Publisher: Balzer + Bray (February 2, 2016)
Genre: Fiction/Steampunk/Western/Fantasy/And so much more
Rating: 2 Stars
The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s just perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.
Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Seven years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.
But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.
Yep, the above meme express my thoughts completely about Revenge and the Wild. Before I go on my rant I must tell you that I was pretty stoked when I got approved by Edelweiss. I mean come on who could resist that spectacular cover and the thrilling and exciting summary of what this book was all about?
I know I couldn’t.
So unfortunately, I come with a broken heart and a crappy mood as I write this review. Revenge and the Wild, I was rooting for you. We were all rooting for you. And you go behind my back and bite me in the ass.
Okay so here’s the thing about this book. It’s one too many ideas thrown into one book. You have western, steampunk, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, mystery….so on and so forth. As you read you like….WHAT THE HELL AM I READING! On top of that it get quite confusing and by the end you really don’t care for the characters or the journey they have taken. You just want to get off this crazy train that has turned in to the Rock ‘N’ Roll Rollercoaster at Disney. Seriously, Revenge and the Wild is a non-stop action adventure with a love square and a mechanical arm.
Damnit I’m so mad because mechanical arms are cool. So fucking cool. This book should have been cool instead of the mess that it was. Don’t get me wrong, Michelle Modesto’s writing style is on point. The story literally, grabs you in and doesn’t let you go. I just wish someone would have pulled her to the side and said “Stop what you’re doing and back the fuck away from the keyboard.” If that would have happen I think Revenge and the Wild would have been one of the best Western/Steampunk that I’ve read. But damnit, RW was bogged down with one too many ideas.
Such a great concept ruined by too much ambitiousness and trying too hard to be different and out of box. If that makes any sense.
My other problem is the way that the Natives are portrayed. Yes ladies and gentlemen lets, bring out all the stereotypes that we have about Native Americans. You know—they’re mysterious, magical, one with nature and good hunters with all this mysticism surrounding them. Can we please leave that bullshit in 2015? Enough is enough.
Anyways, if you love a good old western/steampunk mixed with humans, fairies, vampires and a whole plethora of……well just throw the whole damn kitchen sink in your reading, then I highly recommend Revenge and the Wild. This one is for you.
*I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own.