Friday, December 18, 2015

Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Friday, December 18, 2015
Vengeance Road
by Erin Bowman

publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
pages: 336
genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction | Western 

find on: Goodreads / Amazon 

Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

As a first time western fiction reader, I can say that I really enjoyed Vengeance Road and that it was pretty good. I entered the story with an open mind not knowing what exactly I would find by my lack of historical/western books in my background, but this book was very fun to read.

"The hurt fades with time. Course, that's assuming you don't ride the of vengeance... That path's like rubbing salt in a wound." - Erin Bowman, Vengeance Road

Kate was a kickass cowgirl who didn't take shit from anybody and had a will filled with vengeance strong enough to drown someone just by looking at them. I was overall happy reading Kate's story. She was a strong main character who believed in family and could shoot a gun. I definitely connected  with Kate even though she isn't exactly my twin, but I could feel and understand where she was coming from, what she was doing, and why she was doing it. Kate definitely is not a hero saving the day, and she may a few touches of darkness in her, but what's not to love?

"Am I more bad than good, more revenge than forgiveness?" - Erin Bowman, Vengeance Road

Jesse and Will were great. I could think of the time they made me laugh and the times they made me want to punch a wall. Jesse and Will were just about as good as cowboys can get. I loved both of them, and could not think of two other people who could accompany Kate in her journey, even if it was under less willing circumstances.

"I ain’t a Rose Rider. I want ‘em dead just like you, and alls you’s done is lose me a horse and get yerself killed." - Erin Bowman, Vengeance Road

Romance was laced into the book and although it was not the main concern, it still sparked me as a hardcore shipper/romantic. I was happy to be able to read a mix of genres I never knew I would like.

The writing style of the book was exactly my cup of tea. It was tough, enjoyable, and had that touch of western in the way they spoke that I couldn't shake off the feeling that this book was giving me. Definitely a book I recommend to all of you!

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