Book Tuesday: Release Day – The Girl from Everywhere

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Title: The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1)
Author: Heidi Heilig
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Pages: 464
Buy: Amazon

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.

I feel like I’m one of the minority who wasn’t really feeling this book.

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Nix lives aboard the Temptation along with Slate, the Captain and also her father.  With the rest of the crew, including her best friend Kash, they navigate not only the world’s oceans, but time itself.  Traveling from one time and land to another with the help of maps.  The only catch is once they’ve used that map and traveled to a certain place and time, they can’t return.  Slate is obsessed with trying to get back to 1868 Hawaii to save Nix’s mother.  The only catch is, if he does that will Nix still exist? Or will he alter the time line and cast her from existence?  When a proposition arises to get the map that they need, Nix must decide once and for all if she’ll risk her own existence for that of Slate’s love and her mother.

Like I said, as I was reading this I was underwhelmed.  For some reason, it just wasn’t grabbing me.  At times the plot was very confusing especially when you were trying to keep track of what year they were in and what year map they needed.  The climax was entertaining, but I had to reread certain sections in order to make sure I understood what was happening.

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Time travel can be a tricky thing to write about especially since there are no set rules, but I’ve read time travel books before that were better executed and less confusing.

Nix was a likeable enough character.  She wasn’t my favorite and she wasn’t my least favorite.  Kash was a little underdeveloped for me.  He seemed more suave then anything else.  We saw glimpses of his caring nature, but I would have liked to have seen a little more.  Blake was one dimensional for me for the majority of the novel except towards the end.  You start to see how complex his life is and the choices he makes reflect that.  Slate was the most interesting character.  You couldn’t help but feel for him and his tortured heart! At times you wanted to punch him in the face, but then realized why he was the way he was and then you gave him a free pass.  Joss also proved to be quite entertaining as well.

The love “triangle” was a bit forced on all sides.  I use triangle with trepidation because there is one, but yet there isn’t? Overall, the romance just doesn’t seem believable for me, excluding Slate’s.  His love for Nix’s mother was the only believable romance for me.

Overall, I think I was just expecting more than I got with this book.  I think I’ve been spoiled with other time travel adventures and this one just didn’t make the cut.  The plot was a little too slow moving and didn’t hold my attention very long until the very end and even that was a bit mediocre.  I probably should try not to have preconceived notions about a book before reading it, but it just couldn’t be helped!

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