Book Review: Vengeance Road 

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Rating: 4 stars

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. 

This book has been on my TBR list since like, forever. I finally decided to read it, and I’m glad I did. I haven’t read many western books before, so it was pretty interesting. Let me tell you something, I love a good revenge story. There won’t be a sequel, though there is a companion novel coming out next year. 

I thought this was going to be a straight and simple story, no twist and turns, but boy was I wrong. There was a good number of things that I just did not see coming. 

Kate’s a pretty badass chick.

“That sounds real nice, boy,” he says. “Now for the love of God, lower that damn pistol.”

“All right,” I says.

And I do.

Right after I shoot him through the skull.”

– Erin Bowman,“Vengeance Road.”

I liked Jesse and Will enough, but eh. TBR chemistry between her and Jesse was nice, but seriously, they just met. Lil was interesting, but wedding get to find out much about her (yet).  
Usually, I hate hate hate books where it’s told with an accent. I couldn’t read Blood Red Road ’cause of the accent. There is one in this book, and it’ll seem pretty strong at first, but you get used to it. It’s not too overbearing and once you really get into the story it’s not an issue. 
It was generally pretty fast paced, a nitty gritty western read. I would definitely reccomend this to fans of Rebel of the Sands. A gunslinging, sassy, wild, girl hellbent on revenge. Why are you not already reading this?

Book Review: Ivory and Bone

Ivory and Bone  by Julie Eshbaugh

Series: Ivory and Bone 


Publication Date
: June 7 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: 4 stars

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along. 

(I’m feeling a little off today, so this review is pretty short. It’s not my best work, but I tried)

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in prehistoric times. I actually didn’t realize that it was until I looked at the synopsis again. 

The way the story was told was pretty interesting. 

“Why don’t you tell me a story?” 

― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

The majority (but not all) of it is told as a story to Mya by Kol, so it uses  words like you, and seems like it’s referring to the reader. It’s kinda nice because it’s like you’re part of the story. 

“But at this moment, this one word feels like the answer to every question:

You.” 

― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

The story itself is pretty interesting since the narrator doesn’t know who’s lying and who can be trusted. I can’t go too in detailed without spoiling some key details, so I’ll leave it at that. 
The writing is beautiful, and Julie Eshbaugh describes things so perfectly. She weaves magic into words. 

I liked Kol generally, but he’s not exactly one of my favorite characters. Mya is pretty badass, and definitely my favorite though she could use some loosening up.  There were times I really wanted to smack Peck. He has no tact. At all. 

I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a good read, definitely if your a fan of Pride and Prejuidice. 

Book Review: Empire of Dust

Empire of Dust  by Eleanor Herman 

Series: Blood of Gods and Royals

Publication Date: June 28 2016

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 4.5 stars

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust 

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat. 

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt. 

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing. 
And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor. 

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

  Now, the first book in this series was alright, but hot diggity dang, this was wayyy better than the Legacy of Kings
  It’s told through 6 main POVs, and usually I don’t like books that have over 4, but it worked pretty well here since they overlap.  I’m still not entirely sure how Zofia’s story ties in with the rest of them (besides the betrothal to Alex, though we know that’s so not happening), but it’s still pretty interesting. 

 My favorite POVs  were Heph and Cynane (I’m still not sure if I love or hate her, though it’s definitely one of the 2).  I found Cynanes story really interesting, and she can be badass, though sometimes I really want to slap her.  I also liked Zofia’s POV, and I ship her very hard with Ochus. 

  BUT OMG YOU KNOW WHAT I REALLY REALLY REALLY SHIP?!?!?

Alexander and Kadmus

I know, you’re thinking I’m crazy but hear me out. Just read the book and you’ll see where I’m coming from on this. This may or may not become my OTP depending on what happens in the next book (Pleaaassseeeeeee Eleanor Herman make this happen *bats eyelashes*).

Anyways, I like how all the stories intertwine and come together to  paint this huge masterpiece. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in this book, and I so can’t wait for the next one. 

OHMYGOSH and the ending(s)!!! How many bombs and one person drop in just the last few chapters? A lot, it seems. Just as the shock begins to fade, something else happens/is revealed and boom my mind explodes AGAIN. Especially the very last chapter. The wait for bk 3 is gonna be a tough one. 

DEFINITELY reccomend this book! Seriously, if you DNF the first book, pick it up again just so that you can read this one.