When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache gi ...more
(In full disclosure, I *am* playing around with an idea for a companion novel, but it would…moreYes! Kate's story starts and ends with this book.
(In full disclosure, I *am* playing around with an idea for a companion novel, but it would supplement VENGEANCE ROAD (story with new characters and conflicts) rather than be a direct sequel. And it's just a loose idea right now; nothing is contracted.) :)(less)
"That sounds real nice, boy," he says. "Now for the love of God, lower that damn pistol."
"All right," I says.
And I do.
Right after I shoot him through the skull.
This book is nasty. When I heard that Erin Bowman had written a Western where the protagonist is a girl posing as a cowboy and ends up finding love in this wild, rugged landscape, I thought one thing - I bet this is the politest, cutest Western ever.
How wrong I was.
If you don't like the Western genre and are thinking about reading this ...more
This was good for what it was I just don't really think it was for me. I found myself drifting often, bored by the subject matter. I've never really encountered Westerns before so I didn't know how I'd react but I was mostly yawning. I don't find the whole Western thing appealing apparently. If you're into that though, I think you might enjoy this!
*MAY CONTAIN A FEW SPOILERS*
I am not a big fan of the western genre, but when I read the blurb of this book about a girl going after a gang for killing her pa, I had to read it! There is nothing like a good ole vengeance tale!
The gang that beat and hung Kate's pa while she was out in the field is calle ...more
this is like True Grit, without all the moralizing
for some reason, i thought this was a middle grade book when i saw it at BEA; a fun, spunky pigtailed girl-western. and now i know what it feels like to be wrong. it lists as YA, but it has definite crossover potential and ...more
Still, I admire any author who commits so thoroughly to writing in a dialect so different from her own (and being mostly successful in carrying it off), and I quite enjoyed r ...more
Kate’s father was murdered by the Rose Riders, a notorious Western gang. Ergo, she decides to run after the said gang and avenge her father; she has a vendetta. But finding which doesn’t want to be found can be tedious. Luckily, Kate doesn’t have to follow the road of vengeance alone; two young men are continuously trailing her, not far behind.
I had the feeling that this would be a perfect medley of genres, blending, inter alia, adventure, historical fiction and a subtle drop of roma ...more
Vengeance Road is pure blood and grit. This may sound like a cutesy I-wanted-revenge-but-now-I-just-want-you romance based on the synopsis (and were you thinking, Love triangle alert! like I was?), but this book is just full of badassness and kickassery. It's all about revenge, murder, and deception... with a hint of romance.
The action scenes, in particular, were superb. I have huge ...more
THIS WAS SO BADASS.
This is a classic western tale, except the roles are reversed and we have badass Kate Thompson on her way to slay her enemies. After her dad is killed for his knowledge of a goldmine (its the late 1800s) Kate sets off to seek revenge and kicks ass along the way.
The characters are as follows:
Our 18 year old, hardcore af protagonist who is fired by her anger and hatred for the men who killed her dad. She originally poses as a boy so she can be taken ...more
So much win. All the cake for Vengeance Road. All the love.
I gotta warn you: I'm obsessed with the Wild West.
Why? SEARCH ME, DU ...more
“Sure, sometimes you gotta let things go, but other times you can't till you set things right.”
Going into my first western story ever, I had no clue what to expect. Truthfully, I'm not a tremendous fan of western films, but they tend to follow such specific atmospheric guidelines that I couldn't have imagined a book executing those same feelings. I was wrong, though; Vengeance Road literally feels like you've been transported into a western, from the setting all the way to the manner of spea ...more
When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, 18 year old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. Along the way she finds a surprising band of allies : a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate's quest for revenge may prove fatal.
This story takes place in 1877, i ...more
UPDATE: Vengeance Road is getting a companion novel, Retribution Rails. Yeehaw!
I'm so excited for y'all to read VENGEANCE ROAD! The book will be out in just a few weeks, but until then, you can always...
• follow @VRposse for updates
• track the VR tag on my tumblr
• check out my pinterest board full of ...more
Did I say that right? Did I sound like a kick-ass cowboy, about to tell a story around a campfire? Yes? ...No? Ah, well.
2015 is definitely the year where Western YA is taking the world by storm. I've already read 2 set in this era - one during the Californian Gold Rush (Walk on Earth a Stranger) and finally, this one, set a little bit after all the gold hooligans have come and g ...more
Gold madness, a good-for-nothing posse, and frontier justice: VENGEANCE ROAD is everything you could want in a Western, best read with an accent.
My unofficial comments:
HOLY COMMAS. I never thought I was much of a Western reader, but I loved this book so freaking much. The characters, the setting, the plot -- all spot on.
Read this book, guys.
One of those books I heard alot about and was immediately intrigued... heard some compare it to 'True Grit' which also sparked my interest but also had me wary (one of my favorite books, the movie was good too).
When I were first learning to shoot a rifle, Pa told me that nearly every battle people face is in their heads. If you think you can't do something, you won't. If you believe you can, it's only a matter of time before you will.
“Money’s supposed to fix problems, not give you more, but I ...more
I’ve never been fond of the Western genre before but this book just damn well swayed my mind. Vengeance Road is a book that doesn’t shy away from being merciless and gritty. This isn’t some cutesy YA western, no. You want nasty? Nasty is what you’ll get. Kate, the heroine, is out for revenge and her thirst for it shows. She’s badass, ruthless and won’t stop for nothing but at the same time still so kind to the core.
Despite being bloody and ...more
Here’s something you probably don’t know about me, but I grew up watching westerns thanks to my Dad (Bonanza was my favorite), and my first introduction to audio books were tapes of Louis L'Amour (One For The Mohave Kid is the one I remember most), but I don’t go out of my way to find western based books – and I haven’t watched westerns in probably 20 years now.
My point ...more
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 devio ...more
So, Wild West
I am sure every one of you watched at least one western in your life. Or may be you are a fan of westerns and have seen the best of them. I personally am not a fan, but I sure would like a good western about revenge.
Imagine: western and revenge in one book. I haven't read any westerns before and Vengeance Road was my first. And it was a hell of a read!
This book is about revenge, then about more revenge, and in the end a couple more drops of revenge. MC Kate wants to aven
This book is one I've been waiting ages for, and as soon as I was approved for it, I had to start it, TBR be damned. Vengeance Road is one of the first Western books I've ever read, and I think it's the first YA of its kind - though Walk on Earth a Stranger is also coming out in September. This book was raw, and real, and the sheer intensity of the events made it appear as if we were actually w ...more
I won't recount the plot here as the Goodreads description does a superb job of informing readers what it is about. Noticing that previous reviewers had made a lot of comparisons between this book and "Walk on Earth a Stranger," I decided to let many months pass before turning my attention to "Vengeance Road." Although I understand why these books draw such a comparison ( western setting, female protagonist dressing up as a boy, avenging her father's death, gold mines etc.), I do belie ...more
Why this book?
I thought I’ll give it another try
What I thought
This was on my DNF Self but I found the audiobook and decided to give it another try. I’m so happy I did because I really liked it. Kate is a kick ass heroine and is really easy to root for. I also really loved Jesse even though he disappointed me at one point. There’s romance; it’s subtle, but I still ship it with all my heart. This is full of gun fights and everything else that make a good western. I don’t know if I’ll rea ...more
“I got some coin and a vengeance strong enough to cut any throat that tries to cross me.”
I knew I was going to love this from the very first chapter, which was an explosion of violent and gritty awesomeness. My love for this book only grew as I got to know the protagonist, Kate, who was hardcore and had no regrets.
Kate is out for cold hard revenge. Her father was keeping a secret from her: he discovered a gold mine years ago and made a map to it. Now a nasty gang called the Rose Riders have st ...more
I never liked westerns.
I remember when I was little (well, when I was around 8-9 years old) my dad would watch a Clint Eastwood movie every.single.night.. And believe me, I WAS SO SICK OF IT! I couldn't stand the dude's face anymore. I never tried watching his movies since then, and always thought westerns were just not my cup of tea.
Until I found this book.
To be completely honest with you, this book was a cover-buy; I still had a vague idea of what this book was about ...more
When I seen the cover reveal for this book months ago, I knew I would love it. After waiting months and months (I even pre-ordered this book, which I rarely do), I finally got it in the mail. And within 24 hours of receiving Vengeance Road, I finished it. I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting and love every single second. Right from the start, I was hooked and I was so sad when it ended.
I loved the main character, Kate. She's exactly the kind of character I was hoping she wou ...more
Vengeance Road, Erin Bowman's unique foray into young adult western genre can only be described as a success. As the author’s note clearly explains, the highly anticipated project was something Bowman had brewing for years and that much forethought was evident from every page. Vengeance Road is dark, violent, gritty and honest, all the things I’ve come to appreciate in YA fiction above all else.
After the violent death of her father, Kate is a girl set on revenge, going against a much stronger ...more
I asked for vengeance.What I got is so much better.
I love it when a book promises something and it delivers more than you could possible imagine. Vengeance Road is a story with grit, blood and a hell bent on vengeance heroine who doesn't give a fuck about propriety.
I can fire a rifle as good as any man. ‘Parently I can kill another just as dead too. I don’t see why I should act like I can’t just ‘cus it ruffles everyone else’s feathers.
What I really love about this book is that the heroine is t ...more
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Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy, VENGEANCE ROAD, RETRIB ...more