Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Western, Young Adult
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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.
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.
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