The Girl From Everywhere

The Girl From Everywhere

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Characteristics: 454 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062380753 (hardback)


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List - Sailing the High Seas
JeffcoTeens Aug 16, 2018

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.

List - Whovians, rejoice!
JeffcoBooks Aug 24, 2018

A fast-paced adventure led by a girl attempting to secure her own existence. How? With her father’s ship that sails through time, of course!

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JCLAnneG Aug 18, 2020

I love the idea of this book. Find a map of sometime in the past and travel to it - even if it's a fantasy land. Being able to go anywhere and everywhere, but Nix is still worried about where her father is obsessed to going - to save her mother and possible make it so she doesn't exist anymore. Romance, time-travelling and pirates mixed together. It's a light-hearted read, and fun for the ride.

Jan 10, 2020

I expected so much more from this book. It was cool at first, but I found the plot too predictable and couldn't finish it. The concept was fascinating though, and the characters weren't too bad.

Tigard_LisaE Aug 27, 2019

This entertaining tale follows Nix, a 16-year-old daughter of a Chinese woman and a white "navigator," a man who can transport himself, his ship, and his crew across time and space to any location, as long as he has an authentic and accurate map. Nix has spent her life journeying across time and around the globe, including to mythical lands that are not after all, fictitious, as long as you have the right map. However, a deadline looms as her father may finally have the means to travel back to Honolulu and save her mother's life in a move that may erase her own. She must decide whether to go with him and risk oblivion, or continue to journey on her own. In the mean time, there's a heist, a love triangle, and a confusing but thrilling journey to Emperor Qin's tomb. The author takes a deep dive into the 19th century Honolulu history, highlighting white colonizers' intentional efforts to erase Native Hawaiian culture. However, that culture is still seen very much through the lens of a white admirer. The book is rich and fun, though I was haunted by some inconsistencies and left with the sense that the author either didn't fully explore or intentionally withheld some details about how this world works.

Apr 09, 2019

I enjoyed this tale from start to finish and love that there is a follow up book to it. Friendship, time travel, romance, what more can I ask for.

DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

A clean read. Time travel adventure with a little romance. It did a great job of showing the priceless value of friendships. It didn’t sweep me away but it provided a good storyline.

Oct 11, 2017

What a boring book. I feel like I slept through most of it. Ugh, jus disappointing all the way around. I was expecting something much more intriguing and adventurous but this was just dull. Nix was annoying and rather pathetic for my taste. The Love Triangle was awful and the characters weren't relatable or lovable. It was a weird book about addiction rather than time travel. There wasn't actually a lot of time traveling -- I mean there was some but not enough to keep me interested.

The motivations of the characters were weird. I found their plans and schemes unnecessarily complex. I know little to nothing about Hawaii in the 1800s so more explanation would have been nice. I got lost a lot trying to uncover this myth and that political history. They were bystanders to it all and it wasn't interesting or captivating.

Also, the time traveling system was confusing. I had NO idea how or why it worked. I wanted more of an origin to all of this. You can just travel to any authentic map based on belief?? I'm sorry but that's a lot of hogwash, mumbo jumbo and I couldn't get on board for it. They also went to fantasy places...and they seemed to be the only people that could do this...and yet they didn't really need a ship...and you could travel from anywhere simply based on belief...I just didn't understand a lick of it. I had too many questions and it was distracting from the lack of plot.

Don't waste your time. Seriously, it's not worth it. I won't be reading the rest of the series unless I have to for YA Booktube Awards but even then, you might have to pay me.

Mar 16, 2017

I was intrigued by the premise of a time-travelling ship and thought this story sounded like great fun. It was an enjoyable tale overall, but I found my self rereading parts of the story as I often felt I had missed something. Only to find later in the story that a tidbit was dropped to fill in that missing piece.

Perhaps it was just a problem of pacing and letting those story details out at the right times. There are many who loved this book and others who felt like I did. It might be that it just appeals more to certain personality types than others.

I did think it the plot for this first book was wrapped up in such a fashion that gave closure yet made you want to see what happens next. I'll give the next book a try -- perhaps I will find out more about his story as well.

JCLCourtneyS Jan 30, 2017

I really liked the world-building, the idea of Navigation, and the characters in this one. I found it very, very slow going for some reason, which meant that I enjoyed it a lot more when I was finished than I did when I was reading it. But it was worth the time!

ArapahoeCatherine Sep 19, 2016

A diverse main character, an adventure with time-traveling pirates, a golem army, what more do you need in a book?! I loved it! And highly recommend the audio version fans of audiobooks!

Jul 31, 2016

I didn't really like it, I just couldn't get into it, I ended up skipping to the last page.

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