Vengeance Road // Lots of Potential, But I Was Bored

Author: Erin Bowman
Genre: Western | Historical | YA
Series: Vengeance Road #1 (though it seems to be a series of standalones?)
Goodreads rating: 3.88
My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐



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 have some mixed feelings about this one. There were definitely things I liked about this one, but it wasn’t enough to make me fall in love. So let’s break this down in two nice lists of things I liked and disliked!

What I liked

💛 The overal plot! I really liked the idea of Kate wanting to avenge her father and travelling through the Wild West
💛 Kate!! She’s such a delight. I love how she’s allowed to be morally complicated, that she doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger and get her hands dirty, but that she still feels remorse. She’s kick-ass and goes through some great character development
💛 I also really loved Lilye, the Apache girl Kate met along the way
💛 The brothers Jess and Will have a fun relationship to read about and it’s nice to see them bond with Kate
💛 The romance was cute, but it didn’t really leave a mark on me? I’m pretty sure I’ll forget about them soon. Still, considering how many unhealthy relationships there are out there in YA I appreciate this one
💛 The actions scenes were really intense. When shit was going down, it was really going down. It was hard to put the book down during these scenes and they were vividly described

What I didn’t like

💛 I was bored quite a bit, which is the reason behind my mixed feelings. As you can see above I liked quite a few things about this one, but I was bored a little bit too often for me to rate this higer than three stars. The action scenes were really well written like I mentioned before, but the scenes in-between weren’t always that interesting to read
💛 Despite liking the characters, afterwards I still felt like I didn’t really get to know the characters that well. That may also be why I wasn’t really feeling the romantic relationshipHave you read Vengeance Road? What did you think of it? Any YA Wild West books you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!

11 thoughts on “Vengeance Road // Lots of Potential, But I Was Bored

  1. I haven’t read this and I’m not sure if I will… I haven’t read any YA Wild West books and I don’t know if they’d really be my cup of tea (lol). Maybe one day I’ll get to this, but for now I have waayyy too many other books on my TBR! Do you plan on reading book two?

    • I feel you! I only got it because there was a sale going on: you paid 5 euros per kilo, so I decided to give it a shot. Otherwise I don’t think I would’ve picked it up either.
      Nah I don’t think so – the sequel is a brand new story with new characters thankfully, so I can just leave this behind :)

  2. Vengeance Road is one is those books I’ve wanted to read for the longest time but I keep forgetting that I want to read it😂 I’ve not read anything like it and from your review it seems like a pretty decent read!

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  4. I’ve read a lot of mixed things about this book. Which actually kind of makes me want to read it? I’m always interested to find out where I sit when I’ve read positives and negatives about a book.

    Although being bored and not connecting with the characters… those things are quite important to me. If I don’t feel like I learned enough about the characters in a book I’m kind of like: why did I read this? But I’ve also never read a YA Wild West book so I am keen!

    As for a suggestion – Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant. it’s not YA, but it’s a trans NA #ownvoices romance that was so delightful and was set in the Wild West (the MC is a cowboy!).

    • I feel you! I always get curious as well, but the libraries here aren’t that great so I’d have to buy the book myself, so I’m less likely to try the book.

      Yeah same here! Characters can make or break a book for me. Even if the plot isn’t that great, if the characters are I can still love a book. Other reviewers did love the characters though, so it might be a ‘it’s not the book, it’s me’ kind of thing :)

      Oh that sounds fantastic! Definitely going to check that one out :)

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