Waiting on Wednesday | Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Posted November 15, 2017 by Madalyn || 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR.

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Waiting on Wednesday | Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & WitchcraftToil & Trouble by Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood
Published by Harlequin Teen on August 28th 2018
Pages: 304

A young adult fiction anthology of 17 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.

why i’m waiting

Another week, another 2018 YA anthology I would die to get my hands on. This one is all about WITCHES! FEMINIST witches, to be even more specific! I love reading stories about witches and wish YA featured more of them, so this anthology truly sounds right up my alley. (Also, how amazing does the blurb make this sound?!?! And it mentions Gemma Doyle, AKA MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE YA PROTAGONIST.) It’s edited by two of my faves (Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood) and also features authors I adore, like Anna-Marie McLemore, Brandy Colbert, and Emery Lord.


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4 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday | Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

  1. OMG I love this book’s cover! I heard about this book recently and it sounds so good. The amount of awesome anthologies that will be published in 2018 is AWESOME. I’m except about the Ellen Oh one as well. I hope you enjoy this book when you get the chance to read it!

    Have a fabulous week, Madalyn. =)

    Check out my WoW post!

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