THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE
By Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere #1
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (February 16, 2016)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Ages: 13 up
Grades: 8 up
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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.
1. It's like Passenger + Outlander combined.
The back cover says it's also for fans of Rae Carson. I can kind of see that (I've personally only read one Rae book and it was Walk on Earth a Stranger, which was good but not amazing or anything). But if you were on the fence about Passenger (I know some people just weren't feeling it), then THIS is your book. It's like Passenger inched up a couple of notches. There's just so much more to the story, and I found myself lost in Nix's world more than I ever did in Passenger (It was still great though!). Time travelling, in my opinion, can be done either very well, mehh, or not well at all. Heidi Heilig nails this world, her diverse well-rounded characters, the thought out logistics, the action-packed plot, and overall fantastic story.
2. ALL THE SWOONS.
I NEED SOMEONE TO DISCUSS KASH WITH?! Like was I supposed to fall in love with him? Or not? I kind of got confused as to whether I'm supposed to ship them or not, because I'm not so sure that either of them actually know their feelings for each other.......yet. Which is cool, because I like to imagine all the ways they will eventually end up making out and that's THE BEST PART!!!! SOMEONE NEEDS TO WRITE SOME FANFICTION IF THEY DON'T BECOME A THING, OKAY?
3. Absolutely beautiful, lyrical writing.
(aka i wanted to write basically every sentence down in my quote book). Heidi's writing is just gorgeous. Sometimes it got a little long-winded and too descriptive for me (which made me skim a bit), but still overall, really enjoyed the writing.
4. PIRATES, AND TIME TRAVEL, AND MAGIC MAPS, AND THIEVES, AND MYTHICAL PETS, OH MY!!
Not quite how the original saying goes, but this one sounds much better, right? (LIE TO MY EGO PLEASE!) I cannot get over the awesomeness that happens inside this book. First, Nix is the daughter of a time-travelling pirate, which sounds pretty bada**. Then you find out HOW they time-travel and it's by magical maps and they go to these mythical places and bring back all these cool things. AND THE PETS!?! OMG I'M JUST SQUEALING OVER HOW MANY THINGS ARE IN THIS BOOK THAT I'M ABSOLUTELY ECSTATIC ABOUT! AND THIEVES!!!! So I guess Reason Number 1 is actually Passenger + Outlander + Six of Crows? Just trust me all the awesomeness makes this book even more awesome than you can imagine!
5. It will make you (read &) turn its pages faster than you thought was humanly possible!I find myself saying this a lot when I read books that I am really truly enjyoing. Despite the fact that I wanted to read it as slowly as possible, I just couldn't force myself to actually slow down. The need to know what was going to happen next overpowered my want to read it slowly, which tells you just how much I enjoyed it. You know a book is good when you can't force yourself to look away, and start speed reading, right?
Have you read The Girl from Everywhere? What did you think? Do you want to read it? Why? Let's discuss!