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A Tyranny of Petticoats

(A Tyranny of Petticoats #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,128 ratings  ·  768 reviews
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 writer
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Candlewick Press
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Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

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
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls: 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
Shannon (leaninglights)
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The idea of the book is awesome and kick butt. The writing is strong throughout and the MCs we meet are incredible. BUT. This felt like a chapter sampler for 15 awesome books that are never going to be finished. Some were more effective than others but many felt rushed and incomplete. I would have preferred a few less stories and have had them a bit more flushed out. But overall, it was a compelling read and I recommend!

Detailed Ratings:

Mother Carey's Table by J. Anderson Coats - 3 stars
The Jour
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Average Rating: 3.43 Stars.
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
3.75/5. I absolutely love the overarching theme of this anthology! All of these stories are about girls throughout American history taking their fate into their own hands and being unapologetically themselves. It also gets lots of points for diversity (there's Chinese-American rep, African-American rep, lesbian rep, and more!) and I loved that I learned so much about US history in such a fun way. Some stories fell kind of flat for me however, they often felt too rushed and I didn't really feel i ...more
Cait • A Page with a View
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 was my average rating of everything put together.

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.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Mother Carey's Tale by J. Anderson Coats - 3/5 stars
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
Taylor Knight
I loved A Tyranny of Petticoats! I really liked the diversity of the characters and I loved the writing styles of all the stories. I found all the stories to be compelling and interesting. I did think that pretty much all of the stories could have been full length novels and they would have been a bit better that way because a few of them were a little rushed and underdeveloped. But overall, I loved of the stories and I would definitely recommend.
Apr 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
You got me at Marie Lu!

And then at some of my favourite authors like: Beth Revis, Jessica Spotswood and Marissa Meyer.

And other authors I've been wanting to read too!

Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Average rating: 3.3
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
Andreea Pop
Aug 17, 2014 marked it as to-read
Marie Lu?! Marissa Meyer?? Jessica Spotswood, Elizabeth Wein, Beth Revis and Robin LaFevers? And Andrea Cremer with Katherine Longshore?

Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm honored to be a part of this anthology--especially because it includes so many awesome authors!
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
*check my status updates for the ratings I gave the stories*

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*

Would recommend.
Kate (GirlReading)
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-favourites

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
I really liked about half of the stories in this anthology - but I found that the other half were just mediocre.

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
Apr 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
with guns hidden under our petticoats
no we're never gonna quit it no we're never gonna quit it no
A book of stories about interesting, enduring, and sometimes badass females throughout American history. Wonderful news! This isn't a white girls only club; both protagonists and authors are diverse(ish). That shouldn't be news at all, but right now, it is, so this is worth recommending on that point, alone. Don't worry, though, your readers will also get quality writing, for the most part.
4.5 stars

Here's my breakdown:

Mother Carey's Table (1710) by J. Anderson Coats - 5 stars

It's a sea story! Th
Nasty Lady MJ
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Really 2.5 stars.

To see review with Arnold gif click here.

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
Anna *no longer in use*
Oct 14, 2014 marked it as to-read
Because: Marissa Meyer, Leslye Walton and Marie Lu .
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hey guys! Today I am super lucky to have Jessica Spotswood & Saundra Mitchell stop by to talk about this amazing new book... A Tyranny of Petticoats.

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

Ben Babcock
Women don’t need me to say this, because they know this, and many have said this themselves, but I’ll boost it: the thing about representation is that it isn’t enough to give people one character, one story, one thing and say, “There, you’ve representation, job done.” So I was excited when I received A Tyranny of Petticoats in a Book Riot Book Mail box. Those of you who have read my reviews for a while (thank you, reader, no matter how poorly you’ve chosen to use your time) know that I’m not tha ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm going to read two short stories every week and update my review every single time, like I did this time and this other time.
This is probably going to pop up on your feed two times a week.

Here's the "program":
WEEK 1 (Monday, April 11 – Sunday, April 17 2016):
J. Anderson Coats
Leslye Walton
WEEK 2 (Monday, April 18 – Sunday, April 24 2016):
Jessica Spotswood
Katherine Longshore
WEEK 3 (Monday, April 25 – Sunday, May 1 2016):
Andrea Cremer
Beth Revis
WEEK 4 (Monday, May 2 – Sund
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: female-badassery
The thing that I loved most about this short story collection is that it really showcased these authors doing what they do best. Each author really played to her strengths, and as a result of that, we get this wonderfully eclectic collection with tremendous diversity in both style and substance. So we get haunting, lyrical stories from the likes of Leslye Walton and J. Anderson Coats, but we also get snappy, plot-driven tales from authors like Andrea Cremer. There are stories that are a whirlwin ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Jennie
Cover Story: Who Run The World?
The Best: “El Destinos” by Leslye Walton and “Bonnie and Clyde” by Saundra Mitchell
The Worst Not My Favorite Genre: “High Stakes” by Andrea Cremer
Bonus Factors: American History, Diversity, LGBTQ
Break Glass In Case Of: Dudes Dominating Your History Books

Read the full book report here.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology, i-liked-it
Overall rating: 3.5 stars!

*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
Lala BooksandLala
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my favourite female driven anthology to date. It is historical fiction, with 15 stories organized by date ranging from 1710 to 1968, from a fantastic group of authors. There are stories of assassins and pirates, ghosts and bank robbers, schoolteachers and hippies, all while also covering historically relevant topics like war, the slave trade, gold mining, race and gender inequality and more. I highly recommend.

Mother Carey's Tale by J. Anderson Coats
2.5 stars
This tale wasn't as well writ
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, own
I'm very much pleasantly surprised and pleased with this anthology. It is indeed a great collection of historical stories about kick-ass girls set in different states and time periods in the U.S. There is a mix of genres, some are more fantasy, other contemporary, action, adventure, it's just a fantastic mix. I really liked most of the stories, and didn't hate any of them - although a few were subpar. Mostly because they were either too short, or felt more like fragments of bigger stories that j ...more
Each of these 15 stories is a unique look at normal, average girls living through different eras of American history. The bulk of them are historical, while some stories veer into historical fantasy, which readers who think they "don't like" historical fiction will probably dig a lot.

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
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were some ok pieces but mostly bad/not-so-good pieces. I found that there was no time to get emotionally connected enough to care about any of the dramatics and reveals.
Sam! at the bookstore
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, not-a-novel
Rating: 4 stars

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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