The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Book 1 in The Girl From Everywhere duology
Genre: YA historical fantasy, time travel
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This book came out in the early months of this year, and for a while after that I heard so many great things. Eventually I added it to my TBR out of pure curiosity, and when I found a copy at my library I seized the chance to read it. I didn’t know too much about the story other than there was time travel and possibly pirates, but I dove in anyway. I was pleasantly surprised by The Girl From Everywhere, and now that I’ve finished it I can say for sure it’s a new favorite. 😀
I think my favorite thing about this book was the setting. There are brief moments in India and China, but the vast majority takes place in 1800’s Hawaii. It was an absolutely gorgeous place to read about, and while reading I learned a lot about the culture as well. At least, I learned a lot about it during that time period. If I remember correctly it’s also the first book I’ve read set in Hawaii, and now I kind of want to read more. ❤
This is also a great story in terms of diversity. The main character Nix is biracial, her close friend is Persian, and one of the crew members is a lesbian. One of my goals for 2017 was to read more diverse books, and even though it’s still 2016 I think I’m off to a good start. 🙂
Nix was a great lead, and she had a perfect balance of surety and indecision. I admired her bravery throughout and that despite it she didn’t think of herself as above anyone else. She was kind and fierce, and I think my favorite part of her personality was that she was so used to being a sailor that she didn’t really know how to be a normal girl. While in Hawaii she had a handful of awkward moments that I, personally, found kind of amusing.
As for the rest of the characters, they were awesome too. Although Bee and Rotgut didn’t get as much page time as I would’ve liked, I really enjoyed reading about them. Kashmir had my heart almost immediately, and as much as I liked Nix I think he takes the cake. He was my favorite character, and I can’t wait to see more of him in the sequel. For most of the book I despised Slate, Nix’s dad, though I can’t say much without spoiling. I will say he came off as selfish and inconsiderate, though in the last 80 or so pages he did redeem himself somewhat. I wouldn’t say I like him, not yet anyway, but he isn’t as bad in my eyes. And Blake, well, I just don’t know what to think about him. He seemed pretty plain for the first half, and in the second I didn’t know what my opinion was. I had no idea what to expect from him, and his attitude seemed to fluctuate a lot. Maybe I’ll like him more in the second book. *-*
Did I mention I love Kashmir? ❤
I won’t say much about it because there’s really no debate for me, but yes, there’s a love triangle. Nix develops feelings for both Kashmir and Blake, though it isn’t a focal point. Normally I would try to figure out who I liked more, but as I said, Kashmir > Blake, in my humble opinion. 🙂
I also want to say I didn’t entirely see the point of the love triangle, but it’s not too big of a deal.
Describing the story is kind of difficult, but here’s the gist: time travel, a heist, legends and mythology, historical eras, and a wild adventure split between calm the sea and the shore. I must say, it’s slow and kind of confusing in the beginning, but once you get past the first few chapters it’s thoroughly engaging and a book you’ll want to binge. If I didn’t have school, I know I would’ve done just that. 😉
All in all, The Girl From Everywhere was just an amazing book. It was full of all the things I like, and it helped me uncover an unexpected love for time travel. Once I got into the story, I was on a roller-coaster I didn’t expect, and I don’t regret it one bit. The diversity, characters, tropical setting, and integration of mythology made for a unique, wonderful read, and I’m highly anticipating the sequel’s release next year. 😀
I would recommend this to you if you enjoyed Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, or like time travel in general! I haven’t read Passenger, but I’ve heard other people say they’re similar.
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to continue reading None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, and venture out into the cold to have some fun. 😛 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…