The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig is a beautiful story of a girl and her father struggling to connect with each other while adventuring through time and space. I had really no idea what to expect going in to this book and I was blown away by the poetry of the writing that combined wonderfully with the seafaring Hawaii setting. If you like time travel done well, lyrical writing, and a strong female MC who dreams of captaining her own ship, don’t miss this one.
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Girl From Everywhere from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (The Girl From Everywhere #1)
Published by Greenwillow on Feb. 16th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 464 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.
Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question...
Nix has grown used to her father's obsession, but only because she's convinced it can't work. But then a map falls into her father's lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it's that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.
- I can’t get over how lovely Heilig’s writing is! There are a lot of cool elements of this book, but the writing brings it all together by painting the setting and really capturing each moment. This is one of those books where you’ll just be struck by an astoundingly beautiful and accurate sentence as you’re reading.
- I love Hawaii so I was really excited that we get to see a lot of historical Hawaii. I visited when I was a kid and it was of course wonderful, but the historical glimpse is especially fun since we get to see how Hawaii was like before being brought into the United States.
- Now, time travel doesn’t automatically spark my interest since often it doesn’t really work, but I was hooked as soon as I realized that they travel through time with MAPS of places real and believed on a SHIP! Sea-faring adventure + time travel? Yes, please!
- We all love maps right? Now imagine maps could lead you to the time and place depicted on them, even if the place isn’t technically real! Also, though it wasn’t in my ARC, it looks like there will be maps every few chapters as they use a new map to go somewhere, so all the maps!
- The Girl From Everywhere is really at its heart about Nix’s relationship with her father. It’s tough to read at times, since he definitely has problems, but I liked how things developed and I’m excited to see how their relationship changes in the next book.
- There is a love triangle brewing. It’s possible it won’t actually become a big deal, but there are definitely two love interests that Nix and the reader are drawn to and lots of potential for angst, sigh.
- One of my issues with time travel in stories is when it gets complicated enough to be rather difficult to understand without a diagram. There were definitely some timey-wimey confusing moments that I’m still not quite sure how it all worked out, though I think it does make logical sense if I think about it enough.
The Girl From Everywhere is a fantastic read. My addiction to sailing in fantasies is clearly becoming a permanent thing, but especially when it is combined with time travel. Beyond the great character relationships and captivating settings, however, the writing of this book is what makes it shine. Pick it up if you love beautiful phrasing as much as I do ;-).
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
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