Review: ‘Walk on Earth a Stranger’ by Rae Carson

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Walk on Earth a Stranger’ by Rae CarsonWalk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 22nd, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Western, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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.

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I didn’t know what this book would entail but I had no idea it would be about women and their roles back in the days where everything was unequal. It super sad sad our main character Lee had to be dressed as a boy to get anything done. There are moments where other side female characters had to defer to their husbands in every way. Like they were property and not a human being. The men and women roles in this one had me reeling! There was just so much sexism I could take. I don’t know how women back then could take it. Maybe only because they didn’t know any better and having equal rights was something they could never dream of.
Rae’s writing is just as vivid and surreal as her other trilogy which I loved so. She paints a picture of families trying to make a better place out in the west. Along the way our characters lose each other or sometimes themselves. I loved reading how much Lee changes and how strong she is to be able to do the things that she does.
This is all about the journey and even though it has some magical elements, it wasn’t the focus. It was about getting to the destination in one piece. I’ve never read about a journey to the western side of America before but Rae Carson has a way with words that gets me interested and enthralled at the same time.
Excellent writing! What a wonderful journey Rae Carson has written. Her characters are so strong and independent! I loved it! A girl who has to look like a boy to make it to California and she naturally senses out gold.. I was enthralled at every page. Read this one for the journey, pick it up because of that gorgeous cover and for the mere fact that it’s Rae Carson!


I am patient. I am a ghost.
The world is a poorer place today, but heaven is all the richer.
When there’s gold to be had, you can’t trust anyone. Not a single soul.
The harm we do others always comes back around.
I miss having people familiar and dear—so familiar and dear that belong with them is easy. Never worrying what they’re thinking or if they care about you or what will happen if they find out who you really are.
Dan was a white man, as white as they come. And nobody ever said he did it because white men are savages. But one Indian does something bad, and suddenly all of them are bad.
I’ve never felt so far from God’s grace. I suppose I am a stranger walking on earth, but I’m not son of God. I’m no son at all.
Men are men. It’s men thinking other men are snakes that’s the problem.
I’d rather be treated with respect than treated like a lady.
I’m treated like I’m nobody again, to be owned or herded or strung along, so helpless and awful that I must be redeemed or married off because it’s convenient for everyone.
There’s not a place in the whole world where everyone isn’t willing—no,eager—to give a girl up to a man.
It’s like I’m not really a person. Just a thing to be tossed around to make men feel good about themselves.
Idle time brings idle thoughts.
Men can be relentless when they think a woman belongs to them.

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1 Comment

  1. Carina Olsen

    December 11, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Yay 😀 I’m so glad you ended up liking this book a lot. <3 I loved it so much. And so happy you didn't hate it, lol 🙂 Thank you for sharing your stunning thoughts about it Giselle. <3
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