Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult – Western
Page Count: 327
My Rating: 4 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
When I picked this up, I wanted a straight-forward Western and it delivered just that. I wanted a spunky girl disguised as a boy. I wanted old Western film tropes. I wanted saloons. I wanted bandits. I got all of that wrapped up in a pretty bow.
The synopsis gives the impression that there might be a love triangle. Never fear, for that is not the case. I will say that I originally thought this was going to be a series (which is completely my fault because nothing should have led me to believe that) so I found the relationship development to be a bit lacking. But once I figured out that it was a standalone, it was fine. I found that the ending did wrap up rather quickly, and was a tad unsatisfying. There were things that happened that felt unresolved.
Vengeance Road will satisfy anyone craving an old John Wayne movie, if John Wayne was a stubborn, teenage girl.