Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 1 through August 5 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, August 1
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II, by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
The much-anticipated return of Harry Potter is here at last, in the form of a rehearsal script for the play (a finalized script will be published later), conceived by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Set 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, the spotlight shines on a new set of wizard friends, Albus Potter (Harry and Ginny’s youngest) and Scorpius Malfoy (Draco’s son).
Tuesday, August 2
What Light, by Jay Asher
Asher’s latest is a surprising change of direction from the best-selling Thirteen Reasons Why (2007): a frothy, peppermint-in-hot-cocoa romance. Ever since she was little, Sierra’s lived a dual life, split between her family’s Christmas tree farm in Oregon and the California town where they run a tree lot for one month out of the year.
Wednesday, August 3
Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, read by Mariska Hargitay
Few political biographies are made into musicals—even if they are award winners, as is Ron Chernow’s monumental Alexander Hamilton (2004). To have the biographer work with the playwright to ensure that the story remains accurate and authentic is even rarer. But that’s exactly what happened, as this fascinating account of the making of Hamilton reveals.
Thursday, August 4
Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo
A last-minute double-cross at the end of Six of Crows (2015) left Kaz and his gang in a tight spot—Inej has been captured, they never got their money, and, thanks to their new companion, a highly sought-after Grisha, they’re desperate to stay out of sight. But that’s not enough to stop Kaz, who concocts gambit after gambit to retrieve Inej, swindle vicious merchant Jan Van Eck out of his wealth and reputation, and finally get their hands on the cash they’re owed.
Friday, August 8
Glitter, by Aprilynne Pike
It’s the twenty-first century, but in Sonoman-Versailles, everyone behaves as though they’re in eighteenth-century aristocratic France. There are differences—the palace is staffed with robots, the king is also CEO—but gossip rules, and when 17-year-old Danica witnesses the king commit a murder, her power-hungry mother brokers a deal: the king will marry Dani, elevating her from nobody to queen and saddling her with an unbearable future.