The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Published by HarperCollins on February 16th 2016
Genres: 19th Century, Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Pirates, United States, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher (Thanks!)
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, blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility. Its witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, multicultural cast, and enchanting romance 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.
Short and Sweet:
The Girl from Everywhere is such a gorgeous adventure! I’m so in love with this story and can’t wait to see what Heidi Heilig does next! The sequel is definitely one of my most anticipated 2017 releases!
First of all, this story takes place on a time traveling pirate ship called the Temptation. If that isn’t enough to make you run not walk to the bookstore, allow me to elaborate. Nix, our strong-willed MC, was born in Honolulu somewhere around 1868. The exact date is unknown because her mother died in childbirth while her father was time traveling. For as long as she can remember, he’s been trying to get back to a time before she existed to save the woman he loves from her fate. Only, Nix isn’t sure what that means for her existence. Helping her father succeed just may mean wiping herself from existence.
Kashmir, a Persian thief, crewmate and Nix’s friend/love interest, wonders why Nix is so eager to potentially unravel herself from time. Especially because he seems to be very much in love with her. These two have a delicious dynamic that is part flirting, part friendship that I absolutely adored. Definitely one of my favorite bookish couples of 2016. The pacing is perfect and they are equally matched in stubbornness and wit.
One of the most interesting aspects of The Girl from Everywhere is the fact that in order to time travel, Nix’s father needs an accurate, hand drawn map from the exact year and place he wishes to travel. As you can imagine, this complicates his return to Honolulu 1868 quite a bit. And for some reason, even the most accurate maps are failing to take them to where they wish to go. When their most recent map takes them to their destination, but not to the desired time frame Nix gets a chance to explore the place where her parents fell in love. She even meets a mysterious woman who knew her mother. However, before long it becomes clear that her father is not the only person from the past with laser-focus on their own desires and Nix will have to figure out once and for all what exactly she wants.
I loved being surprised by where this story took me. I hate being able to figure out everything that is going to happen and the author gives just enough foreshadowing without giving away her plot. The characters are vibrant and alive and their story arcs are gorgeous, heartbreaking and satisfying. I can’t say enough about how well written The Girl from Everywhere is. For fans of fantasy, time travel and historical fiction, this one will NOT disappoint! Heidi Heilig is a masterful storyteller who keeps the intrigue strong and the twists shocking throughout this lush and original tale!
About the Author:
Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.
She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she’s written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake. They do not own a cat.
Photo by Adrian Buckmaster
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