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Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Rating: 4 coffee mugs
Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
Before I start, I have to admit this book was a total cover draw. I mean, how gorgeous is this thing? Then I read the plot summary, it reminded me a little True Grit, and the main character has the same first name as me, so I decided to give it a shot, even though westerns are not my comfort zone at all.
The novel opens with the hanging death of 18 year old Kate Thompson’s father at the hands of the dastardly Rose Riders. She immediately vows revenge and sets out to hunt down the murderers, aided by Jesse and Will Colton. Any other details and we’d get into spoiler territory, so I’ll just say there’s lots of shooting, a little flirting, and even hints of Shakespeare. (A girl disguising herself as a guy always points back to Shakespeare, in my opinion.)
Now the reasons for my rating. On the positive side, this was a well-written novel with likable, clearly defined characters. Waylan Rose, the main baddie, is suitably villainous and the end features a twist that I definitely did not see coming. It also felt really authentic for the time period, down to the vocabulary and grammar of the main character. One of the things I really loved was the descriptions of the scenery and environment. At times, it almost felt poetical, which I think is a hard balance to strike when you’re writing this sort of novel. And I’m always a sucker for good descriptions anyway! My only problem is my biggest complaint with all westerns. Why do they have to be so sad?? But if you enjoy westerns, or you’re looking to branch out in your reading, I’d definitely recommend this book as a good introduction to the genre. Stay tuned to find out if it makes it into my top ten reads of the year!
How many of you have read Vengeance Road? Tell me what you thought in the comments below!