August 30, 2015

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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Vengeance Road
Erin Bowman
YA | Western | Historical | Adventure
Expected publication: September 1st 2015
HMH Books for Young Readers
eARC from Publisher (Thank you HMH!)
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My Rating: 4/5 Stars
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.
Vengeance Road is set in Arizona during the late 1800s. I never envisioned myself picking up a western novel because cowboys and the south and just all that stuff don't interest me. But Vengeance Road was amazing. I never thought I would love a western novel as much as I loved this one! 

After a gang that goes by the name The Rose Riders hangs Kate's father, Kate goes after them in an attempt to seek revenge. She disguises herself as a boy and calls herself Nate. As she goes after them she meets up with two boys, Will and Jesse, who help her out. 

Kate is a true badass. As in, the kind of badass who shoots men without a second thought and is hell bent on getting revenge for her fathers death. You do not want to cross this girl. Her resolve throughout the entire novel never falters and I was rooting for her the whole time. Her line of thought is also spot on. She knows if people think she's a boy she'll have a better chance at surviving, but she's also fed up with the fact that people will try to prevent her from doing stuff just because she's a girl. Yay for main characters who recognize & disagree with societies standards! (Even though the novel is set in Arizona in the 1800s, it's still relevant to today.)
Me cheering for Kate
I really enjoyed the southern grit worked into this novel. Plus, Bowman did a really great job with incorporating the language and culture of 1870 Arizona. It didn't feel like I was reading a book, I felt more like I was watching a movie. I could practically envision this entire book. Everything felt so authentic and western! Also, yay for the small amount of romance that fit in so well into the story. I was obviously a big fan of Kate and Jesse, and I can't help myself. They were sosososo cute. Trust me. You just have to read this book to discover why. 
KATE AND JESSE MADE ME MAKE THIS FACE A LOT 
Bowman did a great job with the pacing of this novel too The action was spaced out evenly and I never felt too bored waiting for the next explosive scene. Also, she totally nailed it with that shocking ending.
Literally me reading the ending
This book is awesome and I definitely recommend you pick it up. Not only will you get a great story, you get a beautiful cover, kickass characters, and everything wrapped up in one book! (Thats right — it's a standalone!) September 1st! I mean look at that beautiful, intricate cover design, you KNOW you want this on your shelf.

(Image Courtesy of Hughton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)



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