Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats

22020592A Tyranny of Petticoats

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Various
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Anthology, Historical Fiction, Feminism, LGBT

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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.


A Tyranny of Petticoats: anthology of 15 feminist short stories.

1 – ”Mother Carey’s Table” by J. Anderson Coats: 3.5 stars
An interesting story about a brave pirate girl sans petticoats. A bit confusing, since it felt like a rather incomplete chapter taken out of an existing book. Beautiful detail and writing, though.

2 – ”The Journey” by Marie Lu: 3.5 stars
Well my question is, can a journey really only be twenty pages long? Is that a journey or more like a short adventure? It sure felt like a short (mis)adventure to me. Repetitive, but I enjoyed the strong heroine and Marie Lu’s writing as well as the Inuit culture.

3 – ”Madeleine’s Choice” by Jessica Spotswood: 2.5 stars
Why is this short story in this anthology?! There is no badass belle. It’s all déjà vu with a black girl wanting to marry a white man but she’s not allowed. Oh, what to do, what to do? Go against my parents’ wishes or not? Bonus points for diversity, however.

4 – ”El Destinos” by Lesley Walton: 3.5 stars
Inspired by The Three Fates, this story introduces three very powerful sisters bound by one duty: control people’s destinies. Underwhelming, petty romance and rivalry between sisters, but unsurprisingly, Lesley Walton’s writing is extremely beautiful.

5 – ”High Stakes” by Andrea Cremer: 3.5 stars
I really would not mind reading a novel with Klio as the heroine. She is powerful, ambitious and keeps her sang-froid in the most outrageous of circumstances. That’s something to admire. Not enough world-building. What’s with all those creatures?

6 – ”The Red Raven Ball” by Caroline Tung Richmond: 4 stars
Oh yes, this is my favourite short story so far. It’s surprising and unexpectedly complete. I miss Lizzie already. My first read from this author. I need to check her out now.

7 – ”Pearls” by Beth Revis: 4 stars
Instead of marrying the snake who rapped her, the heroine flees the city to become a school teacher. Thought-provoking and wonderfully told.

8 – ”Gold in the Roots of the Grass” by Marissa Meyer: 3 stars
I think Marissa Meyer, the Queen of Fairytale Retellings could have done a lot better, even though this is not a fairytale. Not the most feminist of works, but there is something there.

9 – ”The Legendary Garrett Girls” by Y.S. Lee: 4.5 stars
Well done, Y.S. Lee! Two sisters own a saloon when, one day, an outsider storms in and claims the saloon for himself. But the sisters won’t give it up without a fight! Remarkable.

10 – ”The Color of the Sky” by Elizabeth Wein: 3 stars
This is a story for the dreamers! Cute, but not enough content. The accident was very sudden, and sadly, the most exciting part.

11 – ”Bonnie and Clyde” by Saundra Mitchell: 3.5 stars
This wasn’t so bad. Robin Hood-ish bank robbers are better than selfish ones, the ones who keep all the money to themselves, but they still aren’t heroes or people to admire.

12 – ”Hard Times” by Katherine Longshore: DNF
I simply could not care for this one, and do not ask me what it’s about. I read most of it, yet I think I was daydreaming at the same time.

13 – ”City of Angels” by Lindsay Smith: 3 stars
LGBT. I’m a little disappointed by how unrealistic most of these short stories are. At least they’re not all idealistic. The main characters in this short story reminded me of the ones in the book ‘‘Maurice.’’

14 – ”Pulse of the Panthers” by Kekla Magoon: 3.5 stars
The main character learns more about life in this story than we readers do. I enjoyed being introduced to the Panthers.

15 – ”The Whole World is Watching” by Robin Talley: 4 stars
LGBT. Powerful story. A little unoriginal in the beginning, but then it got much, much better. I’d even go as far as saying it’s inspiring.


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4 thoughts on “Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats

  1. Loved this break down of the stories within this book! I’ve had my eye on it since it’s release and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it but it’s nice to know exactly what stories I’ll be in for!


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