The Girl From Everywhere
(The Girl From Everywhere #1)
By: Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination. As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix. But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence. For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters. She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear. –Goodreads
Time travel is always a tricky topic to tackle. To be honest, I watch it more in movies that I read in books. To use sailing at sea and looking at maps drafted in whichever date to be the basis of the time travel is a very clever idea and a nice premise. The question that lies in time travel always plays with how much the characters can change history without consequences or if you were to go back to history, what would be the barriers? In this case, the main goal is for Nix’s father to find a way back to his wife before she died, except every time he finds a map, it doesn’t work where we soon see the reason behind it while Nix also sees the difficulty already and the sacrifice that he has to make.
On that premise, The Girl From Everywhere executes the time travel very well. The ship sails to and from the past and into the future making whatever is the present irrelevant to them because their lives are lived through each map they go to. The best part in The Girl From Everywhere is that if a map is real that is drawn from a so-called fantasy land, they can travel there also which leads us to one of the characters on the boat who is somewhat of a love interest and a mentor to Nix called Kashmir. In fact, the best part of The Girl From Everywhere is the character design and development along with the setting being in Hawaii.
There is a great few moments related to their whole mystery at hand and the goal of finding the maps and their little missions. However, where the book falls apart is in its relationship map. The father and daughter relationship works to a certain extent. There are hidden hints of romantic scenes that become more abundant as we near the end but they always feel very disposable. Its not a necessity to make this story work. In the end, Nix’s character doesn’t seem to care too much about it either because all she desire seemingly is desire and to not live in fear that her father will risk even her existence and well-being. It makes sense for her character which puts her romance into the back seat.
Another fault is the slow pacing that it starts the novel with. It definitely picks up nearing the halfway point as there is a more dangerous events and some more intriguing side characters show up. There’s a lot of potential set up in this first book for a series to work. Its fairly self-contained as well which makes it very nice to read.
Goodreads rating: 4/5
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