Finding Mr. Brightside | book review

Title: Finding Mr. Brightside Author: Jay Clark Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Publication Date: March 2015 Rating: 3.5 stars I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads. I enter those giveaways daily, and this was the first book I won. Goodreads is the best, and Jay Clark is amazing for sending me a free (autographed!!!!!) copy of…

Lone Survivor | book review

Title: Lone Survivor Author: Marcus Luttrell Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication Date: June 2007 Rating: 5 stars You all know how big of a fan I am of non-fiction works, right? Ha ha. Yeah. Right. Not at all. I typically don't read much besides fiction and its various subgenres. However, occasionally I will come across…

Rebel | book review

Title: Rebel Author: Amy Tintera Series: Reboot Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: May 2014 Rating: 4 stars I apologize (as I so often do) for my lapse in reviews. Believe me, I know I haven't been reading much lately. My Goodreads yearly reading goal mocks me every time I log on: "You are 9 books behind!" Thanks, I…

Carrie | book review

Title: Carrie Author: Stephen King Publisher: Doubleday Publication Date: April 1974 Rating: 4 stars I'm slowly starting to become a semi-respectable English major by reading as many "classics" as I can (but still making time for my adored YA novels, of course). A lot of my fellow English majors love King, and a love of them hate…

Through the Looking-Glass | book review

Title: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There Author: Lewis Carroll Series: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Publisher: Macmillan Publication Date: 1871 Rating: 4 stars (Side note: this copy had both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass) The sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was, in my opinion, better than its predecessor. Rather than falling down a rabbit hole,…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | book review

Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Author: Lewis Carroll Series: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Publisher: Macmillan Publication Date: November 1865 Rating: 4 stars Okay, I know what you're all thinking: Alyssa, you're just now reading Alice In Wonderland? You're almost nineteen years old and you've never read it???? Believe me, I was thinking the same thing. That's why, when…

Love Lies Sleeping | book review

Title: Love Lies Sleeping Author: Lisa Dietrich Publisher: Smashwords, Inc. Publication Date: July 2014 Rating: 3.5 stars I received this free e-book through one of my groups on Goodreads, for winning a contest. The summer before Lily Deen's senior year of high school, her mother is getting married to Sir Richard, the 9th Earl of Yarlbury. Lily…

Mrs. Dalloway | book review

Title: Mrs. Dalloway Author: Virginia Woolf Publisher: Hogarth Press Publication Date: May 1925 Rating: 4 stars Wow, look at that! Alyssa actually read something other than YA. Amazing, isn't it? Yeah, I know I read a lot of YA...it's just what I'm into. Such a prestigious English major, aren't I? Well, being an English major, I have…

Night Beach | book review

Title: Night Beach Author: Kirsty Eagar Publisher: Penguin Books Publication Date: April 2012 Rating: 5 stars There are not many books that leave me draw-droppingly speechless. There are not many books that make me yell at them when they're over. There are not many books that cause me to re-read the last few pages over and…

Burnout | book review

Title: Burnout Author: Adrienne Maria Vrettos Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Publication Date: September 2011 Rating: 2.5 stars Nan wakes up the day after Halloween on a subway bus seat, having no memory of the past 24 hours. Scared, confused, sick, and wearing a bad costume and face paint, she struggles to remember what went wrong. Her…