Reviews of the Week: Donna Leon, Maggie Stiefvater, Perri Camille, and More

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 February 22–26 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

The Waters of Eternal YouthMonday February 22

The Waters of Eternal Youth, by Donna Leon

For Leon’s many devoted fans, the appearance of her twenty-fifth Guido Brunetti novel will be cause for celebration, not only because a new Brunetti adventure is always worth celebrating but also because we won’t be able to resist looking back over nearly a quarter-century (her first novel was published in 1992) in which we have come to know the Venetian inspector and his family and to appreciate the subtlety and sensitivity with which he approaches his work and his life.

The Worst Night EverTuesday February 23

The Worst Night Ever, by Dave Barry

In this follow-up to The Worst Class Trip Ever (2015), Barry brings back Wyatt Palmer, the inadvertent hero who saved the president. Now in high school, Wyatt lobs off plenty of funny observations about school life, pesky sisters, bullies who look like Hollister models, and a best friend (Matt) with a ferret. When the Bevin brothers (of the Hollister good looks) take the ferret hostage, it is up to Wyatt to get it back.


Before We Visit the GoddessWednesday February 24

Before We Visit the Goddess, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The always enchanting and enlightening Divakaruni (Oleander Girl, 2013) spins another silken yet tensile saga about the lives of women in India and as immigrants in America. Sabitri has left Kolkata and her famous sweetshop behind to return to her childhood village, where her panicked daughter, Bela, reaches her from Houston. Distraught over her daughter’s decision to drop out of college, Bela wants Sabitri to write to her granddaughter, whom she has never met, and tell Tara why this is a terrible mistake.

The Raven KingThursday February 25

The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater

Here it is—the final volume in the Raven Cycle—and it is, simply, a marvel, the strongest and most spacious of the four volumes. This installment finds the world of the Raven Boys (Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah) and their best friend Blue in considerable and dangerous disarray.



The AssistantsFriday February 26

The Assistants, by Perri Camille

When Tina took a job as the executive assistant to the CEO of a major media corporation, she assumed it would be a path to bigger and more exciting things. Several years later, she is still coordinating every mundane aspect of Robert Barlow’s life, from making drinks to scheduling meetings. When a reimbursement snafu provides Tina with a sudden windfall, she realizes that Barlow’s pocket change would erase her student-loan debt.




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