My TBR List July 2017: Revenge & the Wild

My TBR List

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Each month you will make a post with three books from your TBR List (these books can be already on your kindle or shelf or books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on my post. Your followers and the people on the linky will help you choose which book you will read next. The following Saturday you will announce the book that won. Then read the book and on the last Saturday of the month post a review.

It’s the fourth Saturday in July which means it’s time to review the book that won this month’s TBR list. This month’s lucky winner was REVENGE AND THE WILD. I guess I should say I’m lucky because I LOVED it. So let’s get to reviewing, shall we?


This book was sent to me free for honest review by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

revenge and the wildRevenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Published by Balzer + Bray on Feb. 2nd, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk, Young Adult
Format: Physical ARC
Pages: 373
Source: Publisher
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N

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.


REVENGE AND THE WILD by Michelle Modesto is a book I have put off reading since 2015. I knew I had made a grievous mistake in waiting so long the minute I started reading. I began the first few pages to get a feel for the novel and the next thing I know it’s three hours later and time for dinner. REVENGE AND THE WILD is the most exciting, original, and surprising novel I’ve read in eons.

Westie is tragically orphaned when her entire family is brutally butchered by a vicious family of cannibals. She is adopted by Nigel Butler, a famous inventor, and has called Rogue City home for the last nine years. When investors arrive to purchase an invention from Nigel, Westie is unpleasantly surprised to discover they look suspiciously like the cannibals that slaughtered her family.

Calling this book “unique” is an understatement. It features pretty much every paranormal/mythological creature known to man, steampunk mixed with magic, and the dangers of the Wild West. The only way I can think to describe it is the Wild, Wild West meets Soulless and the Brother’s Grimm. Even putting it in a specific genre is difficult. There’s a little bit of everything in REVENGE AND THE WILD and I’m both awed and mystified that Modesto was able to pull it off so perfectly. She must be as magical as her writing!

The novel also features a diverse cast of unforgettable characters. Westie, our brave, wild, and tortured heroine is flawed, impulsive, and seeking justice for her murdered family. She also shows remarkable character growth throughout her journey.

Alistair, Nigel’s assistant and Westie childhood friend, is a scarred loner who prefers to sticks to the shadows. He’s also very protective of our tortured heroine. His past is just as gruesome as Westie’s and he’s determined to keep Westie alive on her risky journey even if it means going on the dangerous voyage alongside her.

Our secondary characters were just as memorable; the vampire anti-hero Costin, the mysterious aristocrat James, and Bena, Westie’s loyal companion and member of the magic Wintu tribe. I eagerly lapped up every detail about them and couldn’t wait to discover the roles they played in the story.

Michelle Modesto created a masterpiece with REVENGE AND THE WILD. The characters’ emotions were my own as I laughed, cried, and felt heartbreak the likes of which I’ve never experienced. Modesto’s writing is just as unforgettable as the story and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us (but dammit, why is this not a series?!).

REVENGE AND THE WILD is a wild adventure perfect for readers who are new to steampunk or veteran readers of the genre. It also would appeal to paranormal and fantasy fans like myself. This was only the second steampunk book I’ve ever read, and I can confidently promise it won’t be the last.


About the Author

michelle modestoMichelle Modesto is a writer, hockey fanatic, lover of most art forms, terrible cook and her social skills aren’t that great either. Her debut YA novel, REVENGE AND THE WILD came out early 2016. She lives in Northern California in a double-wide mobile asylum with two mastiffs who don’t listen to her and two teenagers who also don’t listen to her.

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  1. I read some books where I had that feeling as well, I waited so long to read it and then when i finally did I really enjoyed it. This sounds like a good one! It does sound very unique how you describe this one. Great review!

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