July 10, 2018

#BookReview of Toil & Trouble by @sharpegirl & @jessica_shea


Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Anthologies
About the Book: A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely--has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.






About the Author: Tessa Sharpe: 
Born in a mountain cabin to a punk rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a growing cabal of slightly feral cats. She is the author of Barbed Wire Heart, the critically-acclaimed YA novel, Far From You and The Evolution of Claire, a Jurassic World Prequel. 

Jessica Spotswood:  Author. Editor. Feminist. Slytherpuff. 
I live in Washington, DC with my playwright husband, where I also work as a children's library associate for the DC Public Library. 


Do I Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions: Each of the stories had there ups and downs. I obviously loved some more than others but as a whole, I loved it! It had a whole lot of powerful women and it was just beautifully written. Each author's writing complemented each other and their worlds. It was so beautifully crafted
and I know I'll be recommending this book to everyone. I mean, who doesn't love stories about witched??
 









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