ARC REVIEW: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
September 1st 2015
Young Adult > Historical > Western
336 pages (Kindle edition)
eARC via Netgalley
BLURB 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.
I’ve never been fond of the Western genre before but this book just damn well swayed my mind. Vengeance Road is a book that doesn’t shy away from being merciless and gritty. This isn’t some cutesy YA western, no. You want nasty? Nasty is what you’ll get. Kate, the heroine, is out for revenge and her thirst for it shows. She’s badass, ruthless and won’t stop for nothing but at the same time still so kind to the core.
Despite being bloody and brutal, I still found myself laughing at some scenes of the book. I have the secondary characters to thank for that and the banter they shared with Kate because it gives us break from all the blood and grit. And yes, there’s romance but it took a backseat here and it’s so subtle yet it still made my heart aflutter. It’s definitely a pairing that I ship with all my heart.
And of course, it won’t be the west if there are no gun fights, gold hunts and ghost shooters. All these elements just added spirit to the whole wild west atmosphere and made the western feel so authentic and on point and damn, if you don’t read this book with an accent, then you’re doing it all wrong.
Vengeance Road just made me love this genre that I couldn’t care less about before and I’m just so glad that I took a chance on this book.