Friday, July 31, 2015

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group / HMH Books for Young Readers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis: 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.

Why?: I've heard really good things about this book, so I knew I wanted to read it ASAP! Plus, throw in the Wild West and I'm hooked! Basically everything about this book just sounds fantastic, and I'm so excited to have it in my greedy little hands.

Expectations: I have really high expectations for this book. Between the synopsis and the crazy amounts of press it's been getting, I think Vengeance Road has the potential to be an incredible book. I just hope that my expectations aren't too high, because that's pretty much the worst. 

Judging a book by its cover: I really like this cover! I love the colors, and I love how it definitely has a wild west feel without being too cheesy. I love all of the little details too, and I can't wait to find out their significance. One of my favorite things about this cover though is how unique it is - I'm glad there's no people on the cover. I would be pretty likely to pick this up based on the cover alone, and I'd love to have it on my shelf! 


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