Saturday, 19 September 2015

Review - Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Pages: 336
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: 1st September 2015

Blurb from Goodreads: 
When her father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, eighteen year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers--and justice. In the spirit of "True Grit"," "acclaimed young adult novelist Erin Bowman brings to life the unpredictable and cutthroat days of the Wild West.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group and NetGalley*

3.5/5 stars

Kate Thompson's life is turned upside down when a gang - the Rose Riders - hang her father and take a journal that holds the location of a gold cache.
Hell-bent on vengeance for her father, Kate dresses as a boy and hunts down the Rose Riders with the unwanted help of Jesse and Will Colton.
Will she be able to find the notorious Waylan Rose?
Will vengeance be enough for Kate?

Vengeance Road was my first YA Western and it was a refreshing change.
Kate was likeable and headstrong. I felt sorry for her - she had lost her mother at a young age and then her father was suddenly taken away from her. I was rooting for her to get revenge and to make a new life for herself.
The plot was good with a twist that I didn't see coming. I wasn't gripped but I wanted to read on.
I liked the writing style, which was easy to follow, and that the author wrote in Western-style language which helped reinforce the setting.
There was some romance but it wasn't over the top and was quite sweet.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.