Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 13–17 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures, by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
Nine-year-old Pip Bartlett is crazy about animals, particularly of the magical variety, and she can’t wait to spend the summer with her aunt, a magical-animal vet. When Pip arrives at the clinic, however, life soon turns chaotic: the town is infested with combustible pests (fuzzles), and a ruthless government inspector keeps threatening her aunt.
The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough
Fairly or not, Orville and Wilbur Wright will always be best remembered by the general public for December 17, 1903, the day at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, when the brothers flew, for the first time, a heavier-than-air vehicle.
The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, by Judith Miller
Although Miller uses the more objective title, The Story, “The” should be replaced with “My.” Not only is this the chronicle of events as seen from the former New York Times investigative reporter’s perspective, it is also her rebuttal to all those—including her own newspaper—who vilified her for the part she played in the run-up to the Iraq War.
Ice Kissed, by Amanda Hocking
A dream shared with the missing, presumed kidnapped, Queen Linnea leads Bryn on a quest to find her. Bryn and her boss, Ridley, locate the queen and learn that she fled her own kingdom after being warned by Konstantin, an enemy of the Kanin.
I Take You, by Eliza Kennedy
New York attorney Lily Wilder is getting married in a week. On paper, she has a life many women aspire to: a fantastic career, a fast-paced life in Manhattan, and Will, a sexy, doting fiancé. But Lily has one big problem: she can’t seem to stay faithful to Will, who proposed to her mere months after they met.