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The Black Coats

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Roses are read, violets are blue, if you hurt us, we’re coming for you.

The deeply secretive Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. And Thea has just received an invitation to join them. This is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to finally get justice for her cousin Natalie, whose killer went free.

Thea dives head first into
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Colleen Oakes
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Inspired by a black coat sitting on the road in Nebraska, grief at the death of a beloved friend and a fascination with vigilante justice, The Black Coats is a story that I've wanted to tell for a long time.

It's a story about revenge, about women saying "enough" with their fists and their words, and a secretive matriarchal society that loves both mason jars and brass knuckles.

It’s about the moral grey that exists in the lines between vengeance and revenge, justice and torture, love and grief.

Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Feb 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
"A secret society of girls who plot revenge on the men who hurt them."

me, aggressively clicking want to read button: SAY NO MORE
The Nerd Daily
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell

The line between justice and vengeance is thin and it’s easy to cross it. That is what Colleen Oakes explored in her new novel, The Black Coats. Thea Soloman is dealing with grief after losing her cousin and best friend, Natalie six months prior to the start of the story. Natalie’s killer was never brought to justice so when the Black Coats—a secret society who exact vengeance on men who hurt girls and women—send her an invitatio
If you are looking for an intense YA read with some realistic but badass heroines, this is the novel you should pick up in February. It's a cross between the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter and THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis.

This is a web of a book with multiple layers that I couldn't see coming. It had a plot that weaved and bobbed. Because one minute you think you are reading a book about grief and then a secret vigilante society gets thrown in and then there is an adorable
Sana Zameer
I tried so hard to like this book. The concept was interesting and it has a good plot, but it's the writing and the execution that was a let down. The pacing was very slow which didn't suit the vigilante justice theme and the writing was flat boring. It should have been fast paced and gripping, instead the monotonous prose and under developed characters made me nearly dump it. And I didn't get the connection between Thea and Drew. I could have been much better if the writing was upbeat and the a ...more
Tadashi Hamada
When I first saw this book on Goodreads and read the premise, I was hooked. I immediately added it onto one of my several wishlists. Less than two weeks after adding it, by sheer luck, I won an Advanced Reader's Copy in a contest. I thanked the book gods and I couldn't wait to dig in.

Sadly, though, I was disappointed.

I loved the idea of a vigilante group that avenged women--women who have been raped, sexually assaulted, abused, or murdered. I'm not a total advocate of vigilante justice in real l
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

The Black Coats is a Young Adult contemporary novel set in Austin, Texas.

The book is divided into two parts. The narrator is Thea (3rd person POV).

The story is about a secret group of women called The Black Coats. They go after men who have hurt women.

Thea is a high school student. She experienced a tragedy and now she has been invited to join this secret group.

This book features some romance. The story was interesting and different.

I really enjoyed the group dynamics in Thea's Black
Nov 07, 2018 marked it as radar
this is one of the most horrific covers i've ever seen. who approved that colour scheme??
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOLY SHIT. I finished almost in one sitting

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for honest review. Review to come*
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
"Roses are read, violets are blue, if you hurt us, we’re coming for you."

Well I'm sold lol
Kate Vocke
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Black Coats is a secret society of women who plot and execute revenge on men who have hurt them or other women and girls in their lives to teach them a lesson and get even. Could this sound any more awesome?!? The book is dark, and secretive and chock full of girl power. It's a fast-paced, action-filled examination of revenge and what lengths some will go to attain it.

Thea is still reeling from the murder of her cousin Natalie. Her family struggles, her days go by in a haze and she's despera
*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary
*Rating* 3.5


The Black Coats, by author Colleen Oakes, is inspired by a black coat sitting on the road in Nebraska, grief at the death of a beloved friend and the authors fascination with vigilante justice. It is a story about a group of women who take the law into their own hands and seek vengeance against those, mostly men, who have wronged a woman in ways that include murder, and rape. It's a story about the necessity o
Heidi Goehmann
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
The question that comes to mind as I read this book is: What if women got tired of perpetually asking themselves, “Is this safe?” or What is we wanted better for our daughters? This is a fun and adventurous read for teens. It asks hard questions about the morally grey of life with lovably imperfect characters, hard ass characters, and characters I would not want to meet up with...ever. The imagery and imagination crafted in each scene of this book made me want to jump on a plane to Austin, as we ...more
Anna Eklund
Holy hell. Review to come when I can word again. I need to go hold this close for a bit.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-read
Dit heeft me echt achterover geslagen. Zo verrassend goed. Ik had weinig verwachtingen bij dit boek omdat ik nog niemand erover had gehoord. Maar dit boek gaat echt zo in het lijstje bij mijn favoriete contemporary’s. Hoop dat meer mensen dit boek gaan lezen.

Ook echt een heerlijk origineel verhaal. Lekker feministisch en hoe niets helemaal zwart of wit is.
Caro Herrera
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If this book is not yet on your radar or on your TBR, it needs to be! Hands down 5/5 stars for The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes because ZOMG! This book comes out next month and if you appreciate vigilante justice and feminist kickassedness, then you need to preorder immediately. Brutal, rich, angry, necessary. A reminder that no matter who we are, where we come from, what our social status is... as women we are likely to have trauma in common. So joining together and holding each other up INSTEA ...more
Trigger warnings for this book: rape, sexual assault and allusions/accusations thereof, racism, death of a loved one.

Picking up this next book from Colleen Oakes in ARC form at work, I expected it to be a rewrite of her Peter Pan-themed fantasy retelling just like Queen of Hearts and sequels were rewrites of a previous self-published project. But no, instead she gives us a pretty high-stakes - and pretty accidentally relevant, since it was written several years ago before #MeToo became so promin
3 stars.

I enjoyed this for the most part considering vigilante feminists is probably my favorite trope of all time, but the characters and the writing bogged it down for me.

It was going to be at least a 3.5 right after I finished it, but it's only two days later and I don't really remember anything so it's not exactly the most remember-able book I've read recently.
Emily (emilykatereads)
This is a powerful story about getting justice for women for the times they’ve been hurt by men. The times the law didn’t fairly punish and let a criminal walk free with barely a slap on the wrist. A story about the women who’ve been victims and have to suffer alone while their abuser walks free of any punishment.

But when does that justice become vengeance?

This book covers the morally grey area and explores this topic as our protagonist is initiated into the secret society of the Black Coats du
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
This was an amazing read and that ending was probably one of the best, most satisfying endings I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Full Review To Come
Nikki S
Whoa. I was NOT expecting to love this one as much as I did! Real review to come!

**EDIT 02/28/19**

You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away...

I'm going to be honest here and say I almost didn't read this. I read Oakes' debut and let me just tell you, it wasn't my favorite. I added this one to my TBR just because I really liked the cover. I ended up picking it up because I found out it was set in my home state. And the rest is history.

Thea's cousin was the victim of a terri
Amy (novelteahappyme)
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Personal. Necessary. These three words keep coming to mind when I think of my experience reading Colleen Oakes latest novel “The Black Coats” and how I intend to describe it in passionate pleas for everyone I know to read it.

A contemporary YA novel with beautifully dark gothic touches, "The Black Coats" introduces us to Thea Soloman. Mourning the recent horrific and unsolved murder of her best friend and cousin Natalie, Thea is deep in grief and struggling to get through the senseless
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win this from a giveaway. I want to thank Harper Teen for providing me with this arc.

First thoughts: The epilogue blew me away and made me want to read further.

After reading further: The writing was hard to adjust to but after about 70 pages I really started to love this story. I became extremely attached to the main character Thea. I also started to really like the other girls in this story. At first, they were just side characters but they slowly became really important.
1.5 stars.

DNF just under 100 pages.

Oh boy.

First of all, let me just start off by saying that this was a brilliant concept. I mean, it was the whole reason I picked up the novel - a vigilante, feminist girl group? Where do I join?

Except the concept was literally the only good thing about this novel. (Apart from the brief diversity that I saw in the few pages I read; Thea appears to be mixed-race, for instance.)

The writing style in this was such a massive let down. Seriously. It fluctuated between
Richie Partington
Richie’s Picks: THE BLACK COATS by Colleen Oakes, Harper Teen, February 2019. 400p., ISBN: 978-0-06-267962-8

Last week, CNN reported a Valentine’s Day message from America’s best-known convicted serial date rapist:

“In his first public statement from prison, Bill Cosby said he will never have remorse for his crimes and called himself a political prisoner.
‘My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing,
Celia McMahon
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for an exciting YA read with some amazing heroines, this is the one for you! Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for the e-arc!

This book is about Thea, whose cousin was the victim of a crime that she just can't make her herself forget. She gets an invitation to join a club called the Black Coats soon after, which is a sort of vigilante group to punish men for the wrongdoings they did to women. But Thea soon realizes that justice is a thin line that can be crossed into dangerous
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march-2019
I was really disappointed with this book. I was really hoping for a deeper exploration of grief, vengeance, justice, and retribution as filtered through the persepctive of a character that has been affected by crime/violence. What I got was a watered down teen mystery/conspiracy story with a heavy romance thrown in. This could have been so much better!! I, for one, am completely sick of every YA book needing to have a romance because it seems to be expected. It's not so bad when the romance is u ...more
Disappointed. So disappointed.
I mean, I was promised a secret society of vigilante women dealing out justice to men who’ve committed crimes against women. That is, I was expecting a lot of stabbing, dicks being chopped off, gritty scenes, and a rather dark story.
I was NOT expecting vigilante justice take the backseat to a melodramatic high school love story. Nor did I expect a very dubious take on hypnosis. Or flat characters, or a soap-opera-esque story. Or being bored out of my scull.

I reall
This was gloriously readable and I stayed up way too late last night trying unsuccessfully to finish it. A secret society of women made to fuck up men who fuck up women? Uh yeah, sign me up for that. My only complaint is that it's billed as look at justice vs. revenge and I think it could have gone deeper on that. There are characters who think one way and characters who think another, but I would have liked to see the gray areas examined a bit more closely. Still, that's being pretty picky abou ...more
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Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including The Black Coats, Queen of Hearts Series, and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling or immersing herself in nerdy pop culture.

She currently at work on her third YA fairytale series, a YA thriller
“It’s a shame...that sometimes even the strongest women are not strong enough to endure the wickedness of average men.” 0 likes
“How often do we hear that refrain? But he didn’t do anything. It wasn’t his fault that he raped her — he was drunk! She was drunk! He beats his family, but he provides for them. He may have killed his girlfriend, but he was a gifted athlete! His wife just fell off the cruise ship! Men, protected by their positions, are getting away with murder and abuse and assault. So please don’t let me hear you say it that HE didn’t do anything!” 0 likes
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