Category: Book Review

A Man Among the Stars: Elton John Gets Real About his Life in Me

2019 has been, without a doubt, the Year of Elton John. He has been playing sold-out shows all over the world following the kickoff of his massive farewell tour; his biopic Rocketman was released to critical acclaim over the summer; and now his tell-all memoir, Me, is flying off shelves faster than bookstores can stock…

David Sedaris Tickles Reader’s Funny Bone with Truthful Tales in Calypso (Review)

Renowned comedian David Sedaris, author of Naked (1997) and Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), is back and better than ever in Calypso, his humorous and heartfelt memoir published in 2018. What truly sets Calypso apart from so many memoirs on the market today, be they comedic or agonizingly serious, is that his story and…

Bird Box: an International Phenomenon – but is it Good? (Feature)

Bird Box is a suspenseful, horrifying thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was immediately captivated by the story from the very first page, and I could not resist reading this entire book in one sitting. We are introduced to Malorie, a mother of two young children, who will do whatever…

Jennifer’s Book Segment: Zombies vs. Unicorns (Review)

About the Book: It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and…

Jan Wong takes readers on a cultural adventure with Apron Strings (Book Review)

A multi-talented journalist with an astonishing work history and a current professor of journalism at St. Thomas University, Jan Wong’s writing never disappoints – and Apron Strings was no exception to the norm. By cultivating the humor, sass and charm that make up her unique voice, Wong brings autobiography and cookbooks together for a delicious…

Jennifer’s Book Segment: Clockwork Angel (Review)

In this episode of Jennifer’s Book Segment, originally aired on Local FM on February 28th of 2018, Jennifer talks with co-creator of The Lorenzo Review, Andrea Kikuchi, about Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Angel is the first book in The Infernal Devices series. Check back next Tuesday for her review of its sequel, Clockwork Prince!   About…

Romanticism Reborn in Sarah Faber’s All Is Beauty Now (Review)

It is said that all good things must come to an end, but it is also said that everything happens in threes. Could Sarah Faber’s debut novel, All is Beauty Now, be proof that the third rebirth of Romanticism is finally upon us? Given that the New Romantic movement, or the primary rebirth of Romanticism,…

Jennifer’s Book Segment: Everything I Never Told You (Review)

In this episode of Jennifer’s Book Segment, originally aired on Local FM on March 7th, 2018, Jennifer talks with co-creator of The Lorenzo Review, Andrea Kikuchi, about Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.   About the Book: Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese…

The Perfect Mingling of Historical Fiction & Fantasy: Dragon Springs Road (Review)

A story of love, loss, and everything in between, Dragon Springs Road is the deeply moving bildungsroman of a young girl living in China at the beginning of the twentieth century. Only seven years old when the story begins, Jialing lives with her mother, who is the mistress of a wealthy neighbor, in the crumbling…