on February 16, 2016
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.
In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig has such a creative premise. It’s ultimately one big adventure that a map nerd like myself can’t help but adore. I’ve read a few time travel books but none quite like this one. It has something for just about everyone, action, historical elements, romance, and slight traces of myth and magic.
The time travel aspect of the story is so very imaginative. How do you even come up with something like that? Big props to Heidi Heilig on that. Like I mentioned before, I looooove maps. Maps in fantasy novels are one of my favorite things ever. I must preorder this book just for all the maps that I suspect will be in it, well and because I like the book a lot.
The Girl from Everywhere is pretty hard for me to review. The plot was so intricate and sometimes twisty. I don’t want to accidentally give anything away. I did find all of the characters delightful. Nixie was a fabulous main character. She had all the qualities you want at the helm of a fantasy/adventure story. She was strong and capable. There’s some slight romance but it certainly isn’t the focus of the story. There’s also a small love triangle but it wasn’t a horrible makeyounotlikethebook one. I want to declare myself team Kasmir right now, though. I really enjoyed Nixie’s relationship with her father. It was definitely flawed, but that made it so believable.
I’m excited to see where the story goes from here! This is definitely a debut you want to watch out for! Add it to your 2016 lists now.