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The Radical Element

(A Tyranny of Petticoats #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  876 ratings  ·  272 reviews
In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.

To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It's a de
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Candlewick Press
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Elle (ellexamines)
After a fairly shaky first half, I adored the second half of this. All the characters are the best, basically.

★☆☆☆☆: 0
★★☆☆☆: 1
★★★☆☆: 2
★★★★☆: 5
★★★★★: 4

My average rating for this anthology was a surprisingly high... 4.0. Did you expect that? Because I totally did not. Halfway through this anthology, I was prepared to give it a big old three, and then I hit three five stars in a row and this happens.

Okay, so here’s my really big gripe with this anthology. It is marketed as being about radical gir
Mar 15, 2018 marked it as dnf
I recently answered the PARKS AND REC book tag (and had THE MOST FUN doing so), wherein I featured this collection for Tom Haverford's A character who likes to dream big.

Here is what I wrote taken directly from the tag:

January was also the month where I received the opportunity to read an incredible short story written by Dahlia Adler in The Radical Element anthology. Daughter of the Book was the introducing story to the collection, and my immediate first thought upon completing it went, "I don
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
1.) A Tyranny of Petticoats ★★★.5
2.) The Radical Element ★★★.5


Definitely the weakest of the two anthologies in this series. My favourite was definitely Sara Farizan's 'Take Me With U'!

Daughter of the Book by Dahlier Adler - 3.5/5 stars
You're A Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee - 2.5/5 stars
The Magician by Erin Bowman - 3/5 stars
Lady Firebrand by Megan Shepherd – 4/5 stars
Step Right Up by Jessica Spotswood - 2.5/5 stars
Glamour by Anna-Marie McLemore -
Erin Bowman
Apr 01, 2016 marked it as books-i-wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm so excited (and honored!) to be contributing to this anthology, and yes, you can expect me to write something set in the Wild West. Yeehaw! (Teaser here)

Update 5/22, after having read all contributors' stories: Much like with A Tyranny of Petticoats, I loved this anthology and the wonderful mix of stories it provides. The girls featured in this book are radical, indeed, and I can't wait for you to read about them! :)
Mar 31, 2016 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
So, so excited and honored to be contributing to this anthology, and cannot wait to read everyone else's stories! ...more
alice (arctic books)
You can find this review and others at arctic books

2.5/5 stars

I’m starting to think that anthologies are just Not For Me. The past few anthologies that I’ve read had good content, but I just haven’t been into them as much as I wish I had. That being said, THE RADICAL ELEMENT contains amazing short stories from stellar YA authors.

These twelve short stories are diverse in so many ways – there’s queer people, people of color, people with disabilities – I found myself in a few characters, especially
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The Radical Element is a historical fiction anthology about radical and dauntless young women throughout American history. It follows girls ahead of their times, marginalized girls, girls who were in some way unconventional.

It’s the second book in a series. The first, A Tyranny of Petticoats, followed brave and “badass” girls; I read it more than a year ago, and I remember having mixed feelings on it. I liked this one a bit more, though it had its low points too.

Overall, this didn't disappoint.
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A friend of mine recommended me the first anthology, so when this one has been added to Netgalley I knew I had to ask for it. If you don't know what it's about, The Radical Element is basically an anthology about all those women who didn't fit in the society they were born in and who had to fight to get a chance to be heard.

It's always so hard to review anthologies, and it's still the case here, but the subject is so importa
Stacey Lee
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm excited for this collection of important stories from little-heard voices, and hope you are, too! I just finished this book, and here are my thoughts on each story, for those wondering what's inside.

Daughter of the Book, by Dahlia Adler. Rebekah wants to learn the Torah, Hebrew, and about the prophets, subjects off limits to girls in Savannah 1838. Dahlia writes with such command and understanding that suddenly Rebekah's struggles become the reader's.

You're a Stranger Here, Mackenzi Lee pro
Kate (GirlReading)
Despite its somewhat shaky start, this was a brilliant sequel anthology to A Tyranny of Petticoats.

Top three stories:
-Glamour by Anne-Marie McLemore
-The Belle of the Ball by Sarvenaz Tash
-Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave by Stacey Lee

Daughter of the Book by Dahlia Alder - 3/5*

You’re a Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee - 2/5*

The Magician by Erin Bowman - 3/5*

Lady Firebrand by Megan Shepard - 3.5/5*

Step Right Up by Jessica Spotswood - 4/5*

Glamour by Anne-Marie McLemore - 5/5*
oh how I wish this h
julianna ➹
average rating: 4 stars (which is honestly perfect, because I hate half star ratings in general)

Uh, wow, after the first two stories in this anthology were pretty lackluster I got scared that this anthology was going to be overall, extremely disappointing, but thankfully the stories after definitely improved!

I also completely agree with all three sentiments from Elise's review, I honestly wish there was more intersections within the characters rather than each of them having only marginalization
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As an American girl in the past and the present the decision to respect yourself can sometimes be challenging and radical. You have to face it whether you're neurodivergent, a second-generation immigrant, or facing racism. Self-respect is the only decision when you've weighed societal expectations and found them wanting. In this anthology, twelve talented YA authors present stories of all sorts of girls from all colors and creeds
Kate Olson
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short story collection has been my at-work read for the past month and I read bits every day during lunch at my desk or in our school garden and during our cuddle up and read days in the library when I sit down and read right alongside my students. I can’t speak highly enough of this collection as it brings together 12 amazing female YA authors, shines light on often-unknown elements of history, and features such a wide array of characters of different races, sexualities, gender identities ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, e-books, young-adult
I'm not a huge fan of short story collections. To me, they either don't give you enough of the story to feel it was worth your time, or they get you hooked and then leave you wanting more. I decided to request this arc from Netgalley because I am a fan of Jessica Spotswood's writing. Overall, I ended up liking this more than I expected. It was extremely diverse and feminist. Here's my individual ratings for each story:

Daughter of the Book by Dahlia Adler: 2.5/5
You’re a Stranger Here by Mackenzi
Xiomara Canizales
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018-read
"If we limit equality, we can never be truly equal"

Rating: 3.5

Anthologies are hard to review and rate.
The stories are short and straight to the point so you are not going to find too much depth in them. The main subject of the stories it is 'girls who find their way in an atmosphere where everything has against them'. I think is the best way I can describe the book in one sentence.
The stories take place in the US, the authors did their best including as much representation as they could, as

I was introduced to Jessica Spotswood through her first anthology project A Tyranny of Petticoats, which featured 15 stories about badass women. I don’t remember much of it, but I know I gave it a 3/5 rating because the stories were good and fantastical, but nothing special or memorable for me. I decided to give this one a go since I’m into anthologies lately, and to see if these are better than the first collection. I wasn’t disappointed, but neither was I thrilled.

The stories range from ear
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.83 stars (you do get weird ratings when you read anthologies)

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewing and rating anthologies is usually tricky, because you can't always love all of the short stories they are made of; yet, for The Radical Element, I can say that I enjoyed all of them and that the messages the anthology was trying to get through were executed well. The Radical Element is an empowering read that focuses on young women who d
Mar 11, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2018-releases, arcs
I will be updating this review for each story I finish, and will post my complete review after I complete the anthology, so stay tuned!

Daughter of the Book
Dahlia Adler
2 stars
While this story was incredibly insightful into Jewish tradition and belief, I found it bland and forgetful. I think it's an important story to show women and the struggles of religion they faced/still face in some places today, but I felt I was reading a history lesson rather than a fictional story. However, I liked the c
This is a shortened version - read the full review on my blog.

LGBTQAI+: Sapphic main and side characters in a couple of stories, and a transgender man LI in one
Sex on page: No

I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have so much love to give to this anthology.

At first glance, I loved the way the stories are in a chronological order, and the year + setting is clearly stated right before every story. Then I started reading, and I’m not kidding when I say that I fell i
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

1838: Savanah, Georgia
Daughter of the Book by Dahlia Adler
Interesting and educational about the Jewish faith, I did not know that women were not allowed to learn the Books of the Torah. There was very little action and it seemed to end abruptly.

1844: Nauvoo, Illinois
You're a Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee
The main character is very interesting, it's informational abo
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
The Radical Element is a collection of short fictional stories that gives unique glances into lives that aren’t usually thought about when one reflects on history. Reading these tales, I found that they both inspired me and made me laugh, which in my opinion are some of the best things that books can do. I’m typically not one to pick up short story collections, so I was surprised to find myself enjoying this book far more than I expected to.

This books consists of 12 short stories from the YA au
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
** An ARC is generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **

Daughter of the Book by Dahlia Adler - 3 stars.
This story is about a Jewish education. I really enjoyed our main character Rebekah Wolf, but didn't care for the love interest or the plot that much.

You're a Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee - 3.5 stars.
This story focuses on the Mormon history. I enjoyed the writing style but wasn't fully invested in the plot.

The Magician by Erin Bowman - 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this st
*Thanks to Netgalley, the Publisher and the authors for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review!*

I thought i would love this book way more than i ended up doing. But on the other hand i honestly expected this anthology collection to be a bit more... science based? Maybe that is my mistake from taking the title to literally.

All 12 stories in this book are good. They are interesting, they show great parts of American history that should be mentioned m
Greyson | Use Your Words
A Tyranny of Petticoats Series Ratings:
A Tyranny of Petticoats: TBR
The Radical Element: ★★★★

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

We need empathy now more than ever. We need to read stories about, and especially by, voices that have been traditionally silenced and erased from history. We need curious, open-minded, open-hearted teenagers (and adults!) like you.

The Radical Element is an anthology dedicated to the girls who refuse to play
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
a few of the stories took a while to get into/didn't engage my interest as much but overall, I enjoyed the anthology and appreciated the inclusion of multiple WOC, whose stories were what made the anthology for me.

if there's another anthology like this one I would hope to see Native girls' and trans girls' voices & stories included.
Mar 31, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: short-stories
Kara Babcock
Last year I reviewed A Tyranny of Petticoats , which came on my radar because I received it in a Book Mail box from Book Riot. When I saw The Radical Element on NetGalley, I wanted to see how the second volume of this anthology series compared. Thanks to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the eARC! I adored this book for what it is, and while I didn’t love every story, it was a great end-of-the-week read.

The Radical Element is also edited by Jessica Spotswood, but you don’t need to have read
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
**I received an ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley, and am very grateful for the opportunity to review this free of charge.**

The Radical Element, edited by Jessica Spotswood, is a short-story anthology about women living radically in their specific time period or setting. I’d been eagerly awaiting this anthology, especially after reading such a great one recently.
The main reason I requested this book was because of the addition of a story by Anna-Marie McLemore. However, I requested it with th
Bright Star
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Radical Element was the second anthology in the series of Tyranny of Petticoats and follows the stories of girls "who were outsiders and/or radical in their communities, whether by virtue of their race, religion, sexuality, disability, gender, or the profession they were pursuing" and did everything in their power to change their life for the better, following their dreams and hopes.

It was a good collection of short s
This, along with the first book, make such an excellent addition to historical YA fiction. Many of these short stories could do well as full-blown books, but it wasn't to the detriment of the stories themselves.

Favorites in the collection came in the second half, in part because I find the 1900s more interesting than the 1800s. Tops stories would be "Step Right Up" by Spotswood, "Glamour" by Anna-Marie McLemore, "Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave" by Stacey Lee, "The Birth of Susi Gogo" by Me
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Jess is the author of the historical fantasy trilogy The Cahill Witch Chronicles and the contemporary novels Wild Swans and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls. She is the editor of the anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats and The Radical Element, and co-editor (with Tess Sharpe) of Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft. Jess lives in Washington, DC, where she works for the DC Public Libr ...more

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