The Girl from Everywhere – Heidi Heilig
1st May 2016, Hot Key Books
352 pages, 5/5 stars
It is no secret that I love time travel books. Earlier this year I gave Passenger a glowing five-star review. But now The Girl From Everywhere has come along to knock Alexandra Bracken’s novel right off its perch. Everything about this book is just fantastic; there is more at risk, the method of time travel is so much better, there is a PIRATE SHIP (called the Temptation, and Nix (the main character) was just absolutely awesome.
Without a doubt, my favourite thing about this book is the totally unique way in which the characters travel through time. They need a map, not only of a place but also from the particular time they want to visit. And there’s a catch – each map can only be used once. Nix’s father, Slate, is obsessed with getting back to Hawaii in the year 1868 – the year Nix’s mother died while giving birth. Nix is terrified of what might happen if he succeeds in saving her mother – will she even exist anymore? And yet she still helps her captain as much as possible. That there was so much at stake for Nix made her an incredibly compelling character to follow.
What I loved far and above everything else was the minimal romance. Nix is attracted to two boys during the book – Kashmir, a crew-member on her father’s ship, and Blake, a young artist in Hawaii. The romance/relationship thing is there and happening, but it is always just a side issue. I was very happy with the final result though!
Speaking of Kashmir, he was absolutely wonderful. He seemed to come from a mythical place, and his beginnings reminded me of Aladdin. He is sarcastic and witty, and totally full of himself – and I LOVED IT!
Slate, the captain, is a little bit annoying – he is consumed by the search for the love of his life, and ignores his daughter almost completely. Nix still makes the effort, but as the book progresses she begins to realise where she ranks on her father’s list of priorities.
Most of the book is set in Hawaii, and I learned quite a lot about the myths and history of that area. I would have liked to see a little bit more of the world – I mean, they can go ANYWHERE! But, there is potential for that in sequels!
Everything about this book was total perfection. If you love time travel stories, this book is one of the best! If you don’t, this book will convince you!
Nix Song is a time-traveller. She and her father use maps to navigate not just the globe but time itself. Their glorious old pirate ship, manned by a rag-tag crew of time-refugees, is stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical and takes them wherever their hearts desire.
But for all the adventure such a life holds, there is danger too. A danger that threatens Nix’s very existence. And when fate and a very particular map take Nix back to her origins, everything she knows is thrown into jeopardy. Including, perhaps, the path to the love of her life…
Lush, thrilling, and exquisitely romantic, The Girl From Everywhere will simply sweep you away.