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 ...more
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 ...more
Charlotte is no tender maiden, but a tough-minded ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 wants ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
“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:
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 ...more
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 ...more
“REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE.”
“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 ...more
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 ) ...more
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)
5 THINGS ABOUT RETRIBUTION RAILS
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 I ...more
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 in ...more
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 ...more
"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, ...more
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 ...more