5 Things About Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

April 28, 2016 Review 24 ★★★★

5 Things About Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
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Publisher: Greenwillow
Source: Gift
Pages: 432
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Series: The Gold Seer #1
Genres: 19th Century, Coming of Age, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Western, Young Adult

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.

Girl disguised as boy trope

HELLO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TROPES EVER! I seriously can’t get enough of these stories. Some are better than others and I must say WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER was pretty good. For one thing Lee had to actually deal with her period while on the road with other people! This is a big dilemma and you’d think it would be more mentioned that it is.

Wild West

Ever since VENGEANCE ROAD I have had a mighty need for more YA Western. WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER met my needs. It wasn’t as violent and action packed as VENGEANCE ROAD, and it wasn’t written in such a dialect, but the feel was just as amazing. For one thing there were horses and dust everywhere and a lot of travel which made life pretty gritty. I’m looking forward to seeing how LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS expands the world further.

This is the best

Historical Diseases and Complications

Time for my medical nerd to come out! About halfway through WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER disaster struck when outbreaks of various diseases and problems started to happen and shit got real. This is actually something that was missing from VENGEANCE ROAD. Seeing how they dealt with diseases that have since been wiped out, and how they managed things such as asepsis and disease control and common health problems like childbirth was absolutely fascinating. I am very thankful for modern medical care!

Not as much happened as I expected

The synopsis sets Leah’s gold sensing up to be a massive thing integral to the plot but it wasn’t. I mean it’s important in starting her journey but it’s not a skill she used all that often in the book. The villain barely had a role either. This was disappointing because the gold divining is such an interesting skill and the villain was so creepy I really wanted to see more. I’m holding out hope that WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER was for setting up the world and characters and that the real, overarching plot comes into the forefront in the sequels.


I want to read more Rae Carson

This is my first Rae Carson book and I tell you what I can’t wait to dive into more of her stuff. Her characters were absolutely fabulous and well rounded, and the way she set up and described the world made it easy to imagine. Seeing how much I love fantasy, it won’t be long before I get into THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS.


WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER has further cemented my need for YA Western. While not overly action packed, it was a great book with well written characters. Only thing I’m disappointed by is that Leah’s gold sensing wasn’t as important as expected. Still, I am really looking forward to the sequel.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.3

24 Responses to “5 Things About Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson”

    • Bec

      You do! It was a shame they didn’t go into gold divining much, but I hold out hope for the sequel.

    • Bec

      I didn’t mind the pace so much (I sort of expect it from Westerns) but I really wish a couple more things were explored :/ Time will tell if the sequel delivers.

    • Bec

      I feel like the trope is done a lot but also not much? haha Either way it’s so much fun.

      The book was great overall and that’s what matters in the long run :)

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I have yet to read anything by Carson myself but I own this one and Fire and Thorns…I have no excuse! *hangs head in shame* I plan on reading both soon though :D I’m still woefully behind with my YA western reading but since I own this one, it’ll likely be my first experience with the genre…and I can’t wait! The characters sound fantastic and the setting is right up my alley ♥
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  2. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I completely agree Bec! I love how this focused on an area of history that wasn’t World War Two. ;) And the writing was fantastic – you almost felt like you were traveling the country alongside Lee. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3
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    • Bec

      Omg there are so many WWII books it’s nice to read something different. I much prefer pre-1900’s historical books (well, I also like the 20s).

      Thanks :)

  3. Shanti

    I also really liked Walk on Earth a Stranger. Vengeance Road was interesting too, but I read it back-to-back with Under a Painted Sky and after woeas, so I think I would have rated it higher if I wasn’t westernly saturate. Diseases really interest me too! One quite cool thing was that while I listened to this audiobook, I was on a trip with the American History teacher at my school and he was telling me all these interesting about the politics of the gold rush. I loved your review!
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    • Bec

      I need to read Under a Painted Sky! Hopefully soon. I need to continue this Western binge.

      Thanks :D

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Yayyy I’m SO glad you liked it!! *cheers wildly* RAE CARSON IS JUST AMAZING OMG. I adore her writing style. It is just beautiful and easy to devour yet complex and fajdksaldj. Yup. I’m a rabid fan. Ahem.
    But I was disappointed, too, that there wasn’t any actual GOLD FINDING. I’m definitely guessing that comes in the next book? Which I cannot wAIT for. *Shrieks*
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    • Bec

      I definitely need to check out her fantasy trilogy now! I’ve heard so many good things about it.

      There had better be some gold divining in Like a River Glorious. Lots of it.

    • Bec

      Overall it wasn’t all that similar, beyond the girl disguised as boy trop and the setting/time period. Lee is a very different character to Kate. It has a similar feel (the old dusty road, horses, etc) but less action and more exploration of other historical aspects (such as the diseases and medicine, gold rush, etc).

      Thanks :)

  5. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    You know, even though I have seen HEAPS of positive review for this one … it’s still not on my TBR. >.< But I have a hesitancy when it comes to putting ANYTHING on my TBR now, especially books that are the first in a series. I'm just so aware of the ~80 series that I'm currently reading, and I don't really want to make that 100 any time soon, haha.

    But I'm really glad you enjoyed this one, Bec! It sounds pretty cool overall. I also LOVE the girl disguising as a boy trope, as well. And YAy for it being done well this time, too.

    It's a shame that the gold diving wasn't actually much of a big deal in the book, because the blurb definitely makes it out to be SUPER IMPORTANT. Maybe it'll play a bigger role in the next one.

    I hope you like Carson's other books, and the sequel to this one! Great review <3
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    • Bec

      Which is fair enough, especially considering not all books are for everyone and we have SO MANY to read.

      It better play a bigger role in the next one!

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