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.
Monday 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.
Tuesday 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.
Wednesday 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.
Thursday 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.
Friday 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.