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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig eARC {4.5 Stars}

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 eARC {4.5 Stars}

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.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • 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.

Summary:

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 ;-).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

© 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. I’ve been drawn to the cover of this book since I first saw it, but didn’t even know what it was about. I’m excited to find out and glad to hear that it’s as good as I hoped from the cover :)
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    • Right?? I have been waiting for the cover since I saw it first on goodreads and I’m so excited! It’s one I know I’ll need to buy no matter how good the inside ends up being haha!

  2. I’ve been holding off on adding as many buzz-worthy new releases lately, in an attempt to keep my tbr shelf under some kind of control. This one was on my radar but I hadn’t added it on there yet but as soon as I read your review, I went over to GR and added it. You know I love my time travel (when it works) and seafaring so even though I didn’t want to get needlessly excited about this one, I am now officially EXCITED.
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  3. Another amazing review for this book!! I really need to get my hands on it. The potential love triangle brewing is scary but that’s not enough to keep me away.
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    • Yeah, it wasn’t too annoying, though hopefully it doesn’t ruin book two. But the writing makes everything else worth it ;-)

  4. Great review. I enjoyed this one as well. I also loved the setting and the historical elements. I think Heidi’s writing definitely made it come alive. As far as the time travel stuff, I liked it but for me instead of giving you too much this didn’t give me enough which made it confusing. But it was a great read.
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    • I think a bit more details in the time travel would have helped me, it was like too many jumps and not enough explanation maybe? But yeah, it didn’t quite work in my head haha

  5. I’m glad this one worked for you! The love triangle, protagonist and plot didn’t click with me, but the writing is nice. Great review!
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    • I just love prickly protagonists apparently ;-). But yeah, that love triangle threatens to make me dislike the second book, sigh

  6. Oh, I’m so excited to read this one. I’ve only seen good reviews – and not of the usual EUPHORIC kind but actual content-filled reviews from bloggers I like, so it looks like it’s legit (I’m always wary of new releases).
    I’ve never been to Hawaii but it’s on my bucket list of travel destinations. I love books that take place in unique locations. And time travel + ships sounds amazing.
    Thanks for the review, Anya!
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    • Haha, I know exactly what you mean. I started this with no real idea what I was in for and was so wonderfully surprised :D.

  7. This sounds like such a cool story! I’m waiting to hear on a couple giveaways to see if I win The Girl From Everywhere, but if I don’t I’ll definitely end up buying it. :D
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