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, Young Adult, Anthologies, Fantasy, 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Holly
    *eARC kindly provided by Harlequin TEEN via NetGalley*Starsong by Tehlor Kay Mejia was really good! Enchanting writing, pulling me in from the start, with a latina who's trying to find herself and her magic, who just wants to move on from the past and do better for herself, and a barely-there cute exchange with another girl. I gladly would have read more of it, so this makes me even more excited for Tehlor's debut next year! This anthology is off...
  • Brandy Klocko
    Never thought I would reach for an anthology because they typically irritate me, but this one I did enjoy. I felt like a lot of the stories didn't need a continuation or a full book for the reader to know and feel content that the story ended how it should have. Usually when I read anthologies I hate them because I want to know how each of them started and ended. But, I was quite satisfied with how each of these began and ended. Love me some witc...
  • Melissa Robles
    This is a great anthology full of witchy goodness! I liked some stories better than others, but overall, the authors did a great job by mixing witchcraft, magic and a little bit of mayhem in every one of them. My favorite stories were: Death in the Sawtooth by Lindsay Smith, The Moonapple Menagerie by Shveta Thakrar, The Heart in Her Hands by Tess Sharpe, Beware of Girls with Crooked Mouths by Jessica Spotswood, and Why They Watch Us Burn by Eliz...
  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    (20/04/2018) This collection was good. I could break down my opinions on each story in this anthology, as I took notes on my thoughts throughout, but quite frankly, I don't have much to say about a decent number of them. So instead of boring you with my lack of thoughts on some stories, I'll just sum up my opinion of the collection as a whole.Some stories in here were absolutely incredible and I would love to have been able to read more. While so...
  • Taylor Wilson
    This is yet again another brilliant anthology about women. This time including witches. This book presents witches which were often women that were educated, unmarried, or didn't follow traditional expectations put in place by society. This book denies that if you're not following societal norms you're doing something wrong as a woman, which is true. Society expects women to be these perfect housewives when most women can do more than most men. W...
  • Office
    This collection overall was pleasant to read. It definitely gave me some ideas on how to approach magic differently in my own writings. Some of the stories were a bit boring, and a few alluded to some disturbing themes related to the dark side of humanity, which while somewhat interesting, were definitely not what I was expecting in this collection. But I suppose they are needed to add a balance to the good and bad sides of life and people. Overa...
  • Skye ~ A Court of Binge Reading
    **Thank you to Harlequin Teen for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review** I hadn’t read an anthology in a while so when I saw this one up on NetGalley I knew I had to try to get an ARC. If you couldn’t tell by my Goodreads I adore anything supernatural, paranormal, or fantasy related. Witches are right up my alley. This anthology has 15 short stories so I will give brief review along with a rating for each story!1. Starsong b...
  • Molly Likovich
    I really enjoyed this book!* I was sent this book for free by the publisher in return for my honest review, all opinions on the book are my own *SPOILER FREE:"Toil & Trouble" is 16 short stories about female witches, varying in time-period, culture, sexual orientation, type of spell work, as well as how high the level of "fantasy" element was.Disclosure for my review: I identify as a witch so I think my take on the stories will be somewhat differ...
  • Amber
    **This book was provided to me free by Netgalley. Thank you so much for letting me read and review this.**If you average the ratings of the short stories I finished you get 2.73 stars, so I rounded up to three stars."Starsong:" 3/5 stars. Started off boring, ended just when it got interesting. Typos in the pdf sent to me."Afterbirth:" 4/5 I enjoyed this one a lot! Much better than the first, and more of want I expected out of this book."The Heart...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I was very excited about this anthology because... witches, right?I think some of this is personal taste but I didn't enjoy most of the stories. The two stories worth reading are Beware of the Girls with Crooked Mouths by the amazing Jessica Spotswood, and Why The Watch Us Burn by Elizabeth May. I really liked the Spotswood story but even that story, intriguing and gripping as it was, felt more like a first chapter in a book I want to read rather...
  • Ninoshka
    *This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*When I first saw the cover of this, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. It’s just so pretty and the fact that its about women and witchcraft? I was completely sold. Now I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to expect with this anthology having only read some of the authors before, but I couldn’t wait to read this. In a matter of just a couple days I was alr...
  • Leah
    This anthology is a great collection of witchy stories, and I definitely recommend it! Read the full review on my blog.