Toil and Trouble, 15 tales of women and witchcraft, edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood.
Published by Harlequin Teen
Release date: August 28th, 2018
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Magic, Short stories.
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: ARC by Harlequin Teen /NetGalley
To buy the book: CA • US • FR
Add to: Goodreads
Hello bookdragons! How are you today?? Feeling witchy? I hope so because the book I’m going to tell you about is all about that! Witchcraft, women, and the powers inside us!
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.
I will do a shorter review here as this book was gathering 15 short stories and I can’t talk about all of them but I will tell you this: each story is beautifully written, each allows you to discover a different kind of magic, and find your own, and mostly, each shows you how women can be strong, despite everything. Magic can take many forms, and so can our strength. This is the lesson this book offers you: we are powerful, each in our own way, and we all have magic in our hands.
Read it if you want to be remembered of how strong and magical women are, read it to dream and to cry, read it because we all need to hear this message!
See you for a cup!