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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Hey all, Dani here.

The book I’m reviewing today has a cover that certainly caught my attention. It’s so pretty…and the cover for the sequel is even more stunning. I’m just really glad that the story between the covers basically lives up to the shiny awesomeness that made me grab the book off the shelf.

I’m of course talking about Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson…and seriously, just look at the cover.


Yes, I had to put some of these flowers in the picture too. I bought a bunch of them at Hobby Lobby for Bookstagram photos and I don’t use them as often as I probably should. Anyway, let’s just talk about this cover and how it relates to the book.

Walk on Earth a Stranger is a historical fiction story with a hint of magic that is set in the time of the Gold Rush. The main character has a unique ability to sense where gold is, from little powdered shavings to nuggets or gold bars. Which is handy during a Gold Rush unless other people find out and want to use you to get rich. But seriously, the cover goes so well with the Gold Rush story. Look at all the warm golden hues and the shiny lettering of the title. The picture doesn’t quite do the cover justice, but it’s still just so lovely.


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.

My Thoughts

I’m gonna go 4.5 stars on this one. This is a historical fantasy fiction, though it is light on the fantasy, which actually worked for me. Yes, I really do love nice epic or high fantasy tales, but every now and again I like to look into different takes on fantastical elements. More of the story  in Walk on Earth a Stranger is spent on the actual journey from Georgia to California, and especially on Leah “Lee” Westfall pretending to be a boy, which is a trope used somewhat regularly, but I still find the concept to be a fun one.

And can I just say that seriously, I loved the fact that this story had people going to the bathroom, and for main character Lee there was also her development into womanhood, and trying to continue pretending to be a boy when her monthly cycle hit. Honestly, it was nice to read a book that didn’t avoid the fact that people have to go to the bathroom and deal with other bodily functions. I really appreciated that.

I enjoyed reading about the journey and was surprised by how attached I became to some characters. A great deal of this book was spent on traveling and the hazards of the trail West. In some ways the journey reminded me of my childhood playing Oregon Trail in school. So to some people I’m sure that the read will feel a little slow, and possibly uneventful but I had a nice nostalgic memory attached to this major plot element. There are a few action type scenes, and based on where the story went, I’m sure that the next book will probably have some more intrigue and action.

It wasn’t a blow me away amazing read but it was still really good. It honestly didn’t take me that long to finish it, because I was so intrigued by the basic journey West story. So I’m really glad this cover buy ended up being worth the read. I look forward to reading the next one this fall.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy yourself at basically any book seller. If your local store doesn’t have it, then see if they’ll order it in. Or swing by Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-million, or Book Depository. Book two, Like a River Glorious, will be released September 27th, 2016. And seriously, look at the cover for this one…


*drool* It’s just so incredibly lovely.

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