Book Review – The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility. Its sparkling wit, breathless adventure, multicultural cast, and enchanting romance will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir and Leigh Bardugo. 

As the daughter of a time traveler, Nix has spent sixteen years sweeping across the globe and through the centuries aboard her father’s ship. Modern-day New York City, nineteenth-century Hawaii, other lands seen only in myth and legend—Nix has been to them all.

But when her father gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. Rae Carson meets Outlander in this epic debut fantasy.

If there is a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place and any time. But now that he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, the year 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.

Review:

Wow, so I don’t even know where to start with this book because I adored it so much. I’d hit around 10% complete and was already recommending it to friends because it was just so fantastic and engrossing.

Now, this book is about time-travel and maps and for those that are not aware, I absolutely adore maps and so will instantly adore anything that uses them as an important plot device and the fact that maps were included in the book just made me even happier. Indeed I want to buy a physical copy of the book just so I can sit and adore the pretty maps even more.

Anyway, the main plot of the story is that Nix’s father is trying to get back to 1868 Honolulu to be reunited with Lin, Nix’s mother, and so they are in a desperate search to first find, then acquire, a map that will let them do this as all previous attempts have failed. In order to do this, they travel to all sorts of wonderful locations, both real and mythological. Most of this novel is set in Hawaii and you can really tell how much the author loves O’ahu thanks to her beautiful descriptions of the people and places located within it.

One thing that I really appreciated about this novel is that at the end, there is a section listing the various mythological items that appear and some background on them, along with mentioning some historical information regarding Hawaii.

I’ve not spoken about the characters yet because it’s so hard to do them justice as I loved them all and the interactions between them all were fantastic. Kashmir is by far one of the best and I would happily read a book focused entirely on him and his adventures as he’s so interesting. I was slightly annoyed at the fact that the book contains a slight love triangle as they’re something I hate, but it was handled really well and didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book at all.

There’s so much I want to say about how much I enjoy this book, but one of the things that made me enjoy it so much was going in knowing almost nothing and being constantly delighted and enchanted on every page. The book is rather long at almost 500 pages, however I had no idea as I read it on my Kindle and just devoured it – I stayed up until around 2am because I just couldn’t put it down.

I highly, highly recommend this novel and for those taking part in the Fantasy Bingo challenge, it fits several squares (I’m personally using it for the time-travel square). Also, at the time of writing, it is currently only 99p on Kindle and that is incredible value for how great it is!

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