The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig is a YA Fantasy Novel set in many different time periods throughout history, both real and mythological. The story is centred around a girl who, along with her father and some crew members, including the very attractive Kash and a woman who’s wife is dead but still communicates with the living, travel through time and around the world through the use of particular, dated, handwritten, original maps.
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.
A large chunk of this book is set in Honolulu, which I absolutely loved: the culture was so rich and it is a place in the world that one does not often read about. Honolulu is the capital of the Hawaiian Islands and in this book, is still its own independent Kingdom…. just. One thing that I found really interesting about this world was all the little nuances to do with navigating. For example, you can go to the same place twice, but never with the same map.
Nix is a cool name. That was one of the things that first intrigued me about this book, apart from the beautiful cover. And the cover really is spectacular. Speaking of characters, the crewmembers of her father’s ship is great: eclectic, funny, diverse, you name it they were it. Maybe that is a slight exaggeration… they weren’t boring or stupid or…. well, you get my point.
The writing was pleasant, easy to follow and quite fast-paced, although nothing stood out as particularly unique. This is is definitely a contender for my best book of the year spot and I want everybody to read it!! Absolutely everyone! But especially if you enjoy YA Fantasy with a little bit of romance and a lot of somewhat-normal, not-as-unhealthy-as-you-might-think family dynamics.
That’s all for now and sorry for the absence, I have been really busy with the move!