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Toil & Trouble

By Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe
Toil & Trouble by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe digital book - Fable

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“This powerful and diverse collection is perfect for fans of female-led fantasy stories. No damsels in distress to be found here.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

There’s nothing more powerful than a witch who believes in herself.

Women accused of witchcraft. 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, to kill . . . and to live.

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 for an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. 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 . . . and destroy their captors.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A TEEN WITCH!

Featuring stories by:

Tehlor Kay Mejia

Andrea Robertson

Tess Sharpe

Lindsay Smith

Brandy Colbert

Shveta Thakrar

Robin Talley

Nova Ren Suma

Zoraida Córdova

Brenna Yovanoff

Kate Hart

Jessica Spotswood

Anna-Marie McLemore

Emery Lord

Elizabeth May

“This collection brings together short, witchy stories from fifteen brilliant YA authors . . . It’s a whole lot of magical fun, and a definite must-read for all the witches in your life.” —Bustle

“The collective impact is undeniably resounding.” —Booklist (starred review)

“[A] provocative, eclectic collection.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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132 Reviews

3.5
“I adored this genre-defying anthology of witches and women, and this was a perfect intro to fall! The narrator was fabulous and I loved so many of these feminist stories!”
“I almost DNF'd a whole anthology, based on a few short stories, so take that however you want. The only reason this is getting 3.0 stars is because I averaged out my ratings for each story, and it came out to 2.9 and I rounded up. For the stories I liked, I enjoyed the world and the messages and the characters. I will be looking up more of those authors' works. For the stories I disliked... Some were underdeveloped, some were overdeveloped for such a simplistic story, and most were in-between. A mix of overdeveloping the wrong elements and not developing enough of the important ones. Regardless of whether or not I liked a specific story, I did enjoy the mix of representation, both racially and romantically. Stories with queer rep: - Starsong - The Heart in Her Hands - The Legend of Stone Mary - Beware of Girls with Crooked Mouths - The Gherin Girls - Why They Watch Us Burn”

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