Saturday, January 30, 2016

Walk on Earth a Stranger by: Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger by: Rae Carson

Edition: Hardback
Pages: 432 
Published: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Purchase: Amazon | Bookdepository

Goodreads Synopsis: 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:
This book follows Leah Westfall, a Teenage girl living in Georgia with her parents on a small homestead during the Gold Rush era.  But Leah carries the burden of a secret that her and her family has kept since she was a child, she can sense Gold around her.  This is a wonderful gift since her ability to sense gold has brought in money for her family, but when a big event happens in the beginning of the book Leah finds herself traveling across the country to find the one person she can trust the most.

Walk on Earth a Stranger is not like any book I have read.  Going into it I didn't really know what the story was about, but because it was so popular in the book community I decided to give it a go, and I am glad I did.  This book starts out with so much drama and action that it keeps you entertained throughout the whole story.  Most YA novels take almost half of the book to truly get into what the whole story was about, but Rae Carson wasted no time in that aspect and for that alone she gets two thumbs up!

Leah is a character that I didn't have to learn to love, but instantly cared about her from the beginning.  She was so strong and no matter what she went through or what people did to her she kept going and never gave up.  I also feel that I have learned a lot about what the people had went through during this time period.  For instance, the Native Americans and African Americans had it pretty rough.  The Native Americans were usually to blame when things went wrong instead of the people finding the real cause of their problems.  But this is to be expected during this time period.

I really liked most of the characters, although sometimes it was hard to keep up with each person because Leah came in contact with so many people.  My favorite characters have to be Jeff and Leah, but I also came to like Mrs. Joyner, and Major Craven.  All in all, I would definitely recommend this book.

*Like a River Glorious, the second book in the Gold Seer Trilogy is expected to be released on September 27th, 2016 .

Final Verdict: 5 stars

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