Saturday, 23 April 2016

Review - The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere, #1) by Heidi Heilig

Title: The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere, #1)
Author: Heidi Heilig
Pages: 368
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: 3rd March 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 
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.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bonnier Publishing/Hot Key Books and NetGalley*

Nix Song lives on The Temptation, a pirate ship, with her father (the captain) and the crew. Thanks to her father's ability to 'Navigate', they travel through time via maps.
Nix's father desperately seeks a map to 1868 Honolulu so that he can be with Nix's mother again. Nix lives in constant worry that her father will find a map that works and that she will blink out of existence.
Will Nix's father find his way back to the woman he loves?
How far is he willing to go?

The Girl From Everywhere was an interesting read but I was slightly disappointed.
I was very intrigued by the concept of 'Navigating'. I liked that the map artist's beliefs affected the land they drew.
Nix was a likeable protagonist and I felt sorry for her - her dad was obsessed with finding a map to Honolulu in 1868 and Nix always seemed like a second thought.
I really liked Kashmir (Kash) and he reminded me of Aladdin. He was sweet and charming.
I enjoyed the beginning of the book but lost interest during the middle. The end recaptured me and I thought the story wrapped up nicely. I'm not quite sure what the next book is about but I'm not that bothered about reading it.
I mostly liked the writing style but sometimes I wasn't quite sure what was happening and thought that important things were skimmed over.
I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would.

Overall this was an okay read but I lost interest in places.