Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Vengeance Road. We received a copy of Erin Bowman's book for an honest review.
About the book:
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders 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.
In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
I am not usually a big fan of westerns, but this book exceeded my expectations (big time!). Kate's father has been killed by a gang called the Rose Riders. She wants to avenge her father, so she sets out to find the group that did this to her. Her father always told her that if anything happened to him that she should go see a man named Abe. Kate in the disguise of a boy named Nate, seeks out Abe. When she gets to where Abe lives, she discovers that he died and finds his children instead. They have a letter for Kate from Kate's father that explains a few things about the men that killed him (gold is involved). Kate, feeling unwelcome, sneaks off to find the Rose Riders. Two of the children, Jesse and Will chase after her to offer help. The three of them strike a deal that involves gold and revenge. Eventually Jesse and Will find out that Nate is actually Kate and that changes the dynamic of their relationship (naturally). The three of them pick up an extra member for their group and come toe to toe with the leader of the Rose Riders. Mayhem ensues and a few deaths happen (one that is just awful!) along the way. There is a major twist at the end of the book that has a major connection to Kate's past. I think my favorite part about this book is when Kate starts having feelings for one of the boys. She can't believe it and decides she needs to drink more water and that will cure the "problem." Kate has a great personality and is super strong. This book was an amazing adventure into the Wild Wild West and was just a whole lot of fun. Make sure you check this book out when it is added to our popular collection (keep your eye out)!