The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Title: The Girl from Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl from Everywhere, #1
Pages: 454
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: February 16th 2016

       “Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
      As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
      But the end to it all looms closer every day.
      Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.”

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“Mist rose around us like the souls of drowned sailors, and the only sound was the muted hollow music of waves moving along the hull.”

Heidi Heilig’s debut novel, The Girl from Everywhere, is a tale of love and belonging. Nix has only known one kind of life, one lived on her father’s ship the Temptation. With her father at the helm, Nix and the rest of the crew have traversed through time itself, able to travel to lands both real and mythical. But Nix’s father is driven by an obsession, a longing for a time when Nix’s mother was still alive. He’ll do anything to obtain the map that will lead them back to 1868 Honolulu. For Nix, the chance to meet her mother comes with a caveat or two. Will changing Nix’s past irrevocably change her present? With terrifying doubts, Nix is torn between helping her father and protecting herself. Nix’s relationship with her father, Slate, is rocky at best. Slate is taken to bouts of depression, drowning himself in his opium addiction and his inability to let go of the life that slipped through his hands years ago. Slate’s need to see Nix’s mother again, to save her from an early death, is the act of a man very much in love, but for Nix, his lack of concern over the daughter he has now is more of a testament to the kind of man he is.

Nix’s life has always been structured around Slate’s quest to find the map that will lead him to her mother and as their journey takes them closer to achieving this goal, Nix’s desire to find her own place in the world grows. She longs to make her own mark upon the world, to captain a ship of her own, to control her own destiny. Nix never expects any place, save a ship, to feel like home, but the island of Oahu is a mystery and a paradise. It is here that Nix feels a strong connection to the life she could have had. Nix is further pulled into a different direction by the kind artist Blake Hart, who desires nothing more than to show Nix the wonders of Oahu. But her old life holds mysterious of its own, with the ability to Navigate like her father, Nix could choose to go anywhere, and her best friend Kashmir would be more than willing to go with her. Nix must decide where she truly belongs and if anything is truly worth risking everything for.

The Girl from Everywhere is a promising opening to an adventurous series, combining history and mythology into a novel that is sure to delight readers.

Rating: 4/5

★★★★

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6 thoughts on “The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

  1. Is it me? Or has there been an influx of time travel books recently? This one sounds so intriguing because not only can you travel through time, but you can also pierce the veil of reality and the imaginary. I would love this book for the internal struggles that Nix goes through. I’m also very fond of Hawaii. Wonder what it’s like in 1868? I travel there once a year. They have amazing sushi. Do you like sushi? As always, great review Alicia.

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    • Yep, you’re right, time-travel seems to be the flavor of the month in YA right now. Based on your love of Hawaii, I’m betting that you’ll quite enjoy this one. Nix grows quite fond of Hawaii. You know, I’ve never tried sushi before, I’m not a big seafood eater to be honest.

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      • Never. Hmmm. I think it’s an acquired taste for sure. I mean, raw fish, really? Ha ha. I love sushi, both rolls and nigiri style. Mmmm. I think I would really like this book. Great review, Alicia.

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