Genres: Young Adult, Western, Fantasy, Steampunk
The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.
Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.
But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.
This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.
Revenge and the Wild was fun!
Thoughts on Revenge and the Wild
Any book that can make me exclaim, “Oh mah gawd” out loud (and in a good way) is an excellent book.
Revenge and the Wild was fun, in a young adult, western, fantastical way.
But Revenge and the Wild isn’t your typical young adult book, at least in the sense that Westie, the main character, has a foul-mouth and a drinking problem. Both are very real things, just not situations you find in many books, adult included. (Well, more so the drinking problems.)
Add in cannibals and magic and the wild West, and well… this book is pretty damn unique. And I liked that. I liked that a lot. Even though the writing style wasn’t exactly my favorite, the story itself shines through. From the men in Westie’s life (um, more Alistair and his mask and mysterious ways, please) to her search for her family to her MECHANICAL ARM, there’s a lot to love about Revenge and the Wild.
As a break from historical romances, this book was perfect. (Not that I was even looking for a break from historical romances, but it came into the library and I took the opportunity to read it and it was beautiful.) I’m a little sad this doesn’t seem to be part of a series, but it doesn’t need to be—the story is fully contained.
If you’re looking for something a little different and a lot of fun, Revenge and the Wild might be your book. I wouldn’t mind immersing myself in this world again.