Monday, 11 January 2016

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

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21979832-the-girl-from-everywhere?from_search=true&search_version=serviceGoodreads Synopsis:
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.

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


Review:
***I received the ARC eBook from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Phenomenally written so that the world envelops you completely with its beautiful island settings and rich history, I was immediately drawn into this book and the pages kept turning. The mix of time travel (that I’ll admit had me lost more than once!) with mythology (that I love) and history (that never bored me unlike class) worked seamlessly together to create a magic of its own.

Every element was just incredible! In particular, the relationships that had already begun before the book started continued to develop in a way that was so organic and real. Nix’s relationship with her father was enjoyable in that ‘my heart hurts reading this’ way and her relationship with Kash had me screaming at the pages for them to kiss already. Hey, if she decides to go with the other guy I’ll happily step in… Or vice versa since both are definitely swoon-worthy!

In truth I liked every single character and the fact that they were also diverse with different ethnicities is a plus I wasn’t expecting. The rag-tag group of pirates form a make-shift family and it would be an understatement to say that I enjoyed travelling with them because I loved it more than Swag loves to eat pearls (yes there is a dragon that eats pearls!)
Favourite Quote:
“Sometimes a person has to let go of something to take hold of something else.” 

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