Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Tuesday, March 8th 2016

It would be cruel to write a book review about Vengeance Roads, without speaking about the artist that create this amazing artist. This amazing dust jacket/book cover art designed by the talented woman by the name of Teagan White.

Teagan White is a freelance illustrator specializing in intricate drawings of flora and fauna, playful watercolors of animal characters, and illustrated typography. She is very interested in nature’s subtle, gentle reciprocity and wild, tragic discord, and combines this inspiration with nostalgic colors, decorative arrangements of organic forms, and meticulous detail. Her clients have included Target, Papyrus, American Greetings, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Disney Hyperion, Nike, Honda, Ford, Wired Magazine, and the Washington Post, with projects ranging from advertising and editorial to children’s books, greeting cards, and textiles.
Teagan White Website

Never judge a book by it’s cover, that’s the phrase you always however this is a novel that you should judge based on it’s cover.  I saw this novel on the bookshelf of Barnes & Noble. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to love this book because of how amazing the novel dust jacket looks or because I am a great fan of Westerns. That’s right I love spaghetti westerns, I can’t help it! Reading this novel brought back so many fond memories of watching western movies on Sunday after church. My father loved Western movies, and I am a Daddy’s girl and so is the protagonist of our historical fiction novel, Vengeance Roads.

Kate Thompson is a heroine through and through, she’s strong, independent, and extremely determined to right the wrongs of the  sudden death of her father. Kate Thompson story starts the same way most Western begins with revenge! It was the horror of finding Kate’s father dead that causes a string of  events that leave Kate trailing behind gang known as The Rose Riders. Kate is determined that she is the only person who can bring down The Rose Riders for their crime of killing her father, and destroying her only home. Kate is filled with hurt from love lost making her decision fueled with ruthlessness anger as she pursues this new adventure.

Kate is determined to put those who are responsible for causing her fathers untimely death to justice. There are romantic elements to this book, what book doesn’t have some type of love interest? But the novel does not allow the “romantic elements” take over the entire plot of the “getting revenge” portion of the novel. In many Young Adult genres, the heroine has a habit of losing sight of what the main focus of the novel is, just because the protagonist is female doesn’t mean she has to automatically fall in love with a good looking guy. It’s poorly unrealistic that anyone would lose focus on “revenge” so quick just because a handsome fellow walked passed! This is the very reason that Vengeance Roads earned such a great place in my heart while reading it.

Most reviewers might object to how relatable Kate is with her pursuit to avenge her father but I loved for it. I love the fact that a female character just decided to do it herself. She could have ran towards the local authorities to assure they go after The Rose Riders, but she decided to do it herself. Realistically what’s more frightening than an angry women hell bent? Ummm nothing that’s what! If you don’t believe me just go on YouTube and type “Angry Woman” and see how many horrifying results you get. Don’t worry I’ll wait




Ha! Told ya!
Kate took all her emotions of remorse to channel one veracious emotion which is anger. This is why by the end of the novel, with the truth about why The Rose Riders had attacked and killed her father revealed she was able to rebuild.

I’m sure her father won’t have wanted to know that Kate Thompson his beloved daughter went out and chased down bandits while leaving instructions to NOT do it. But well behaved women never make history do they?This novel is a historical fiction which mean that Kate didn’t actually own her house after her father was murder. The dead to the house and her father’s land had to go to their neighbor who was kind enough to tell Kate he would hold on to the deed until she was married. Now of course to the modern read this would make any feminist start to protest but lets not for get it is a “Historical Ficiton”, that portion of the novel is the “historical” portion. I felt that Erin Bowman did a great job slipping in that little tis-bit of info because it made the romantic element even more encouraging, not forced!

I gave this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars!

This book was so amazing. I loved reading it so very very much. But the ending was so lovely. Usually I enjoy reading the journey but hate the ending but this book was just so perfect. I saw it at barnes and nobles and wanted to buy it just because of the cover art. Seriously wish I did because I want to re-read this book over and over again just so I can read that wonderful ending! It’s a prefect Spaghetti Western romance!
Happy Reading
~Lia Covey

About Erin Bowman

Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her family and when not writing she can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter.

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