Release Date: February 16th 2016
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Genres: 19th Century, Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Pirates, United States, Young Adult
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.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.
“You must have seen a great many things in your travels, Miss Song, but having known nothing else, I can promise you this island is unique in all the world. And everything unique is worth preserving.”
After reading and enjoying PASSENGER and reading and disliking INTO THE DIM, my patience with time travel books was wearing thin. Luckily, THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE brought in a few new aspects that held my interest.
Given a map, Nix and her father can sail to any place at any time. However, not a lot of traveling actually happens in the plot. Nix’s father is obsessed with obtaining the one map that will reunite him with his lost love, and much of the book focuses on him in Honolulu trying to find this map. I felt like this storyline should have been more of a secondary plot in the main plot of them time traveling because it wasn’t really strong enough to base a 450 page novel on.
“Sometimes a person has to let go of something to take hold of something else. You always have to choose what’s more important.”
Needless to say, I went into this book expecting a lot of traveling, but we mostly stay in one setting for a large majority of the book, which greatly brings down the pacing. It’s not exactly slow, but not a lot happens until the last 60% of the book. I wanted to visit more locations, especially since the possibilities were endless. I do have to say the parts where the characters were on the ship were really fun.
The writing was great though, it was descriptive but easy to read. The characters are unique and diverse, and although we don’t get to know too much about the side characters, they have a lot of potential and I wish they had been given more attention. There are two love interests but I’m not sure it’s a full love triangle. At least, it’s without too much drama and angst. Plus one of them added some much needed humor.
“For treason?” he said, running a comb through his hair. “We wouldn’t go to jail.”
“We’d be shot.”
“You always know just what to say.”
THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE ends kind of abruptly but everything is wrapped up well, for the most part. There will be a sequel, but this book tells a complete story on its own.