Review time! I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. So, after calming myself down a notch, after all, i really wanted to read this book badly, now it’s time for me to review it, so let’s do this!
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Genre: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, YA, Fantasy.
Pages: 464 pgs
Publisher: GreenWillow Books
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.
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.
My opinion on the book:
Okay, so where do i start? To be honest, although i’ve been waiting for the book for a while and i really wanted to read it, when it started and it talked about a ship, time travel and getting a map i thought the book will be as any other ‘get the thing’ book. I was wrong. Well, they do have to get the thing, but it is done in such an inventive way, it’s very interesting.
Most of the story is set in Hawaii which gave it a so needed change of place in Young Adult books, it felt refreshing. Also, the great amount of POC in the story couldn’t feel better. I would like to include the fact that having many characters who were in fact, POC felt right and pleasing.
Since this is the first book in the series, many stories and characters weren’t fully developed, but i’m looking forward to the next books in the series to know more about these fascinating people.
Of the characters we did get to know a little better i have to say i fell in love with Kashmir, and i’m already otping him with Nix, although i believe things will get more interesting in the second book if we take count of
[spoilers]. No, but seriously, the guy calls her Amira (princess) all the time, and my heart was like exploding each time. Although i’m not quite sure how old is he really, maybe i missed it.
About Nix; oh, i enjoyed reading about her. Finally, a main character without the annoying hero complex. Nix knows her place in the ship and in her father’s (the ship’s captain) life. She is a pretty regular sixteen years old girl, having to do some stuff for her father, but still being a normal gal. Can’t wait to see where the story takes her next.
On the plot; although it looks as many others stories, the author manages to make the turns in the book interesting and mostly unexpected. I couldn’t put the book down because i needed to know what was coming next all the time. Seriously, you have to let the book the chance to show you what it has to say, before you think you ‘already read this plot.
In conclusion, a very interesting and fascinating beginning to a new series. I cannot believe now we have to wait until somewhen in 2017 to get the second book, but i’ll sure be waiting for it to read asap.
Enjoy the reading!