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