Author: Erin Bowman
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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.
Western isn’t a genre that I normal read because cowboys aren’t my cup of tea but I was honored with the opportunity to read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. Come on who can resist a that badass cover? Whoever did this cover you have a fan in me for life. Can you imagine a tattoo like that? Anyways that is not the point. You’re here for my thoughts on this books.
Well dear readers, Vengeance Road starts off with a bang. There’s a lynching and Kate our feisty heroine is out for revenge. With her father being killed by the infamous Rose Riders, Kate decides that she wants to look each and every one of those yellow belly bastard right in the eyes as she pulls the trigger. Now this is a girl I can get behind. She’s a take no prisoners, whiskey drinking (she only drinks in the beginning) hard ass. That’s intelligent, fierce and loyal once she gets to know you and trust you.
Erin Bowman does a marvelous job of getting the western feels going in this book. You can feel the hot blazing sun beaming down on your head as you ride the open plains with your trusty horse name Silver. Ducking and dodging unsavory characters and keeping an eye on the Apache. Cause you know them Indians are savages.
Yeah that’s the one bit that I didn’t like. You have to read to understand what I mean. But the whole white girl being nice to the Indian and treating them like human beings is so annoying and kind of disrespectful in it’s own way. However, aside from that I did enjoy Vengeance Road. Yes the plot slowed down at times and became boring but Kate Thompson is what keeps the book alive with her spunk and sass. Along with her need for revenge. You the reader will root for her and hopes she gets to avenge her father.
Along the way you meet some memorable and not so memorable characters as well as watch the romance blossom between Kate and Jesse. Yes that’s the love interest in this books. It was cute and wasn’t too much of a bother for me. If you know me romance is not my thing. But I digress.
So if you looking for an action pack, no holds bar, good ole fashion western–I highly recommend Erin Bowman Vengeance Road. It’s a nice mix of romance, action and a funky old-timey dialect that makes the whole western experience that more fun. So go on and add Vengeance Road to your collection. You won’t be disappointed.
As always thank you for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think.
*Thank you Rock Star Book Tours and HMH Books for Young Readers. I received and ARC copy in exchange for a honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not “Mama” or “Dada,” but “Once upon a time.” In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.
She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.
When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.
She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers).
3 winners will receive a finished copy of VENGEANCE ROAD. US Only.
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