I received an e-ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1)
Author: Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Looking for a different take on the time travel theme? The Girl From Everywhere is not your typical time travel book. This novel incorporates maps into the time travel theme and is set in the lush, historical Hawaii. Despite the fact that I loved most of the elements in this book, the pacing was too slow for me to fully enjoy the novel.
The Girl From Everywhere is a time travel book that is unlike the others in its genre. In this book, the characters travel through time using maps. The way that this concept is described is very believable and creative. The characters basically sail to their destination, picturing where they want to go and they are transported there. However, in the eARC version, the maps aren’t available, which was pretty disappointing. I look forward to seeing the maps in the published version so that I can get a better feel for this book.
I adored the setting in The Girl From Everywhere! This book takes place in beautiful Hawaii, in the year 1868. The lush depictions that Heidi Heilig provides in the book will make all of its readers wishing to be whisked off to Hawaii. Heilig is a master of description and her ability to provide such amazing detail to her story is an asset to the book.
Although I enjoyed so much about The Girl From Everywhere, I found that the plot was really lacking in places. It took me a while to read this book because many events just seemed to drag on. This was really disappointing because I had such high hopes for this book. I really enjoy following Heidi on social media and she is a kind, quirky person that can make you laugh out loud. However, this book needed to be a little more action-packed and faster paced for my taste.
The Girl From Everywhere is a unique time travel book set in Hawaii, which brings a different and interesting point of view to the genre. I enjoyed so much about this book, but found the plot to be a bit too slow-paced for me. However, if you are a fan of the time travel genre, do not hesitate to give this book a try!