Toil & Trouble by Tess Sharpe

Toil & Trouble

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 wit...

Details Toil & Trouble

TitleToil & Trouble
Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreShort Stories, Fantasy, Young Adult, Anthologies, Paranormal, Witches

Reviews Toil & Trouble

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.Friends, when I first heard about this anthology staring witches, I almost sold my soul for it. Instead I sent a begging request to Harlequin, but I would have tried any amount of magic to get my hands on this. And with good reason, because this was nothing short of amazing. I know this doesn’t come out until late August, a day after my birthday to be exact, but something about this...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    She didn’t understand she’d done it. We all had, and we were only getting started. She didn’t realize that all her roaring, living, breathing anger could create so much light. When I heard that this incredible, diverse cast of women were gathering to create an anthology about witches, feminism, queer girls, girls of color, survivors, and so much more, I was sold from the jump. This isn’t something I talk about often online, because it fe...
  • may ➹
    Toil and Trouble was a pleasant surprise for me with its enchanting tales of witches, magic, and female empowerment, all written gorgeously. So many of these stories hit me hard, and they were all are so powerful and showed just exactly how magical witches—women—are.My calculated average rating for the anthology is 3.31 stars, which was much lower than I thought it would be, but I’m giving it an overall rating of 4 stars because my enjoymen...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    This was okay, but Emery Lord’s story was the only real stand out for me. Definitely not my favorite YA anthology. ———STARSONG by Tehlor Kay Mejia: 3/5 starsAFTERBIRTH by Andrea Cremer: 3/5 starsTHE HEART IN HER HANDS by Tess Sharpe: 3/5 starsDEATH IN THE SAWTOOTHS by Lindsay Smith: 4/5 starsTHE TRUTH ABOUT QUEENIE by Brandy Colbert: 3/5 starsTHE MOONAPPLE MENAGERIE by Shveta Thakrar: 3/5 starsTHE LEGEND OF STONE MARY by Robin Talley: 3/5...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Mathematical average rating (of 13 out of 15 stories): 3.76/5 stars, two not-rated DNFs/didn't read.I read this anthology back in summer and I finally sat down to edit the notes I made on my phone after each story. I have to say this was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and while I can’t really say that I’m disappointed, I also wish I’d enjoyed more stories. I didn’t downright hate any, but a lot of them were just average ...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    ** ARC provided to me by Harlequin Teen for an honest review. ** I'm going to share my thoughts on each story as I read so please excuse the massive amounts of updates and times this shows on your feed. This book doesn't come out until late August but I've been in such a witchy mood that I had to read it ASAP. Right off the bat, guys, these stories are all so diverse and there's a bunch that are own voices. (yay!) Here are my thoughts. 1. Starson...
  • Sara (sarawithoutanH)
    I’d like to start by saying the diversity in this anthology was great. I appreciated the amount of representation but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to make the content of the stories great for me. I was not impressed with this anthology at all and I disliked most of the stories. I think the mythology of witches is hard to cover in a short story and where these stories started and ended felt awkward to me. 1. STARSONG by Tehlor Kay Mejia ...
  • Danyelle
    I received this ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review Thank You NetGalley!Let me start off by saying while there were few stories that didn't quite get me overall there were some beautiful stories in here about the persecution of witches and even traumatic things that can happen to you that can turn you into a witch in different ways and show you parts of yourself you never knew existed and or help you accept parts of yourself that yo...
  • Amy
    ARC provided by Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest reviewFirst of all, let me just say how much I appreciated this collection of short stories. The authors are so diverse and I absolutely loved the amalgamation of cultures represented here. There is so much rep for LGBTQIAP+, POC, religions, social classes — just, everything! And while I tended to enjoy the spookier stories, I came to realize that this anthology isn’t just about scary-w...
  • Faith Simon
    I received a copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is probably without a doubt my most favourite anthology that I've ever read to date. It conjured up so many emotions during my reading experience, grief, happiness, inspiration. These stories made me feel things, which is certainly always a plus when rating a novel. Also, this book was pretty gay, which I always appreciate. I'm not even joking, the majority of t...
  • Erin
    This was one of the best anthologies I have ever read. The editors are to be commended because each story "stood on its own two feet." I just adored that all of our witch characters were diverse women, coming from very different cultures, different periods of time, women who were good friends, daughters, lovers, women exploring their sexuality and or sexual identity. Future readers, prepare yourself for 15 witchy tales. As is my custom, I will b...
  • Stacee
    Between the theme of this anthology and the authors who wrote stories, I was all in. I really enjoyed this collection. All of the stories were so varied and the voices were fantastically diverse and different. I especially loved the stories from Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood, and Anna-Marie McLemore. **Huge thanks to Harlequin Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
  • Juli
    I love spooky stories about witches, but they can get a bit trope-y at times. Variations on the same theme. Black cats. Warts. Spells. Incantations. It gets a bit repetitive. Toil & Trouble is a story anthology about witches that gives a new spin to the classic tales. These stories are diverse, creative, and entertaining, with a dash of spooky witchiness. From love spells that go wrong to witch hunts, these 15 stories celebrate all things Witch.....
  • Helen Power
    The title says it all.  This is a collection of 15 short stories about magic and witchcraft, but it’s a lot more than that.  Each of the stories uses fantasy elements as a metaphor for real life experiences and social issues.  I was attracted to this anthology because it was touted as being a diverse anthology, and it does not disappoint.There are some recurring themes that are worth mentioning, but I’ll avoid any spoilers in this discussi...
  • Emma
    I think of witches, and understand that there are too many people in this world who would rather see a woman burn than wield power. 4.5 stars.Toil and Trouble is a collection of stories about witches—tales of girls with powerful secrets, who are always on the fringes of society, whose lives are full of mystery and danger and beauty. And I am not exaggerating even a little bit when I say it’s one of the best anthologies I have ever read in my ...
  • Scarllet ✦ Underrated Lit Warrior
    This anthology is filled with stories and a cast of characters that carry so much weight and so much power. In average, my ratings ended up a whopping 4.4 but I am not entirely sorry to give this whole book a 5 star rating. It was brilliant! The top four stories that I stan completely are Death in the Sawtooths, The One Who Stayed, The Gherin Girls, and Why They Watch Us Burn. Starsong by Tehlor Kay Mejia: 4.5 🌟The starsong is louder now, swe...
  • andrea caro
    Yep, I loved this. RTC.
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft is a YA anthology of short stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era. History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional ...
  • Robin Bonne
    I was excited starting this witchy anthology. Like with all collections, some of the stories were stronger than others. Four of them particularly stood out to me as being phenomenal: The Heart in her Hands by Tess Sharpe, The Legend of Stone Mary by Robin Talley, The One Who Stayed by Nova Ren Suma, and Why They Watch Us Burn by Elizabeth May. These stories are worth picking up a copy of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free...
  • Aleksandra
    Mathematically counted rating= 3,46 stars She didn't realize that all her roaring, living, breathing anger could create so much light. First of all, I’m appalled by the lack of content warnings here. Quite a few stories address triggering content. Self-pub is so better at this, but this is a story for another time. I am including CWs after each story, where it's necessary.Secondly, I was tired of the "female vigilante against awful men" tune. D...
  • Shannon
    4/51. Starsong- 3/5- The story was fine, I just didn't really connect with the character all that much. 2. Afterbirth- 4.5/5- So I really liked this one, which surprised me. I don't typically jive with 'olden tyme' stories. Of course a 1600s based story was going to be a must in this collection. It had a sadness to it, but hope as well. And the fact that the author played with form helped it read quickly.3. The Heart in Her Hands- 5/5 Ooh this on...
  • N.N. Light
    There’s been a lot of misconception when it comes to witches. I strongly believe anything that empowers young women to explore their powers and then use these powers to create change is viewed as a threat and therefore must be stopped. I feel just the opposite and I applaud women who are blessed with wicca power.Toil and Trouble is a collection of fifteen stories exploring the mythology of witchcraft, the spectrum of good, bad and a little bit ...
  • Cori Reed
    Brandy Colbert's story was definitely my favourite, and there were a few other gems, but overall just okay.
  • Sara Saif
    I officially deem anthologies weird and off-putting. It's official. For the record. Write it down. Any anthology book I pick up sucks. Whether it has fairytale retellings or Fairies Vs Robots or in this case, witches, the tales are badly written, the intended messages sail 45 degrees north of the true target and I just end up making my wtf face.I cannot seem to make heads or tails of these stories. They're all weird, mostly pointless, abrupt, bad...