A Tyranny of Petticoats
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 writer ...more
I was so excited when I found about this anthology because some of my all-time favorite authors were included and I got to visit Leslye Walton’s beautiful writing again (I really really really love The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender).
As a result, I’ve been hyping this book up in my head for months, which usually spells disaster, but this did not disappoint.
I personally really enjoy reading anthologies.
I read My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories earlier this year ...more
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 ...more
Mother Carey's Table by J. Anderson Coats - 3 stars
The Jour ...more
Historical fiction feminist anthology sounds amazing, and it's certainly not bad, but as a whole this was sort of disappointing. Funny story: my cousin owned a copy of this ages ago and at the time I was desperate to know all the dates, which I'm still desperate to do. I think we had some kind of Google doc? Don't ask me why that happened. Anyway, this story collection was pretty awesome.
→ Mother Carey's Journey by J. Anderson - ★★☆☆☆ ←
In the 1710 Caribbean, during t ...more
This was a really neat anthology of historical fiction stories by some of my favorite YA authors! I just loved the idea of such a wide variety of strong heroines and settings. My favorite short story was definitely Marie Lu's one about an Inuit girl! Most of these could easily be full novels and/or awesome movies, though.
At first I was super indifferent about this story, but the ending was so beautiful and sad!
The Journey by Marie Lu - 4/5 stars
So heartbreaking and so gorgeous. Marie Lu definitely surprised me with this one!
Madeleine's Choice by Jessica Spotswood - 2/5 stars
Yikes. This one did not sit well with me at all. The main character was insufferable and I just hated her reasons for doing what she did at the end. I don't know, I just really didn't like t ...more
My final rating: 3
And, for a bit of detail, my ratings for each story (favorites marked with a *):
Mother Carey's Tale by J. Anderson Coats: 2.5/5
The Journey by Marie Lu: 3/5
Madeleine's Choice by Jessica Spotswood: 3/5
El Destinos by Leslye Walton: 4/5
High Stakes by Andrea Cremer: 3/5
The Red Raven Ball by Caroline Tung Richmond: 3/5
Pearls by Beth Revis: 4/5*
Gold in the Roots of the Grass by Marissa Meyer: 3.5/5
The Legendary Garrett Girls by Y.S. Lee: 4/5*
The Color of the Sky by ...more
Overall pretty good, some stories I loved/liked better than others but it kept my attention to the end :).
Some of the girls just crackled and left on the page (I wouldn't have minded seeing them in a full length book) while others lacked a 'spark' for me.
Not a fault of the writing really but just that they didn't click for me *shrugs*
This was fantastic and without a doubt one of my favourite anthologies I have now read. I loved the diversity within it. There was not only a diverse collection of stories and settings but also races, cultures and sexualities, it was so refreshing to read! I enjoyed each and every story and the little pieces of insight into the characters and lives whose stories were told. I hadn't previously read anything from many of the authors included in this collection but after reading it, I am ve ...more
As a whole, the anthology focused on different women in particular time periods. There were some well-known authors contributing stories - including Marie Lu and Marissa Meyer. I really appreciated the range of historical settings, from the Wild West to pirates, the Great Depression, and WWII.
Mother Carey's Table by J. Anderson Coats - 3.5 stars
“My father says he’s saved my life nine ...more
Here's my breakdown:
Mother Carey's Table (1710) by J. Anderson Coats - 5 stars
It's a sea story! Th ...more
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I was excited about this one to say the east, I mean look at that title and cover and little descriptive blurb “15 stories of belles, bank robbers, and other badass girls”. That has to be awesome, right?
Well, not so much.
To be honest, I almost stopped reading the collection after the first three or four stories. They weren’t really that bad ass, more lame ass and a little poorly written.
Le sigh. Luckily, I kept on and there were some good ...more
This book is full of strong female characters that are stand out stars of their time period. Each story the M.C, endures what she must and comes out the better for it. The things that stuck with me was that most of the stories had some fantasy elements so it almost like historical fantasy. A few of my favorites have been Andrea Cremer's and Le...more
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Here's the "program":
WEEK 1 (Monday, April 11 – Sunday, April 17 2016):
WEEK 2 (Monday, April 18 – Sunday, April 24 2016):
WEEK 3 (Monday, April 25 – Sunday, May 1 2016):
WEEK 4 (Monday, May 2 – Sund ...more
Cover Story: Who Run The World?
The Best: “El Destinos” by Leslye Walton and “Bonnie and Clyde” by Saundra Mitchell
Bonus Factors: American History, Diversity, LGBTQ
Break Glass In Case Of: Dudes Dominating Your History Books
Read the full book report here.
*It is really hard to talk about any of these without going into somewhat spoilerish details, so if you want to go in blind for all of the stories, definitely don't read these. :)
Read count: 15/15
Mother Carey's Table by J. Anderson Coats. 2 stars!
Well. Okay. So. This was TOO short for me. I know it's SUPPOSED to be short, but I should still be able to get a good grasp of the main character and her life, but I didn't. There was not enough there for me to care. Sure, she ...more
Mother Carey's Tale by J. Anderson Coats
This tale wasn't as well writ ...more
Some resonated more with me than others, but that's par for the course because it's an anthology and because it follows different historical periods; some are just more appealing than others to me. All that said, t ...more
I really enjoyed this little anthology! I love history, and I love historical fiction. One of the best things about this book was the diversity of both the characters and the situations they’re put in. This is truly a wide range of empowered women :)
Mother Carey’s Tale: 4 stars
The Journey: 4 stars
Madeleine’s Story: 4 stars
El Destinos: 3 stars
High Stakes: 3 stars
The Red Raven Ball: 4 stars
Pearls: 5 stars
Gold In the Roots of the Grass: 5 stars
The Legendary Garrett Girls: 3 stars
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