The Girl From Everywhere

The Girl From Everywhere

Book - 2016
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"Heidi Heilig's debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City, to nineteenth-century Hawaii, to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father's ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility. Its witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, multicultural cast, and enchanting romance will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman. Nix's life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix's father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he's uncovered the one map he's always sought--1868 Honolulu, before Nix's mother died in childbirth. Nix's life--her entire existence--is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix's future, her dreams, her adventures. her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who's been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062380753
0062380753
Branch Call Number: YAF HEILIG, HEIDI
Characteristics: 454 pages : maps ; 22 cm

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PinesandPrejudice Oct 11, 2017

What a boring book. I feel like I slept through most of it. Ugh, jus disappointing all the way around. I was expecting something much more intriguing and adventurous but this was just dull. Nix was annoying and rather pathetic for my taste. The Love Triangle was awful and the characters weren't relatable or lovable. It was a weird book about addiction rather than time travel. There wasn't actually a lot of time traveling -- I mean there was some but not enough to keep me interested.

The motivations of the characters were weird. I found their plans and schemes unnecessarily complex. I know little to nothing about Hawaii in the 1800s so more explanation would have been nice. I got lost a lot trying to uncover this myth and that political history. They were bystanders to it all and it wasn't interesting or captivating.

Also, the time traveling system was confusing. I had NO idea how or why it worked. I wanted more of an origin to all of this. You can just travel to any authentic map based on belief?? I'm sorry but that's a lot of hogwash, mumbo jumbo and I couldn't get on board for it. They also went to fantasy places...and they seemed to be the only people that could do this...and yet they didn't really need a ship...and you could travel from anywhere simply based on belief...I just didn't understand a lick of it. I had too many questions and it was distracting from the lack of plot.

Don't waste your time. Seriously, it's not worth it. I won't be reading the rest of the series unless I have to for YA Booktube Awards but even then, you might have to pay me.

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darladoodles
Mar 16, 2017

I was intrigued by the premise of a time-travelling ship and thought this story sounded like great fun. It was an enjoyable tale overall, but I found my self rereading parts of the story as I often felt I had missed something. Only to find later in the story that a tidbit was dropped to fill in that missing piece.

Perhaps it was just a problem of pacing and letting those story details out at the right times. There are many who loved this book and others who felt like I did. It might be that it just appeals more to certain personality types than others.

I did think it the plot for this first book was wrapped up in such a fashion that gave closure yet made you want to see what happens next. I'll give the next book a try -- perhaps I will find out more about his story as well.

AL_LAURA Feb 07, 2017

Awesome time travel adventure involving ships and maps, the author definitely did her research!

JCLCourtneyS Jan 30, 2017

I really liked the world-building, the idea of Navigation, and the characters in this one. I found it very, very slow going for some reason, which meant that I enjoyed it a lot more when I was finished than I did when I was reading it. But it was worth the time!

AL_CATHERINE Sep 19, 2016

A diverse main character, an adventure with time-traveling pirates, a golem army, what more do you need in a book?! I loved it! And highly recommend the audio version fans of audiobooks!

Time travel adventure set in Hawaii? And, with a strong female lead? I'm so here for this book! I love the blend of sci-fi and mythology, and the sweet romance between Nix and Kashmir. Keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel!

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SashaE
Jul 31, 2016

I didn't really like it, I just couldn't get into it, I ended up skipping to the last page.

A time-travelling, swash-buckling, female driven narrative with multicultural non-cookie cutter characters. Hooray!

litriocht Jun 01, 2016

Finally, I have a read-alike to hand to readers of A. S. King's Dust of 100 Dogs! Both King's and Heilig's works are atypical pirate narratives with a strong female character and a supernatural element. In The Girl from Everywhere, fresh maps are needed in order to travel through time to real or imagined places. Expect a sequel.

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Blue_Crow_2
May 21, 2016

Whew it's been a while since I read anything so it took me a while to finish this book (I really need to learn some self-control around netflix...). I really liked The Girl From Everywhere. The main character, Nix, is both strong and vulnerable. She's well-developed, and I could sympathize with her. I also really liked her relationship with Kashmir. It was realistic and sweet and based on a real friendship, unlike the silly romances in most YA novels where the hottest guy imaginable sweeps a girl off her feet.

It might have been because I took so long to read it (and maybe also because my concentration wasn't so good at the time) but towards the end all of the time-traveling and paradoxes got rather hard to follow. I just went with the flow and kept reading because trying to figure out the logistics was too difficult. I still really enjoyed the novel, and would recommend it those interested in topics such as time travel, the past/regrets, and family.

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