The Girl from Everywhere (Girl from Everywhere Series #1)

The Girl from Everywhere (Girl from Everywhere Series #1)

by Heidi Heilig

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ISBN-13: 9780062380760
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Girl from Everywhere Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 70,606
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii, where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Koolau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark. She holds an MFA in musical theatre writing from New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, her son, and their pet snake, whose wings will likely grow in any day now.

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The Girl from Everywhere 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad I found this book. Great story, interesting language, and an epic journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Girl from Everywhere takes the reader on a great adventure. There many plot twists that keep the reader guessing. I read this book in 3 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story with lots of adventure and characters I fell in love with!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book about what obsession makes you do. What it makes you forget and what it makes you willing to give up. Nix's dad, who can time travel, wants to get back to the time when the love of his life-- Nix's mom-- was alive. He seems to forget, or not care, that if Nix is on the ship with him when he travels to that time, that it could be disastrous for Nix. Their relationship is toxic. She constantly wants his approval and he constantly withholds it because the only way she can make him happy is by finding her mother. I kept marking all these snide comments he makes to her. Comments that don't break her heart because she's used to them. Beyond the drama with her father, she is in the middle of a love triangle. So even though she can't get her dad to love her, she has two boys her own age to fight over her. But she's so preoccupied with her father that she finds the attention strange and doesn't know what to do with it. I think to sell this to my students that I'll need to focus on those relationships instead of focusing on the time traveling pirate angle. I thought it was cool and enjoyable, but I can't think of any of my students who would immediately jump on it for that plot. I'm glad to see something different, though, and enjoyed it. I'm not dying to read the sequel, but I think that I will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the reference to real history and the lush depiction of Hawaii. Wonderful story with a terrific ending.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com More than 1 year ago
The Girl from Everywhere What a clever construct! I have seen similar concepts before – traveling between worlds has become a fairly commonplace one, and the use of maps to do so is not all that terribly surprising a way to do so. James A. Owen’s extraordinary Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica is one of the most obvious comparators – and a personal favorite – so I was a bit uncertain about this one. Before I started reading. After, well, I knew that the concept was in yet another set of exceptional hands. Heilig has crafted a wholly unique world, populated by myth and legend and all too human personalities that are as robust and complex as any I’ve seen. There is time travel, geography, mythology and literature. There are prophecies, secrets, quests, and loves (and lives) lost and found. The book is a glorious journey through worlds and life – Nix’s personal journey is as nuanced and difficult to travel as her geographical one, and the meld of the two makes this a really marvelous addition to the universe of “worlds within worlds” books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books (GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE and THE SHIP BEYOND TIME) are incredible. If you don’t want to read this whole review stop here and just go buy the books. You will not be disappointed. I read each book in two days (and I’m insanely busy and have zero free time…yet somehow this was possible. I simply couldn’t stop reading). I’m not going to describe the plot here, the summary above does a great job of doing that. Instead I’ll talk about why I loved these books. I was hooked immediately by Nix’s voice. This voice grabs you from the first page. Voice is one of those things that’s hard to describe, but for me, this voice is like listening to an old friend. One you wish you got to hang out with more and you just want to spend time with. This is how I’ve felt about series like THE GRISHA TRILOGY, RED QUEEN, A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES and THE LUANAR CHRONICLES. The world is completely immersive and you won’t want it to end. Nix is a great character. She’s smart, tough, vulnerable and kind all at once. You feel her plight and her longing. Her relationships with the other characters, especially with her father, is nuanced and complex. With her father, it’s not the stereotypical teenage angst we often see in young adult novels. It’s unique. Nix also has a relationship with a boy, Kashmir that grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn’t let go. We slowly fall in love with Kashmir as the story unfolds, which makes it feel real and sticks with you after the last page. This is all fine and good, you might say, but what about the plot? Does the plot keep the story moving? The answer is a resounding yes. This story is brilliantly told (I won’t spoil the plot by describing it here though!). Time travel stories are so interesting to me because they are all different. They all have a different method of travel, a different set of rules and complications. The method Heidi devised for her novels is so unique yet so easy to get on board with. Maps that become reality based on the beliefs of the navigator and the mapmaker? I love it. The characters transport themselves to the most unusual places as well as the most common, and watching them fit in in either is so much fun. 2016 NY, ancient China, mythological and real places, they are all delivered with such (not boring) detail that you wonder if Heidi was actually in all of them—and more importantly you feel like you’ve gone there yourself. Also, she weaves in just the right amount of mind-bending time hopping, where characters meet each other in non-linear timelines so you have to stop and get your head around it. Still, she manages to describe it in such a way that it’s never confusing. Just complicated, which is the perfect balance. I’m going to post this review under both because it applies to both GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE and THE SHIP BEYOND TIME. I’d recommend reading them in order, though I suppose you could start with the second…but I can’t imagine why on earth you’d want to skip the first.
mcflywithcheese More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book! A hybrid of historical, mythological, & time travel fiction unlike anything I've read before. Amazing world-building with a cool and diverse cast of characters (Nix, Kashmir, and Slate are my favorites). Nice action-packed ending, too.
pineappletop92 More than 1 year ago
This book swept me away almost immediately from the start! The concept of being able to navigate to anyplace real or mythological via a hand-drawn map was unique and wonderful, and I can’t believe it took me this long to actually read it. I adored the characters and the complexities they revealed about themselves and their relationships with each other throughout the novel, both the good and the bad. They are definitely what drove the story, because even when moments became dull, the characters remained lively and intriguing enough to keep me interested until the next moment of action or excitement. I was a little disappointed with the existence of the love triangle, and there were times I did feel confused because characters would say things that seemed fine to me but apparently meant more to them based on their reactions. While I love subtext, sometimes it helps to have a description of their tone as the speak or the way they hold themselves in relation to the other person with whom they are speaking in order to get a better idea of how they are reacting internally. Furthermore, the time travelling itself created some mind-boggling conundrums that, while confusing at first, were highly interesting once put together. Overall, though, the storytelling itself was excellent with wonderful pacing and great descriptions that built the world spectacularly without bogging it down in too much detail. It was fun, compelling, and difficult to put down or stop thinking about, and I am eagerly looking forward to the sequel! 4.5 stars
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
Oh, this book! It’s definitely one of my favorites of 2016. This is exactly the kind of thinking person’s fantasy that I love best. It’s strange that it took me so long to get to it; I’d been looking forward to it so much that I preordered it in 2015, but then my copy got buried under a pile of library books and borrowed Advanced Reading Copies with due dates. I suppose I could have squeezed it in sooner and rushed through it, but I am so glad I didn’t. This is a book to savor, a world to dive into and hang out in, and even though I wanted to find out what happened next, I didn’t want to leave the spell of the Temptation and her inhabitants. Every character feels like a friend, revealed in all their flawed yet compelling glory. My favorites were Kashmir, who is so much more than just the charming thief he appears on the surface, and Nix herself, whose strength goes far beyond the usual fantasy heroine tropes. This story will stay with me for a long time. And the best part about having waited so long to read this? I won’t have to wait very long for the sequel!
LittlePiecesofImagination More than 1 year ago
There are multiple elements that make The Girl From Everywhere a fantastic read for a lot of people, and I certainly see why there has been so much rave by fellow bloggers and readers alike. I always love a good pirate stories and movie, plus I love traveling in real life and through fitcion to different locations and time periods. At first glance, this book has everything I want in a story, but while some elements succeeded for me, some did not. THE GREAT : - An author who writes #ownvoice stories; yes please! - A half Chinese, half Hawaiian heroine who has some spark and spunk to her, who is thoughtful, kind and on a journey of self-discovery - Temptation's crew is very diverse and I found all of the crew members (with one exception, more on that below) very endearing - Speaking of the crew, I LOVE KASH SO ÜBER MUCH WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE ISN'T REAL *falls into a puddle of feels* - The setting; I have never traveled to Hawaii, but due to the lush and vivid setting, my urge to visit this beautiful place one day is even bigger now (though ofc a lot has changed since the time period when this book takes place and now) - The start of the book was really great: intriguing, fast-paced, filled with longing, funny remarks and even pulls at your heartstrings! - I also liked the very ending and all the possibilities where the story could go - I'm not a fan of Nix's dad, because he dismisses her so much, and it hurts even more to read it from Nix's point of view and seeing her hurt over his constant dismissal, but I did like the vulnerable moments from both of them that peeked through from time to time - I liked that this book featured bipolar disorder and it isn't stated that this book isn't specifically about bipolar disorder but just features a character who is bipolar; it shows well that even in a fantasy/sci-fi world you can very well include neurodiversity and it doesn't have to be left just for contemporary novels THE (MAYBE) NOT-SO-GREAT : - The plot. I was forced to put the book down because of my exams in January, but after that.. I just found it hard to pick up? I was about halfway through by then and every time afterwards when I tried to pick it up, even after my own hardcover copy arrived, it was a struggle, because nothing. was. happening. Or more like, things were happening, but it was still the same thing and next to no progress was made: the same conversations, the same plans, the same everything. Needless to say it dragged a lot in the middle and the latter half of the novel. - The love triangle elements. Honestly, I'm not opposed to love triangles anymore. Weird, right? I've grown to appreciate a good love triangle and they don't bother me that much. I also don't mind Nix wanting to experience something that is not tied to Temptation and just be an ordinary girl. I'm all here for this! (you know.. as long as my ship is endgame..) What I do mind though, is that the blurb (I think the original blurb might have been changed, because I seem to remember Kash's name being mentioned; hmmmmmm) gave no implication of a love triangle and it very much implies that Kash is the only love interest (or at least it was so at the time I requested this book for review). I'm sorry, but I can't even remember the name of this other love interest, because he's so bland and how could anyone ever compete with Kash in these books! It's an injustice in itself, to be honest. The other guy is extremely pushy and annoying; by the time
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I have a feeling that this review will come off kind of rambley at times, so sorry in advance. I don't have much to say on the specifics of this story, but rather it as a whole and how I feel about it in a general sense. So let's get started! This story is basically about Nix and her father, Captain Slate, who are time-traveling, trying to find the right map to save her mother's life. You see, as long as Captain Slate has a map to a location, he can go there. But this map that will save Nix's mother's life is quite elusive, and they're having a bit of difficulty locating it. The catch though... finding this map, which will lead to finding Nix's mother, could also erase Nix's existence all together. What's a girl to do? “Sometimes a person has to let go of something to take hold of something else.” Yay for a hidden diverse book!! I had no idea that I would be finding such diverse characters in this story, and that's what made it that much more special. There are at least four characters in this book that would be considered "diverse", and that just makes my insides all giggly and happy. I love when diversity is so well hidden in a book, and not the main focus of the story... if that makes any sense. Though most of this story was set in the 1800s, there was a small modern New York part in the beginning. And the characters had more of a modern feel as well, which made this anti-historical girl pretty happy. ;) The time-travel aspects were done so well! I don't have much to compare it to since I've only read a handful myself, but I was pleased with how seamlessly this story flowed. I also loved that the story incorporated ships and maps because that's what I was hoping for, so yay! I read a book earlier this year hoping for the same, and ended up with a historical romance instead. I won't mention any names, but I'm sure most of you know which book I'm speaking of. Overall, this was a hit! I honestly didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. Listening to the audio was really fun too, as I loved the way the characters were each so unique. (More about that below.) Overall, I can definitely see what all the fuss is about when it comes to this book. Though I'm not entirely convinced that I'll continue on with this series, it was a lot of fun and it's securely on my "maybe continue" list. (Thanks to Harper Audio for the review copy!)
MariahEllis More than 1 year ago
I guess I liked this? To be honest with you, I don't really know. I think I was expecting more time travel. I did really enjoy that most of the story took place in Hawaii. I cannot think of any other books I have read that took place there. Nix was a very strong and independent character, so that was a relief. Too often girls in books are portrayed and weak and insecure beings who can't do anything for themselves. This really wasn't a bad book. It has a good premise, characters, setting. I think there may have just been too much going on with a lot of different characters and I had trouble keeping them all straight.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
This book just spoke to me, I read the blurb and saw one thing that I liked so it was a no brainier for me, I knew I had to read it and it is also my first time traveling book! And let me tell you all the one that come after this one have to fill to pretty big shoes. Nix is a part of the crew of the ship Temptation, a ship that with the help of its captain Slate (who happens to be Nix's father) can travel through time and space, the only thing needed is a map, be it real or imaginary, you can go anywhere and be anyone that you want, that is all she has ever known, but her father is in search of a specific map, a map that will allow him to save Nix's mom from her untimely death. It was so amazing to me the way real and imaginary things and places kept meshing together, we would travel to real places but use magical object, the way the time traveling works is very ingenious, you get a map from a certain place and the captain will take you there and this is an ability that Nix wants to learn but her father is refusing her so far. The book is interesting with compelling characters and a mysterious story line, it is also very fast pace, it feels like things are happening at all moments and poor Nix and Kash (Nix guy friend *wink wink*) are always running and facing strange and at times dangerous situations. I'm really happy to read that there are going to be more books about Nix and her travels, I will definitely be reading them, I just have to know what they get themselves into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun read! The Girl from Everywhere takes its readers on an exploration of history. Both real history and fantastical history in the form of maps. If someone believed it was real and made a map, Captain Slate could travel there on his ship. But Captain Slate is on a mission . . . to find a map that can take him to Hawaii, circa 1864 when his wife was still alive. Trouble is, his daughter, Nixie, is certain this will erase her existence. I loved this book. I loved the historical aspects. I loved learning about some of the myths and legends that exist around the world, and the practical uses Nix finds for some pretty awesome legendary artifacts. And I especially loved watching Nix, and her father figure out what was really important to them. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to figure that out, and sometimes just an almost tragedy. But either way, this book will take you on a fantastical adventure. Your only disappointment will be that you can't travel on their ship, the Temptation, too! Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reveiw.
ericamchapman More than 1 year ago
"Sometimes fate makes choices for us." Such a UNIQUE story full of history and intrigue. Heilig takes you on an adventure with RICH descriptions and gorgeous writing. Nix, Kash, Slate. Such a fun group of characters to follow. Can't WAIT for book 2!!! YAY!
Gr8rach More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying what a brilliant author Heidi is. Not only is her story engaging, but her meticulous planning and artful weaving of the plot leaves my mind blown with all expectations hit out of the proverbial park. "Paradise is a promise no god bothers to keep. There's only now, and tomorrow nothing will be the same, whether we like it or not." The majority of this book takes place in late 1800's Hawaii, and I love how well Heidi captures the vibes and feel of the paradisiacal island of Oahu. Her descriptions and tenderness towards the setting has me anxious to visit and feel and experience everything just as these characters did. I also really appreciated how Heidi captured the turning point where Hawaii lost more of its Hawaiian charm, culture, and authenticity and became overrun by foreign influence. It's a sad and tragic past, but someone has to tell it. So often it's written off as inconsequential, but Hawaii was annexed and diminished from its natural peacefulness in such a horrid way. The main character, Nix is really intuitive and easy to relate to. She struggles with her warring desires and her idea of home and family. Slate, her father, is quite an enigmatic and complex person. I loved his development in the book. Kashmir is dashing and the wittiest comic relief. The secondary characters were fleshed out and each had their own respective backstories. Mostly everyone was likable too. One of my favorite parts of the book was the evolving relationship between Nix and Slate. Slate's monomaniacal obsession with saving Nix's mother in the past really fractured any genuine father-daughter relationship. I loved seeing their relationship grow, and my favorite scene in the whole novel happens between these two. The romance in this book is kept to a minimum and although it looks like there might be a love triangle forming, it's hardly there at all and won't overshadow the plot or your love for the book. Also this is a duology, so everything will develop and sort itself out in the next book. I was hooked on this book immediately from the beginning. The idea of this story is so well developed and explained. It was fascinating learning about the time travel and the importance of maps. I love how Heidi mixed various fantasy/myth and historical elements into her story. We get to read of places and elements we're familiar with and other creatures and destinations that are innovative creations. Some parts were a bit confusing at times with the time travel, but everything happens for a reason, and all is revealed by the end. There are so many unexpected events in this novel; the unpredictability of this adventure novel was a definite hit for me. I also love the incorporation of diverse cultures placed in the novel. This book could read as a standalone, but there's one more book to give us another amazing adventure with this great cast of characters and a phenomenal author. I can't recommend this book enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, beautiful, and utterly magical! THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE told a completely engrossing story - with perfect measures of adventure, romance, drama, and levity - magical in all the right ways! Heidi Heilig takes us on an epic time travel journey between the centuries, across the globe, to places real and imagined. The writing was exquisite, the characters unforgettable. Basically, there are no words I can say that will truly do this book justice - you just have to read it yourself! I will be very impatiently awaiting book #2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone is talking about this book and for good reason! Let's see, what's not great? There's a time-traveling ship, a girl named Nix, a dash of a guy called Kash, an appealingly diverse cast of characters, and historically rich details on every page. Heilig expertly steers a rollicking story that never forgets to mix adventure with the pressing questions of adolescence (who am I? where am I from? will anyone love me? what happens if I cease to exist?). Nix is lovingly crafted, the dialogue is filled with crackerjack wit and sparkling repartee, and I closed the book hoping that my daughter would want to read it someday. Looking forward to the second book in the series.
kbg127 More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: okay Pros: cool idea worldbuilding author is really nice Cons: I couldn’t connect with the characters hard to get into – I forced my self to finish I think Heidi mentioned on twitter that she made a lot of changes, so I want to read the finished version. Originally on https://bookishlythinking.wordpress.c...
AliLionel More than 1 year ago
Thank you to HarperCollins / Greenwillow Books for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review. After reading my first pirate book, BLACKHEARTS, and my first real time-travel book, THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, and loving both of them, I was really quite excited to read THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately, unlike BLACKHEARTS and TLTSTW, I was not a huge fan of this one. This novel tells of the story of Nix Song, the daughter of a captain who Navigates, or travels through time, with their ship and loyal crew. After the death of Nix’s mother and the captain, Slate’s, wife, they attempt to obtain a map from the time period in which Nix’s mother died in order to be able to go back in time and save her. I wasn’t fully happy with this novel. I felt as if the plot was hazy and that there wasn’t a really good reason for the characters’ actions. There were a few parts in the book where I was really excited to see what was going on, but ultimately, this did not strike the pitch with me. A lot of the action fell flat with me, and I ended up skimming several chapters. Although I wasn’t satisfied with the story, I did recognize the well-done aspects of this novel. For one, the plot was so wholly original; I’ve never read a book like this one. It contains a biracial main character whose aspirations are developed clearly and beautifully. To add on, the relationships that Nix makes with Kashmir and Blake are definitely swoon-worthy. I know many people say that there was a love triangle in this book, but I don’t think so. I believe Nix forms these relationships to fully understand herself as well as the people she’s formed bonds with, and those, undoubtedly, are hard to break. Overall, THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE was a disappointment to me, but it did contain praise-worthy aspects throughout. Essentially, I believe this book had a lot of potential to be amazing, but it just didn’t work for me. If anything, buy the book for its pretty cover and the detailed maps inside. Rating: ★★½ / 5
RayannD More than 1 year ago
(Original full review at rayanndunnell.blogspot.com) Here's three reasons that The Girl from Everywhere might be the book for you: 1. The writing. This novel has that great blend of nice plot, vivid imagery, and immersive quality across the times and places that the characters travel to. The meshing of historical research done for the 1800's in Hawaii and the mythical aspects worked really well here and I felt completely embedded in that setting, while being able to believe all the fantastical things that were happening. 2. History and mythology converge. The travel aspect of this book was interesting and unique. It's not just time travel. The beliefs and legends of the mapmakers can come true when they travel through their maps, so every place that Nix and the rest of the crew go, even if it seems to be same outwardly as one that they've been before can become fundamentally different. Maps of the same place change through the years, through various cartographers or artists, and it really begins to beg the question about what's real. Which version is the "right" one? Does something have to happen a certain way? Can nothing be changed or are you supposed to change it? 3. The relationships. There was a bit of a triangle going on here at one point but I found myself appreciating it because it felt right that Nix should have that opportunity to explore. Just because she has developing feelings for one person doesn't mean that she should be limited, have to be committed completely to them, or even feel guilty at all for wanting to experience something or someone else, even for a little bit. It wound up making the relationship between Nix and a certain other character feel more real for me. But while the romance aspect was great and I loved that development, what really sold me for this book was the relationship between Nix and her father. It was messy and I enjoyed reading it. Nix has a lot of conflicting feelings and is torn throughout this book on where her loyalties lie, where she wants to be, and all of it comes into direct contact with her father and the complicated relationship between them. It's very mature and very real. I identified with the tensions that Nix feels, that understanding, anger, and love all wound up together. Overall, this was an entertaining, immersive fantasy read that had a lot of fun aspects but also a lot of mature relationship explorations that rounded out the story, gave it that something extra to really bring it to life.
sdanielw More than 1 year ago
As someone who doesn't usually like time travel books, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the mix of history, magic, and adventure in this novel. I think the beautiful and fascinating magic system in this book was the main reason I liked it so much better than I was expecting to. Rather than a technical version of time travel that gets hung up on paradoxes and impossibility, this books version of time travel is a mystical (but consistent and logical) map-based magic system. It's focus on belief and imagination puts the fun back in time travel and saves it from tedious ponderings of impossibility. This fascinating map-magic, combined with lovable but flawed characters, gorgeous settings, and a satisfying plot made this book exactly the escape any book about pirates should be!
Madison-s_Library More than 1 year ago
This is a unique fantasy novel, twisting legends with history, all mixed up with a bit of time travel aboard a pirate ship. The characters are just as diverse, from the charming and roguish (and handsome) Persian thief Kash, to our main character Nix, daughter of the captain, navigator and sixteen years of age (even though she was born in 1868). The Girl From Everywhere is vibrant, full of the colours, languages and cultures of the lands the crew of the Temptation travel to, both historical and fantastical. Hawaii plays a particularly large role, and Heidi Heilig's knowledge of the the area shines through the rich tapestry of the world she has created in this story. Unfortunately, the book suffers a little from slow-middle syndrome. The crew of the Temptation are docked at Oahu and instead of traveling the sea to distant and exotic lands become entangled in a political coo on the island. Things quickly speed up again towards the end with plenty of secret plots, ancient warriors and dangerous escapades, but the middle dragged for me a bit. The middle section is also where the love triangle comes into play. Luckily it's not a knock-down-drag-out triangle, but it does prevent Nix from moving forward with my preferred love interest (not gonna lie, I'm Kash all the way). While the end does resolve this particular adventure for Nix and her fellow crew there is plenty of room for future adventures. I love how the time travel aspect works, both the mechanics (maps) of it and the way the past and future loops together. I would love to read about what happens next and what other distant or magical lands to which they could sail. And the end does leave things open regarding Nix's romance story - you think she's made her choice but you know there could always be other developments. Overall, this is a creative and magical book that straddles historical and realistic fantasy with charm and fabulous characters. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely delightful! It's pure adventure, all built around one of the coolest magical premises I've encountered in a very long time. The maps! The maps are so awesome! Why can't I have a time-traveling ship and a collection of maps like that? Nix is a great main character, clever and resourceful, and the characters around her are wonderful too--I just love the idea of a ship's crew of people from all different times and places, some of which shouldn't even be possible, all living and working together as a found family. I also adore the historical Hawaiian setting. Once I started reading I ended up spending an entire day at the beach ignoring the ocean and the palm trees and the blue skies in favor of keeping my nose stuck in the book because I didn't want to put it down. I hope there's going to be a sequel because I want to read more about this magical world and these characters and their travels.