Title: A Tyranny of Petticoats
Authors: Jessica Spotswood (Editor), Elizabeth Wein, Beth Revis, Marie Lu, Andrea Cremer, Caroline Richmond, J. Anderson Coats, Marissa Meyer, Katherine Longshore, Saundra Mitchell, Robin Talley, Y.S. Lee, Kekla Magoon, Leslye Walton, & Lindsay Smith
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I received a copy of this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
A Tyranny of Petticoats is a book filled with short stories about young women who are taking on the world regardless of what people think or say about them. When I first saw this book, I became extremely excited! I love a good book with a kick butt, feminist, female protagonist. Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses, Yael from Wolf by Wolf, and Kate from Vengeance Road, just to name a few.
While there were stories throughout this book that I did enjoyed, I just could not bring myself to finish this novel. I had read about three quarters of this book before I finally decided to set it down. That decision was difficult to make; I desperately wanted to love this book. However, I had quite the struggle immersing myself within these stories.
Despite the fact that there were stories throughout this book I did not like, that fact does not mean I won’t give the author’s another chance. I have read some of these author’s previous works before and appreciated their book(s). I would love to have the chance to read some of the author’s novel(s) before I decide whether or not I like/dislike that particular author.
I feel as though I am the only person who did not finish this book. And I really hate to be THAT PERSON. The one person who disliked a book that so many people loved. This is the first anthology book I have read. Maybe short stories aren’t meant for me. I think I prefer longer stories where I have the chance to develop a deeper connection with the character(s).
Normally I will give a one star rating to a book I did not finish. However, I did enjoy some of the stories I read in this book, so I’m upping the rating to a two star rating.
2 out of 5 stars
Meet The Editor
Jessica Spotswood grew up in a tiny, one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where she could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with her nose in a book. Now she lives in Washington, DC where she can be found working as a children’s library associate for the DC Public Library, seeing theatre with her playwright husband, or—most often—with her nose in a book. Some things never change.