Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don't really like the "young adult" genre and I have a bad thing about westerns, soooo Kevin you ask, "why the hell did you read this?" That is a dang good question, let's see if I can answer.
My dad and both granddads love westerns, and as a huge fantasy/scifi/comic geek, It never did anything for me, however the older I got and the resurgence of the "weird" western, I saw the reason and the appeal of the genre. Young adult bugs me to no end, not saying there aren't great well written novels in this genre,(this being one of them.) The concept as a whole bothers me, I started reading at a very young age, and I didn't read on my level basically ever. I will catch flak for this but essentially dumbing down your writing and being more of a formula cookie cutter story makes my brain hurt. (dont hate me!)
Wow, two paragraphs and have yet to discuss the book. I really liked this book, I do NOT spoil books so if you want spoilers dig into another review. The story was very well written and I have few issues with it, and honestly the only reason I docked it one star, my issues are solely my issues. Fully fleshed out characters, great dialogue, a well realized world and it meets one of my most basic reading qualifications, when a author has a new book, especially one that could be the beginning of a new potential series, the main thing he or she must do is make the reader want more.
I want more. What's that? My issues you ask? ok..you drug it out of me, The main character's sexuality, although it was well done and essential to the story, came across in my opinion a bit forced, but thats just my view. The ending..I HATE $#*$*#$*#@!! CLIFFHANGERS!! (thats all)
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