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Retribution Rails

(Vengeance Road #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,544 ratings  ·  397 reviews
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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BookDragon Nope! Its a companion novel. Takes place in the same time-frame but with different characters.

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Erin Bowman
Feb 04, 2016 marked it as books-i-wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE 4/6/17: Until RR releases in November, I will release a teaser for every 1,000 goodreads adds. Add it to your shelves, then get your friends to add it, too ;)





UPDATE 1/30/17: The cover and first two chapters have been revealed on EW.


Yeehaw, I'm writing another western! Let me get a few fr
Tamora Pierce
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, ya-yr
Reluctant bandit Reese is desperate to escape the vicious gang that made the world think he wants to be part of their extreme robbing and killing. His flight from their latest rampage brings him into the path of would-be lady journalist Charlotte, who will do just about anything to get real work--and pay--from a real newspaper. Reluctantly and warily the two join forces to find a fugitive bandit who is the key to Reese getting free of his enemies.

Charlotte is no tender maiden, but a tough-minded
Rachel E. Carter
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-paperback
I would read as many westerns as Erin is willing to write, to be perfectly honest, she just has a way with making that world feel so real. Loved this almost as much as the first book in series, however I will admit I did want more romance (which was much more present in Vengeance Road) however I can totally admire it's merits without :) Oh, and I loved that we got to see Jesse and Kate again, totally wasn't expecting to see them in this book! ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It has been AGES since I had this much fun with a book.

It was exactly what I wanted: tropey wild west shenanigans--gunfights, robberies, train jobs, blackmail, stagecoach chases, outlaws, Nellie Bly references--but infused with SO MUCH heart. Helmed by two vivacious narrators you can't help but root for/want to hug for different reasons, Erin Bowman has staged a truly transportive adventure tale with a deft and effortless hand. Twisting, thrilling, and a wild ride from start to finish. Prepare
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had read and enjoyed Vengeance Road, so I was pretty eager to see what a companion story would look like...and it’s better than VR was.

I loved Charlotte and Reece. She’s smart and stubborn and clever as hell. He’s a better person than he thinks he is and it’s definitely interesting being in his head while he figures things out. Of course it’s awesome to see Kate and Jesse. The scenes with them were some of my favorite.

Plot wise, it’s pretty much fast paced right from the beginning. The story
Cindy ✩☽♔
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Alright, Charlotte Vaugh. If you say so."

This was bloody fantastic! I was feeling a reading slump coming on, but this damn well saved me.
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Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
fulfilling my 2020 goal to read (at least) one book each month that i bought in hardcover and put off reading long enough that it is now in paperback.

review to come!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Ain't it interesting," he goes on, "how when the Law fails people, they always turn to the outlaws."

In the companion novel to Vengeance Road, ten years have passed and Reece Murphy - AKA "The Rose Kid" - has been roped into traveling with Luther Rose, brother of the infamous late Waylan: the very same man Kate Thompson killed with the help of Jesse Colton. Reece has been told he'll never be free of Luther's grasp until he can lead Rose to the gunslinger who killed Waylan, but all Reece want
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As much as I liked Vengeance Road, I loved Retribution Rails.

Set 10 years after the events of Vengeance Road, this book introduces two new main characters, but also reunites us with Kate and Jessie. I loved both Charlotte and Reese and how different they were from the characters from the previous book. Charlotte accomplishes things through her wits and tenacity, and Reese struggles to let go of the demons of his past and find a future for himself. Their stories were exciting and heartbreaking at
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I would recommend reading 'Vengeance Road" before this. Some characters from the first do make appearances and its important to the plot. Enough is made understood that you'll get the gist but you'll understand more if you read that one first.*

I should have re-read Vengeance Road before this but somehow never got the time... whoops:)
Still it was easy to fall back into the world, and some things at one par of the story that were hazy for me came back pretty quickly so that didn't hinder me a
Julia Sapphire
“Secrets are like bullets. Ditto the dark, personal stuff. Folks say they'll take'em off yer hands, share the burden, but really they just load 'em into their own weapons so they can use 'em against you later.”

I loved this soooo much! From the writing, to the characters, to the setting, it was all great.
Though this is more of a 4.75ish just because at times it was predictable.

-I loved the alternating POVs with Reece and Charlotte
- "I ain't never gonna find him. I'm gonna be stuck riding
Read my review on my blog as well! (my dumb ass forgot the link, not that it was important anyway, smh)
Okay, so, I didn't read Vengeance Road prior to this book--I still haven't so shame on me. If this book is any indication, I'll definitely need to pick it up because wow, what a surprise!

Anyway, before I continue, a few disclaimers. If you planned on reading this book--and you should, honestly--but haven't read Vengeance Road, like me, there will be some spoilers for the book. While Retribu
Taylor Knight
An ARC of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Very rarely does my most anticipated books live up to my own hype but Retribution Rails lived up to my hype and more. It was everything I hoped it would be.
This book follows two very different characters. Reece is a well know outlaw and Charlotte is ambitious and trying to provide for her newly widowed mother. The two of them are unwillingly have their paths crossed and adventures follow.
Charlotte and Reece are
Ashley Owens
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
JUST AS GOOD AS VENGEANCE ROAD. This book was solid.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

“I have stories to write and places to visit, and legends are like the wind––intangible and fleeting.”

The West in Retribution Rails is not as Wild as it was in Vengeance Road, but I sure have enjoyed it as much. And both these stories have one thing in common:

Ol' good vengeance:

Western in books is quite a rare genre, at least I do not encounter books with The Wild West setting often, and a couple of years ago when I came across Vengeance Road it was something new and

May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gritty, dangerous, and fun, Erin Bowman writes the best Wild West novels I've ever read. Of course, I loved seeing Kate and Jesse again (10 years later! Hello precious ship!), but Reece and Charlotte really owned this whole story. Just their dynamic - Charlotte, the daughter of a wealthy mine owner and Reece, one of the bad guys robbing trains - is enough to delight me endlessly. Add all of the guns and horses and twists and tricks... Retribution Rails really is the perfect sequel. ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sent-for-review
“So you can either be scared yer whole life or you can try to enjoy it. I suggest the latter. Otherwise yer gonna blink and find yerself old and weary, talking yer last breath and regretting that you passed yer years tense and worrisome.”p. 247

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All the quotes used in this review might have changed in the final copy.

Before I actually start this review, here is the quote that might be enough to convince you to read it:

This was okay. I loved Vengeance Road, but I didn't love this.

In VR, the main character Kate was fiery and tough without coming off superior. Retribution Rails suffers from Charlotte Vaughn, a main character who is so convinced of her own rightness - even as she acknowledges she shouldn't be doing or feeling as she does - that I just couldn't immerse myself in the story the way I did with the first novel.

This book isn't touted as a sequel, and it's not. It's a companion novel set in the same pl
Jodi Meadows
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I recieved an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Omg hi fantastic, exciting novel that I devoured at an exponential speed.

First of all, I've not read Vengeance Road. I actually don't think I've read any Western-style books either, which is why this was so fun and exciting to me! I'm definitely going to be buying Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails as a set when they come out in paperback editions in the UK.

Retribution Rails follows two new leads, Reece Murphy and Charlotte V
Lauren Elizabeth
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Vengeance Road
*Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


“When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promis
Wing (bibliomeds)
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love love love this one 💕
Reece and Charlotte are now my new favourite characters!
Epic plot, action-packed, full of feels, what an AWESOME read!!!
It was great to see Kate and Jesse too!!!

(Would love a novella post RR too 🙈)
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
loved it !! need more !
Bec (booktineus)
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, own, read-2017
This review first appeared on Readers in Wonderland

Initial Thoughts
I loved these new character and also LOVED seeing Kate and Jesse and Mutt and Rebel and Silver again.

A review will come if I can form any coherent words (I got so caught up in reading I forgot to take notes)

I forgot to take notes
Like the first novel, RETRIBUTION RAILS was very addictive. It is a bit slower pacing wise than VENGEANCE ROAD, but the plot is much more complicated and layered. Once
4 Out of 5 "Redemptive" STARS

I think it has to be tricky to write a YA/Western. The Old West is rather violent, and difficult to pull off in a YA scope. You can't help but feel that scenes in Retribution Rails would have gone slightly differently in these infamous days of old, had they been true to them. So, yeah, this is a lightly (somewhat) watered-down version of the old west. Despite that, it is an engaging tale, with characters who have their own hopes and dreams that are inspirational
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Retribution Rails is one damn satisfying read. Set in the Wild West, in the time of railroad expansion, it drew me in immediately and built up into a story that had me breathless as I read it. It wouldn’t quite have had the same impact, I suppose, had I not come to care for both main characters, Reece Murphy and Charlotte Vaughn. It was a slow burn start for me, to be sure, but it paid off beautifully in the end. I cannot recommend this one enough!
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, own
I got a free e-book ARC of Retribution Rails from the publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers in exchange for a review.

Listen, I wanted this book since before Vengeance Road officially came out, because I got to read an ARC of that as well. In all honesty, while I liked it, it wasn't as good as Vengeance Road. It's not the same kind of story, but impossible for me not to compare. Yes, it still had awesome Wild West adventures, shoot outs, daring female protagonists, and eve
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
4.5 stars.

"You think," he continues, "that we mighta been friends in a different life? You and me?" "We're already friends in this one," I tell him.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC.*

First thing’s first, this book absolutely floored me. I finished it in two days and immediately wanted to start it again.

This book is the second in the Vengeance Road series, but they’re companion novels, so you don’t have to read them in publication order. I’m living proof of this,
Darque  Dreamer
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads
Retribution Rails glitters like gold. It is wild, heart pounding, and rich! With danger, excitement, and a stunning cast of characters, this one is sure to take your breath away! For lovers of Vengeance Road, you will not be disappointed with this companion novel!

I devoured Retribution Rails! The minute it arrived in my hands, I could not put it down. It was action packed, emotional, and thrilling! I thought I loved Vengeance Road, but I loved this one even more! Erin Bowman did an outstanding j
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Erin Bowman is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for children and teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, the Edgar Award-nominated Contagion duology, The Girl and the Witch’s Garden, and the forthcoming Dustborn. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. Erin lives in New Hampshire wi ...more

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“Secrets are like bullets. Ditto the dark, personal stuff. Folks say they'll take'em off yer hands, share the burden, but really they just load 'em into their own weapons so they can use 'em against you later.” 4 likes
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