In just a little over two weeks, VENGEANCE ROAD will finally hits shelves, and if you’re still unsure of what VENGEANCE ROAD is and what it’s about, then you clearly haven’t been following my blog or my twitter. It ain’t no secret that Erin Bowman is one of my favourite authors, and I reckon that’s why I’ve been so excited about this book over the past few months. I’ve actually been lucky enough to receive an ARC of the book, and I’ve read it, and I can guarantee that it’s every bit as good as the praise and hype it’s been getting. So in the last few weeks before it finally is released into the world, I’ve put together a nice little list for you to read through to see some of the many, many reasons why you want to have this book on your shelf on September 1st!
First of all, there’s the small case of the absolutely glorious cover. Illustrated by Teagan White, it’s difficult to think of any book cover which quite comes close to the amount of intricate detail in the tiniest ways. This whole cover ties together a bunch of aspects of the book, and as a whole it perfectly encapsulates the tone of the book. The hardcover is also printed with a grainy/gritty feeling texture and the pages have deckled edges, all together giving the book a little bit more of an authentic vintage feeling to go along with the gritty, vintage feeling of the text.
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.
VENGEANCE ROAD takes readers through the gritty, lawless plains of 1877 Arizona as Kate learns secrets that her father has hidden from her her entire life. Her journey sees her introduced to a whole cast of characters who can help and hinder her on her road for vengeance, and the further she gets from home, the more she learns about her family, and herself.
The Pre-Order Contest
There’s still time to enter this one! If you haven’t pre-orded VENGEANCE ROAD yet (which you SHOULD HAVE!) you can pre-order it now and enter the contest which Erin is running. Every single person who pre-orders the book will receive a swag-pack including a bookmark, two VENGEANCE ROAD stickers, and a signed bookplate. On top of that; you will also be entered into a raffle where TEN runner-ups will receive a limited edition signed poster of the book, and one lucky person will win the GRAND PRIZE full of western DVDs, books, a t-shirt, a mug, and a $10 gift card for Amazon or B&N. All courtesy of Erin Bowman, pretty much one of my favourite people!
The Way It’s Written
As this book is set in the wild west and is written in a first-person narrative, you’re going to find it written in a very unique and entertaining way. Right from the very first sentence you’ll be grabbed by Kate’s distinct voice, and you’ll probably be speaking like her for days after you put the book down.
It weren’t no secret pa owned the best plot of land ‘long Granite Creek, and I reckon that’s why they killed him.
A few weeks ago, Erin Bowman periodically released a playlist of fifteen songs which she felt best captured the tone of the book. Every song fits perfectly with the feeling of the book, and by listening to the playlist in full you can begin to picture the kind of world that Kate lives in.
The entire playlist can be found and listened to here.
It’s A Young Adult Western
As if I need to say any more on that!
What People Are Saying About It Already
An unflinchingly bloody tale of the Wild West…Thoroughly engrossing.
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
VENGEANCE ROAD HAD A BIT OF EVERYTHING I LOVE MOST IN STORYTELLING: A KICK-BUTT HEROINE, LIFE-OR-DEATH STAKES, ACTION TO MAKE MY HEART POUND, AND MORALS THAT GO GRAY AROUND THE EDGES. THIS IS THE KIND OF BOOK I’LL RE-READ AGAIN AND AGAIN.
Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy
A story of grit, love, and deadly revenge that climbs off the page and into your heart–saddle up for a thrilling, harrowing ride!
Alexandra Bracken, NYT Bestselling Author of The Darkest Minds Trilogy
Vengeance Road is the kind of book that absorbs you from the first page and refuses to let go until the very last. The gritty story of Kate’s quest for revenge will take you on your own journey through the very heart of the wild west.
So, what are you waiting for? There isn’t long to go now until the book will be on sale, so go pre-order it now, because VENGEANCE ROAD is the kind of book that you’re going to want to be reading as soon as it comes out!
Also, go follow Erin on twitter @erin_bowman if you aren’t already, and let her know how excited you are for this book to come out!