By: Erin Bowman
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest 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. (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.