Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #221: Revenge and the Wild

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Revenge and the Wild
By: Michelle Modesto
Release Date: February 2, 2016

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 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. Nine 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. This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto. (Goodreads)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
By: Michelle Hodkin
Released: November 4, 2015
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told. There is. She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She should. She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. She will now. Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution has arrived. (Goodreads) 

 I loved The Retribution of Mara Dyer! It was a great conclusion to what has absolutely become one of my all time favorite series.

Mara Dyer is a standout and memorable character. Hodkin really did a great job with developing her over the course of this series. I felt like in this book especially, I understood why Mara made certain choices. She is trying to not only save the people that she loves, but she's also trying to save herself. Mara is easily one of my all time favorite characters because she is a flawed antihero.    

The Retribution of Mara Dyer takes place shortly after where The Evolution of Mara Dyer left off. It jumps right into the action and it doesn't slow down until the end. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that this plot was action-packed, gory, suspenseful, and creepy.  I loved exploring new settings with Mara, as well as meeting new characters and reconnecting with old faces. Since I read the first book, I've always thought that this series would make a really awesome television show and this book just made me wish for it to happen even more.

Overall I loved The Retribution of Mara Dyer! I highly recommend picking up this series because you won't be able to put it down.     

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Monday, August 31, 2015

August Wrap Up

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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

 Vengeance Road
By: Erin Bowman
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon

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. (Goodreads)

I absolutely loved Vengeance Road! It was one of my most anticipated books of the year from the moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis.

Vengeance Road is the story of Kate who is seeking revenge on the Rose Riders who killed her father because of a journal he kept with a map to a gold mine. So Kate pretends to be a boy and heads out after them on their search for gold. Along the way she meets a pair of brothers and learns that her father was keeping a lot of secrets from her. 

Kate was a great protagonist and developed really well. She's tough, determined, smart, and quick on her feet. She's still flawed though and has a lot of inner conflict going on. I just really loved how there were so many different layers to her. Then there are so many great side characters that Kate meets along the way. I especially loved the brothers, Jesse and Will. They are both so different from each other. 

Vengeance Road was so exciting and filled with action. The plot had shootouts, bar fights, poker games, and more. There were a lot of twists and surprises too. I honestly gasped out loud a few times. The story just had a great balance of adventure and drama. There was a little romance, but I liked how it wasn't a huge point in the plot until much later.

I also loved the setting and traveling on the road with Kate. Bowman really brought the setting to life and it became its own character entirely. She did a great job with writing in the dialect too. It brought me even more into the setting.  

Overall I loved Vengeance Road! It was such a different and refreshing story. This book took me on an exciting adventure with a character I won't be able to forget about anytime soon. I definitely recommend picking up a copy! I know for sure that I will be rereading this book again very soon.

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