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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“The gold sense sparks in the back of my throat, sharp and hard. It creeps down my throat and into my chest, where it diffuses into a steady buzz, like dancing locusts.”
This was a YA fantasy story, about a girl who could detect gold.
I felt quite sorry for Leah, the things she went through with her parents and her uncle was awful, and what she was then forced to do was also pretty shocking.
The storyline in this was about Leah leaving her home to find gold (there were other reasons but I don’t want to drop spoilers), but I felt like Leah’s ability to feel gold was almost forgotten in favour of other things that were going on during her journey, which wasn’t what I was expecting. The pace was also a little on the slow side for me, and I did lose interest a bit.
There was a little hint at romance in this, but not a lot really.
The ending to this was okay, but there was plenty of room left open for another book or more.
6 out of 10