Thursday, 24 December 2015

Walk On Earth A Stranger

Walk On Earth A Stranger

By: Rae Carson
Published: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: Bought
My Rating: 5/5 Stars!


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. (x)

My Thoughts

I really loved this book, I am a huge fan of The Girl of Fire and Thorns series so I knew that I would have to give this book a try. And I am so happy that I did- Carson definitely did not disappoint! If you would like a quick view of the reasons why I loved this book check out my list found at the bottom of this post. Otherwise I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts about it and that they encourage you to check this book out!

Characterization | For me one of the best things about Carson’s writing is how well written her characters are. I mean, the plotline could consist of them making potato soup and it would still be interesting because the characters are so compelling! Lee, the main character, was particularly amazing. She was strong physically; heaving around trunks, hunting, doing hard work and she was strong emotionally (at times). The best thing though was that she was allowed to grieve, to be unsure and scared and timid and worried. She was so well-developed and real, and with that she really drove the story.
But even the side characters where like this, they were all unique and diverse and multi-faceted, some of there were static characters, set in there ways. Some of them changed and grew as the story continued. With Lee as head of the cast and a multitude of well written side characters, this story really took off and grabbed a hold of me!

Setting | To date I have only read a handful of western YA’s , so I found that the setting was very unique. I really enjoyed it though, and I might be a bit biased (since I live in what was the Canadian equivalent of the frontier!) but I thought it was very well done. The pioneers and wagon trains offer such a unique and different flavour that Rae really managed to capture. The setting gave me a hint of nostalgia because as a kid we learned about the pioneers/wagon trains A LOT, and so it made my heart happy to read about it again.

Other | Probably my favourite thing about this story is that there was no focus/no real romantic love interest for Lee. I love romance and enjoy reading about it, but it was really nice to get a story where the focus was on the mc, and on her growth and development. That’s not to say that there are no relationships, they just aren’t focused on romantic love! There were two main ideas that came up several times throughout the book that stuck with me, the first was the discussion about how men want to control/own women (isn’t it sad that this STILL happens?) and the second was all about family. I loved that there were so many different family dynamics that were explored. I loved that there was the idea that not all families are the same, that blood doesn’t make a person good, and that a family doesn’t have to be related by blood. That was just something that I really enjoyed and appreciated out of this story!

Ten Reasons Why You Should Read This Book!
1.       Lee is such an amazing and compelling main character
2.       There is no love triangle/romantic love interest
3.       “confirmed bachelors” aka gay pioneers
4.       Richness of the side characters
5.       The growth of both the main characters and side characters
6.       Serious discussion on how men want to own/control women
7.       The idea that family can be more than blood relatives
8.       Blood relatives aren’t always good people/family
9.       I’m a sucker for pioneers and westerns! 
10. It does THE THING where you get to see the title (I LOVE this)

So in conclusion I think that everyone will love this books but especially if you like westerns, ya, no love interest, and strong well-rounded female characters!

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