7 Dec 2016

#Review: A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS edited by Jessica Spotswood


Edited by: Jessica Spotswood
Source: Dani bought it for me!
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.
I'll break down my rating at the bottom. Overall, I really enjoyed this anthology. I liked that there was a mix of fantasy and historical fiction thrown in here because it made for an enjoyable read. 

There were some stories that I would have liked full novels for because the 20 odd pages didn't feel like enough. There were also some stories that didn't really feel complete because they kind of left off in the middle, in my opinion. I liked walking through history and seeing the different parts of the United States during their formation and growth but I also would have enjoyed seeing other parts of the world at this time too. I liked learning more about the States through the eyes of these characters but a couple of the stories felt a bit repetitive in a sense and there were some that left me kinda meh. But I do think this is a fun and interesting read. I think the best stories were the quiet badasses who would say no to societal norms that were expected of them. Far too often we see "BAMF" girls as the ones who are the gun-slinging, bank-robbing type and while I agree those ladies are BAMFs, I also like seeing the "softer" women as being badasses for just saying, "No."

Mother Carey's Table by J. Anderson Coats - 3*
The Journey by Marie Lu - 4*
Madeleine's Choice by Jessica Spotswood - 4*
El Destinos by Leslye Walton - 4*
High Stakes by Andrea Cremer - 3.5*
The Red Raven Ball by Caroline Tung Richmond - 5*
Pearls by Beth Revis - 4.5*
Gold in the Roots of the Grass by Marissa Meyer - 3.5*
The Legendary Garrett Girls by Y.S. Lee - 3.5*
The Color of the Sky by Elizabeth Wein - 3.5*
Bonnie and Clyde by Saundra Mitchell - 4*
Hard Times by Katherine Longshore - 3*
City of Angels by Lindsay Smith - 3.5*
Pulse of the Panthers by Kekla Magoon - 3.5*
The Whole World is Watching by Robin Talley - 3.5*
Overall: 3.75*


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