by Michelle Modesto
Published by Balzer + Bray Release date : February 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Wild West. Cannibals. Magic. Romance. I mean, YES. I had so much fun with this book! It’s dark, which is always a plus for me. It’s adventurous, thrilling and just oh so fun.
The characters are an interesting lot. There are Native Americans, whose magic stems from the Earth, protecting the people within the city. There are Vampires, trolls and helllllllo, cannibals. With a mix of steam punk, Michelle did an amazing job mixing up so many different elements to create a fascinating world.
Westie was such an amazing protagonist. She is brave, crass, funny and full of heart. She has set out many times to find the cannibals responsible for taking her family – and her arm – without much luck. She is pretty reckless; putting herself into many situations that could potential have been avoided. But I love her for it. It’s just her instinct to react. She isn’t flawless, and I liked that she had several vulnerable sides to her that were exposed on more than one occasion.
I adored the secondary characters as well. My favorites being Alistair; a boy who Westie and her adopted father rescued from cannibals. He has more mechanical parts than Westie. It was obvious (to me) that he was the primary love interest. You just feel Westie’s longing from the beginning. And I adored these two! Costin, the vampire that runs a brothel. Granted, his affections for Westie were quite odd to me, but his character is amazing all the same. And of course, Nigel, James and of course, Bena. Bena is a bad ass.
Towards the end, the was a major plot twist that really threw me for a loop. I went back to reread parts to see if there were hints and there were. The foreshadowing was well done. I am pretty sure this is a standalone, but there were a few things left open where we could explore more in the future. That may be my wishful thinking coming into play but hey. A girl can dream.
All in all – I loved Revenge and the Wild. It’s gritty, thrilling, and magical, I recommend it!
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