Waiting on Wednesday: Toil & Trouble - 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Waiting on Wednesday - Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Waiting on Wednesday is a regular feature that spotlights those upcoming, can't-wait-for-them books that are definitely going on my reading list... check out previous Waiting on Wednesday picks here ➤

So, it should be obvious that I love short stories. And I may have mentioned a time or two how much I also love witches in fiction. I can't help it; witches are just so compelling! 

Who doesn't love reading about rebellious outsiders, bold women who dare to be both powerful and different — despite the social, sometimes political, life or death costs? As a woman myself, it's hard not to be drawn to witchy women living life on their own terms, with not a fuck to give about what society says they should and should not do. Plus, there's magic! It's easy to see why witches are so alluring.

With all of that, it's a given that an anthology called Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft would make my can't-wait-to-read list, especially since I enjoyed the previous anthology about badass girls by the same editor. 

Add in stories full of diversity, from authors like Nova Ren Suma and Brenna Yovanoff, both of whom write so beautifully and hypnotically, and Zoraida Cordova, whose Brooklyn Brujas series I adore — August can't come fast enough! Check out this week's Waiting on Wednesday pick...

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe

YA | Fantasy | Short Story Anthology | Witches

RELEASE DATE: August 28, 2018

HARDCOVER: 416 pages

PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen

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 skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater 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.