When Bookish Maps come to life! Review: "The Girl from Everywhere" (The Girl from Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

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, blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility. Its witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, multicultural cast, and enchanting romance 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.



"The Girl from Everywhere" fell in my hands around the same time I had started reading "The Passenger". Already being familiar with Alexandra Bracken's writing, I decided to read this one first.
And I admit it; I loved every page of it.

The book takes place on a pirate ship, which has gathered quite a peculiar crew. I think it rivals Jack Sparrow's.

Nix, the daughter of the Captain is a Navigator, meaning that she can use ANY map, real or mythical in order to travel into the timeline/universe the map shows. Clearly, I didn't expect to see mythology and history coming to life here, so that stroked my ego as a historian, wannabe adventurer and had me grinning in every line of Nix's POV.

From a point on the action gathers on Hawaii, which was the other part that drew me to the book. The island towards the end of 19th century had a great set up though the author's eyes and I didn't even feel lost. It clearly was like I was into the scenery with Chinatown, the beautiful dancers and every myth which accompanied the history of Hawaii.

Nix and Kash were my favorites. Nix is a girl who longs to find somewhere to belong, even when her father doesn't even act like one, and the crew becomes her family with Kash being the sneaky, charming thief you would love in a story taking place in a desert.

Though, there is a small indication of a love triangle, Nix is quite an orthologist and in the end of the book, she has settled in her feelings and her destiny as a Navigator.

I loved every part of the book, from the tiny dragon which likes eating pearls to the out-of-this-planet description of the Emperor's tomb, which they found in a map. This is one of the books that stays with you and I have to admit it; if I were to have a ship, a power like this and some maps of my favorite books?

From Air Awakens series by Elise Kova:

The World of Maria V Snyder:

From Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas:

From A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

From The Winner's Kiss series by Marie Rutskoski

From The Remmant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson

I'd dive into them completely! (there were many maps I had in mind but I choose these first. I am still not ready to go into Tolkien or Martin territory!)

About the author:

Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko'olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she's written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake, whose wings will likely grow in any day now.