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.
"As narrated by Nix, it’s 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."
"History and mythology fans will love this fast-moving ride through time, where mythological maps take Nix and the crew to real places with items and creatures true to the map’s design. Nineteenth-century politics involving the Hawaiian royal family and control over the islands create mystery and danger as Nix endeavors to discover her mother’s identity, reconcile with her father, and accept her feelings for Kash, the Persian thief who has become her closest friend on the ship."
My review: 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.