The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons,
and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

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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.

How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Fantasy / Science Fiction / Adventure / Historical Fiction

Review: It’s a ship that time-travels, not just in history but it can also go to mystical places. You pretty much didn’t need to tell me anything else because I was already reading Heidi Heilig’s debut before that sentence was complete –
I mean come on: It sounds epic.

And you know what, The Girl From Everywhere delivers.

Just on the world-building part alone I could swoon for a good while…. I mean I adore this premise so much but the fact that it works and that it didn’t once falter and, as a reader I so completely buy into it, is impressive. Heidi Heilig completely makes it work, magical objects included.

The story itself is the journey of Nix’s father’s obsession (who frankly I would have pushed overboard) and how the rest of ship’s crew are reliant on him because nobody can else navigate. (So maybe the pushing overboard wouldn’t be the solution but seriously… grr. I know it’s good when characters get under your skin but poor Nix!)

The Girl From Everywhere is definitely a book you should read.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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