Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Pub Date: Sep. 1st 2015
Rating: 5 out of 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.
Vengeance Road is an action packed book full of long days on horseback, gold, cowboys, and, most importantly, a lust for revenge! Believe it or not this book was both my first ‘revenge’ book and my first western story- and boy you better believe I’m itching for more like it.
Like almost every ARC I own, I received this book while I was at BEA/BookCon. I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t remember picking it up and didn’t realized how highly anticipated it was until a bunch of bloggers wanted to trade me for it. Upon this realization, I decided to keep it all to myself *insert evil laugh here* and see what the fuss was about. I had no idea what the book was about or who the author was (even though she wrote the Taken trilogy), all I knew was that the cover as pretty and bloggers were desperate to get their hands on it, which was enough to sell me (:
From the very first sentence you are thrown into Kate’s world; you feel her despair, her hurt, but most importantly, you feel her anger. Her lust for revenge begins…well at the beginning, the author wasted no time to start Kate’s journey down vengeance road and I really appreciated that. In fact, every scene in the book was crucial to the plot and served as a clue of what was to come; if that makes any sense.
Kate is one bad ass character, especially considering that the book was set in the western times which is notorious for rowdy cowboys and frequent shootings, not to mention the deadly ‘Indian’ raids.* Kate does not let society’s view of her prevent her from doing what she wants. She’s smart and resourceful, however she is driven by hate and anger which can lead to a few dumb decisions. However, wherever her faults lie her companions make up for it. Jesse and Will helps Kate in many ways and the three make efficient team but the author makes their companionship realistic by including complaints and arguments one might expect if you were in their shoes. Probably my second favorite character is the Apache girl, Liluye- I don’t want to give much away so I’ll just say that she is well rounded, smart, and unintentionally hilarious! The things she says and does literally made me laugh out loud at times.
Now while this is an adventurous book about revenge, it did have its touching moments! I actually tweeted the author when one scene practically made me cry. The entire book was beautifully written and expertly crafted together. The world felt so real and the history was incredible! I actually read the author’s note at the end and Erin shares how she used an old legend of the Superstition Mountains as inspiration as well as some people that existed at that time as characters. You can obviously tell how much time and effort went into making this story, it is so gripping and exciting! The dialogue is written in a way that you can hear the characters’ accents and their actions are described in a clever way that you can see what they’re doing in your mind but not too detailed that it drags on. I really hope that Erin continues to write stories in this genre because I will literally devour them all.
Make sure you give this book a read as soon as you possibly can! I highly recommend it and will most definitely push it to my blogger buddies to read.
*The reason I put Indian in quotation marks is because I hate the term, I believe that ‘Indians’ should be referred to as Native Americans. Yes, I know that people call them Indians because Columbus thought he landed in India and so on, but it’s a pet peeve of mine and I just wanted to acknowledge that.