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.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. There was a fair amount of hype surrounding this, but even still, I didn’t know much going in except that the book involved Hawaii and magical time travel. I can now say I think the hype was deserved.
My favorite part of this book was the writing itself, which I think is quite an accomplishment for Heilig. Beautifully and lyrically written, Heilig’s words flow as sweetly as the Hawaiian breezes she writes of. The novel is soft and quiet, yet musical.
The characters and settings were another great aspect of the book! Everything was so rich and lively. This compiled with Heilig’s writing, which breaths fresh life into everything, creates a beautifully built novel which will pull readers in and keep them engrossed.
I really enjoyed the relationships in this book, particularly the parent-child relationship between Nix and her father, Slate. Ultimately this book is about love and about having to let go sometimes and hold on at other times and I think Nix and Slates relationship and dynamic exhibited that very well and very sweetly.
The romance is sweet, but takes a backseat to other story elements. I will warn you, there is a love triangle, but it didn’t really bother me because it was highly symbolic. One love interest Nix’s lust for adventure and her restless spirit, while the other represents her secret longing to just settle down and truly have something of her own.
There were elements of the story that did bug me, but only a little.
The plot takes a long time to get started. I was 1/3-1/2 of the way through before it truly started to unfold. Despite this, the book passes by fast. At some points the story could feel a little…wishy-washy. At the end, most of the loose ends were tied up, but it didn’t quite feel tight, clean, and crisp. And not in a “there could be a sequel” way, more in just a sloppy way.
The time travel aspect is never fully explained. It’s more just another magical element that is part of the story. If you’re looking for something scientific and laid out, this isn’t for you. This is for the lovers of magical tales.
Ultimately I was very pleased and quite enchanted with The Girl from Everywhere. It was a beautifully written, magical tale which shows Heilig to be a promising new author.