Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 1st 2015
Genres: 19th Century, Action & Adventure, Farm & Ranch Life, General, Girls & Women, Historical, JUVENILE FICTION, Lifestyles, Love & Romance, United States, Westerns, Young Adult
Source: ARC from Publisher
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Let me start off by saying I grew up watching westerns. My dad is such a huge John Wayne fan so I have seen every one of his movies at least twice! True Grit was always my absolute FAVORITE. It included a young girl who wanted vengeance for her father’s murder. I can’t even tell you how many times I watched that one. So when I saw VENGEANCE ROAD was coming out my western fangirl side seriously emerged. Now I will say I was a bit nervous, would this be an over done romance, cutesy western? That’s not what I was here for, not with a title like Vengeance Road. I was in major need of dark, gritty, blood filled, full of wrath story. Bowman did not disappoint. Not one bit.
This book fed my every need when it comes to this being the type of western YA novel I was hoping for. Kate is kick ass. She is tough, gritty, and just basically takes no shit. She sets her mind to something and could care less what anyone says or thinks about her doing it. She is completely loyal to the people who are important to her. She does things for them no matter what could happen to her or if they even deserve it. I reallyyyyy love her character!
She ends up taking her journey to carry out her vengeance with Jesse and Will Colton. Will continuously cracks me up. He seriously has some of the best scenes and I found myself laughing a few times. He does infuriate me a few times, but his reasoning for being the way he is makes sense, I just wanted him to go along with my way of thinking. LOL. Jesse…..oh my how I’m smitten with Jesse. He is the definition of a cowboy. He carries such an enormous weight on his shoulders throughout the book that really drives his decisions. I really like how he is also written as a flawed character; he is in no way perfect, but I really liked that about him. I really like the relationship that forms between Jesse and Kate. There is a little romance mixed in and it was a slow burn, and I ate it up.
Another worry I had was that the pacing would be slow going. Sometimes when books have a lot of travel in them it’s hard to keep a good pacing and not get in little slow ruts along the way, there was none of that here. I was fully engrossed the entire way through. There is a ton of action and it was actually really dark at parts. I really love this! Also to make things even better the book is written in western terms. So it just makes the book even better!
Overall, this book was the complete package. It definitely delivered for me and now I have the urge to binge westerns all day!
How excited are you for this book? Are you typically a fan of westerns?