Vengeance Road by Erin BowmanVengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road

byErin Bowman

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

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When Kate Thompson's father is killed by the notorious Red Rose Gang for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
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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. She is also the author of the Taken trilogy ( Taken, ...
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Title:Vengeance RoadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.14 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544466381

ISBN - 13:9780544466388

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars for Kate and her single thought for revenge It was so close to 5 but the book was too short and the font was huge... Wow, okay I didn't expect to enjoy a bargain book so much! Let alone a western theme novel which I have never been interested in before. But Bowman executed this story (almost) perfectly excluding the last quarter of the book. After Kate's dad is murdered, she sets out on a journey to avenge him by tracking down the Rose Riders. Along the way she meets Jesse and Will Colton and gah Jesse just made me smile a lot. He was a great love interest and I enjoyed the fact that he wasn't entirely perfect. I also liked how minimum the romance was between Kate and Jesse. It was there but not overpowering the main plot and Kate continued to seek her revenge without being distracted. The secondary character Liluye was cool too. I liked her a lot and had a soft spot for Will too. I'm quite curious to read her companion novel since I'd love to read more about this world again and hope for some cameos with Kate & Jesse. :P
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun yet dark western I really loved following Kate along on her journey, and she is probably one of my favourite characters I've ever read about in a young adult book. She was bad ass but also still a realistic person who wasn't afraid of feeling emotions. The romance in this book was meh and I could have done without it, but overall I didn't hate it. If you're itching to read yourself a Western then this one needs to be at the top of your list!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witty western! You know you have a good book in your hands when you go to rate it and even the one thing that wasn't your favourite doesn't hinder you from rating it 4 stars. This was such a good read! I ended up listening to half of it on audio and then read the other half! This is the first western I've ever read and I have realized that I dislike western drawls. The accent stays in my head and drives me nuts, but that's just my anxiety talking. This book was fantastic! I really loved Kate's character, she was strong and clever. The story moved at such a good pace at no point was I bored or tired. If you've watched any westerns you'll be thrust back into High Noon, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, True Grit, etc with a YA flair. Apparently Alex is also in a western mood as he's watching Hell On Wheels which just makes me want the sequel to Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, to get here faster.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Did It For the Cover Art I love Westerns and this was fun to read but it's not a literary masterpiece or anything. It's just entertainment.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! You know you have a good book in your hands when you go to rate it and even the one thing that wasn't your favourite doesn't hinder you from rating it 5 stars. This was such a good read! I ended up listening to half of it on audio and then read the other half! This is the first western I've ever read and I have realized that I dislike western drawls. The accent stays in my head and drives me nuts, but that's just my anxiety talking. This book was fantastic! I really loved Kate's character, she was strong and clever. The story moved at such a good pace at no point was I bored or tired. If you've watched any westerns you'll be thrust back into High Noon, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, True Grit, etc with a YA flair. Apparently Alex is also in a western mood as he's watching Hell On Wheels which just makes me want the sequel to Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, to get here faster. Big thanks to Ali over at The Bandar Blog for recommending this one! I am quiet pleased and surprised at how much I loved this book! And I mean, just look at that AWESOME cover.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five Shining Stars I adore westerns. The stark backdrop and the presence of so many different cultures and factions makes for some great stories. However, finding a well-written western can be pretty difficult these days. Fortunately, I happened to stumble across Vengeance Road. This novel is perfectly paced, intricately plotted, peppered with stunning imagery, and populated by a colourful cast of believable characters. I stayed up all night to finish it because I just couldn't bring myself to put it down. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FROM START TO FINISH, AMAZING THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. The first chapter had me hooked and every chapter after that never diminished my thirst for more! I love this authors writing style and I LOVE that she included a map. thank you so much Erin Bowman! It was a really great read!
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So so good! I had my heart set on reading Vengeance Road since I first heard of it. It sounded so different from the books I usually read, and I was super intrigued. And that cover is certainly eye-catching! I loved this book. It wasted no time getting Kate’s story started. I loved her voice, the setting, and the way she decided to disguise herself as a boy on her journey, thinking she would be safer that way than venturing out as herself. Kate’s journey, her quest for vengeance, was fascinating to read. There was no doubt in her mind that she was going to find the men responsible for her father’s death and kill them. I really enjoyed reading about Kate’s mindset – she kills people in this book, and reading about her feelings and guilt and remorse – or lack thereof – was interesting. Did it make her good? Bad? Better, worse, no different than the men she hunted? I also loved the characters Kate met along the way, who became part of her story. I was particularly interested in how Kate was going to disguise the fact that she was a girl, once she began to travel with two brothers she encounters early on. Vengeance Road is a book that I’d love to own! It was moving, exciting, and well-written. It lived up to my expectations. Recommended! (I received a copy from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! What do you get when you combine the West with revenge? Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road. I don’t think I’ve read a better Western-themed novel in a long time. Her combination of fiction and fact to create this Western-set world is stunning and finishing it gave me that feel-good moment, like watching Old Yeller or reading Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls was one of my favourite authors growing up, so it was great connecting that with Vengeance Road. This novel has tough, gritty characters that are neither black or white, but grey and fast-paced writing that leaves you stunned at every turn of the page. Erin Bowman presents us with the memorable work that is Vengeance Road. The main character, Kate Thompson has been shaped and formed by the world she lives in, giving us this rough character bent on revenge. Kate might even be considered the anti-protagonist, determined to kill the ones who killed her father in cold-blood, aka the Rose Riders. Yet, the reader is still rooting for Kate because her morals are better than the Rose Riders, who don’t care whether the people they hurt are innocent or not. Not only that but Kate grows to have a lot of regrets about her actions, so we see she doesn’t take things lightly. As the novel progresses, Kate reveals more of herself to her companions, Jesse and Will Colton and Liluye, and we see a softer side to this incredibly grey character. I think the most surprising part about her is her love for an edition of Little Women, given as a gift by her father, which ends up being her most treasured possession. Other characters in turn reveal things about themselves. We have Jesse who tells about how he watched his mother die, and how that effected his relationship with his father. Bowman’s characters carry themselves with this hard shell, necessary for surviving, but character development is huge and the cast learns a lot about each other and themselves. Getting to the writing and voice, this was probably one of the strongest parts of Vengeance Road. I was totally and completely inside Kate’s head. This was due to Bowman having the diction represent Kate’s voice and how she’d sound if you had the chance to speak with her - which would be awesome, unless of course you’re a Rose Rider! Kate was taught to read and write by her father so she’s not completely uneducated, but she never went to school (the school having been built when she was 12). Bowman create’s a balance of improper and proper grammar, fitting with the environment Kate’s grown up in. Furthermore, the action is fast-paced and there’s never a dull moment. The plot twists are real, ripping open both the characters’ heart and my own in ways we never saw coming. This heartache and despair is the sort of thing that makes a good Western book or movie - with it we know we’re living in the real world! There was one plot twist that took me by complete surprise, I was hoping the author would come in and say, “just kidding!’. Bowman’s writing captures both Kate and the West extraordinarily well. There were a few things I disliked about Vengeance Road. In the beginning of the novel, after Kate sets out on her search for the Rose Riders, she’s in search of a man called Abe. I was originally confused with this because I thought he was a member of the gang, but it turned out he was a friend of Kate’s father, and if anything were to happen to him, Kate was to find Abe. Something else I’m conflicted about are the ghost stories surrounding the Superstition Mountains - where the gold the Rose Riders are seeking is said to be. My first impression was that we’d hear about it earlier on and more frequently. I did enjoy the way the author set it up, but I am a huge fan of myths and legends so I’m at odds. As a whole, I loved Vengeance Road and hope to read the companion novel Erin Bowman is planning. Both the wonderful and the melancholy moments leave me wanting more from her world and its deeply, intriguing characters! I agree with the comparison to Blood Red Road; this is perfect for fans of Moira Young. There are aspects of both novels that share a similar feel to it, while still being different enough that you wouldn’t go into VR expecting things to occur in the same way as Blood Red Road. I recommend this to people wanting a feel-good, Western-themed novel and characters you can’t help loving, regardless of where their moral compass points. Be sure to check out this book! I received a free eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Favourite! To sum it up, I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. IT IS FUN AND FULL OF ACTION/EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED IN A BOOK. I'M ONLY WRITING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE YOU ALL NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIVES ASAP. Sitting down to write this review has been hard. How do you put your love for such a great book into words? I don't know. But this is my attempt to convey my love for Vengeance Road and why you should read it. 1) It's a YA Western. When was the last time I read a YA Western? Um...NEVER. This was my first one, and it most certainly won't be my last!!! Something about the way Erin describes the Wild West takes the reader back to 1800s Arizona. And despite the guns and danger, this book makes me want to go back in time. 2) The western aspect isn't downplayed. Worried that this isn't gritty? Not filled with saloons, horse ridding, and guns? That the characters don't shoot first and think later? You shouldn't be. This is a great western novel through and through. 3) Erin Bowman is a phenomenal writer. She's on my auto-read/I-will-read-her-books-as-soon-as-I-can list. In Vengeance Road, her world is imaginative and her characters are well developed, and relatable (just as I'd expected). 4) The characters are interesting and you can't help but root for them. I loved Kate despite her questionable morals (her actions are well justified). I loved riding with her on her quest for vengeance. I loved the secondary and throat characters too. They were also well developed and helped further the story and challenged Kate along the way. 5) Special shout out to Jesse Colton who is the (and I don't use this term lightly) "cinnamon bun of the story, too good, too pure for this world". What I mean by that is I really liked his character and want a Jesse Colton spinoff. 6) The romance is a bit of a slow burn. It's not instant--something that YA novels often have. It's much more realistic. 7) THAT. COVER. IS. GORGEOUS. AND. SO. IS. THE. REST. OF. THIS. BOOK. WAS. SO. MUCH. FUN. In the end, you're just going to have to trust me whether or not you love westerns, YA, or books, you need to read this book. Vengeance Road is all I've ever wanted in a novel and more. It is a book I will reread time and time again. And each time I'll reread it, it will still suck me into the story and never let me go. I will never be bored when I am reading this book. It is truly fantastic. **I received this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my thoughts on this book. It's just THAT GOOD.
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great western YA from Erin Bowman!!! When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the dangerous Rose Riders, she vows revenge. He was killed over a journal in his possession that revealed the location of a gold mine and Kate will make sure they never profit from it. Disguised as Nate Thompson, she pretends to be a boy as she travels the dangerous terrain. She’s joined by Jesse and Will Colton, sons of a friend of her father’s, who insist on coming along because their father made a promise to Kate’s father to look out for her. Kate sees them as a nuisance, especially Jesse, but the closer they get to finding the Rose Riders, the more she feels drawn to Jesse, but is there room in her heart for both revenge and love? I was so excited when I heart about this book because I love westerns and it sounded like one that I would love. Cowboy brothers, strong female character, a quest for revenge, easy-to-hate villains, character growth. It promised to be awesome. And it was and it didn’t disappoint. Kate was a character that I found easy to understand her motives, which made her easier to like even when she was doing things I didn’t agree with or being stubborn. She was also someone who I had a lot of empathy for what had happened to her, what she was going through, and had she had chosen to do for justice. She was a very strong character right from the beginning but she still had a lot of room to grow, and she did grow throughout the journey. She had to learn to open up and trust, she had to be prepared to take a life, she had to deal with grief, and she had to do all that while traveling in dangerous terrain where the Rose Riders or anyone or anything could be waiting for her. I really enjoyed the dynamics between the main four characters. Jesse and Will bantered like the brothers they were, Will and Kate were quite playful most of the time, and Jesse and Kate were back and forth between antagonizing each other and playful. When Liluye joined them, it added new dynamics that were really fun to read. The book was told all in Kate’s POV but there was growth to other characters, not just Kate. All the character got to have moments where they were at the front of the story, even if it wasn’t their POV, and I really enjoyed seeing the different ways each character got to shine. It was a quick read since it was very fast-paced, there was always a sense that anything could happen in the next chapter, danger everywhere, so I kept reading until it was done. The setting and the descriptions of the desert, the valleys, the rivers, the towns, everywhere, was so well done. The dialect really added to the western feel of the book, instead of modernizing the dialogue, which was great. There was action, there was questionable morals, there was gunfights, there was saloons, there was tears(mine), there was everything I hoped there would be in a western YA. As mentioned, I’m a huge fan of westerns and, as a western lover, this book hit all the right marks. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-08-26

Editorial Reviews

Teens sick of books that coddle them will enjoy sinking their teeth into Bowman's latest? the book demands the same stoicism from its readers as the heroine herself possesses." - School Library Journal * "Kate's pursuit of the murderous Rose Riders, intertwined with gold-rush greed driving men to madness, makes for a thoroughly engrossing read." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "[Kate] is a hard-riding, tough-talking young woman who can shoot to kill. The story is hers to tell." -VOYA "Readers will be entranced by Bowman's swiftly paced, romantic revenge drama, and historical fiction fans will relish the period clothing, western dialect, and details of everyday life. With plot twists galore and a nice surprise at the end, it's a page turner." - Booklist "A story of grit, love, and deadly revenge that climbs off the page and into your heart-saddle up for a thrilling, harrowing ride!" -Alexandra Bracken, New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds trilogy "A take-no-prisoners heroine with a bloody debt to settle. I'm still breathing in the dust and hot Arizona sun." -Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman's Daughter "Gritty and honest, Vengeance Road captures the heart of the Wild West." -Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink "Thrilling. . . . Kate is a heroine to be reckoned with." -Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles "Relentlessly readable, Vengeance Road is a perfect Western. You won't be able to turn in until you get to the very last page!" -Saundra Mitchell, author of The Springsweet "Flinty and fierce, Kate is a formidable addition to the pantheon of tough young adult heroines. Her story and voice crackles to life." -A.C. Gaughen, author of the Scarlet Trilogy "Gold madness, a good-for-nothing posse, and frontier justice: Vengeance Road is everything you could want in a Western." -Jodi Meadows, New York Times best-selling author with My Lady Jane "This is the kind of book I'll re-read again and again." -Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series "