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Toil and Trouble
Toil and Trouble | Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood
From good witches to bad witches to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a diverse collection of feminist authors. TOIL & TROUBLE delves deep into the wide-ranging mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view to create modern and unique ideas about witchery that have yet to be explored. 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 sceptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualised murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theatre 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.
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Scochrane26
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Pickpick

I think that any book of short stories will have a few that you don‘t like as much. That‘s how I feel about these stories. Enjoyed most of them. A good narrator but also wished they changed narrators some so every story didn‘t sound the same. YA, some serious subjects like DV & sexual assault (not detailed), & the power of women. 3.5/5 ⭐️

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GypsyKat
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Will y‘all just look, JUST LOOK at this freakin amazing pile of stuff that @kylienoele sent me for our Halloween swap! 😲 I cannot deal! Look at all the awesome books to read! The beautiful pashmina, the tea, the Buffy pin, the Halloween D&D dice! All of it so thoughtful and awesome! Love you, Kylie! 🖤🎃🖤🎃🖤🎃🖤🎃🖤🎃🖤🎃🖤🎃🖤🎃

LeahBergen Wonderful! 😍 13mo
GypsyKat @LeahBergen It‘s so fun! ❤️🖤🎃 13mo
Texreader Oh that‘s marvelous!!! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 😃👍 13mo
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Pogue
Toil and Trouble | Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood
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Audiobook and some crochet tonight.

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alisonrose
Toil and Trouble | Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood
Mehso-so

(They FINALLY lifted the evac orders! Tho I‘ve been home since Monday bc I had no choice🤷🏻‍♀️). Overall this was a fun collection to read—I do love me some witchy shit. No surprise that my fave story was by Anna-Marie McLemore, and a few others were great too. There were a couple fails that I think could‘ve been cut, but the majority were middle of the road, not bad but not memorable either. I do appreciate the mix of representation, too. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Everything is still crappy here, so I‘m gonna read about witches all day and pretend Halloween will still be fun and that witchcraft is real and could put all the fires out. 😞 #nowreading

batsy 😞😞 2y
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Kamisha
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Starting my #Readathon off with these three books I need to finish! It‘s been a super stressful past few days for me, and I‘m determined to not let any of that ruin my readathon fun today! So here‘s to a nice, relaxing day just for reading enjoyment and being surrounded by other lovely readers! ❤️🥳

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BeansPage
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It's always difficult to write reviews for anthologies but this one is very good almost all the way through. It has its ups and downs. I must say, the first story really had me going because it reminded me of back in California when the Santa Ana winds used to blow. It brought back good memories. All in all a very good compilation and I would recommend it.

#24B4Monday @Andrew65 @jb72
#TeamStoker @Clwojick

BeansPage @jb72 I believe you were the one telling me you were interested in this one. 2y
Linsy I loved this one too! 2y
Andrew65 Going well already by the look of it . 😊 2y
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MallenNC
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This book was in the Book Riot daily ebook deals today. I haven‘t read it but it fits today‘s #FallisBooked prompt. #witch

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧙🏻‍♀️🖤 2y
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BeansPage
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Catsandbooks
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4/5 ⭐️s Perfect witchy October read! While some stories were just OK, a lot of them were quite interesting and entertaining! Many of them I would love to have full sized novels of! Also enjoyed the LGBTQ characters and strong feminism in the stories.

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Catsandbooks
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Halfway through these witchy short stories 🔮 Some of them are quite interesting!

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BeansPage
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I'm sorry but this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen and I wanted to share!

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#Scarathlon

Bookwormjillk That it amazing. I‘m going to stare at it for an hour. 2y
BeansPage @Bookwormjillk IKR??? I love this so much! I want to try to make one myself 💚🖤💜 2y
BookwormAHN That is lovely 🖤 2y
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JulietReads Cool but ewww... lol 2y
Tex2Flo High time for Halloween to shift away from earth tones 👍 2y
Megara 👀 I love it! 2y
jb72 Very cool. I bought a small cauldron and I was thinking of doing something similar. 2y
Shvonne Cool. I want to try this 2y
Leftcoastzen Wow ! 2y
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ozma.of.oz
Toil and Trouble | Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood
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#chillingphotochallenge #spell

Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble. ✨

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick 1 point (2 total)

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BookishGirl06
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Gonna start my first story tonight 😊

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IheartYA
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Panpan

One star. "Women and witchcraft" where? These stories lacked substance, heart, women, and witchcraft. Most of the writing was subpar, and some of the stories made no sense while others didn't even have a conclusion. I'm still scratching my head. I enjoyed 2 of the tales, maybe. If you're looking for a good anthology with creep factor, try Slasher Girls and Monster Boys.

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literarymermaid
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Pickpick

I couldn't resist this title. I'm not usually one for witch stories but these were intriguing. It had diverse uses of magic and types of witches. I enjoyed the collection more than I thought I would.

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GondorGirl
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This was the best anthology I've read in ages. It spanned so many types of women, and magics, and time periods! There was only one story that I didn't find fantastic (and it was still pretty good), and there were a few that will stay with me for a very long time. There's a lot of fun magical stories here... but there are also a lot of truly POWERFUL pieces. This is an anthology about strong women and the power we have when we stand together.

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GondorGirl
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Well, we survived the most boring convention in the world and should be gone late tonight. The convention was so slow that I read half of this anthology while standing behind the counter of my booth. And so far all of the stories have been pretty good!

Chrissyreadit Why was it so boring? 2y
jmtrivera Slow con? 2y
GondorGirl @Chrissyreadit @jmtrivera The hours were long, and no one wa buying anything. Hardly anyone was even coming into the booth to look around. We won't be going back next year, that's for certain. 2y
jmtrivera @GondorGirl Boo. At least it's over! 2y
Chrissyreadit That stinks!!! 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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Story # 4 Deaths in the Sawtooths

I would have read an entire book set in this world! Mattie serves Lady Death, culling the secrets of the dead and laying their bones to rest. But not all who serve the death goddess are good, and Mattie must team up with an ex classmate and bully when souls of the living are stolen.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Story # 3 - This was a pretty good short story. Choosing our own path despite what fate or destiny, family or society, wants for us. It's got great magic, but it's really about love and identity and standing up for who we are and what we love.

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