Reviews of the Week, with Cressida Cowell, Joe Hill, Jeff Flake, and More!

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 7 through August 11 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.

 

August 7

The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell

Long before our story starts, a great battle was fought between the Witches, who had bad magic, and the Warriors, who had no magic at all. The Warriors swore to destroy all magic, ignoring the fact that some, like the Wizards’ magic, could be good. Now, the Witches have vanished and are presumed extinct by everyone but an incorrigible Wizard boy named Xar.

 

 

 

 

August 8

 Strange Weather, by Joe Hill

Hill is back with a collection of four short novels that each showcases his talent for mining modern lives for fear. As he notes in the collection’s afterword, tales of horror and fantasy thrive at a shorter length, and readers will be vigorously nodding their heads in agreement. These novellas present a foreboding and unsettling view of our world.

 

August 9

 Ararat, by Christopher Golden, read by Robert Faas

An avalanche on Turkey’s Mount Ararat exposes a cave and ancient remains within—immediately suspected to be Noah’s ark. Journalists Meryam Karga and Adam Holzer, creators of a popular true-adventure film series, clamber up the mountain to be the first to explore and document the find. Early on, they discover a coffin and the bones of a demon.

 

 

August 10

All the Crooked Saints, by Maggie Stiefvater

Bicho Raro, Colorado, is a town where the people, particularly the Mexicans and Mexican Americans, are mysterious and magical. Strangers travel far and wide in search of the town where miracles happen. This makes for a great opportunity for YA readers and educators to discuss how people of color get represented in literature.

 

August 11

 Conscience of a Conservative, by Jeff Flake

The junior senator from Arizona offers a critical (in both senses of the word) look at the Republican Party. Flake is a Republican who believes that people should be free from government interference in their lives; that free trade is smart trade; and that there is no free lunch. But as much as this volume is paean to traditional conservatism, it is also a takedown of the Trump administration, which Flake believes embodies, in almost every possible way, the antithesis of conservative beliefs.

 

 

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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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