Walk On Earth A Stranger Review

that cover so pretty tho *heart eyes* Author: Rae Carson Publishing Date: September 22nd 2015 Series: The Gold S...





that cover so pretty tho *heart eyes*

Author: Rae Carson
Publishing Date: September 22nd 2015
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #1
Genre: Fantasy, young adult, historical fiction

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.



HOLY WESTERNS THIS BOOK WAS GREAT! ROPED ME IN FROM THE BEGINNING! In summary, this girl is alive during the California Gold Rush. She can magically, witchily, sense gold. Which is awesome. But people would steal from her all the time if her ability was made known, so she has to keep that a secret. Murder ensues. Lots of traveling. Girl disguises herself as a boy. Native American prejudices. Some romance. Heat Stroke. The works.

WHAT I LIKED:
What I liked about Leah was that she wasn't discontent with being a woman. She was fine with one day having children and running a home. She's a plain Jane who's a bit rough around the edges so she never thought anybody would ask her to be their wife. But if they did, well, she was okay with that. That's the thing about Leah. She is a woman, but that's not all she is. She isn't waiting around to be a mom. She works hard, and not to prove a point (which I feel is a common theme with girls in books lately. We always have to prove ourselves), but just to live. She's not trying to prove anything. She's trying to survive.



Although she does point out that she's just as capable as any boy, and yet all the men and women expect her to be too fragile to do the harder things in life. And she thought that was stupid, but she wasn't bitter about it. Just frustrated. It's nice to read a character who isn't bitter. 


Great secondary characters. Getting to know all the background and surrounded faces was my favorite part of the story. These characters were so effortlessly human. They weren't paper dolls moved around by the author. They were real people with stories of depth captured by an author. I had great fun getting to know everyone on this western stage.



Female Relationships. Women traveled out west too. Not hard women who could muscle their way across the plains. No. Soft women. Ladies. Little Girls. Pregnant women. All sorts traveled across our country, and they were stuck with each other for months on end. What I loved about Rae Carson's story is she had all the material to create a love triangle. She could have created rivalries between the girls. But no. She stayed true to real life and she forged friendships between these women. It was so refreshing to see civility and friendship among women.


Other things to love about the story: super duper incredibly drenched in a historical setting. GOLD MAGIC! Jefferson. Slow burning, back burner romances. The depth to characters I was convinced were mere shallow side characters. My little church mouse self is very happy to recognize the titles of these books as lyrics from old hymns!

WHAT I HATED:
I wanted more development from Jefferson. There was so much detail infused in all the characters, but with Jefferson, Rae Carson fell short. He's a tall half Native American who's sweet and hard working, but like, what else? What else is there to him? Even Theresa had a goal. She wanted to be able to do more than laundry. So what was Jeff's? He wanted to get away from his life, and he does. So now what? That was his only goal. NOW WHAT GOOD IS HE AND WHERE IS HIE GOING AND FOR THAT MATTER, WHO IS HE?



COULD HAVE HAD SOME MORE GOLD IN IT! Leah can SENSE GOLD! LIKE A SUPERPOWER! THIS STORY IS ABOUT THE GOLD RUSH FOR DUSTS SAKE! I feel like there should have been more gold in the story and more MAGIC! Will that be addressed in the sequel? Will other people have powers? How'd she get the powers? CAN YOU PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS, RAE??



For some reason I did not realize this book would be a part of a series asldkjfa;ldsj DAMNED CLIFF HANGERS! THERE'S A SNAKE IN MY BOOT!


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  1. SAME OMG SAAAAME. I have exactly identical thoughts to you on this one! I LOVED IT SO FREAKING MUCH and I adored how well developed most of the characters were (except poor little Jefferson) and I love how much woman power was in this book. HUZZAH. But yeah, I was weirded out that it turned out to be 99% about the journey instead of the gold?! I'm holding out for a sequel now because I want to see Lee doing the gold thing!

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    1. Hopefully in California WITH ALL THAT GOLD she'll do the gold thing more xD MY EVEN BIGGER QUESTION IS- ARE THERE MORE PEOPLE LIKE HER? I want this explored in book 2!

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  2. I'm disappointed that Rae's power didn't have more to do with the story, but I'm still fascinated by the journey part of this. I definitely need to pick up this book!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. You definitely should! ^_^ The journey was so interesting. Some people complain that it's very slow, but I don't think the author could have helped that. She pays attention to the scenery and history, and to developing her characters. She worded everything so well. So yes, it's slow, but it's a slow you can appreciate.

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  3. also very much enjoyed Walk on earth a Stranger. Did not know it was part of a hymn, tho I did recognize Like a River Glorious. Excellent job reviewing the story. You hit all the high points.

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    1. Thank you so much ^_^ But yeah in the book they sing a hymn at a funeral and the words "Walk on earth a stranger" are part of the lyrics. I recognized the hymn and could sing it, but the lyrics were a little fuzzy in my memory xD BUT I DEFINITELY KNEW THE WORDS FOR LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS ^_^

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