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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.
I usually don't choose books that are more like an anthology but the subject of these stories grabbed my attention. I love sci-fi, supernatural type stories. I actually enjoyed almost all of the individual stories. Each one was different and interesting. My favorite was the young witch who used her gift to literally read the stars. I loved the description of her powers and the feeling of using them and I thought it was great that she met a girl online who mad her believe true love was real. All the stories were not happy and love filled, some were on the darker side but equally as enthralling. I would give this 3 out of 5 stars just because it was not necessarily my cup of tea.