The Girl From Everywhere // ARC Review


The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, Published by HarperCollins, ARC received from the publisher through Red Ballon’s Teen Book Club in exchange for an honest review.

“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.”

The Girl From Everywhere is an enchantingly imaginative novel.

girlfromeverywherechpI was entranced by the magic of this book from the very beginning. It is just such a cool premise: a ship that can travel anywhere, anytime, as long as they have a map of that place. And the execution of the premise was so well done. The writing was beautiful and the imagery was so lovely and rich.

I really enjoyed all the characters. I can’t say that I entirely fell in love with any particular one of them, but I really liked all of them. They were varied, their differing backgrounds were interesting, and they all had very interesting relationships with each other.

“I believe in you. Simple enough, right?” 275 ARC

The romance element in this book was alright. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it either. While there was a slight love triangle situation going on, the main character’s romantic situation wasn’t actually a huge part of the book, which I liked.

When it comes to the actual plot of the book, it ends up being as a whole rather straightforward, in a very good way. There are cool details that are more complicated (because, time travel) but they weren’t overly confusing, and everything wrapped together really well in the end. The ending itself was open (there is going to be a sequel!) but also final and very satisfying.

“Everything must come to an end. In every myth, paradise is meant to be lost.” 369 ARC

Overall, The Girl From Everywhere is a very imaginative historical fantasy/time travel book that you should totally pick up once it’s released!


The Girl From Everywhere will be published on February 16th, 2016.

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  1. YES HISTORICAL FANTASY. My fav. plus time travel?! I am so here for books like this. I love that you found the writing beautiful and rich, and the book as a whole imaginative! That is probably the best way to get me to read some thing, it describe the writing style as beautiful with rich imagery. <3 Great review, Tamara!

  2. Yayy I’m glad you liked this one too! I TOTALLY LOVED IT. Although I sometimes got a bit bogged down with all the history? And I kind of forgot this was nearly a triangle. Like, maybe it was? I wasn’t sure with Nix. XD She seemed to never really know what she wanted…bUT KASH WAS ADORABLE AND SASSY. And I loved all the time travel and maps. This is definitely a new favourite for me. xD

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    1. Yes a new favorite for me too! I found the history really interesting because since I’m from the US I know a lot of overall American history, but I knew next to nothing about Hawaii. I loved all the characters, Kash and Nix and… I don’t want Nix to like romantically “pick” anyone – I just want them to all be time traveling buddies. Also, I just LOOOOVE cool maps in general so I can’t wait until I have a hardcopy of this book with its maps inside!

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