Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales Of Women & Witchcraft by Tess SharpeToil & Trouble: 15 Tales Of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales Of Women & Witchcraft

byTess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood

Hardcover | August 28, 2018

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Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.

History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.

A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.

This collection reveals a universal truth: there’s nothing more powerful than a teenage girl who believes in herself.
Title:Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales Of Women & WitchcraftFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.54 × 5.77 × 1.38 inShipping dimensions:8.54 × 5.77 × 1.38 inPublished:August 28, 2018Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1335016279

ISBN - 13:9781335016270


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Toil & Trouble - Looks like: October dressed in her finest - Sounds like: incantations and intent - Tastes like: remedies and cake, with a dash of lemon - Smells like: apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg - Feels like: friendship, family, and magic
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love and Magic Look at that cover. How gorgeous is that? Toil and Trouble is an anthology edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood. It is also probably one of my favourite books of all time. This book is everything I want in a book. It's magic and love and hope and acceptance. It's inclusion and growth and femininity. It's girl power on a completely different level. I adored this book. I obviously didn't love every story, because it's an anthology and that's bound to happen, but I enjoyed most of them, and the ones that I loved made the ones that I didn't care for not matter at all. This book is 15 different short stories, all centred around witches and magic. Each story is incredibly unique, and each brings a different version of Magic. This book is incredibly diverse when it comes to sexuality and race and gender, and it does so in an effortless way that doesn't make it a point. There's lesbians and trans girls and black girls and Latinas and white girls and straight girls and they're all crammed together so beautifully, because it really captures what life is really like; diverse just because it is. I also really enjoyed the different kinds of magic in here, from Brujas to voodoo magic to the kind of magic from the Salem witch trials. Each story is rich in history and you can tell each other researched each specific type of magic. My favourite stories were "The Gherin Girls" by Emry Lord, "Why They Watch us Burn" by Elizabeth May, "Divine Are the Stars" by Zoraida Cordova, and "The Heart in Her Hands" by Tess Sharpe. I'll be brief about these because I want you to read it for yourself, but "The Gherin Girls" had so much sister love and talked about heartbreak in such a beautiful way, "Why They Watch us Burn" had so many beautiful quotes like the one I put at the beginning and the friendship in it was amazing, "Divine Are the Stars" is a big family and I am a sucker for any big family story and I wish my big family had magic, and "The Heart in Her Hands" had an amazing lesbian romance that was just too sweet. Overall, the emphasis on finding your self, doing things because it's for YOU, being proud of being a girl, and being proud of every aspect of you no matter what anyone else says- these things made this book really hit home, and truly made it magical.
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read A great read, a bit about history and inspiring stories
Date published: 2018-09-10

Editorial Reviews

"The tone of the stories range from breezy to devastating, the settings from historical to dystopian, the genres from romance to revenge fantasy....the collective impact is undeniably resounding." -Booklist (starred review)"At the heart of each [story] is a girl (or girls) learning to discover her power...The collective impact is undeniably resounding, and the particularly strong back half will leave readers more than a little bewitched themselves." -Booklist (starred review)"[A] provocative, eclectic collection." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)"This collection brings together short, witchy stories from fifteen brilliant YA authors...It's a whole lot of magical fun, and a definite must-read for all the witches in your life." -Bustle