Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
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 TAKE ON THIS BOOK
I wanted to read this book because the plot was different and new for me. The plot takes place in the mid 19th century where our main character Leah( or Lee) has the ability to sense gold in the world around her( pretty cool right!!!). The book starts with Leah putting her excellent hunting skills to use to hunt a deer and in the process gets a gold rush when she senses gold in the surrounding areas. She has kept her family safe but after her parents are murdered she flees her home to California as she believes her Uncle(guardian) is the one responsible for her parent’s death and he wants to take advantage of Leah’s powers for himself.
She disguises as a boy and she leaves her home with her beloved horse,Peony. She decides to follow her best friend, Jefferson(who doesn’t know her secret). She hopes to find Jefferson at the independence as he said that he would wait for her there. On her way there, Leah faces a lot of problems but she finally meets Jefferson. The book shows her journey to California, meeting new people, hiding her secret, battling her feeling for Jefferson and not be found by her Uncle.
I loved Leah’s character, she is a total bad-ass heroine( added to my list). Loved that the author has portrayed her as a strong female character. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Leah is brave, strong, level-headed and determined. This book shows us that women are not to be taken advantage of. We get to see how Leah faces all the problem in a level-minded way. Liked how Leah didn’t just accept Jefferson’s proposal immediately but takes the time to figure out their relationship. The only time Leah lets fear into her mind is at the mention of her Uncle or the possibility of him finding her.
The minus for me was that there wasn’t an element of surprise or twists in this book. I felt the book would have been better if there was a major cliffhanger at the end. I didn’t find any sparks in the slow romance between Jefferson and Leah. More than half the book covers her journey to California. It was more like a journey book.
I really loved the way the author has described the different issues such as sexism, homosexuality, discrimination… in the book without it being over the top. The first book in this series gives a good start to the sequels.
You need to read the book for the amazing journey of Leah Westfall. It’s a story of survival and adventure with a gorgeous cover and it’s a RAE CARSON BOOK!!!! What more do you want?…
Also check out my review of the second book ” Like a River Glorious” in this series!!!:) [Back-to-Back Review]