Blog Tour ~ Vengeance Road

Author: Erin Bowman
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
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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.

The beautiful cover of Vengeance Road perfectly matches the beauty of the inside as well. I was wildly impressed by this book, and I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about it.

I was impressed by the how authentic both the dialogue and writing were to the time period and setting. Kate's voice permeates and twines itself with the writing; I felt I was really in the head of a Wild West gal! Erin's fantastic writing wonderfully depicts the feel and mood of the Wild West in the late 1800s. Her research was on point, and she added so many different elements of the time period to entertain readers.

I love how Kate has no reserves and is really confident in herself. There's no second guessing; she's quick and decisive. I love that in a protagonist! She's also not one to let people walk all over her. She'll stand up for herself and won't tolerate not being treated anything less than she deserves.

The characters in this book are fleshed out and have such deep backstories. The depth of these characters and the level to which we understand them far surpasses what most books deign to give us. Kate struggles to let go of her quest for vengeance. Jesse is riddled with guilt for a tragic accident that happened many years ago. I loved seeing the growth these characters had and watching them strive to be their best and happiest selves. Will's the sarcastic and carefree one in the novel, and he lends some wit and charm to the novel.

The plot was action-packed and kept my eyes glued to the pages. The plot twists of this book are jaw-dropping and not predictable at all. This book is a bit graphic and gory, but I think it really contributes to the authenticity and grit of this story. This book is not for the fainthearted.

The romance is adorable and swoony and doesn't overshadow the plot at all. There's no instalove, and the chemistry between the two is amazing. I love the dynamic between the two as well. It brought a bit of lightness to the relatively dark book.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I highly recommend it to readers who are in the mood for some Wild West!

About the Author

Erin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not "Mama" or "Dada," but "Once upon a time." In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.

She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.

When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.

She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers).

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
8/25/2015Ohana ReadsReview
8/26/2015Novel NoviceGuest Post
8/27/2015Two Chicks on BooksInterview
8/28/2015A Perfection Called BooksReview

Week Two:
8/31/2015The Book Cellar- Interview
9/1/2015Fiction FareGuest Post
9/2/2015Moonlight Gleam ReviewsReview
9/3/2015Once Upon a Twilight - Interview
9/4/2015Mundie MomsReview

Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

You can find her on Twitter @yaperfectionist & Goodreads.


  1. I'm always in the mood for Wild West and never seem to be able to find books about it. This is like the third review I've seen of this book today alone though so YAY for a Western book that seems to be doing things right.

    I love that the characters each sound unique and individually fleshed out, so you really feel for each of them :)

  2. I love that the book lives up to that amazing cover!!! Kate sounds super kick ass which is awesome. Also love that romance doesn't take over the book and no insta-love! Great review!

  3. It has been SO LONG since I've read some good gore and bloodshed and if you ask me, I am so ready for it in my life again! I have read nothing but good stuff about Vengeance Road and some of my favorite bloggers have loved it, and that's good enough for me to pick it up ASAP :) I did also hear about the romance being too slow burn, but you know what? That's totally okay with me. The romance needs to learn to take the backseat, IMO ;P Thanks for the wonderful review, hun!

  4. I'm not a fan of gory books really but this sounds so good and your review has made me want to read it more than ever! :D Great review, Rachel!

  5. fantastic review, rach! i've never really read any western novels yet so this will be my first. i can't wait to get my hands on it soon (if i don't win the giveaway lol) i'm glad to hear that the protagonist is confident in herself, so that's a plus.

  6. I've heard SO many great things about this book! I haven't read any Western books before, so I'm excited for this to be my first! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I love the sound of Kate. So far, most of the reviews I've seen of this book are positive. Looking forward to reading this!

    ~ Dre @ Sporadic Reads

  8. Awesome review, Rach!!! I've been eyeing this one for a while, but have never dove into any Wild West books before. I have also been meaning to read something by Erin Bowman, so I am definitely going to check this one out now!!!

  9. Beautiful cover!! It's very attractive!! The story sounds interesting too. :-)

  10. I can't believe I had lost interest for this book a while back! But then when I started to see more and more positive reviews, I got intrigued again. I mean, who doesn't like ruthless heroines?!

    Vane at Books With Chemistry

  11. I absolutely loved Erin's Taken books so naturally I'm excited to read this one. The cover is flawless and I'm glad it lived up to it. I've never read any western books so this will be my first. Am loving the sound of Kate! Great review as always Rachel :)

    ~Cari @

  12. I'm so excited for this! I've never read a western, (I've watched them plenty of times thanks to my dad) but this definitely sounds like it's going to be a unique read. You pretty much sold me at " graphic and gore! " I'll definitely be picking this up!

  13. I have so much love for this book!!! I was SO HAPPY to see the lack of insta-love. I agree the characters are very deep and the story was written so well, true to western style. Great review! :)

  14. Gee! I'm so excited for this book! I have been searching of awesome reads that are not in series. Adding this on my to-buy list! :)

    Yani @ Paper Boulevard

  15. I've been looking for a book set in the Wild West, so I was so happy when I saw the summary of this one on Goodreads. I'm so glad that the execution is just as good as the concept and that it didn't disappoint you. :) Definitely going to have to give this one a try and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

  16. I just read this book and loved it!! I am not usually a Western type of person, so I was surprised that I loved it as much as I did.

  17. I have been hearing only wonderful things about this book, so I have it on my TBR already! I have never read a Western YA book before so this one is really unique in this way. I am glad the plot and time period live up to the novel as well. Oh, and I love the sound of Kate's confidence!

  18. I won't say that I am not a fan of western books because to be honest, I've never read a western book lol ! I have heard a lot of great things about this book so I think I'll actually give it a try, like they say, there's a first time to everything ;) great review ^^

    @ "Book Addict"

  19. I am from Texas so I am lovin' this cover that just screams TEXAS!! YEE HAW!
    Mary G Loki

  20. Lovely review, Rachel, and I completely agree! This story felt so authentic to the Wild West - loved the dialect, being in Kate's head, and the gritty atmosphere. The romance, too, was swoony (although I would have a liked a bit more :P)


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