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.
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Nix, her father and the crew embark on a impossible adventure in order to retrieve this magical map, they must travel through time, steal a royal treasury and quite possibly irrevocably change the future of Hawaii. Nix was a nice protagonist but I felt she was outshone by so many extraordinary character's, especially the incredible Kashmir, however this didn’t ruin my reading experience it only made my love for Kash grow and look forward to his and Nix’s interactions more and more.
There’s a wonderful and thrilling sense of adventure with this debut, I could have followed these pirates around the world and back again, they’re such a unique crew and I loved getting to know them and their backgrounds and how they came aboard The Temptation. Nix has a strained relationship with her father, which was interesting to read about, I could really see why they clashed but I also understood why they had such strong convictions.
The Girl From Everywhere is beautifully written and the slow introduction of myths and magic only heightened my interest and enjoyment. Ultimately time-travelling pirates just sound all types of awesome and now I'm eagerly awaiting book two!
First I love the concept of time travel on a ship and the power built into maps. Heilig also does an incredible job of world building. The descriptions are beautiful and vivid. The prose is poetic. The characters are complex and intriguing and every time I felt I understood each character's motivation I was pleasantly surprised by their actions. The relationships between all the characters are well thought out and help move the plot at a good pace. I found myself reading some parts slowly just so I could enjoy the ride.
What I liked best: All of it. There is too much to mention without giving away important surprised. The best part of The Girl from Everywhere is the journey and it is best if you just put on your life vest and jump right in.
This book was super interesting, the first few chapters were cool especially the part where the world and the concept of traveling were being established but somehow the pacing fell apart in the middle.
The characters were really interesting as well. I love Nix and her whole personality. Her relationship with his father is a little rocky and it often shifts from daughter to a first mate kind of relationship. Aboard Temptation, her father was the Captain. I really enjoyed the major conflict of the book, wherein Nix’s father was trying to get the map that could ultimately erase her existence and I’m so amazed on how it was resolved.
Kashmir was definitely my favorite. He’s pretty smooth and I found him really lovely yet boldly brave at the same time. I definitely enjoyed the chemistry between him and Nix. I also adored Bee’s character and the fact that this book didn’t shy away from queer characters makes me love it more.
Heidi Heilig’s writing style is one of a kind. I definitely enjoyed the cultural aspects and historical backgrounds tackled in the book. I’m just a little sad that I wasn’t able to see the maps since I read the ARC but luckily, I won a swag giveaway which included one of the maps and I TOTALLY LOVED IT!!
Also, the book totally reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean movies which I really loved! I really can’t wait to read the sequel of this book!
What I Loved:
Though Nix’s story takes readers through a variety of times and places, Hawaii is a center point of the book, particularly the time of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Heilig gives lush descriptions of the land and the people, both native and foreign, who inhabit the islands. The explanations of history and the fictional elements in the author’s note is especially helpful for readers who want to know more.
Nix and her father’s relationship is a fascinating and complex element. Nix is determined and fierce, and she faces many difficult decisions when it comes to her father who is often distant with thoughts of Nix’s dead mother. Heilig skillfully shows Nix’s battle of her own wills as she struggles to understand her father and find her own place in the world.
What Left Me Wanting More:
The premise of a time-traveling Navigation skill is exciting and intriguing, but some may have a difficult time understanding the logistics of it, as only a little is fully explained. However, those who are as caught in the myth as well as the plot may enjoy the added mystery. With the confusion behind the Navigation and certain building blocks of the plot, I personally had a difficult time connecting to the story and being invested in the characters. However, the puzzle behind Nix’s family history and Hawaii kept me reading, as well as the beautiful writing.
Though I had difficulty connecting with the story, the lush descriptions and almost lyrical writing are sure to keep readers turning the pages for more to discover just where Nix’s journey will take her.
This book really was an adventure. The descriptions, action, secrets, myths, and characters made this book a great debut novel. BRAVO, Heidi!!!!
When I first scanned the book jacket, I was hooked. I fell in love with the whole idea of this book. It had all the things I treasure in a good story: mystery, time travel, beautifully described characters and locations, and undiscovered love. I felt as if I were aboard the Temptation experiencing the adventures along with Nix and the crew.
Nix, the narrator, is a character that at first you want to feel sorry for. You know, stuck on a ship with her father and crew as they sail the endless seas. “Farmers may rise to roosters, but sailors rise to swearing.” What kind of life can a girl like that leave? Well, let me tell you. It is now a life that every reader of this book wants to lead: waking to the gentle rocking of the ship in the swaying hammock and traveling wherever the maps take you to search for treasures and answers. Nix views life very differently than most young girls. Her narration of her life makes it so inviting.
Other characters will touch your heart strings or make you want to grab a knife and slit their throats. Their actions and descriptions are perfect in every way. There is just a hint of love, which I hope will be continued in the second book. In THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE the characters make the difference between liking the book or loving it.
The unique way the Temptation time travels will also draw the reader into this new world. I don’t want to cause any spoilers, but you will look at maps in a whole new light. Time travel is not always calm seas, but it is also strong winds and unforgiving oceans. To keep great secrets has negative as well as positive consequences. The crew of the Temptation experience both. There are several plot turns that will surprise and keep the reader very intrigued. The “paradise” they discover is beautifully written and will make the reader want to add it to her bucket list. Heidi’s childhood in Hawaii served her well.
One of my favorite aspects of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE is the “mythological items” seamlessly woven into the story. Heilig’s use of such a wide variety of these including sailor superstitions, legendary creatures, unexplainable magic, and myths from around the world and from forgotten times adds to the mystery and the “impossible” adventures aboard the Temptation.
I am waiting very patiently for the second book, THE SHIP BEYOND TIME, to pop up as available at my public library. I can’t wait to see what is next for Nix, Slate and the rest of the crew.