Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road #1), by Erin Bowman
Publish Date: September 1, 2015 (Audiobook published January 5, 2016)
Published by: HMH Books for Young Reads/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Length: approx. 8 hours (327 pages)
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Western
Tags: wild west, gangs, journey
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)
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 listened to this as an audiobook and while it was fun to listen to, had some interesting characters, and was full of Old West action and adventure, I just didn’t feel completely in love with it. I didn’t exactly hate it, but it’s not one of my more favorite stories. It was definintely fun and engaging while I was listening, but I just never felt the burning need to know what was going to happen next. I still might end up listening to the sequel, though, because it is still a nice change from the usual genres I read.
Trigger Warnings: guns, hanging, blood/bodily harm