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However, I'm just going to come right out and say it: this book blew me away and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made! The Western genre has always had a special place in my heart because it takes me back to my teenage years, watching Clint Eastwood films with my Dad. I have never actually read a Western however, because I've never really come across one and even if I had I couldn't imagine Western being an easy genre to read. Regarding the latter reason, Bowman completely proved me wrong and I was amazed by just how hooked easily hooked I became, how well I understood everything happening and how clearly I could picture all of it in my head. Bowman's writing was nothing short of mesmerising and I found myself laughing, crying and gasping with horror as I read. Not many books have had such a profound effect on me! I loved how Bowman didn't shy away from being a little brutal and horrifying at times. I thought that writing for a YA audience would be a little more difficult because Western stories by nature are harsh and bloody. Bowman managed the balance that was needed perfectly, and even managed to make it look easy. I think my favourite thing about the book had to be the heroine, Kate. She was everything I wanted from a cowgirl: smart, sassy and able to hold her own in a world where men ruled with an iron fist. She had an attitude, kicked ass when required but had a vulnerable side that pulled at my heartstrings too. The characters that she met on her journey were well developed and full of personality too which made for some very witty conversations too (and swoon-worthy romance!!!). Finally, Bowman did a great job with the world-building! As I said, her descriptions were vivid that I easily saw it all come to life in my mind's eye. The accents were present but not over-bearing, which is also something author's find difficult. Overall, Miss Bowman has thoroughly impressed me and I REALLY hope she chooses to write a companion novel to this so that I can revisit this amazing world. Please?
'I got a score to settle with Rose-for Pa, will, and all those other souls he's struck down-and no boy's gonna be the reason my head's done hopped a runaway train.'
Here's the thing I don't read western novels and even though I own the authors debut novel it's still sitting in my never ending TBR pile. So I had no idea what I was going to get from Vengeance Road. What surprised me the most was how much I truly enjoyed it.
Kate is a great main character full of faults but also kind and has a likeable voice within the story. The plot and pace kept me glued to the story and although romance does feature (Jesse is swoon & a cowboy. Does it get any better than that.) but I really like the moral and general theme of this book. And PS who doesn't love a HEA!!!
September 28, 2017 by Bronte Huskinson Leave a Comment (Edit)
VENGEANCE ROAD – ERIN BOWMAN
Okay, okay… I know the rule is you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but how could I not!? This is probably the most GORGEOUS book cover I have ever seen in my life! I have to admit that I did buy this book solely for the cover and didn’t read what the plot was until it arrived. Luckily, it sounded intriguing.
The story follows Kate, who disguises herself as a boy and rides the plains of the American West to avenge her father’s murder, who died at the hands of the Rose Riders. Of course, she had companions in the form of two lovable, but stubborn, brothers and an ethereal Native American. The story was very clear and simple… until it wasn’t. I really enjoyed the overall plot, and I felt like I was taking this journey with the characters. But then it got to the end. There was a ‘plot twist’ that I found rather cliché and felt the story could’ve done without. I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking “oh this was going so well!” Saying that, the story played out like a film in my head, which to me shows that the plot is a good one.
Yes, I wasn’t so keen on Bowman’s ending of the novel, but boy, does she know how to make a character’s voice real! Her old American West cowboy style of writing was so believable that I couldn’t help but immerse myself in Kate’s world. There were a few words I didn’t understand, but it didn’t bother me enough to make an issue out of it. Plus it made the character appear more real. Bowan really did make a solid set of characters that I really loved. I adored Kate’s feisty demeanour and strong willed personality and it was nice to see her softer side come out.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for something different. I’ve never come across this style of writing before and I’m really looking forward to reading her upcoming novel ‘Retribution Rails’ set in the same universe.
Kate is not a likeable character. The romance is not believable. The only reason I managed to get through this book was the fact that I hadn't read anything like it before, so I guess the three stars are for managing to be original in this day and age. It could have been so great... It was all forced, and there was an attempt at a surprise at the end that was particularly so. Can't believe this book made me dislike a character called Jesse...
Von Erin Bowman habe ich bisher nichts gelesen und so leid es mir tut das zu sagen - ich habe dieses Buch wirklich nur wegen dem Cover gekauft. Ich liebe das Cover echt mega, denn der Inhalt klang eher mittelmäßig. Genau das habe ich hier auch bekommen: Mittelmaß. Solche Bücher sind immer gut für zwischendurch, halten nicht lange auf, nerven einen dafür aber auch ab un an etwas. Ich fand die Idee sehr interessant, dass mal ein Buch im wilden Westen spielt und dann noch zu der dazu passenden Zeit. Leider hat die Autorin sich nicht viel Mühe gemacht, ihr Setting auszuarbeiten und es kam mir oft vor, als würde ich einen billigen Film sehen. Die Protagonistin war mir dafür ganz sympathisch. Ich hatte oftmals das Gefühl, sie wäre lieber ein Junge, weil sie sich a) so benimmt und b) einfach eine ganz ruppige und merkwürdige Erzählstimme hat, aber mit der Zeit wurde ich doch warm mit ihr. Ich finde, die Autorin hätte hier auch gut und gerne eine schwule Liebesgeschichte erzählen können, das hätte mir etwas besser gefallen :D An sich hat das Buch gute Seiten: spannende Momente, überraschende Wenden und coole Dialoge. Im Gegensatz dazu gibt es aber auch: nervigen Slang, Durststrecken und Dummheit.