Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Toil & Trouble’ [edited] by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a young adult, short story anthology about witches: Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft.

Edited by authors Jessica Spotwood and Tess Sharpe, these sixteen tales about teenage witches span the ages and the genres. From queer witches to waterbenders, this diverse anthology promises to have it all.

Authors you can expect to see in this collection include Emery Lord, Anna-Marie McLemore, Zoraida Córdova, Nova Ren Suma, Robin Talley and more!

Toil & Trouble will appear in cauldrons bookstores near you on August 28, 2018.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2016 Wrap Up

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (★★★★½)

I can understand why people feel lukewarm toward The Grownup. Aside from the ridiculous price point, we were promised a ghost story and we weren’t given a ghost story — not exactly. Instead, what we got was a well-written psychological story with one hell of a twist. And I for one can’t really complain about that.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (★★★☆☆)

This creepypasta turned novel could have been great. Unfortunately, a non-linear narrative, way too many descriptive elements and all the filler made what could have been a superbly creepy horror story way less creepy. While I ultimately liked it and some of its chilling turns, Penpal has plenty of falts. Still curious? Read the shorter online version — which makes way more sense structurally — instead.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (★★★★½)

In this modern day exorcism story, a teenage girl and her family become the subjects of a reality television show called The Possession. Named for a Bad Religion song, and partially inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper — with a dash of We Have Always Lived in the Castle thrown in — A Head Full of Ghosts will leave you with more questions than answers.Read More »