Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (February 16, 2016)
Rating: 5 Motherfucking Stars
Cover: <3 <3 <3 <3
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.
No matter how detailed a map, once we’d visited, we couldn’t go back
New author Heidi Heilig is snatching wigs and ripping edges with her debut The Girl from Everywhere. Not only is it fucking amazing but it’s filled with well thought out characters, diversity and a damn good storyline. So rich with historical elements weaved expertly together with myths and folklore, The Girl from Everywhere is one hell of an adventure.
As if you didn’t know, there is a trend in YA and that is time traveling. Yet where those other books fail, The Girl from Everywhere delivers. It’s engaging with its colorful descriptions and jaw-dropping world-building. Plunging the reader into Present day New York City before whisking you off to 1868 Hawaii, only to be dragged to the Xian Terracota Warriors in China. This book will leave you breathless, while caving adventures on the high seas.
As an added bonus you have Kashmir. One word. Sexy. This beautiful brown brother can get it. Yes I might have finally found my book crush. Not only is Kashmir intelligent, funny, and charismatic but he lights up the pages whenever he’s around. Plus I love the back and forth between Nix and him. I’m shipping this couple so hard because I can’t see Nix with anyone else. Especially, bland vanilla Blake. I think that is his name. Look homeboy doesn’t even register on my radar. That’s how much I don’t care for him. Yeah, there’s a triangle but it’s doesn’t take from the story and it’s not the main focus so don’t get scared away from this phenomenal book.
Anyways I can’t say anymore without giving away the entire story and I really don’t want to do that. I need you to pick up this book and fangirl it with me. If that isn’t enough, did I mention pirates, opium dens, maps and how freaking beautiful this book is. It’s just beautiful and one of the best 2016 debut books I’ve read so far. So do yourself a favor and grab a copy. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.
*Received a digital copy in an exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss.