Title: Revenge and the Wild
Author: Michelle Modesto
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Western/Steampunk
My Rating: 4 stars
“You don’t see all the different species of creatures much on the road, but here in Rogue City, where there’s some semblance of law, you’ll find every creature you once thought was legend sipping on a tumbler of whiskey at some point or another.”
Rogue City is where Westie lives with her adoptive family, and a town that she loves even with how crazy things can get- considering all the creatures that live there alongside the humans. Westie frequently goes outside of the magic bubble that surrounds Rogue City to try and track down the cannibals that killed her family years ago, and has spent all of her free time plotting revenge and seeking answers. But the magic her town relies on is starting to fail, and when visitors come to town, she may find all the answers she needs much closer to home than she expected.
– Elves, ogres, dwarfs, vampires, faeries, werewolves, banshees, sprites, leprechauns, abarimon
– Pet chupacabra
– Parasol with a hidden gun and sword inside
– Awesome twist at the end
– There was a lot of world building and I liked the character diversity, so I was disappointed that this book is a standalone and we didn’t get more info.
Westie was a great character and she was easy to relate to. She was more “real” than most characters usually are; she struggles with a drinking problem and can definitely have trouble being ladylike on occasion. She puts on a tough front, but too much attention can make her blush, and in reality she feels really deeply about the things that happen to her.
“I need a drink,” she said to the empty room.
She knew if she drank again she’d regret it the next morning—and possibly all the mornings that came after—but she found it difficult to care about that at the moment.”
I enjoyed the western vibe the story had, and all the sayings/slang the author added in that went along with it. For example, during a gunfight: “Westie had one bullet secured in the chamber of her hidden gun. All she had to do was pull the trigger and hope the young lep[rechaun] caught a case of slow”. The story also got pretty gritty and violent at times, which added to the appeal, and I admit is probably something you’d expect to get from a book about hunting for cannibals. The world was a mashup of western/fantasy/mystery/suspense, and in my opinion it totally worked! There was just enough going on to keep things interesting without overpowering the main plot and becoming overwhelming.
The romance was great, and it didn’t overpower the story at all. I thought we were going to have a love triangle for a while, but the other “love interests” were more like distractions from what Westie truly wanted, and I was glad it played out that way. The romance also didn’t hog the plot, and we had a book full of danger and mystery instead of relationship fluff.
The story was a little predictable at times, but the twist at the end totally made up for it. I was used to assuming I knew what was going to happen by the end of the book, but that twist totally caught me off guard! There was a lot going on in this world, and my only upset when it came to this book is that is wasn’t longer or part of a series. It felt like so much more could have been done with the setting and characters we were introduced to, and I would have liked to get to know them all better. I was disappointed to look up the author and find out this has been her only novel so far, but hopefully we’ll see something from her in the future!