ARC Review: The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig

Book Blurb

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, 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.
In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Nixie and her father Slate are on a mission and they have a unique way of going about it. They use printed maps to help them time travel. Slate is trying to get back to his true love, Nixie’s mother, who disappeared right after Nixie was born and while Slate was away on his ship. It is his obsession and he will do anything to find an authentic map to take him back to that time.

Nixie knows that her father is obsessed about her mother and doesn’t care what he does to the rest of their crew in order to find her. Nixie is done and plans to leave as soon as he teaches her how to Navigate. She knows no other life.

They are able to buy a map through an auction at Christie’s that appears might work. The captain is ecstatic and wants to leave immediately. However once they make it to the kingdom of Hawaii, Slate realizes the map didn’t work and they ended up later than he wanted to.

Nixie takes some time and explores where she was born. She is a bit torn thinking about what could have been. She meets Blake, who lives on the island. He seems intrigued with her and even shows interest in her. She is tempted and confused. She has Kashmir and her feelings for him are something she has never admitted. So what is a girl to do? She gets involved with an opium dealer from her mother’s past, plots to steal a map and rob the treasury of Hawaii.

She develops a plan and leads the captain and crew to a special place. She is able to get what she needs, but the whole plan hinges on everyone doing their parts. Unfortunately things don’t go the way they are supposed to and hard decisions have to be made. Nixie has to decide to stay or go.

This story wasn’t what I expected but once I got into the plot I couldn’t put it down. It was a unique adventure. The story was a bit confusing in the beginning but as it unfolded the dynamics of the characters came to light.

The relationship between Slade and Nixie was strained. I felt sorry for her. She felt that she was a means to an end. The reader could feel her frustration and unhappiness.

The other members of the crew were quirky and fun. Kashmir was hilarious and you knew how he felt about Nixie. She is confused about her feelings, a normal sixteen year old girl in that aspect.

There are several points of history mentioned which added to the story. The history of Hawaii was interesting as was the clay soldiers of Ancient China. A very cool story and I hope to see more adventure with Nixie and her crew. I give it a 4 out of 5.

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