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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471406652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471406652
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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[A] skillful mashup of science fiction and eclectic mythology, enlivened by vivid sensory detail and moments of emotional and philosophical depth that briefly resonate before dissolving into the next swashbuckling adventure. A nonstop time-travel romp. Kirkus This must-have fantasy adventure will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's Starbound trilogy School Library Journal One of my absolute favourite reads of 2016, Heidi Heilig's debut captured me completely from the first page. A lushly written time-traveling adventure with an imaginative magical twist, real heart and real heartbreak, and a major dash of swoon -- Alwyn Hamilton, author of Rebel of the Sands This beautifully written story full of love, magic, mystery and heartbreak will captivate the heart and mind of any reader Inis Reading Guide The Girl from Everywhere is a stand-out in a year that loved a good time-travel story. (And side note: could I be more obsessed with the cover?) (...) Heidi Heilig's twist of including mythical and legendary places to her lush time-traveling family adventure story is a game-changer, allowing for a collision of ancient stories and real-life history in a way that separates the novel from the rest Bustle.com

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[A] skillful mashup of science fiction and eclectic mythology, enlivened by vivid sensory detail and moments of emotional and philosophical depth that briefly resonate before dissolving into the next swashbuckling adventure. A nonstop time-travel romp. (Kirkus)

This must-have fantasy adventure will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's Starbound trilogy (School Library Journal)

One of my absolute favourite reads of 2016, Heidi Heilig's debut captured me completely from the first page. A lushly written time-traveling adventure with an imaginative magical twist, real heart and real heartbreak, and a major dash of swoon (Alwyn Hamilton, author of Rebel of the Sands)

This beautifully written story full of love, magic, mystery and heartbreak will captivate the heart and mind of any reader (Inis Reading Guide)

The Girl from Everywhere is a stand-out in a year that loved a good time-travel story. (And side note: could I be more obsessed with the cover?) (...) Heidi Heilig's twist of including mythical and legendary places to her lush time-traveling family adventure story is a game-changer, allowing for a collision of ancient stories and real-life history in a way that separates the novel from the rest (Bustle.com)

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I liked this book, just about, but I wish I'd loved it.

The beginning is incredibly promising. Because not only can Nixie and her Dad time-travel with their ship - they can enter parallel, mythological versions of the world with the right maps. It's largely because of this that the book couldn't match my expectations. The story could take us anywhere in time or mythology, and... 70% of the book happens in Victorian Hawaii.

Now, it was nice to read about Victorian Hawaii, and the author's love of where she spent many years comes through clearly. Her prose soars here. But it felt like a door to infinite possibilities had been held open for me to look through, and then slammed shut. Not only are we marooned in mostly one place, but a great deal of the time in Hawaii is spent working out how to obtain a map from a group of pompous gentlemen. I didn't find it hugely interesting. A mini-dragon shows halfway through but has zero purpose (apart from one occasion, but it just feels shoe-horned in), and is forgotten about by the end.

Back to the time travel. I watch Doctor Who. I can just about get my head around River Song. But I really struggled here, which mattered because so much of the plot hinges on the time travel. Nixie's thought-process as she worked things out simply wasn't clear enough for me in this regard, and I was left dissatisfied.

Character-wise, I could read a book just about Kashmir. He's great. Sexy and hilarious. Nixie's less fun but I tend not to notice the protagonist so much when the story's through their eyes. Her relationship with her father was more annoying, in that I couldn't for the life of me work out how Nixie had any love or care left for him at all after sixteen years, given his neglect.
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A time travelling pirate ship? Secret maps, family dysfunction? I thought 'what's not to like?' but this book left me a bit cold.

Nix Song is the daughter of Captain Slate, who can travel through time on his ship ... as long as he has a new map each time. His main aim - to find a map which will let him go back in time to save his wife from her illness and prevent her death.

It sounds great, but something just didn't quite work for me. Nix and her father Slate are well-cast; she's a determined but slightly confused 16-year old, he's a stony-faced guy haunted by the death of his wife. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast aren't as good - Kashmir, deckhand / Nix's tutor / dancing teacher is extravagent and interesting, but the others on the ship kind of fade into forgettability, despite their quirks.

The mechanics of the plot also feel very convoluted - from the appendix, it really feels like the author is trying to make the plot of the book fit closely alongside actual events which happened in Hawaii in the 1800s. It's not very clearly explained and there are times when I struggled to follow it (and I've read the Wheel of Time as a comparative point in complexity!).

I liked the mechanic of the maps, but Slate and his family origins are all very badly explained - there's a reveal at one point during the book, but the timelines are hurried over and really confusing.

I really wanted to like this book.
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By 💥 Vivid TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2016
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It's been a while since I read any time travel stories. I used to read them voraciously but tastes change so it's been a while...

I was looking forward to this one, although it seems to be a YA book and I'm well beyond being considered young adult, it sounded really interesting and I couldn't wait to get it started. In trying to pull my thoughts together on how I felt about it the word that keeps coming to mind is, 'entertained'. I was entertained by it and thought it was a good story, but it didn't suck me in the way I'd hoped it would and for me it was just an 'okay' read.

The story of Nix and her father and the motley crew aboard their time travel ship is well written and I like that it's set around Hawaii which is a bit different to the usual destinations for time travellers, it just seems to have too much going on. Not in a 'hard to follow' way though, more like a mix up of too many genres kind of way. I don't have to understand the mechanics of the time travel to enjoy the story but here it all seems to come down to 'Magic' and it has a fantasy feel which is one of the few genres I don't enjoy much. The romance is good, the mystery is good, the historical aspects are good and if it had stuck to those I might have liked it more, but the addition of a mythical creature didn't really add to the story for me.

It's complex in a good way, well written and there's a lot to like here but I probably won't go further into the series.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2016
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Nix is originally from Hawaii and was born in the nineteenth century. Together with her father and a small crew she travels on a big pirate ship. They don't only sail the seas, they can also travel in time. As long as they have a good map they can go anywhere they fancy. Nix's father has a mission. He wants to go back to Hawaii to obtain a special map. He wants to save Nix's mother, who died after Nix was born, only that might erase Nix's entire existence. Even though Nix knows this mission will be the end of her she still helps her father. Together with her closest friend and crew member Kashmir they come up with a plan to get that particular map. Kashmir is a master thief and has all the necessary skills.

Nix is back in her home country and dreams of a different future for herself. One where she doesn't depend on her father's crazy missions and addictions. She has plans of her own and follows a path that leads to answers about who she is and what the results of her father's actions will be exactly. Is she willing to sacrifice everything so her parents can be together once more?

The Girl From Everywhere is an exciting read about an interesting topic. I loved the idea of a ship that can travel to different centuries. There are so many possibilities. The story is a fantastic daydream about fascinating times and places. I was intrigued from the start. I liked Nix, who is struggling to find her own place in the world. She doesn't belong anywhere, but she also belongs everywhere. Kashmir is great at stealing things. Nix's father needs those skills to bring in money. They need it to buy the maps. As they can travel in time things from the past have value in the future. It's a brilliant way to finance their expeditions. Kashmir is very sweet to Nix and I loved his character.
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