Reviews of the Week, with Maurene Goo, Michael Ondaatje, Jo Nesbø, 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 April 9–13 below.


Monday, April 9

 The Language of Spells, by Garret Weyr

Weyr’s lovely and lyrical middle-grade novel interjects modern history into a dragon story. It begins in Germany’s Black Forest in 1803, when Grisha, a long-­awaited dragon baby, is born. It is a time, Weyr writes, when dragons and other magical beings “were accepted as natural parts of the forest.”





Tuesday, April 10

 Macbeth, by Jo Nesbø

In this latest entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, which reinterprets the Bard’s works across multiple genres, Nesbø fashions Macbeth as the head of a SWAT unit in a rain-darkened, drug-infested Scottish city.


Wednesday, April 11

 The Way You Make Me Feel, by Maurene Goo

Sixteen-year-old Clara Shin loves her untethered L.A. life, where she lives with her young Korean Brazilian dad. But when a prom prank turns into a brawl, her punishment is the worst she can imagine: working all summer on her dad’s hot, cramped food truck, KoBra, instead of vacationing in Mexico with her mom.






Thursday, April 12

 Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje

With vivid evocations of place, quiet suspense, exquisite psychological portraiture, and spotlighted historical events, Ondaatje’s drolly charming, stealthily sorrowful tale casts subtle light on secret skirmishes and wounds sustained as war is slowly forged into peace.


Friday, April 13

 Russian Roulette, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Authors Isikoff and Corn are both known for their writing skills and investigative-reporting chops. So put them together, and you have a highly readable book that meticulously pieces together how Russia involved itself in the 2016 election, who the players were, and how successful their complex machinations turned out to be.



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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