Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction/Western
Page Count: 336
My Rating: 4 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble
* I received an ARC of this book at BEA, and was also mailed a second ARC from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.
synopsis (from goodreads):
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.
In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
This book was exactly what I wanted in a Western. As a fan of the genre, I was craving exactly what I got with this book. A lot of the speech is written phonetically, which really helps to world build. The beautiful map doesn’t hurt either.
I enjoyed our main character. She has a lot of snark and is both stubborn and reckless; exactly what you want in this kind of story. I was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that there was not a love triangle in this book. The synopsis made me think that it might go that way, but thankfully, it did not and the book was better off for it. Being a standalone, there was no time for that kind of plot.
Overall, there were some elements of the story that were predictable and fit into many of the Western tropes, but I found that more comforting and nostalgic than annoying. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a solid Western that doesn’t want to sit through multiple books to have the story wrapped up.
I am giving away an ARC of Vengeance Road. This giveaway is US only, and will run through September 7, 2015. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Good luck!