Book Review: The Girl From Everywhere
ashley | What? A ship that can sail any place or any time?! The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig had me from the start and it didn’t let me go, not once. Can I give a book more than a 5 glass rating? Please? How is this Heilg’s first book? It’s so good for a debut! It’s too perfect! I loved it. (Deep breath, calming down now.)
There was a very dreamy romantic feel to the writing here, it was breathtaking and magical without being the least bit cheesy. And there’s just something so intriguing and whimsical about traveling by sea from place to place, from time to time, living like pirates. I just loved the entire tone of this book. It mixed histories, legends, cultures, languages and adventure all into one.
I loved Nix, her stubborn drive, her fears. She was a great character. Strong and independent, but fiercely loyal and flawed. I loved her friendship with Kashmir, who held his own sense of dreamy romance. The more they interacted, as their clever banter and obvious affection for each other grew, I was so drawn in to them. So smitten with Kashmir’s charm, I couldn’t help but root for the two of them as they banded together, always sharing an inside secret or joke, it made me grin from ear to ear. There were certain scenes here that were just so perfect I wished I was watching a movie so I could rewind and rewind again, just to replay the moment.
And then, there was the love triangle. I never thought I would be on board with a love triangle, I’m just as surprised as you are, but I really liked how this one played out. It wasn’t just teen hormones running rampant with opportunity and attention; it didn’t exist just to cause drama in our lead heroine’s life. Both people offered different opportunities, different lives, different loves. And they were both decent guys, or at least they seemed to be, in their own ways. Both genuinely seeming to care for Nix, in their own ways. And while there was a bit of a rivalry and mutual jealousy, they weren’t jerks about it and their issues didn’t once interfere with the task at hand or even distract Nix for one second. I was, for the first time in a really long time, torn by which direction I wanted her to follow her heart. I guess, like them, I’m a fool for love.
I’m fascinated with the concept of time and anything with time travel or time slips immediately becomes an obsession. So it was super interesting to see Heilig’s take on time travel, what the travel could change and impact on the present or future. Not to mention how they travel in this story. It’s so clever and really unique. Loved it! I don’t want to give anything away, but this concept was so well done, it was pretty much perfect.
As grateful as I am for the e-ARC of this, I definitely want to get my hands on a final copy where the maps are included (in my copy, it just says “map to come later”). I can’t wait to see how beautiful they will end up looking and I have no doubt the inclusion of a map will add to the beauty of the book as a whole. Definitely something to look forward to.
Seriously, I want this to be made into a movie. I want to read the next book now. I am making my partner read it immediately and you should too. If I were to recommend one book for 2016, it would be this. I see big things for this, it can be really, really magical. It is really, really magical! Simply put, this book completely swept me away.
TODAY! february 16, 2016