March 7, 2016

Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger (#1) by Rae Carson (Sept. 2015)
432 pages
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: The library.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review

It's time for a goodreads reading update style review! I only do these types of reviews when I start reading a book and just know sharing my reading updates with you will be the best review I can give you. Walk on Earth a Stranger turned out to be a pretty darn good book. Here are my reading updates from goodreads and my final thoughts on this book.

My Final Thoughts: I really did enjoy reading Walk on Earth a Stranger. I liked that it had some good surprises even when the action slowed down for a little bit in the middle. I loved Lee and all of the interesting and sometimes crazy characters she met on her journey. I do want to warn you that this story doesn't have a lot of romance just in case that is what you were looking for. Side Note: Reading this book really did bring back vivid memories of me playing Oregon Trail on the computer when I was younger, which I also love. There was really only one thing that really disappointed me, the lack of the fantasy elements the synopsis promises. I was thinking there would be a lot more times when Lee would be using her gold sensing abilities, but it just didn't happen all that often. However, I do think that will come more into play in the next book, which I do plan to read. Should you read Walk on Earth a Stranger? I think giving this book a whirl would be worth your time. 


  1. I just loved this review! The set-up is so cool! Though the pacing slowed down in the middle, the book just sounds so good! I'll have to pick it up when I can.

    1. Thanks so much Magen! It is totally worth a try!

  2. this book tore me into pieces. I adore it and was one of my favorite reads of the year. I was at work listening to it and tears were just a running and I was like don't mind me i am just feeling all the feels right now. It was towards the end. It was soooo good. It ruined me for other books for quite some time. Can't wait for the next. I think I still need to do a review for this one. Maybe i can't remember. Age is a thing for me now.

    1. This was a really good book full of some very interesting characters. I am glad you loved it so much! I love when a book really hits you in the feels.

  3. okay i just checked I did do the review. I can't keep things straight anymore. argh.

  4. I too really enjoyed this story. Rae Carson's writing is just amazing. However I also agree with you on the fantasy bit, I too expected more of the fantasy side of things with her gold seering abilities. So hopefully you're right and it comes in more in the next books!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift


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