Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Posted April 8, 2016 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Vengeance Road by Erin BowmanVengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Western, Young Adult
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
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 girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

Main points

Oh boy. I loved this book so much. And the cover…it’s so beautiful. Truly a work of art.

Man, this book was awesome! It was everything I enjoy about a fantasy (my favorite genre), without the fantastical elements. There were gunfights, disguises, plans, cards, horses, gold, a vengeful stubborn heroine and plot twists.

I really did like the characters. All felt so real, with realistic actions. Not necessarily predictable, but I wasn’t frustrated with any of them at any point. Yes, Kate was very stubborn and hotheaded, but she listened to reason. The brothers, Will and Jesse, were cold at times, but warmed up.

The romance was just how I like it when I’m immersed in the plot. It was very minimal, only coming out when it was appropriate. It felt right and realistic.

There was tragedy, yes. This book is full of death. A lot of innocent deaths among the just ones. It wasn’t fair, but life isn’t. It was sad, but not terribly sad to me. Nothing I couldn’t get over.

The writing is very good. It’s written in an accent, which only bothered me when she would say “I’s” instead of “I’ve” or whatever. Other than that, it felt very in character. I could figure out what was going on most of the time (although I did have to look up “carp” used as a verb). I like things in character.

I have to say, if I can find more YA Westerns like this, I wouldn’t mind delving further into the genre.

 reaction upon finishing

Aw yay!

this book in one word


About Erin Bowman

Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her family and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter.

Overall: five-stars


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Jillian @ Jillian's Books

AWW SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THIS BOOK. I remember I got approved for this book in Netgalley, but I FORGOT TO DOWNLOAD IT….. and now the e-galley expired *sad* But at least I have an excuse to borrow the actual print copy now? I’m super glad you loved it :D I’ve been having mixed feelings over this book because people were quite ambivalent towards this. But seeing that you really loved it, and that even the romance went quite well to your liking, made me really consider this book once again :D Cute review Ali! And thanks for posting!


Ahhh I’m always terrified I’ll forget to download a book on Netgalley. But then I stopped using Netgalley so I don’t have to worry anymore. Yes you should borrow the print copy! It’s a beautiful book and I LOVE hardcovers. I can see why this book might not be for EVERYONE but I think it has major appeal for tons of people. You should definitely at least try it! Thanks Jillie (: