I received this book for free from ALAAC17 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman
Series: Vengeance Road #2
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on November 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Westerns, Romance
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REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREEWhen Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.
In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.
This book was so good! I really enjoyed Vengeance Road when I read it last year and I could not wait to get my hands on this one! And when I finally read it, it did not disappoint at all. I even loved it more than VR!! Seriously. The first one was really good but this one was really special. And it’s definitely because of the characters. We get to see a lot of Kate and Jesse again and it’s really fun getting to see where they are 10 years down the road. But Charlotte and Reece are the standout characters here and they really own their own book. I loved them both of their own but watching their relationship develop and how their feelings change about each other and themselves throughout the book is what really made this one worth reading. The plot is non-stop and I really wanted to know what was going to happen and how they were going to get themselves out of their own messes but what really made me keep turning the pages was Charlotte and Reece. I wanted to see how Charlotte was going to become a great journalist like she wanted but also realize that other people and their stories weren’t necessarily her’s to share. And I wanted to see what Reece was going to do about being the Rose Kid and who he would end up being loyal to in the end. And I pretty much lived for any time they were on the page together. I love how much this book is about what we think of people vs who they really are. Charlotte and Reece both have to deal with people having certain ideas about them and not even caring whether they know the truth or not. I liked how they worked together to deal with that as well as within themselves to stay true to who they were and not give in or let other determine who they should be.
I do wish there had been a little more to the end but I understand why she cut it where she did. We were lucky to be able to get more Kate and Jesse and I just wish we could have that little glimpse into the future with Charlotte and Reece, too.
I definitely recommend this book. And Vengeance Road too. I hadn’t really read any westerns before these but they are fascinating and full of action and really do transport you back to those times while giving you strong female main characters and interesting stories. This one is definitely a companion to VR but you could also read it on its own and still understand everything. They do a really good job of reminding us what happened in the first one without any sort of info dump in the beginning ala Harry Potter. I hope you’ll check these out and find out why I love Kate and Jesse and Charlotte and Reece so much!