Review of Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman


Vengeance Road

By Erin Bowman

Published September 1st 2015

Rating: Four/ Five Cactuses

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I like my reviews to be little leaflets of information about the book, a list of things to be prepared for so you can get to reading. I also want reading to be an experience so at the end I’ll list some things I think would pair well with this book.

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

“Gold makes monsters of men.” – Vengeance Road

What To Expect

cactus-clip-art-free-36Feisty Heroine

I expected Kate to be uncomplicated on her quest for vengeance, just an angry girl but she surprised me. It’s refreshing that she fully explores her anger. She also feels bad about not feeling any remorse about the acts she must commits on her journey. Also I liked how she wasn’t The Best. Sometimes in YA there’s a chosen person trope and this person has it too easy. Although they go through The Tough, they are secretly the best at some skill that happens to be essential or they have the most virtue. She must learn things about herself and other people to complete her journey.


The plot is full of surprises. I felt scared and anxious at a few points when the stakes were higher for the characters. I was taken off guard at some points. It’s not just some fluffy story.


The way bowman describes her landscapes is perfect. It’s exactly like a movie playing out in my head. I loved the way they rode through the unforgiving land, pointing out the 7E015437-48E0-4774-B905-9285FCB580A0beauty in the harshness.

cactus-clip-art-free-36The COVER!

Teagan White did an amazing job. What a beautiful book.


What I didn’t Like

Highlight to see the negative!

cactus-clip-art-free-36The Romance

While I wanted the romance between the two characters, it did seem rushed. It felt as if there wasn’t time between the quest to sufficiently hold the romance.




When I read this, all I kept picturing was the campfires that the characters ate around. It made me think of my favorite thing about camping, fire-cooked breakfast! Deborah from Taste and Tell has an amazing recipe that I’m just dying to try.

Reading Location

I would definitely grab a hammock or blanket and read this outside in the summer. I actually happened to read this book on the beach which was perfect.



I don’t really like the idea of cowboy boots for anything but actual farm work (mucking out the stalls) but I found these graphic tees that have western themes and I could definitely get behind that! They are from The Wacky Wagon Thread Co.


“When I were first learning to shoot a rifle, Pa told me that nearly every battle people face is in their heads. If you think you can’t do something, you won’t. If you believe you can, it’s only a matter of time before you will.” – Vengeance Road


About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

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