Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Simon & Schuster

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev imagines the reunion show of famed, but aged, couple of rock stars whose partnership was short, but explosive. SarahLena, newly appointed editor of Aural magazine is going to do a feature on their... Continue Reading →

The Year’s Best Science Fiction by Jonathan Strahan

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Volume 1 is a huge anthology of science fiction short (and not-s-short stories) that was refreshing in its breadth and speaks to a bright future for science fiction. With twenty-eight stories, it's about twice the... Continue Reading →

Vera by Carol Edgarian

Vera is a fast-paced historical fiction about a young girl who is 15 going on 45 in many ways. She is the secret daughter of San Francisco's most infamous madam, Rose of The Rose and is being raised by an... Continue Reading →

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

Many of us have seemingly worthless objects we treasure because they hold memories of their owners. A father's hat, a mother's ring, a child's old shoe, we connect with them emotionally. In The Memory Collectors, Kim Neville takes this idea... Continue Reading →

Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher

Faye, Faraway is a fantasy story that features a happily married woman with two children whose one sorrow is that her mother died when she was only eight. While cleaning out the attic she rescues a cardboard box,¬† a box... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike

The Forgotten Kingdom is the second in a trilogy that takes us back to right before Arthur, telling us the story of Merlin's sister whose existence is suggested by a 13th-century poem of him in dialogue with his sister. Signe... Continue Reading →

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

Little Disasters is a contemporary novel about what happens when a child is injured and abuse is expected. Lisa is a pediatrician called to the Emergency Room when a child's injuries invite suspicion. She is shocked to discover she knows... Continue Reading →

Ordinary Hazards by Anne Bruno

Ordinary Hazards is a book that sneaks up on you. It all happens one evening at The Final Final, the last bar on the way out of town. It's five o'clock and Emma is parked on a stool drinking whiskey.... Continue Reading →

Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

Behind the Red Door is a psychological thriller focusing on Fern Douglas, a woman with serious anxiety issues. In fact, when she sees a woman on the news and is certain she has seen her in person, not even her... Continue Reading →

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend by Sanford D. Greenberg

When I saw this memoir had an introduction from Art Garfunkel, a foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a final word from Margaret Atwood, I had to read it. I mean a musician, justice, and writer come together and... Continue Reading →

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

Dear Emmie Blue is a delightful romance that began in childhood when sixteen-year-old Emmie attached a hurtful secret to a balloon and sent it off in the air. Lucas found it and emailed her response and so began a life-long... Continue Reading →

The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry

The Roxy Letters is an epistolary novel of letters from Roxy, a blocked artist who has rented a spare room to her ex-boyfriend to make ends meet. Of course, it's epistolary in name only. The vast majority of the letters... Continue Reading →

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

In Five Years is a surprising contemporary "romance" that resists pigeon-holing. Dannie Kohan is a corporate lawyer and somehow makes that seem like something exciting and wonderful. That's an accomplishment in itself. The story opens with what should be the... Continue Reading →

Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford

Follow Me To Ground¬†is the story of Ada and her father who live outside a village they serve by curing what ails them. They sometimes have to bury them in "The Ground" for a few days for the cure to... Continue Reading →

The Cynic by Alec MacGillis

I have been wanting to read The Cynic ever since I saw a picture of Mitch McConnell, student activist, organizing a civil rights march to Frankfort and learned he witnessed the signing of the Voting Rights Act. How did someone... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑