Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Retribution Rails

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...

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Retribution Rails Reviews

  • Erin Bowman

    UPDATE 4/6/17:

    Add it to your shelves, then get your friends to add it, too ;)

    UPDATE 1/30/17:

    ...........

    ORIGINAL POST:

    Yeehaw, I'm writing another western! Let me get a few fr

    UPDATE 4/6/17:

    Add it to your shelves, then get your friends to add it, too ;)

    UPDATE 1/30/17:

    ...........

    ORIGINAL POST:

    Yeehaw, I'm writing another western! Let me get a few frequently asked questions out of the way:

    Nope, it's a companion novel—same world, but a completely separate story, with a new plot and new characters. RR is again set in Arizona (roughly ten years after the events of VR), but you can read RR without reading VR, and it will absolutely make sense.

    Maybe.

    Maybe.

    Maybe.

    Yes. But only because I don’t want to spoil things for you.

    November 7, 2017!

    YES! Teagan White, the insanely talented illustrator who did VR's cover, is on board to do the art for RR as well. I have seen preliminary sketches and they. are. beautiful.

    YES! Reece Murphy is your “train-robber in possession of a mysterious coin” and Charlotte Vaughn is your “aspiring journalist.” They’re both teens navigating unexpected obstacles in 1887 Arizona, one of which is each other. I am not kind to these kids, but then again, I was never very kind to anyone in VR, either.

    Train heists, mystery, betrayal, desert winter, nooses, vicious outlaws, unexpected allies, and of course, lots of railroad tracks. This is vague, I know, but it’s all I feel comfortable saying right now. In the meantime, I need to get back to drafting, but I promise to share more news if/when I have it. Feel free to stalk the

    until then!

    Leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer it.

    I’ll also continue to answer questions/share news via my monthly newsletter, so be sure to

    if that sounds like your thing!

  • Stacee

    I had read and enjoyed Vengeance Road, so I was pretty eager to see what a companion story would look like...and it’s better than VR was.

    I loved Charlotte and Reece. She’s smart and stubborn and clever as hell. He’s a better person than he thinks he is and it’s definitely interesting being in his head while he figures things out. Of course it’s awesome to see Kate and Jesse. The scenes with them were some of my favorite.

    Plot wise, it’s pretty much fast paced right from the beginning. The story

    I had read and enjoyed Vengeance Road, so I was pretty eager to see what a companion story would look like...and it’s better than VR was.

    I loved Charlotte and Reece. She’s smart and stubborn and clever as hell. He’s a better person than he thinks he is and it’s definitely interesting being in his head while he figures things out. Of course it’s awesome to see Kate and Jesse. The scenes with them were some of my favorite.

    Plot wise, it’s pretty much fast paced right from the beginning. The story starts with a bang and doesn’t let go. And while there’s a lot of riding horses and traveling, it was never boring. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

    Overall, it was a great companion, but it’s strong enough to stand on its own. I could have done with a bit more at the ending, but how it ended really worked.

    **Huge thanks to HMH for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    This was bloody fantastic! I was feeling a reading slump coming on, but this damn well saved me.

    *Review to Come*

  • Mackenzi

    It has been AGES since I had this much fun with a book.

    It was exactly what I wanted: tropey wild west shenanigans--gunfights, robberies, train jobs, blackmail, stagecoach chases, outlaws, Nellie Bly references--but infused with SO MUCH heart. Helmed by two vivacious narrators you can't help but root for/want to hug for different reasons, Erin Bowman has staged a truly transportive adventure tale with a deft and effortless hand. Twisting, thrilling, and a wild ride from start to finish. Prepare

    It has been AGES since I had this much fun with a book.

    It was exactly what I wanted: tropey wild west shenanigans--gunfights, robberies, train jobs, blackmail, stagecoach chases, outlaws, Nellie Bly references--but infused with SO MUCH heart. Helmed by two vivacious narrators you can't help but root for/want to hug for different reasons, Erin Bowman has staged a truly transportive adventure tale with a deft and effortless hand. Twisting, thrilling, and a wild ride from start to finish. Prepare to be hooked.

    And did I mention NELLIE BLY REFERENCES!? I swoon.

  • Rachel E. Carter

    Just got the paperback ARC in the mail from the publisher!!! I was a DIEHARD fan of Vengeance Road so I'm SO excited for this! Will be reviewing in next 2-3 weeks :)

  • Justine

    As much as I liked

    , I loved Retribution Rails.

    Set 10 years after the events of Vengeance Road, this book introduces two new main characters, but also reunites us with Kate and Jessie. I loved both Charlotte and Reese and how different they were from the characters from the previous book. Charlotte accomplishes things through her wits and tenacity, and Reese struggles to let go of the demons of his past and find a future for himself. Their stories were exciting and heartbreaking at

    As much as I liked

    , I loved Retribution Rails.

    Set 10 years after the events of Vengeance Road, this book introduces two new main characters, but also reunites us with Kate and Jessie. I loved both Charlotte and Reese and how different they were from the characters from the previous book. Charlotte accomplishes things through her wits and tenacity, and Reese struggles to let go of the demons of his past and find a future for himself. Their stories were exciting and heartbreaking at times, and most of the book kept me at the edge of my seat.

    I listened to this as an audiobook, and the narrators for the alternating POV's for Charlotte and Reese were both excellent and really brought the story to life. This western tale is straight historical fiction, pure and simple, and not my usual genre, but I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I put it on my favourites 2017 shelf.

  • TL

    *I would recommend reading 'Vengeance Road" before this. Some characters from the first do make appearances and its important to the plot. Enough is made understood that you'll get the gist but you'll understand more if you read that one first.*

    ---

    I should have re-read

    before this but somehow never got the time... whoops:)

    Still it was easy to fall back into the world, and some things at one par of the story that were hazy for me came back pretty quickly so that didn't hinder me a

    *I would recommend reading 'Vengeance Road" before this. Some characters from the first do make appearances and its important to the plot. Enough is made understood that you'll get the gist but you'll understand more if you read that one first.*

    ---

    I should have re-read

    before this but somehow never got the time... whoops:)

    Still it was easy to fall back into the world, and some things at one par of the story that were hazy for me came back pretty quickly so that didn't hinder me at all.

    Side note: According to Facebook memories and Goodreads, I started to read this around the same time as

    but finished on the same day and didn't realize.

    Neat hmm? Well.. to me anyway :)

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    3.5 stars overall.

    Writing: 4 stars

    Plot: 3.5 stars

    Characters: 3.5 stars

    Reece:

    He was the easier to connect with of the two. His story intrigued me more than Charlotte's and felt more... real, know what I mean? He desperately wants to leave the life he's trapped in but on some level he doesn't believe its really possible but he tries to keep that bit of hope safe till he can find that cowboy he's looking for.

    Charlotte:

    I can understand it all from Charlotte's POV and if we didn't have Reece's viewpoint I suppose I would be feeling and thinking the same but still wanted to shake her a few times. She does grow up some over the course of the story and doesn't become as grating but I didn't care for her for most of the novel.

    She didn't bring the novel down for me, she just couldn't hold a candle to Kate (not comparing,just stating facts from my POV).

    Different backgrounds for the two yes, but still..

    ----

    I was a little worried at first that the new Rose Riders angle would feel cheap but it quickly proved me wrong. How Miss Bowman did it made sense, and felt authentic so that was a relief.

    The climax of the story had me racing through the pages and holding my breath, crossing my fingers and hoping my favorite people would be okay. The ending felt a bit abrupt, but in a good way.

    Would I read more of this world? Yes. I don't think it needs it but then again I wouldn't have thought about this novel at first either *shrugs* We shall see what happens.

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    In the companion novel to

    , ten years have passed and Reece Murphy - AKA "The Rose Kid" - has been roped into traveling with Luther Rose, brother of the infamous late Waylan: the very same man Kate Thompson killed with the help of Jesse Colton. Reece has been told he'll never be free of Luther's grasp until he can lead Rose to the gunslinger who killed Waylan, but all Reece wants

    In the companion novel to

    , ten years have passed and Reece Murphy - AKA "The Rose Kid" - has been roped into traveling with Luther Rose, brother of the infamous late Waylan: the very same man Kate Thompson killed with the help of Jesse Colton. Reece has been told he'll never be free of Luther's grasp until he can lead Rose to the gunslinger who killed Waylan, but all Reece wants is to start a new life, free of the killing and thieving.

    I somehow managed to avoid the knowledge that this was a companion novel, and not necessarily a sequel, so you can imagine my surprise when I was introduced to this new pair of characters, with chapters alternating between each of their narratives.

    I really love Kate as a narrator, and unfortunately, neither Reece nor Charlotte lived up to my expectations. Reece was decent enough, but Charlotte was so incredibly self-absorbed throughout most of the story that her perspectives were grating, at best. There was a solid 10-15% of the story in which I skimmed her chapters because they were superfluous and boring.

    You can gather from the very beginning that there's going to be a blossoming romance, but it feels

    forced and I never found myself rooting for it to go anywhere.

    As you can gather from the synopsis, Reece is hunting down Kate herself, so I won't consider it a spoiler to tell you that she's present for part of this story, and I

    spending more time with her. She was such an enjoyable, tough young woman, and she's even better as an adult. She's only burrowed further into her feminism and her values, though time has taught her how to look for the good in people.

    As was the case with

    the shootout scenes are fun and easy to follow, and you feel transported right onto the set of a western film every time.

    I could easily devote this entire section to Charlotte's character. She's pretentious, haughty, self-absorbed, and completely incapable of looking past her own privileges. Even when she's called out, she finds a way to turn herself into the biggest victim in any given scenario. She wasn't the worst character ever by any means, but man, does she warrant a lot of eye-rolling.

    My only other complaints were: 1) Jesse felt like a background character that we didn't get to spend nearly enough time with, and 2) I had the same problem as I did with

    in that it was so tough to genuinely connect with any of the characters or to

    about any of them.

    If you've already read

    and are dying for more of the universe, pick this one up, but if you're like me and are hoping for a sequel and to spend more time with Kate and Jesse, I'd recommend just trying to find yourself a copy of the

    novella and leaving it at that.

    violence, death, implied rape, abuse

  • Tamora Pierce

    Reluctant bandit Reese is desperate to escape the vicious gang that made the world think he wants to be part of their extreme robbing and killing. His flight from their latest rampage brings him into the path of would-be lady journalist Charlotte, who will do just about anything to get real work--and pay--from a real newspaper. Reluctantly and warily the two join forces to find a fugitive bandit who is the key to Reese getting free of his enemies.

    Charlotte is no tender maiden, but a tough-minded

    Reluctant bandit Reese is desperate to escape the vicious gang that made the world think he wants to be part of their extreme robbing and killing. His flight from their latest rampage brings him into the path of would-be lady journalist Charlotte, who will do just about anything to get real work--and pay--from a real newspaper. Reluctantly and warily the two join forces to find a fugitive bandit who is the key to Reese getting free of his enemies.

    Charlotte is no tender maiden, but a tough-minded woman of the West, ready to face down storms, killers, and even the political maneuvers that accompany the arrival of the new railroad in time. I love this book and this series of Erin Bowman's--she's making the Old West new again!

  • Regan

    4.5


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