Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Released: March 3rd 2016
My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads
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.
(from Goodreads)

--> *very mild spoilers*

I had mixed feelings about The Girl from Everywhere. While there were some really enjoyable aspects, I was let down by pacing and other frustrating parts of the book.

I think my main problem with this book is that I found it a little boring. Nix was the main character, and I liked her a lot, but I did also struggle to connect to her with her a bit (I think because I pretty much questioned every one of her decisions – like at the end, why would she not tell people about the thing?!). It was interesting to read about her relationship with Slate, but at the same time, it frustrated me so much because he was a terrible father in general and the fact that he would not teach her to Navigate – ugh! Obviously, the ending was him trying to make up for his past mistakes, but eh. Is it bad that I’m still reluctant to forgive him? I also found it really hard to believe that after everything he’d done and his years of obsession, he would end up making that decision. It seemed out of character. But maybe I’m just heartless and have no faith in humanity…

Kashmir was a great character, and I only wish we could have seen more of him (and I wish we had some more Nix and Kashmir moments!). He was often a voice of reason, which I appreciated, and was one of the most likeable characters. I actually wanted to find out more about him…the same could not be said for Blake. Blake was the second love interest (yes, there’s a love triangle, I’m sorry) and he was just odd. He seemed to like Nix way too much way too quickly and I couldn’t tell if it was because of the time period, or because he was just weird and slightly creepy. Either way, I wasn’t a fan of Blake, really.

The time travel parts of this book were the bits I enjoyed most, as well as learning about maps and how everything worked. I was interested in finding out more about Joss, and Nix’s mother, too, and I wanted to know why the rules of time travel worked the way they did (perhaps more to be explored in the next book?). I did find the pacing of the book to be very slow at times, however, which I think contributed to me feeling it was a bit boring. There were also a few things which I would have liked explained more so I could have a better understanding of the world the characters were living in. At times, it was slightly confusing, so I think expanding on a few concepts would have helped.

Overall, this was generally an enjoyable book, but I didn’t love it. I will probably pick up the sequel, though, because I’m invested enough to want to know where the story is going.

2 comments:

  1. I'm still curious to read this one - but I do hate when you can't relate or understand the main characters decisions. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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  2. Well damn! I was looking forward to this one. I'm so sad it's confusing and slow. Why do the hood sounding ones always disappoint?

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