Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Posted February 8, 2016 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments Tags:

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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi HeiligThe Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Published by Harper Collins on 2016-02-16
Genres: Action & Adventure, Historical, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
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two-half-stars

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

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.

This is one of those perfect examples of an it’s-not-you-its-me book. Everything should have worked, and for some people, it is working. But it just wasn’t for me. Quick warning: There are a few unmarked spoilers in here regarding the romance in the book. 

Overall, The Girl from Everywhere is well written and the time traveling aspect is interesting. I really liked that we got to see several different places in time and that this was a different take on time traveling than I’d seen before. But I did feel that the description of it was glossed over a bit so a lot of faith is given to the reader here to just accept the brief explanation for how it’s done in the book. Especially when there were a few specific rules about the traveling but then not a lot of explanations about how to actually do it. I don’t want to give anything away but it felt that a rule would be created just to add in a stumbling block for the characters, to make their destination just that much harder to reach, rather than having the rules all laid out in the beginning and going from there. If that makes sense. Basically, I want time travel rules to be set and for the plot to happen regardless of the rules rather than the plot going in one direction until another rule is presented and then the plot must move in a different direction. And if you are going to give us rules, I’d really like some sort of explanation early on. I felt for a while I was just suppose to know what was happening with the time travel. And for me, if you’re going to have a specific way of traveling, like needing specific maps for it, I’d like to know that pretty early on. But it was an interesting concept for time travel.

Also, I was so disappointed to see a love triangle in this book. Really disappointed. My favorite part of the book, by far, was Kash. He was fun and adventurous and was clearly in love with Nix. And Nix sees him as her best friend. But then maybe more as the book continues on. And even the synopsis mentions Kash might be her “only love”. That should have been a warning sign. Because just as Nix is starting to understand her feelings for Kash, in walks someone else. And the worst part is, to me, he didn’t even feel like competition for Kash. But he’s obviously there to represent Nix’s two choices, Kash and adventure or this other boy and stability. And UGH. It’s the worst. Really, I thought we were past cliches like this in books. But we aren’t. And the love triangle is definitely going to continue on to the next book. Unfortunately, I’m not even sure I’ll be reading it. I just can’t stand love triangles that are set up like this any more. I don’t want a love triangle just to create drama or tension. It can be done with that. Especially when the synopsis has you wondering not only about Nix’s continued existence but also about losing the person she loves. So a triangle shouldn’t be necessary and it didn’t feel like anything other than an annoying plot device. So, if this is something that bothers you in books as well, I would just skip this one altogether.

I will say that was I hooked from the beginning with this book. I read the first part quickly and really thought I’d love it. So it is an engaging book and if those previous items won’t bother you, I think you’ll really enjoy it. But even the moments between Kash and Nix couldn’t save it for me. And if I’m being completely honest, as soon as I realized a love triangle was happening, I started skimming. So this review is definitely a bit biased but I just can’t do love triangles. Otherwise, I felt like the pacing was a bit off and I really wanted the question of her existence to be more in the forefront. But I really don’t want rag on the book too much because I didn’t actually hate it. When the love triangle parts weren’t an issue, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. I think this is one that you’ll have to decide on for yourself. I know this is one of the most anticipated books of the year, so definitely check it out for yourself if you’re dying for it! Lots of people are loving this one. But it just wasn’t for me.

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