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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Grace Milton's peaceful life with her family on a horse ranch outside Tombstone, Arizona is shattered in one devastating night. Her family is brutally murdered by the notorious Guiltless Gang, leaving Grace the only survivor. Trekking into the wilderness on her stallion, Grace falls ill from the elements. A young man name Joe saves her life by taking her to an Apache camp ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Capstone (first published February 13th 2014)
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Yasmin This book is not good for young kids who aren't exposed to the idea of killing. But, for teenagers around 12 and up, it's perfectly fine. I read this…moreThis book is not good for young kids who aren't exposed to the idea of killing. But, for teenagers around 12 and up, it's perfectly fine. I read this at thirteen and I was completely A-OK with it. The only part troubling for young users, is the gruesome killing scenes.

If I remember correctly, there isn't any intimacy scenes either so you're good on that.

Overall amazing book 5 of 5 stars.(less)
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*All quotes taken from ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Warning to self: I have been reading so many weird books lately, I may need my brain rewired.

Do you remember The Quick and the Dead? That movie with Sharon Stone, a young Russell Crowe, an even younger Leonardo di Caprio and even Gary Sinise (albeit at the end of a rope)? This is not that movie.

They share similarities, for sure, like a blonde seeking vengeance for her family and the good preacher dude, but
Whitley Birks
Mar 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
See more reviews on my blog.

Look at that cover. That is a badass cover. That is the badassest of badass covers that promises so much badassery. Ready that blurb. That is a badass blurb. It makes you think epic amounts of badassery are about to go down, doesn’t it?

It’s all lies.

The book starts out very well, with Grace’s peaceful and happy life being shattered when she watches her entire family get murdered. She rides into town and tries to report the crime to the sheriff, but he refuses to do
Wart Hill
Jul 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm done.

DNF at 50%.

The Indians in this book sound like children. Mystical Native Americans are not conducive to a good story. Particularly when the main interaction takes place between the white dude and the white girl. Like, really?

You can read this and other reviews at Things I Find While Shelving

[I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley. This fact has no bearing on my review]

I could not finish this book. I was about half way through and I just didn't care anymore.

After her family is
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Younger readers who love the Wild West.
After her entire family are brutally murdered by the Guiltless Gang, Grace travels to Tombstone in search of justice. But what she finds is a sheriff who is being paid to turn a blind eye and a town full of people who would rather cheat her than offer her help.

Leaving Tombstone she travels into the mountains on a vendetta to bring the bad guys to justice, dead or alive. But after only a day, she finds herself attacked by a bear and paralysed with violent stomach cramps after eating poisonous
Mar 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Reviewed for Netgalley

Tombstone, where part of this story takes place, was a real western town so lawless it was called “the town too tough to die.” Grace Milton should have taken a lesson from the town and the people in it because she is the most un-western, un-tough, none-too-bright heroine I have come across in a long time. Growing up in the west was perilous. There were outlaws, warring Native Americans, dangerous predators, poisonous snakes, droughts, and plenty more ways to die. So one
Maria V. Snyder
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a book about revenge and the first chapter shows exactly why Grace seeks revenge. It was sad and I know she needed a strong motive, but I would have preferred to read about their murders after the fact - you know how some authors start the story later. But kudos to her for being able to write that scene!

The rest of the story is about Grace seeking justice for her family and she's very determined despite the setbacks - a good example of persistence. I enjoyed the setting details and the
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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"Grace and the Guiltless is a mind-blowing read that will leave you wondering what happens next!"

Diving into the story, we see that Grace Milton's family has just been murdered right in front of her eyes, by the Guiltless Gang. Grace has sworn to avenge her family's death and soon sets out on her mission, with nothing but her father's colt
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Having grown up in a time when westerns and cowboys ruled the airwaves, I was excited to read a new book about a cowgirl called Grace and the Guiltless by Erin Johnson. Grace is a tough, smart girl with a loving family who have moved to Arizona to try and make a living ranching and breaking and selling horses.
One evening Grace is trapped down in the cellar where she was sent to get vegetables for her Ma's
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Mar 11, 2014 marked it as return-to-later
I was enjoying the book but got sidetracked with real life, so I had to put it aside and by the time I came back, my galley had expired. I hope to come back to it at some point when I get another copy.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I only recently started watching westerns. Films, I mean. As a kid, I watched North to Alaska with John Wayne on the regular, but mostly because of the zippy dialogue and that catchy theme song. I've seen a few classic westerns, but only really enjoyed True Grit. Part of that might be because we've been to Ridgeway, CO, where the town scenes were filmed. There's actually a True Grit Café there.

Yet, I generally considered the western as a sort of cheap hack movie. You didn't have much of a plot,
Dyan Lyons
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Westerns, horses, adventure, and romance
Shelves: adventure
Grace and the Guiltless/Erin Johnson

I'm finished with Grace and the Guiltless: Wow! Kept me enthralled the whole way through. I galloped through it. Grace is a strong, brave heroine -- just the way I like them. And her romance... loved the tension, but I wanted to see more of a resolution at the end.

I found this story poignant and heart-wrenching. Grace lost her family in the beginning, so it started out sad, but I couldn't help loving her pluckiness. I admired her heroics to save her baby
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Grace's family is brutally murdered by a group of land-greedy outlaws and though naively unprepared, she goes on a mission to avenge her family's deaths. After a series of mishaps, she ends up recuperating with a tribe of Native Americans (where the bulk of the story takes place), and the story closes with Grace's physical healing and training complete and her decision to leave her new friends so she can rekindle her quest.
There are some themes in the book that make it distinctly not a book for
Christina Banach
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even though I’m no fan of western movies, and have never read a western novel in my life, I thought I’d give this book a go. Boy, am I glad I did! It was an excellent read: it hooked me from the very first page and didn’t let go until the final sentence. Yes, it’s that gripping. I especially enjoyed the way it transported me in space and time to somewhere totally outwith my own experience. The plot enthralled me (although it was gruesome at times) and the main character, Grace, was very ...more
Bobbi Miller
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of western movies as well as classic western reads. This book is written in the same vein as Zane Gray’s classic westerns. In fact, I am reminded of Gray’s two books in particular, Riders of the Purple Sage and Wildfire. The detailed imagery of Tombstone, Arizona and the surrounding western desert sets the tone of the story. After witnessing the brutal deaths of her family at the hands of the Guiltless Gang, sixteen-year old Grace vows that justice will be served. The plot is ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book. In the beginning it felt like a first book, but at the same time, I kept thinking, "This author's going to be the female Louis L'amour."
There were a few problems though, that started up as she left to follow "The Guiltless". These are super light spoilers that don't really ruin the book, but thought I'd cover them up anyways:
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Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a good book. I actually had the opportunity to meet the author during the first session of A Novel Idea and took classes with her. I also met her again at the Penn Writers Conference. Very nice woman. I thought the western puns throughout the story could be a bit much at times and I felt like the relationship with her and Joe was a bit rushed toward the end. I would have liked to have seen him admit his feelings about halfway through and then have there be tension rather than cramming it ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! Grace is a very strong female protagonist, and sometimes I got really annoyed with her decisions!! Why doesn't she follow her heart? I think she should love Joe, and I also think that she doesn't entirely need to get revenge on the guiltless gang. But then that would defeat the purpose of the book!
I still like your book Erin Johnson!!
Salama Ngala
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace Milton is one tough cookie...who would have thought killing Doc Slaughter could earn her a reward and kick start her new bounty hunting passion...Her Cold revenge is on! Lets see if she will hunt down Elijah Hale and his gang
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read western but this was pretty good.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Grace and the Guiltless is a difficult book to review. I discovered this fact soon after finishing it late one night: I had closed the cover with an empty face, my thoughts as blank as a piece of paper, as I set the book down on my bedside table and promptly fell asleep. Quite literally, I had no words. It was over the the next few days that my feelings toward it began to unfurl; piece themselves together slowly but surely. And only now can I confidently type out an appropriate review for this ...more
Katherine Paschal
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: survival, netgalley
Grace and her family lived a quiet existence out in the Wild West. They trained horses and grew their own food, pretty much staying to themselves. When the guiltless gang shows up, it is purely coincidental that Grace was in the cellar, otherwise she would have been executed with the rest of her family. Grace now has one mission, and that is to seek revenge on the Guiltless Gang, since no one else will bring them to justice. With just the clothes on her back and her father’s gun, she heads into ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Welcome to the Wild West. The beginning serves as a rather rude welcoming for readers when Grace’s whole family is murdered in cold blood. Grace is left all alone. She doesn’t know much about surviving in the wilderness or shooting a gun but she does know that she must seek revenge for her family. She embarks on a journey to find the Guiltless Gang—the people who killed her family—and find the justice she deserves.

In truth, I have never read a western before Grace and the Guiltless. Something
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Grace lives a peaceful life on a ranch with her family. She loves her family and will do anything for them. Yet her peaceful existence is obliterated when the Guiltless Gang arrives in town. These ruthless killers murder Grace's whole family and the only reason Grace was left alive is because she hid. Grace wants revenge for her family's deaths, but no one will do anything. The sheriff is biased after being paid by the Guiltless Gang and he won't help Grace. So
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I was sent this title for review from the publishers, this in no way affected when my review consists of. All my reviews are 100% my thoughts and feelings about the book. This is review contains mild spoilers, please read with caution.

I can't say wow, but I can say, hmm... I have mixed feelings about Grace and the Guiltless but all in all, it was a pretty standard book. I really dislike writing reviews for 3-4 books because I don't have much to say. It's just: 'Yeah, it was a pretty good book.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect going into Grace and the Guiltless, but I wound up enjoying it. Westerns are a new genre for me, but one I'm excited to try more from since I've had a fun experience so far. This one starts off with a bang! In the opening chapter, Grace's whole family is murdered and their house is set on fire. After burying them, Grace goes to town to find the sheriff. Unfortunately, he's being payed off by the gang who killed her parents and siblings, so she decides to take justice ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it

When I first started this book, I wasn't completely hooked, and I didn't find myself liking it. As it drew towards the middle, I found it to be a bit better and I did start to get into it. By the ending, I was somewhat enjoying it. It did take a long time though to get from, hmm, to, it's OK, to, it's actually kind of good.

I must admit I wasn't too keen on Grace at the beginning of this story. Sure, she was a strong female character, which is brilliant, but, I thought she was rather arrogant
Sally Kruger
Grace watches as a gang on horseback ride in and slaughter her family. With her mother, father, sister, and two brothers dead, she vows revenge.

The only life she has known has been on the homestead where her parents settled hoping to raise horses and provide for their family. When a group of so-called ranchers/outlaws decides they want the land her family will soon own, they set fire to the log cabin and kill everyone Grace loves. When she emerges from her hiding place in the root cellar, she
Kathy Russo
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about Grace and the Guiltless by Erin Johnson, but all in all, it was a pretty standard book.

The novel did not have the greatest start, to be honest. I was basically irritated and frustrated with the entire situation. Main character Grace's passive-filled family is murdered by the Guiltless Gang, leaving her the sole survivor. She arises to feel that it is her obligation to extract vengeance for her family, thus she sets off on a passage to do so. I was also honestly
Sherreka Burton
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
**Received this ARC from BookCon**

This book started out extremely slow for me. I think I started it two weeks ago, and it took about the same about of time for me to read it, which is highly unusual. First of all, Grace did not start off as a strong heroine. You'd think a girl, living on a farm, who liked to break in wild horses would have a little more survival skills (and plain ole common sense),but noooo, she was just ridiculous. I don't know how that fool thought she was gone take down six
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this four stars as a middle school read, but as a YA or adult read, I would only give it three stars. The plot and characters lack the complexity to engage more mature readers. For younger readers who enjoy westerns, this is a good read. There is action, adventure, and a gentle romance. The protagonist is a strong female character who is stubborn, but readers will understand her struggle to keep her desire for vengeance from destroying her. I was surprised at the direction the plot ...more
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Erin Johnson grew up watching classic western movies with her father, which fueled her lifelong love of horseback riding. She's always dreamed of being a fierce-talking cowgirl, but writing about one seemed like the next best thing. She loves traveling, riding motorcycles and teaching, and lives in North Carolina.

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