Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

GirlFromEverywhereThe Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Published by Greenwillow Books on February 16, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel, Historical, Romance 

Pages: 464 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

I’ve been dying to get my hands on The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ever since I first discovered its existence and it was such a wonderful story. With stunning locales, a ship traveling through time, a girl finding herself, and a dashing thief added to the mix, this book has so much going for it. I found the first person narrative jarring at the beginning but Heilig’s writing was so beautiful I quickly fell into the story. Lush details and historical information goes straight to my heart and I was beaming while reading.

The method of time travel in this story was absolutely brilliant! Using maps whether to real or fictional locations to move through time was so inventive. I loved that there were actual ground rules to the whole endeavor. A map would have to be hand drawn with good detail, dated, and new to the crew for navigation to work properly. It was well thought out plus we got some amazing maps throughout the book. What can I say, I’m a sucker for maps!

I was fascinated by these characters and the dynamics between them. Nix is very much trying to find herself in a world where her father wants to go back to a time before she existed. Her relationship with Slate, captain and father, dripped with difficulty and emotion and it was so well handled. They rely on each other whether either of them cares to admit it.

The crew of the Temptation forms the rest of this familial bond. Kash, is the most charming, sassy thief I have ever had the pleasure of being introduced to. Every time he said ‘Amira’ my heart may have skipped a beat and his friendship with Nix may be the most endearing thing about him. Their banter was A++! Even Bee, Ayen, and Rotgut though less prominent made the ship feel like a home.

Overall Heidi Heilig’s The Girl from Everywhere was a glorious story of adventure and discovery moving through time on the Temptation. With so much historical detail and lush settings, this story just jumps off the page. I’d say come find your new book boyfriend but Kash is mine and I will fight anyone for him. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves YA, history, adventure, and maps. Go pick it up!

Favorite Quotes

  1. “Paradise is a promise no god bothers to keep. There’s only now, and tomorrow nothing will be the same, whether we like it or not.”
  2. “His eyes were so inviting that for a moment, everything in me wanted to reveal this part of myself, as though the truth was a butterfly, wings fluttering, green and gold and quivering to be free. I was a closed book, a rolled map, a dark territory, uncharted; I was surprised by my urgency, but after all, to be known was to exist.”
  3. “Sometimes a person has to let go of something to take hold of something else. You always have to choose what’s more important.”
  4. “When I was young, I learned to expect loss. Every time you slept, something disappeared. Whenever you woke up, someone else was gone.”
  5. “Love makes fools of us all. He has to believe it will work, because he’s in love.”

So, have you read The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig? Are you fascinated by maps or time travel? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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