[Review] Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson


Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger
Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #1 
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: September 22, 2015 
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Source: e-ARC via Edelweiss
Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion whatsoever nor was I compensated in any shape or form in exchange for this review.

Walk on Earth a Stranger is about Leah Westfall, the daughter of gold miners in Georgia, during the Gold Rush. She has the ability to divine gold from the earth and it has done her family well, though they must keep it a secret because of greedy people. However, when tragedy strikes, Leah cuts off her hair and exchanges her skirts for pants as she runs off to California and away from her home.

I like Leah a lot. She's strong and hard working. She doesn't gel with the conformity of women at the time, especially after she's had a taste of the freedom when she dressed as a man. She is best friends with Jefferson McCauley, a half Cherokee boy who also runs off to California.

The entire novel was basically about the journey to California and while of course, there are many problems and many trials they had to face, there wasn't a clear goal beyond getting to California. When I was reading it, I didn't realize that this was the first novel in a series, so the ending makes a bit more sense to me now. However, I still didn't like it as it left me with a sense of "nothing happened." I thought the novel would have revolved more around her powers and how it factors into her life during the period of the Gold Rush.

So while I enjoyed the novel enough to read it all the way through, I wouldn't subject myself to reading the sequel. I was just kind of disappointed with this novel.

Happy Reading!
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  1. I am glad I have finally seen a couple of meh reviews for this book. I had felt bad about not wanting to read it because it is a Western. I have always hated everything that has to do with cowboys, ranches, the gold rush, and pioneers. Not just books, but movies and music, too. Ha! So knowing that maybe it wasn't all that great makes me feel less guilty. Thanks for the review.

    1. Hahaha! Then it's definitely not a read for you. I'm not a huge fan of Westerns but it's not something that has ever really captivated my interest.

  2. I'm sorry to hear it didn't work for you Ri! But yeah, not knowing that it was the first book in a series while you read it would change the way you read it and enjoy it for sure!

    1. Definitely! Especially since most first books are "world building" books and setting up the world for the rest of the series. Oh well. I'll definitely have to see how compelling the synopsis is for the second book before I decide if I want to read it or not.

  3. Well this is a bit disappointing. I've been wanting to read this one for a while and it just doesn't sound all that great now. I understand it being a part of a series but it should still feel like something happened in this book. Thanks for your honest thoughts.


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