The Girl From Everywhere will get your heart racing!
Book Review: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Title & Author: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Time Travel
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Series: The Girl From Everywhere #1
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. 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. ”
YA + Time Travel
As I mentioned in an article here, one of the YA book trends of 2016 is time travel.
So far I’ve read Passenger and Into the Dim (review to come), and now The Girl From Everywhere.
What I loved best about this story was that the majority of the book is based in Hawaii. There is definitely still romping around time and space, but I liked that there was a “base” in a historic version of this tropical paradise.
I also really enjoyed Nix as a main character. Slate is her father and the captain of the ship and is on a quest to go back in time and save Nix’s mother. Doing so might lead to Nix’s life changing irrevocably, but it’s a risk he’s willing to take…whether Nix approves or not.
I appreciated that this story involved a huge father/daughter relationship dynamic, however, the full implications of Slate’s actions were downplayed at times. With Nix’s whole future in the balance, I expected more tension or SOMETHING from the both of them.
It should also be noted that The Girl From Everywhere takes a more fantasy approach to time travel than some of the other books. Slate needs a map hand-drawn from the time period and place he wishes to visit.
I enjoyed this version of time traveling and have not experienced that before in the fantasy genre or time travel subset.
While I intellectually enjoyed the aspects of the book I previously listed, I never felt an emotional connection to the story or characters. I will say that I read The Girl From Everywhere in stops and starts, and I can’t help but feel like that affected my reading of this book.
I know for sure I wished the stakes were higher. A lot of the book’s build-up was to fix a temporary situation and not some of Nix’s bigger problems. I just didn’t sync with that part of the story.
Finally, there’s a love triangle situation I was just not feeling at all. Give me one boy, or give me death (said in a founding father’s voice).
While I struggled to feel an emotional connection to the book, there’s no denying that this is one action-packed adventure will pique a fantasy-lover’s interest. However, for me The Girl From Everywhere doesn’t stand out from its contemporaries.