The Girl From Everywhere
By: Heidi Heilig
Released: February 16, 2016
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed The Girl From Everywhere a lot! So far 2016 has been the year for time travel and pirate ships in books and I have been loving it. This book was no exception and took me along on a memorable adventure.
The Girl From Everywhere is the story of Nix who travels through time with her father and a crew aboard a pirate ship. They can travel to any place in time as long as they have a map of it. The catch is that the map will only work once though. For years, Nix's father has been searching for the map that will take him back to the time before Nix's mother died. However, Nix worries what this could mean for her own existence if her father succeeds.
Nix was an interesting and well developed character who can take care of herself. She's grown up on the ship exploring all of these different places and she thinks of the ship as her home. She also has this complicated relationship with her father and I really liked that whole aspect of this story. Her father is so focused on trying to save her mother that he doesn't pay that much attention to Nix.
There were also so many other fascinating and well developed side characters in this book as well. I loved getting to know some of the crew members and their backstories. My favorite was definitely Kashmir though. Kashmir is one of the crew members and one of Nix's only friends. He's a quick thief too. I loved Kashmir and wanted even more of him in this book. I also loved the relationship between him and Nix too.
The plot was paced fairly well. I felt like it started off on a really exciting note, but then slowed down for a while in the middle. It picked up again during the last quarter of the book though. There were even a few twists at the end that took me by surprise. I loved the locations that Heilig brought the reader to and she did an excellent job with building up the different settings. At times I felt like I was right there on the ship with these characters. I also loved the way that she incorporated history into the plot.
Overall I really enjoyed The Girl From Everywhere and recommend picking this one up! I'm definitely looking forward to going on another adventure with these characters.