Review of Walk on Earth a Stranger

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
This post is unofficially titled "Liran Loves YA Westerns Part Two". Because who doesn't love a good western?

Book: Walk on Earth a Stranger

Author: Rae Carson

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult, Western, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? 

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

Review: I must confess that I firmly believe Rae Carson can do no wrong. She's a phenomenal writer who can craft stunning worlds with relatable characters without a hitch. The first in her new series proves this like her gorgeous The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy did.

In essence, this is a story about a girl's journey towards a better life. The incentive is there, and the stakes are clear. I could not have hoped for a better first book in a new exciting trilogy from Rae Carson.

The medley of fantastical and western elements in this novel were exquisite. Everything blended together beautifully! (Which is great because that's what initially attracted me! Who doesn't want to be able to sense gold? I sure do.)

As you would expect, the research Rae Carson did for the novel--which is set during the California Gold Rush--shone through. Historical novels aren't always done right, but this one is. Lee did have to cross-dress to be able to ride alone, as the book takes place during 1849.

I liked Lee. She was strong, she was brave, she was flawed. Her motive made sense as the girl could sense gold, and therefore, making her way to California during the gold rush made sense. Reading from her perspective was great and I enjoyed it! The rest of the characters in this book are also well-developed, emotionally complex people.

This is just a reminder that Rae is an incredibly talented writer, no ifs, buts, or whats. She just is amazing.

Walk on Earth a Stranger is filled with high stakes and lyrical prose that will set it apart from others in its genre. I highly recommend it!

***Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This hasn't influenced my opinion at all. 


  1. Nice review but it's not cool to tempted me like that. I have to much book on my wishlist

    1. Thanks!!! And SORRY!!! ;) I just want everyone to read it!


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