REVENGE AND THE WILD
By Michelle Modesto
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (February 2, 2016)
Age Range: 14 up
Grade Level: 9 up
Grade Level: 9 up
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.
At a Glance:
Honestly, I expected to love this book. Cannibals are basically the equivalent of zombies on the coolness scale, but parts of this story were just wayyy too much. I couldn't really tell you what genre this book actually is. I went into it thinking it was a western with cannibals, because hello, that sounds epic, but Revenge and the Wild is a mix of fantasy, western, mystery, paranormal, steampunk, and science fiction. At points, I was completely confused on what exactly is going on, because it felt like the author just threw every aspect of every book into one book. But I pushed through, and ended up upping my rating, because of the ending.
At first glance, the cover is really eye catching. I liked it from the start, but after finishing the book, I like that a lot of the aspects of the cover have a lot to do with things that actually happen in the story.
Revenge and the Wild is not short on action! It's a mystery sort of, so there's a lot of twists and turns popping up every few pages. Enough to make you want to find out how the story ends!
Sigh. Another book with multiple romances. Of course, there's the main guy, Alistair, who was okay. Not super swoony or anything, but I shipped him more than the mayor's son or the vampire
Despite being rash and at some times stupid, Westie was a solid heroine. She had me rooting for her within the first few pages. That girl is a hoot, and has a TON of sass, which everyone knows I love. Not only was Westie mostly likable, but she had a lot of flaws that made her seem even more realistic to me.
Alistair took a long time to grow on me, because of the way he kept his distance around Westie. He was so aloof at times with her that I thought he was being a total douche canoe, until the reason why was revealed
Favorite Supporting Character:
110% Bena. She's basically Mother Hen of Westie. She found Westie after she got away from the cannibals, and brought her back to her Indian tribe to heal her. Not only is she like Westie's mother, but also a best friend, who helps her carry out her nefarious plans.
Something I loved:
I really loved the idea of the novel, if that makes sense. Also, the cannibal part! That was awesome, and not something you really see in YA, unless it's zombies. Modesto did not shy away from the gory scenes either, which were realistically accurate and gruesomely written.
Something(s) I hated:
Unfortunately, I was disappointed with her decision to take the 'easy way out' to 'cure' her alcoholism. I felt like that was a subject that was kind of glossed over when she needed to sober up ASAP despite the fact that she had a serious problem. There is no overnight 'cure' for being an alcoholic, regardless of if there is magic. It just rubbed me the wrong way.
Also, where Westie gets feelings for practically 3 guys. Love Squares are LAME.
Nope. This is a one book fantasy, which explains the amount of world building thrown into it. It can be a little overwhelming and it definitely slowed the plot down for me, enough that I started to skim over long descriptions.
Would I recommend it?
Yeah, I would, but it wouldn't be a top choice to pop in my head to recommend to someone.
Did my friends like it?
Yes! There's a ton of five star ratings from my friends on goodreads. Maybe I'm the black sheep?
Will I buy/keep it/read the sequel?
Buy? No. Keep? Yeah. No sequels, it's a stand alone.
I have absolutely no idea, because this book was unique, but then again it wasn't, because of all the different genres it could fall into.
Have you read Revenge and the Wild? What did you think? Are you planning on reading it? Let's discuss!