Details: 323pp, HMH Books for Young Readers ARC. Thanks again to my friend for providing me a copy!
Release date: September 1, 2015
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Summary (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.
My thoughts: Even though I grew up in Texas, Old Westerns are not my thing. There’s a feeling I get when I think about the dry, arid, sepia-blurred landscape that doe NOT amuse me. BUT GUYS. I LOVE VENGEANCE ROAD. This book is a total game-changer for me.
The setting. Okay, so maybe I still have some reservations about the Old West, but all-in-all, I enjoyed the air of danger that the setting added to the story. There’s the constant threat in lack of food sources and water supply. There’s the lack of hiding spaces should bad guys come out, guns blazing. The setting added to the nice fast pace of the story.
The characters. In my opinion, the best kind of characterization is the kind where you don’t think it’s happening and then you realize you can answer several important questions about the character’s background when where he/she is heading, both physically and mentally, in the story. A big, fat YES to this as well. Kate is characterized so smoothly, especially when it comes to the tension between Kate and the boys she teams up with. That is, the tension steadily develops to the point where I can’t help but cheer for something more to happen…. And I love that not only was the group’s friendship cemented, but we also learn more and more about Kate’s relationship with her now-deceased father throughout the book. Love it!
Now, I remember picking out little things that bugged me here and there through the book, but I cannot for the life of me remember what they were! 4.5/5