Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

March 12, 2016 Review 32 ★★★

Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 464
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Genres: 19th Century, Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Pirates, United States, Young Adult
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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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

“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.

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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.

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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.”
“Really?”
“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.

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Rating Report
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Overall: 3.3

32 Responses to “Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig”

  1. Ari

    This sounds quite interesting! That’s a shame there isn’t as much travelling in this novel. Great review xx

  2. Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic

    Glad you enjoyed this more than the other time travel books you’ve read recently! I once tried reading the TimeRiders series by Alex Scarrow which has really good ratings and I couldn’t even get through half of the first book, so although I love the concept of time travel I haven’t read many and the ones I have tried reading haven’t been that good. I want to give this one a go still as I’ve heard some good things! Great review! :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you! :) I haven’t heard of that series, but it sounds like that may be a good thing? xD Time travel books are tough to pull off.

  3. Wattle

    This one sounds like it has a few flaws but was good all the same. Finally, a review of a time travel book that isn’t ‘well that wasn’t very good’ lol I quite like the premise, think I’ll have to add it to the list. Thank you for sharing :)
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  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Well it looks like you had one successful time-travel read, one middling (this one^^) and one fail. I’m definitely going to read Passenger but skip Into the Dim. I’m still on the fence about this one though. On the one hand, I’ve read some really positive reviews, but I feel like there are just as many reviews like yours who felt there wasn’t enough traveling and that the plot was slow for a big chunk of the book. I’m still curious though about the details so I might check it out…but I’m not in any huge rush :) LOVED the gifs you used^^ Lego Batman and Hook. WIN :D
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    • Alise

      Haha yeah, it’s interesting how that happened. I don’t think you can go wrong there! This one is worth the read if it ends up in your hands or if you get it from the library, for sure. Anything else is totally up to personal opinion I think, Thanks :D

    • Alise

      You can always give it a try :) I’m the same way, I think I’m at 2/4 when it comes to me liking time travel books.

  5. Annika

    Maybe the next book will include more travelling? I’ve seen this around but it hasn’t actually clicked before that there are pirates in it! I feel like I do need to read this now, even if the going starts a bit slow :) Thanks for the review!
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    • Alise

      I hope so! Actually, as the characters will say, they aren’t QUITE pirates xD Sure, thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Joy // Joyousreads

    I felt like I was burnt out from reading time travelling books in the past that I couldn’t pick up another one just yet. I do like the originality this one offers, though I’m a little wary of the slowness of the first half of the book.

    I’m glad it sparked your interest in time travel again, though. :)
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    • Alise

      Man, do I understand that feeling. I unknowing obtained three time traveling books for review and I was getting really tired of them after the second. It’s going to be awhile before I revisit this plot device.

  7. Aila @ Happy Indulgence

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one despite having read Passenger and Into the Dim! I haven’t read ITD yet but I like how all these incorporate time travel, yet in such different ways. I also enjoyed the diverse and unique characters as well – and that ending! Definitely leaves a bit to be desired. Although it makes me excited for the sequel!

    • Alise

      So true, they really are all different. This one and Passenger kind of share the method of time traveling being the same but still have a lot of differences. Yeah!

    • Alise

      Yeah, I hope traveling plays a bigger part in the sequel. I tend to try out many books at the library before I buy them as well.

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