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Sharp & Sugar Tooth

(Women Up To No Good)

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good is a horror anthology of dark fiction and darker appetites, edited by Octavia Cade. Containing 22 stories of “bad” women, and “good” women who just haven’t been caught yet, it features 22 fearless writers who identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity. It’s the third in the Women Up To No Good series, w ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Upper Rubber Boot Books (first published March 11th 2019)
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Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
I loved the introduction to this book!
I believed I'd find engaging stories about women/ people who are nonbinary or identify as women and their relationships around food and power struggles with their gender identity, but the majority of the stories missed the mark for me. They were too food-focused for me and read like food fetish porn.

I really appreciate a collection put together featuring only female, non-binary, marginalized sex or gender identities though and really hope they continue doin
Laura L
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'll be honest, I couldn't finish this book.
It's basically an anthology, using food as social commentary about how women are treated - that's the rubbish it tried to justify itself with anyhow.
But instead of any form of social commentary, the only thing I really took away from this book was that it was compiled by someone/people with a food fetish, pure and simple.
You know the people who like to roll around in their food, throw it everywhere etc? I don't know the name for it.
This book is written
Octavia Cade
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am clearly utterly biased, as I'm the one who picked the stories that ended up in this anthology, but I love them all to bits. Consumption is such an interesting theme, especially when it's tied into issues of sex and gender, and the stories in here have all approached the issue of women and food and horror in a variety of creepy, compelling ways. I love that while some of the stories in here depict women as victims, as consumable objects, others subvert that expectation by making women predat ...more
Kara Jay
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this as a download on Book Sirens for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. The stories were all so unique and engaging. There were twists on classics and many fully new tales. Some stories were upsetting and made me really uncomfortable, in the best way possible. This dark collection all tied together by a common theme. My absolute favorite was The Honey Witch. It was beautiful and haunting. If you pick up this book and only have time for one read this is the one I would reco
Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I typically love anthologies. I love that different authors have the ability create such diverse stories with just a premise to go on. Sharp & Sugar Tooth should have been one of those loves. A dark horror anthology revolving around food? Sounds like a lot of fun, right? The introduction of the book tells of "...we eat or we die. And that makes food ripe for exploitation and power." (Can't argue with that.) Food then becomes a "tool of empowerment within horror, and consumption is a two-way proc ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this book had a few stories that actually got my attention and the narration on most of them was amazing, but it was just not for me. It was a little too bizarre and had a fixation with touching some important matters with food and cannibalism that I just couldn’t get. If another book is released about this subject, I think I might skip it.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A creepy, edgy, make-you-want-to-sleep-with-the-lights-on compilation of dark and twisted horror stories that made the hair stand up on the back of my neck and had me taking a second look in the closet and under the bed -- more than once.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Received via NetGalley for review.

The premise for this anthology is interesting, if not revolutionary: women through the lens of food and consumption. The introduction, written by Octavia Cade, brings up some wonderful points about how women are often the consumable in relationships of any type, offering themselves up for the enrichment of others in their lives.

Unfortunately, and as has been stated, the stories that follow don't really live up to the examining and thought-provoking introduction
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok

Sharp & Sugar Tooth. Edited by Octavia Cate

Published 26 Mar 2019 by Upper Rubber Boot Books Independent Book Publishers Association.

All 22 short stories collated for this ‘women up to no good series’ are well-written works of fiction. The book is the winner of 13 awards and shortlisted for 3. I cannot fault the writing. Each author deserves to be followed up.

Octavia Cade, the editor, has pulled together a pack of writers whose brief was to write about the sweet and the sour, the mouth-wateri
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good is a horror anthology of dark fiction and darker appetites, edited by Octavia Cade. Containing 22 stories of “bad” women, and “good” women who just haven’t been caught yet, it features 22 fearless writers who identify as female, non-binary, or a margi
Thank you to Octavia Cade (editor), A. R. Henle, Alyssa Wong, Amelia Gorman, Anahita Eftekhari, Betsy Aoki, Caroline M. Yoachim, Catherynne M. Valente, Chikodili Emelumadu, Crystal Lynn Hilbert, D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Damien Angelica Walters, Erin Horáková, H. Pueyo, Jasmyne J. Harris, Joyce Chng, Katharine Duckett, Kathleen Alcalá, Kathryn McMahon, Penny Stirling, Rachael Sterling, Rem Wigmore, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Upper Rubber Boot Books, and NetGalley for allowing me the extreme pleasure of ac ...more
Advanced reading copy supplied from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

I have no clue how a collection of short stories was this hard to get through, but I really struggled with this one. The introduction set things up for a lot of introspective, critical commentary on how food can be used as a metaphor for how women are treated in society. I really liked everything discussed in that introduction and I thought it drew some interesting comparisons I wouldn't have otherwise
Michelle Snow
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
The theme for this horror anthology by writers who identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity was food and consumption, and some stories really ran with the theme in creative directions.

An example is the lead story, “Candy Girl” by Chikodili Emelumadu, which uses chocolate to tell the story of a love spell gone wrong.

But a good portion of the 22 stories had potential that was wasted by the need to shock rather than scare. Some even felt meandering with no point ot
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a collection of short stories that you must have a taste for. I say this because because the stories are not for everyone. They are a tad shocking and out of the ordinary to say the very least..

I myself could not get into the book but I did read the entire book. I refuse to give up on any book regardless of what it is. There were a couple that were good, so it did have its good points. Give it a try and see for yourself.

I am leaving my honest review because I was given this arc copy from
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an interesting collection of culturally-diverse short stories. It immediately reminded me o the final story in the film The Theatre Bizarre. The editor chose a great transition from one story to the next and each story is beautifully written; but, as with most anthologies, some stories are more remarkable than others. I probably disliked more than I liked, but my favorites were 'What the Bees Know of Discarded Girlish Organs', 'Strong Meat', and 'Who Watches'.

I received this book for fr
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Like all anthologies, this has some great, some okay, and some not-for-me stories. I feel it would have been stronger if more stories had hopeful even if not happy endings, but I think that's a base issue with me and the genre. (A story using the word metamour! ...and ends in heartbreak and horror! :-/) ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sharp & Sugar Tooth was a great book of short horror stories about Women Up To No Good. Captures your imagination from the beginning. It may even change the way you look at food.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Definitely not my type of book.. found it difficult to get into the stories though to be fair I am generally not a huge fan of short stories. This book was graciously provided via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Cristie Underwood
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of this one seemed exciting, but the actual book was disappointing. I was looking forward to some enjoyable short stories, but felt like I had to force myself to finish the book.
Dante Luiz
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Pretty solid and engaging anthology of dark fiction.
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Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Thouroughly enjoyed this anthology series. The introduction at the beginning is very insightful and interesting. It sets you up for the very thought-provoking stories that follow it. They are told from several point of views, and each one seems to have its own cultural references, a nice change of pace that you don't see very often. The authors each put a lot of time and energy into their own stories for this book and it pays off wonderfully. Each story submerges you in a new world and exciting ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
To be completely honest, this book wasn't really for me.
I thought it sounded really great, and I love creepy stuff but the stories was weird and honestly just gross.
I really liked the idea behind the anthology, but I ended up giving up halfway through it. A for effort though.
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