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Revenge and the Wild

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,391 ratings  ·  341 reviews
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 fou
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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oh my god, i had so much freaking fun reading this book.

so, when i was little, my parents would dump me off at the library whenever they had one of those "kids make crafts" days and i'd be all wide-eyed at the tables full of pom poms, pipe cleaners and stickers thinking "free craft shit? for realz??" and i would greedily snatch up all the powder blue velvet ribbon and shiny silver spangles and plastic sparkle beads and i'd end up making some liberace-blob of glitter confusion because i never st
Emily May
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
When Westie had asked if they were in need, both men looked up with blood on their faces and flesh between their teeth. Bodies had been scattered across the forest floor, their faces chewed to a pulp.

Revenge and the Wild is a promising debut (with a beautiful cover), but it is full of little issues that stopped me from liking it more.

Unlike some books, it's very easy to point out exactly what I liked and didn't like about this. I was under the impression that Modesto was going to add another
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

3.5 stars

SO. The good news is that it only took an afternoon to read REVENGE AND THE WILD by Michelle Modesto. The other news is . . . meh.

In all fairness, several of the contributing factors to the MEH are personal preference issues.

Like I find too few gadgets just as annoying as too many gadgets in steampunk. Dollface has a bionic arm, NOT-brother has a Bane-like face mask, Guardian is building a big ol' machine out
GODDAMN. This book is nasty.

Thinking about reading this? Well let me give you a taste of what's in store.

Badass women with weapons? Check.
Racially and physically diverse characters? Check.
An action-packed storyline? Check.
A steamy romance that doesn't overpower the plot? Check.
Powerful challenging of social standards? Check.
Magic? Check.
Western genre? Check.


This book is so fucking hardcore. I'm currently SO pleased at how many badass YA heroines I've been seeing lately and
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Modesto has managed to take a young adult fantasy western and throw in so many other genres that it ends up being one of the most unique books I have read in quite some time. There is everything - aspects of steampunk, fantasy, paranormal, action, western, a bit of romance, and everything in between. I applaud Michelle Modesto’s ability to blend all these genres into one completely entertaining story.

Rogue City is a place where creatures can live alongside humans because there is a ma
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I think those folks are the ones who killed my family.”

This wasn’t a bad book, but it didn’t hold my attention well at all.

Westie was an okay character, and she was certainly intent on finding the people who had killed and eaten her parents (yes, eaten!). That being said, she did like to go charging into situations without thinking first, and because of that con
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s a real shame this book and I didn’t hit it off, because I feel it had the potential to be something much greater. I doubt I can pinpoint any one reason why it didn’t work for me either, because in actuality it was a series of smaller issues that compounded together to give me a feeling of “offness”.

When details about Revenge and the Wild first came out, it was billed as a Young Adult fantasy western taking place in
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars

The first thing you need to know if and when you decide to read Revenge and the Wild is that it will be the most fun you’ll have in ages. Entertainment is pretty much guaranteed, regardless of your usual reading preferences. For a book that refuses to be labeled or in any way categorized, Revenge and the Wild is pretty universally lovable. I challenge you to be grumpy while reading it.

The second thing you need to know if you’re a curious sort of person is that you need to throw your exp
Lindsay Cummings
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In one word: Amazing!! REVENGE AND THE WILD is going to be a hit, I just know it. I wasn't sure what this book was about, really, because I picked it up based on the cover image alone. When I first dove in, I thought, "Oh, Great, it's a Western!" Then a few pages later, I thought, "Oh it's a steampunk!" Then I thought, "'s a fantasy."

Cue the part where I tweeted Michelle Modesto saying, WHAT GENRE IS THIS BOOK IN NEVERMIND I DON'T EVEN CARE IT'S AMAZING.

Seriously, it is. Revenge AND THE W
Aug 17, 2015 marked it as to-read
*looks at the cover*
*reads the description*
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ♛Tash by: karen
Flawed but damned entertaining. 3.5 stars.FRTC.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even BEGIN? This book has everything: vampires, some steampunk, magic, cannibals, pet chupacabras, child psychopaths, weaponized parasols, werewolves, a sweaty and foul-mouthed heroine with a mechanical arm? (Ending that list with a question mark, since my voice is getting higher and my hand motions are becoming more frantic the longer I talk about it like "HOW DARE YOU PUT THIS ALL INTO ONE BOOK AND MAKE IT WORK?") Also, pretty dresses.

I've read a few books that try to cram a lot of
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

After reading and loving three YA westerns last year, I expected Revenge and the Wild to be another winner but sadly, I was let down. I went into this book expecting my mind to be blown and was ready to fall in love but that didn’t end up happening. Instead, I was very disappointed.

One of the biggest problems with the book is that it isn’t very consistent. This could be because I am reading the eARC as opposed to the final copy but whil
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow this book was really good! I'm going to forever call Revenge And The Wild "the kitchen sink book" because Michelle took everything she could think of including the kitchen sink and put it into this novel! This book was a historical, western, fantasy, with steampunk, magic, and paranormal elements. And you would think that having all of that it wouldn't work but, in this case it really did!

Also let me talk about the MC Westie for a bit. She was totally crass and I loved her. She cursed like
Hafsah Faizal
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When a fantasy is a standalone, I’m instantly wary. I’m reluctant to pick it up. I just end up not picking it up, even if I’m intrigued by the synopsis.

Why? Because I doubt an author can create a conflict, fully solve this conflict, build a believable world, and develop a fleshed out cast of characters, all in the span of one book.

Luckily for me, I didn’t even know Michelle Modesto’s debut, THE REVENGE AND THE WILD, was fantasy. Nor did I know it was a standalone. I though it was a western novel
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars

I started off really liking Revenge and the Wild and thought it could easily be a four-star read. It had everything I wanted - an unapologetic heroine, gritty western violence, and an intriguing story. But as the plot went on, it felt as though the author wasn't quite sure where she was directing the story. The more I read, the more choppy and confusing the plot became.

At first I loved the storyline that was gory and I had strangely never come across in YA before - cannibals. That's r
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy Canoli! This book! What can I say about REVENGE AND THE WILD by Michelle Modesto except that it is AMAZING and unlike anything I have read before it. This epic tale of girl trying to find her parents murderers is wholly different and disturbingly fascinating.

As I began to dive into REVENGE AND THE WILD I did not know what to expect. It all seemed like a gun-slinging revenge western that quickly morphed into the best genre mash-up ever. We are introduced to elements of steampunk and magic w
Tanja (Tanychy)
Good idea, but flat characters and love square have ruined it.


I... I don't know what to think.

(Also, did the cannibals just, like, eat it off of her, or did they cut it off first, or...... Why am I wondering about this...?)

*half-heartedly* Anyway, steampunk and vengeance in the wild west, woo! I'll just ignore the... cannibals.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I really had no clue what to expect from Revenge and the Wild. I assumed with “wild” in the title I’d get some wild west but I did not expect all the fantasy and paranormal elements. It was a really wonderful inclusion and so unique. Modesto was able to weave together a wild west setting with vampires, cannibals, magic with a dash of steam punk. How was this even possible?

Had I known that all these elements would collide in one
Sara (Freadom Library)
Enjoyed this book much more towards the end. It felt really long and the plot was really drawn out but I loved the twists and the characters. Looking forward to more from this author #2016DebAuthC

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Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
It was a very slow moving plot but also had a lot of different elements of genres working together. It had paranormal, steampunk, historical fiction and some western aspects all over. It was very
Istyria book blog ~ A World of Enchanted Books

4.5 stars

Okay, so I went into this expecting a YA historical fiction novel. A western with cannibals. That's not what I got. I got a YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Steampunk/Romance. And I'm sure I'm missing something. A clash of genres like this could very easily backfire on the autor and suck big time. Luckily though, Revenge and The Wild did not suck in the least.

Revenge and The Wild tells the story of Westie. Westie lives in Rogue City, a lawless
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight
I have some mixed feelings about this one. I will fully admit that the cover will go firmly into the "good" section, because look at it. But alas, we aren't here for that. I'd say that I liked this more than I didn't like it, but I did have some pretty sizable issues.

The Good Stuff

So, the characters in the book were pretty fabulous. They'd all suffered a lot, because this world basically sucked. Westie, the main character, had a mechani
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

First Impressions: I liked the Steampunk aspect, and the mystery element. But I think there was too much going on; elves, dwarves, trolls, cannibals, vampires, werewolves, magic... An interesting read, but a lot going on.

Review: As a child, Westie and her family were attacked by cannibals on the wagon trail. Westie lost her arm, but her family lost their lives. Westie continues to mourn her family and searches for the cannibal
I was so excited for this. And while it was interesting and fun, I didn't really get sucked in.

I loved the concept. In a sort of alternate universe that's wild west meets magic and paranormal fantasy, Westie is hell-bent on revenge for her family after they were attacked by cannibals (cannibals!). Not only are there cannibals, but magical and paranormal creatures of all sorts roaming around (including the vampires, leprechauns, dwarfs, ogres and more).

I liked the wild west setting. I had just fi
I'm actually really disappointed that this is only a standalone, because it's one of those books where the world and characters and story could be taken so much further. I don't say this because the book felt incomplete in any way; it's more because I loved it so much that I wish I could read more about these characters.

Main character Westie is one of the most unique characters I've come across- partly because of the type of character that the odd mix of steampunk/fantasy/Western requires, and p
Crystal | decorating.reader
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun and what a great twist at the end, did not see that coming at all! Full review to come soon!
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, arc
Phew! I flew through these pages. I liked the paranormal/steampunk mash-up, which was delightfully odd. Plus, I can get behind a foul-mouthed, mechanical-armed heroine any day. So much fun!
Hannah McBride
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I seriously love this book to pieces
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
My Review:
This is a book that belongs on a book shelf, one that I plan to purchase when it comes out just to have it. I loved the heck out of the book. I can’t even express in a review how much I love this book. It has EVERYTHING in it, I mean EVERYTHING, from Vampires, Trolls, Steampunk, Western, Werewolfs,  it’s like the kitchen sink of books. If this is Michelle Modestos first book I have a new author I need to follow because this was fantastic.

This story was amazing and the characters are
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Michelle Modesto is an associate editor at Gold Man Review, a west coast literary journal. She is also a former tattoo artist and works as a dog groomer and rescuer. She loves hockey, mudding and redneck things. She lives in Northern California with her two kids and a couple of bed-hogging bull mastiffs

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