ago and have been meaning to read it for a while. When I found out that we were reading this for my class, I could not contain my excitement!

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A first weeks ago I requested “Watching You” by Lisa Jewell on NetGalley, and I got approved for it earlier last week! I have been super into Adult Thrillers lately and I have yet to read a Lisa Jewell book. This one sounds like something I would love, so I am so thankful that NetGalley accepted me for this e-ARC!

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The last book I plan on reading this month is another eARC from Simon & Schuster Canada via NetGalley. It is titled  “The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Martinson” and was written by Quinn Sosna-Spear. I requested this book a while ago, so I was so thankful to get an eARC of it! I believe this book falls in-between the Middle Grade and Young Adult sections, but I think it’s leaning towards more of a Middle Grade. Regardless, the premise of it sounds like so much fun and a great kind of book to read before the new year! The cover is also so interesting and makes the book that much more appealing.


Those are the books I plan on reading this December to end off the year! I am actually going to make another post with my Winter Break reading plans, because by then I will have all of my recent book gifts/ARCs/packages/orders (LOL), so I will have a bit more to chose from and to share for my two and a half weeks of winter break reading!

What are you guys planning on reading this month? Did you post a December TBR? Let me know in the comments, I love chatting with all of you! Make sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter, since I have been really active on both of them recently!

Good Night Book Owls!

November 2018 Wrap-Up

Hi everybody, Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

In October I read a whopping eight books, but in November I only read one and half of two other books.

I was really busy this month with school and work, so I barely had anytime to read. I am also waiting for some ARCs and a huge Book Outlet package from Black Friday (haul should be up hopefully sometime in the next few weeks… if the package ever arrives…). Therefore, I wasn’t really motivated to read a ton in my free time. I know that December will be just as if not more busy than this month, but I have my winter break at the end of this month for two and a half weeks, so I plan on getting a ton of reading done then (more on that in a few weeks)!

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The only full book I read this month was “Girls of Paper and Fire” by Natasha Ngan. I received this book from Hachette Book Group Canada, and posted my review of it a few weeks ago! You can read my review here. In short, I really enjoyed it and am very excited for the next book in the series!

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I started “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab a few days ago after I bought the complete box set from my new Chapters Indigo store, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit so far. The beginning was slow, but it is finally picking up. I am about half way thru the book as of 10:00AM on November 30th, so I will see how far I can get by the end of the day… maybe I’ll finish it!

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Like I mentioned last month, I am reading 1984 by George Orwell with a group for a school project. I am more than half way thru and I am really enjoying it so far! The world keeps getting more interesting, and I’m really loving all of the characters. By January I should be finished the whole thing, so I still have a while to process all of the details.


Sadly, that is all I read this month. I should have a lot more books on my wrap-up for December, not only because I have some extra much needed free time, but also because I will have a lot of new books and ARCs to immerse myself in!

How many books did you guys read this month? What was your favourite book of the month? Did you write a wrap-up and post it on your blog? Let me know in the comments, I love talking to all of you!

Good Night Book Owls!

OPENING OF HILLCREST MALL INDIGO BOOK STORE!

Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

My current favourite mall called Hillcrest has been getting a huge “Glow-Up” over the past year. They have added a ton of new stores including Old Navy, Lindt, and Honey, just to name a few! However, my favourite and most anticipated addition was the new Indigo (the biggest book department store in Canada)! It opened up last Monday, and over this passed weekend I visited it for the first time! The actual “Grand Opening” is actually this coming Saturday, December 1. With every purchase you make at Indigo @ Hillcrest on Saturday, you will receive a free book tote. Also, for the first 100 people that enter the store, you will get a free $10 gift card upon entry!

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The outside of the store was nothing fancy, it was just the logo for Indigo and IndigoKids.

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The inside of the store was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It was basically just different open rooms that have items from categories/themes (ie. YA books, Adult Books, Paper/Stationery, etc.).

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On the right side as soon as you walk in, Indigo features some Fiction and Non-Fiction bestsellers, which happened to be 40% off thanks to their Black Friday sale(s)!

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Like I said, there were a ton of great Black Friday sales that Indigo created, and many of them were featured on tables with beautiful center pieces for the holidays!

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Probably my most favourite part of the store were bookshelves with labels on them that featured some of the best books from the past few years. This one features “Heather’s Picks”. To read more about Heather and her book picks, click here!

Indigo also had a lot of 40% off items that were specifically for the holiday time. These include socks, hot chocolate, and mugs!

Indigo creates and purchases a lot of kinds of cards, including Birthday, Anniversary, New Child, and more! All of the boxed holiday cards were (are!) 40% off.

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Near the very front of the store, there is a section called “The Joy of the Table”. This section area features all things related to cooking/baking/food. All of the books and accessories featured were so pretty and nice to walk around!

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Indigo is home to some of the coziest home accessories, including candles and pillows! These were on full display at the new store.

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There was a huge section dedicated to picture frames and home goods (coffee table books, records, pictures, DIY shelves, etc.). This was one of my favourite sections to walk and peek through, plus it was my parents favourite too (yes, that’s them – hi Mom and Dad, I know you’re reading this!)!

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As in all bookstores, “The Paper Shop” was another one of my favourite areas! I am such a sucker for cute stationery and planners, so The Paper Shop always sucks me in no matter what time of year!

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A Room of Her Own” was a very cool new sections implemented in Indigo. It featured room decor that was more feminine, as well as some gender neutral items.

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The Wellness Shop” is a great place to look for Self-Help books, as well as items that will better your sense of self.

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As always, with snow and cold weather comes hockey season! While you should all know that I am a baseball kinda gal, I still enjoy the hockey season! Indigo had a lot of great hockey accessories to go along with some of their hockey themed books, and a few of them can be featured in the picture.

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Even though board games are not as nearly popular as they have been in the past, there are still a very fun way to have lots of entertainment without the use of technology! Indigo featured a great variety in their “Games and Puzzles” section.

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Both on the walls and on tables, Indigo featured a lot of bestselling and new Non-Fiction books.

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Near the back of the store close to “The Paper Shop” was a huge section of all kinds of Magazines, both national and international.

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And of course, my favourite section was the Young Adult section of the store! While I didn’t get too many pictures of this section, I was wandering in this area for several minutes, and I must say Indigo did a great job with it!

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Thrillers are an extremely popular genre in the book world, and are one of my personal favourites! A ton of popular Thrillers were featured on the $15 table, which is a fantastic deal for books that can retail over $25 CAD!img_8115

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Since this is a bookstore after all, there were millions upon millions of general fiction books, that fall into several different genres. Some were featured on specialty tables, while others were spread out onto the magnificently large shelves!

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Along with “Heather’s Picks”, there were also many “Staff Picks” featured all around the store. All of these books have an easy to remove customized sticker, put on by the employee that recommended the book!

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What I liked and appreciated most about this Indigo in comparison to other Chapters/Indigos as well as other book stores was the fact that there was a lot of open space, which made it easy to maneuver and walk around, even when there were a lot of people walking around at the same time.

Indigo is nationally known for its phenomenal section of Kids books, and this store had an entire section just for kids to pick books and sit around! They also had a large American Girl area, which was pretty neat.

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And that, my friends, was the Alyssa Cohen edition of a virtual tour of the BRAND NEW INDIGO IN HILLCREST MALL! I hope you all enjoyed this, it took quite a while to put together, but I LOVE the way it turned out! I am NOT getting paid to post this blog post, so if you feel like doing a good deed, feel free to share this with Indigo in whichever way you’d like!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for exclusive blog post sneak peeks and to be updated on what I am currently reading!

Good Night Book Owls!

P.S. There is no way I could leave this new store empty handed! Indigo had 50% off select box sets, so I picked up the box set of “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab! I have heard incredible things about this series, and the box set was an absolute bargain! I posted a picture of it on my Instagram, which you can see below!

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I hope that you all had a fantastic #Thanksgiving and #BlackFriday! I just made my first ever visit to the new @chaptersindigo in @shop_hillcrest! It was STUNNING. I will have a new blog post with a TON of pictures all about it sometime in the coming week! I recently made a huge @bookoutlet purchase from their #BlackFriday sale, and I didn’t want to buy any more books until literally 2019 because I bought so many… however, that didn’t exactly happen! #ChaptersIndigo has some PHENOMENAL sales going on this weekend, including 50% off (select?) box sets! I have been wanting to read the #TheShadesOfMagic series FOREVER, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Fortunately, the box set of all three books was 50% off, so it ended up costing me just over $30!!! I’m SO excited to start this series. Have you any of you read it yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts! #bookblogger #yabooks #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #boxset #booksale #bookoutlet #chapters #indigo #canadianbookblogger

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Alyssa’s Reviews – The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis (eARC)

Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

If you read my October Wrap-Up, you know that I read “The Leading Edge of Now” by Marci Lyn Curtis during the middle of October, thanks to NetGalley! It is out in bookstores everywhere, and I am so excited to share my review with you today!

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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor. Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever. People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?

I found myself reading the acknowledgments when this book was done. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to continue reading a book that badly in my entire life. This story is tragic. A combination of new and old love, as well as new and old tragedy. Rape is not something I typically read about, and it is not something I ever gravitate towards to as a reader, especially when choosing books to request and review. However, something drew me to this book when I found it on NetGalley, and I don’t think I’ve read a better contemporary novel in my life.

All of the characters in this book seem so real. They were written exquisitely, and I connected with them in an instant. All of the characters went through a fantastic amount of development throughout this story, which made them that much better. Grace had already gone through so much in her short life. When we find out about the horrible truth regarding her rape, it sends her and her closest family members and friends in a state of shock. Even though she had already gone through so much, she showed a lot of strength in this novel, and I truly admired her for it. Owen and Janna were the closest people she had in her life, besides her uncle, Rusty. They played such a huge role in this novel, and I enjoyed their characters more than you can imagine. Owen and Grace’s relationship was very different than any other relationship I have read in YA. They never officially got back together in this story, but I think that made the story that much better. They didn’t need to be together, even though they still felt a very deep connection with one another. While I didn’t like Grace’s real family (Rusty, Faith, Eleanor) at the beginning, by the end of the book I grew to love them and what they had done for Grace. She was finally part of a family, and finally found her home. 

The plot in this book is very tough and can be triggering. While there was not a very graphic rape scene written in this book, it is mentioned very frequently, since it is the main point in this story. Marci talks about Grace’s story very clearly, and makes sure not to say anything than can be translated in the wrong way. Writing stories about rape and/or anything similar to it, must be very difficult for authors to do without much backlash, but since Marci shared that she based some of this book off of her own life, she knew how to execute it and what people would want to read. I cannot imagine going through a story even the slightest bit similar to this. To all of you that have gone through something similar, I am so sorry and if you ever need someone to talk to, I am here for you.

If you have gone through a tramatic experience, click here or call 1(800)-656-4673 today. You are NOT alone.

Thank you for reading my review of “The Leading Edge of Now”. This is such a great story about such a sad topic, and I encourage you all to read it. I rated it 5/5 stars.

Good Night Book Owls!