Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats Edited by Jessica Spotswood

Title: A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, and Other Badass Girls
Editor: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

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.

With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y. S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Tung Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein
(summary from Goodreads)

A Tyranny of Petticoats is a powerful and fun anthology. 

From the moment I heard about this anthology I wanted to read it and I about squealed when I found it at my library. I just love the whole idea of A Tyranny of Petticoats. I really enjoy historical fiction, and that each story has a female main character(s) paving her own path through so many iconic eras of our history is brilliant. The mix of fictional and true life is awesome. A Tyranny of Petticoats is full of adventure, friendship, romance, inspiration, some heartbreak and prejudice, a little fantasy and a whole lot of diversity. I was tempted to go through and rate each story, but have decided against that. They work well together, creating a whole. I did love some stories more than others, but ultimately all of them bring something unique to the anthology. I'd be interested to read every one of them as a full length novel, that's for sure.

A Tyranny of Petticoats offers a much needed alternative look at history though the eyes and actions of some kickass women. I don't doubt women like this truly lived such lives so it's inspiring and refreshing to imagine their stories this way.



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