The Girl From Everywhere, by Heidi Heilig
Published by: Greenwillow Books (February 16th, 2016)
Series: The Girl From Everywhere #1
Genre: Fantasy, Time Travel, Romance
Rating: 4/5 stars
Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveler. 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 received a e-arc copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. this doesn’t affect my opinion about it in any way.
spoiler free review
i really enjoyed reading this book. it was everything i needed. every time i start reading it i feel like i’m going on a wonderful, diverse adventure.
i admit i was a little bit confused at the beginning of the book, but i quickly understood the plot. the thing is that it was simple and yet complicated (this might make no sense, and i don’t know if you understood what i mean).
i loved the fact that The Girl From Everywhere contained cultures from, well, everywhere. it contained arabian, persian, hawaiian and many more culture, and was very (VERY) happy to find kashmir (one of the main characters) talking arab and french (and persian), two languages i speak in my daily life, so i understood what he was saying without having to go back to the end of the book to know the meaning (i didn’t know there was a meaning of words in other languages until i actually finished the book anyway).
i felt like the author’s writing was improving as i was going through the story. as i said before, i was a little confused at the beginning, and i think that’s mainly because of the writing style, but it gradually improved, and i love it when an author improves in writing.
in some parts of the book, i felt that the characters were -in some way- disconnected. there was something missing about the relationships and friendships between them. i can’t say much about it without spoiling the book.
i don’t know if it’s just me, but i felt like the love triangle was…useless to the story? i don’t know, i felt like it doesn’t affect what was happening in any way. it was just…there. i think that whether there was a love triangle or not, it wouldn’t have added much to the story anyway.
the ending was frustrating. there was a lot of questions not answered. but i saw on goodreads that there was a sequel coming out next year. well, i’m hoping it will answer all my questions.
overall, i enjoyed reading the book, it was what i needed, and it did not fail to impress me, even though some parts were frustrating. i highly recommend you to go pick it up, it’s an amazing adventure.
we’re moving to a spoiler filled discussion, so if you haven’t read the book yet, don’t read this part. i have warned you.
well, this was a really great adventure. from new york to hawai to china to (again) hawai. wow, i feel right now that i traveled in all these places. and it’s amazing how you can also travel to myths and legends. such a great idea! loved it!
when i talked earlier about the disconnection between characters, i meant the relation between kashmir and nix, and the one between nix and slate.
i mean, the relation between kashmir and nix was confusing. sometimes they acted like (best) friends, sometimes like a couple, so i didn’t know what to think about it. i prefer them to be friends though -just saying.
and the relation between nix and slate didn’t feel like a relation between a man and his daughter. they were acting more like friends. is it because he’s a captain? i really don’t know. i may be the one who haven’t found why.
i really loved that twist when they actually didn’t find nix’s mother at the end. very good plot twist.
however, I NEED ANSWERS. or maybe it’s just me.
seriously, what happened to mr.hart? what happened to swag? i loved swag! is that all? nix didn’t find him?
and who did nix end up with at the end? am i the only one who doesn’t know?
i need answers, and i’m going to -probably- have them in one year. it’s too long for me. i can’t wait this long. MY BRAIN NEEDS ANSWERS.
this is so frustrating. but oh well, overall i thought this book was pretty good. it was worth the read, and i really enjoyed it.