Books · Fantasy · Young Adult

Book Review: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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.

I enjoyed this one, but it was nothing spectacular. The time travel + pirate thing is a pretty cool concept. It’s like Doctor Who, but at sea. (Why weren’t there more pirates on Doctor Who?) Something that really bugged me though was that there wasn’t much of an explanation for Navigation and how hey actually got from time/place to time/place. The explanation we are given is super vague and didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

The characters were okay. Truthfully, I found some of the side characters to be more interesting than the main character, Nix. Her crew mate and close friend, Kashmir, was probably my favorite character, as he had more personality than everyone else.

As I predicted in my First Impression Friday post, there was some romance happening (although not necessarily in the way I expected), which I didn’t care for. Romance in adventure stories don’t always work, in my opinion. My other predictions were incorrect, although I see the potential for them happening in the sequel.

Overall, the story wasn’t bad. If you like light adventure with some romance/love triangle stuff thrown in, then you might enjoy this one.

 

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