Review: The Girl from Everywhere

Posted February 17, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: The Girl from EverywhereThe Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 16th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Historical
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
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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 love maps. I can look at a map and imagine all the possibilities that exist. My favorite books all have maps in the front and I study them. While reading it, I love to flip back and forth so I can see where the characters are and what they are dealing with. My love for maps was an instant connection with this book. I was reading the ARC though and throughout it said Map to Come. I immediately preordered it.

The method of time travel in this book is the most unique I’ve ever seen. It’s fascinating and I can’t stop thinking about it. It gave me such a different view of every map I’ve ever seen; especially maps in fantasy novels. Imagine being able to cruise to Ravka, Ketterdam, or Westeros. All of those are terrible ideas. Don’t go to those places. Go to Hawaii like Nix does instead. In fact, go anywhere! All you need is a map and a pirate ship!

The romance in this book was pitch perfect too. It was incredibly subtle. I loved that it was not the focus of the book at all. In fact, sometimes it was hard to decide if the romance even existed. For me, this was a good thing because it meant that the focus was where it belonged, on the plot. For as subtle as it was, it was also so sweet. There was a little bit of a love triangle but all of the romance was understated so it wasn’t an issue or a concern at all. I am sick of the love triangle trend, but this book instead has one of my favorite things. good friends! Love a good friendship!!

There are lots of pirate books this year, however, underneath the trappings they aren’t really about pirates. This one is no different. The Girl from Everywhere is about Time Travel. It’s about a grand heist. It’s about love. It’s about family, both the family you are born with and the family you choose. It’s not really about pirates. It’s about much much more.

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