ARC Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Written by: Erin Bowman
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 336, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for the ARC!


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.

I’ve never been a big Western fan, at all. I’ve probably seen a total of two western movies in my life, both of which thanks to my late Grandmother who loved them with an undying passion. But for me it was always more of a meh thing. So I’m not exactly sure what drew me to Vengeance road truthfully. Quite possibly it was that cover(Have you SEEN it?), or maybe it was that the plot sounded interesting? I’m not sure really, either way when I got the chance to get an ARC at TLA I was actually really excited to snag a copy.

I put off starting this one though, half because I’d read bits and pieces and I wasn’t sure about the writing style, and half because admittedly it’s a Western. So when I found the perfect lull in my TBR I decided to just jump in and read it. Well let me say this right up front, I’m so glad I did.

Vengeance Road was completely out of my comfort zone, but it was such an amazing read I’m glad I took the jump. Even if it did mean more than once I looked up from my book to answer a question and found myself talking in absolute old western slang. (It weren’t fun y’all.)

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Vengeance Road Posse – Round 2


I meant this post to go up a little earlier but hey it’s still Monday it still counts! So here’s what you guys need to know this week! Erin Bowman is hosting an AMAZING pre-order campaign! (Trust me you want in on this)

What do you get when you preorder before July 31st?

  • A book with a FABULOUS cover (Because lets be real have you seen that cover?)
  • A Vengeance Road bookmark
  • A signed Vengeance Road bookplate
  • 2 Vengeance Road stickers

But want Erin to make the deal a little sweeter? Well, guess what she did! TEN people who preorder will get a limited edition signed print of the Vengeance Road cover (roughly 6.5 x 10in) so you can frame it and have it on your wall beside your bed to drool over all day long.

And the grand prize winner? One person who preorders will get:

  • A limited edition signed print of the Vengeance Road cover (roughly 6.5 x 10in)
  • Two western movies: one of Erin’s favorite Clint features, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and one of her favorite remakes, the 2007 3:10 to Yuma
  • Three of Erin’s favorite western-y YA novels: Under A Painted Sky (Stacey Lee), which is a true western; and Not a Drop to Drink (Mindy McGinnis) and Blood Red Road (Moira Young), which are both post-apocalyptic, but have very strong frontier vibes
  • A “wanted” shirt (tee or tank, winner’s choice)
  • A mustache coffee mug
  • A $10 gift card (to Amazon or B&N, winner’s choice)

Now there are more than enough reasons for you to pre-order! So get to your favorite online on brick retailer and get yourself a copy preordered! Once you do head on over to Erin’s Blog and fill in the forms on her blog post

Best of luck to everyone!!

Vengeance Road Posse – Round 1


For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter I became part of Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road Posse! I’m super excited for this one the book looks amazing, and it’s the first Street Team I’ve ever been a part of! I’d hoped to get this post up last week but I’ve been really busy and just generally swamped with life and anxiety, so I’ve let this kind of slide. But, now I’m ready to giddiup and go! Last week Erin introduced us to the characters on her tumblr, but I decided to do something a little different, so here the first characters of Vengeance Road via mood boards (Also known as my new obsession)

KateThompson Colton

Who else is super excited? Not yet? Really? Well then what about taking a gander at the official book trailer!

Alright now we’re all equal levels of excitement, hm? Then what do you say to winning an arc?