Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Young Adult

Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl of Ink and Stars is an exciting story of a young girl named Isabella whose father is a cartographer, a lost art since their island has been cut off from the world after a terrible tyrant has invaded... Continue Reading →

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

The Extraordinaries features Nick Bell, the best fanfic writer about a new cadre of superheroes. These superheroes are not from DC or Marvel universes, they are real. People with extraordinary abilities like Nick's favorite Shadow Star who can control shadows... Continue Reading →

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven is the first of an as-yet incomplete series of at least nine books. In the beginning, Harley works at a casino spotting card cheats, though no one knows why she is so good at... Continue Reading →

Cinderella Liberator by Rebecca Solnit

Cinderella Liberator reimagines the classic story with a feminist and egalitarian twist. Cinderella still is forced to work while her stepsisters laze about adorning themselves. Her stepmother is still evil and a fairy godmother intervenes. The bones of the story... Continue Reading →

The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley

Flavia is back! Ophelia is marrying Dieter and Flavia is on her best behavior, sort of...but then her sister finds a finger in her wedding cake and falls into tears that threaten to ruin her honeymoon. Flavia, quick-witted as she... Continue Reading →

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce and her sisters are mourning their father's death six months ago which broke all our hearts in the ninth book in this fabulous series. Her aunt is pressuring her to sell their family home and Digger is... Continue Reading →

The Third Act by John Wilson

In The Third Act, John Wilson offers a contemporary and historical examination of the choices we make and the motives that drive them. In modern Ohio, Lone is a gifted physics student in love with Theresa, an equally gifted actress... Continue Reading →

The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates

The Memory of Fire follows directly on the heels of The Waking Land. When the first book in this exciting fantasy ended, the newly freed people of Eren feared the great empire of Paladis would retaliate and sure enough, they are preparing... Continue Reading →

School for Psychics by K. C. Archer

School for Psychics is the first in an eponymous series about a public-private venture in educating psychics for work in law enforcement and national defense. Teddy Cannon is a college dropout deeply in debt to her bookie and in order to... Continue Reading →

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Leni is just thirteen when Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone begins. She's the new girl in school, but she is used to that. Her father often loses his job and pulls up stakes chasing dreams of a different life, but he brings... Continue Reading →

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood is a young adult fantasy novel that twines familiar tropes of fairy tales and fantasies–princesses, magical objects, challenges, quests, and magic into something entirely new, exciting, and deeply dangerous. It is a thrilling, inventive, and highly... Continue Reading →

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is Melissa Barshardoust's first novel and her assured confidence and brilliant reimagining of the classic Snow White fairy tale has me already anticipating her next. Lynet is approaching her sixteenth birthday when the story begins. She is... Continue Reading →

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

I am one of those adults who still enjoys books written for children, and I don't just mean Harry Potter. So I happily read and enjoyed The Apprentice Witch without any shame. The Apprentice Witch opens with Adrianwyn going through the official... Continue Reading →

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Reading Julie Buntin's Marlena right after Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit by Jessica Raya, it struck me that there are really a lot of books about brilliant friends. By that I mean, the deeply intense and formative friendships between young girls... Continue Reading →

Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit by Jessica Raya

Robin Fisher, the narrator heroine of Jessica Raya's Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit  is telling the story of her Freshman and Sophomore years from the perspective of adulthood. This gives her a detached irony about her past that takes what... Continue Reading →

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