Review: Vengeance Road

Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1)

Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Genre: Western
Format: Physical
Rating: ★★★


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.

I’ve owned this book since it came out and I still haven’t read it four years later. However, I finally picked it up and I’m glad I did. It helped me figure out what genres of books I enjoyed most.


The main character is Kate who is really cool character and she was interesting to read about. Murder is the only thing on her mind and that’s honestly the mood. Her character arc throughout the book was done well and it was one of the things I enjoyed about the book. She went from thinking about revenge no matter what to realizing that she still wanted to live her life.


The writing was interesting. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. One thing that kind of took a while to get used to was the way the dialogue was written. It was done in a very Western style and that was really disorienting at first but I did end up getting used to it. I think the pacing of the writing was good and didn’t drag at all.

The story is really interesting and I think that Bowman did a great job portraying the world of the Wild West. It felt like there was a lot of research and thought put into the world building. The plot twists weren’t especially shocking but they did add a little something to the story so I enjoyed them . well enough. I think the side characters were my favorite and I wish we had gotten more of them, especially Liluye. One thing that irked me was Kate’s initial refusal to properly pronounce Liluye’s name. It hit too close to home and really annoyed.

Overall Thoughts

It was fun trying out a genre I normally don’t read. Even though I did enjoy the book, it wasn’t anything particularly amazing for me. There is a sequel that deals with different characters and I’m kind of interested in picking it up just to see if I actually don’t like Western novels. If you’re interested in trying out something that isn’t that popular in YA then I recommend giving this a try.

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