brave girls & wild stories // A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS REVIEW

TITLE:  A Tyranny Of Petticoats.

AUTHOR: various. edited by Jessica Spotswood

RATING: ★★.5

TRIGGER WARNING: racisim, homophobia, segregation

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: WalkerbooksAUS sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: historical YA short story collection


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.

With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y. S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Tung Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein

my thoughts

A Tyranny of Petticoats is a collection of short stories centered in olden days America. All 15 stories feature a young girl as a main character and tell the tales that we often don’t get to see of them. From two girls who ran their own bar, to a young girl who watched her hero die. This story is full of important girls.

The problem with short story collections always lies in the fact that, while you might love one story, you might hate the next. It becomes even harder to connect with the stories when they’re written by a variety of authors.

I found some enjoyable tales hidden in this collection like little gems, The Red Raven Ball and The Legendary Garret Girls were my favourites for their strong characters and plots. But overall this was just an average read. It was a relaxing one, unfortunately one that made me nearly fall asleep a few times and overall I liked four of the stories, but I genuinely can’t remember the rest of them because they made that little impact on me.

If you’re a fan of old western tales, or learning about life back in the day, specifically in America, then you really should check this one out.

Until next time,

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