My Favorite Bookish Maps // The Girl From Everywhere Release Celebration!

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Today is a very special day, in that it is finally February 16th, the release date of many, many books. (seriously. so many books.) Most notably, it is the release day for The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, a super cool book about hand drawn maps, and time traveling pirates, and colonial Hawaii. If you haven’t heard much about this book yet you can read the full summary on goodreads, and if you’re interested in what I thought about it you can read my ARC review!

In honor of this book’s release me and a few bloggers have gotten together to have a blog release party, with each of us posting something related to the book each day this week. As maps are something super important to The Girl From Everywhere, (the book has multiple maps in it!) and because I loooove maps in books, today I decided to share a list of just a few of my very favorite bookish maps. 😊

Elendel from The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Elendel Maplove cities. City planning is so fascinating, and it’s always cool to see how all the roads and main buildings end up fitting together in an urban area. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy peering out of airplane windows as I land in a new city. I love the Elendel map because it is a map of a fictional industrial city that is chock full of detail. All the streets and canals and railways are outlined and it is beautiful. It really looks to me like a real city, albeit a meticulously pre-planned one. (unlike how many real life cities are built) I like how it shows the full picture of where everything is and how the characters can get there, without spending too much time on what each building looks like.

more pictures of this map: official image (with color!)

The Alexander and The Hypatia from Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

illuminaeshipssmallThe illustrations of the space ships from Illuminae are much more diagrams than maps, but I found them much too pretty to leave out. These are some sleek ships. You can tell how the Hypatia is meant to glide more and is more refined, while the Alexander is a little bulkier and made to be roughed up. I also really appreciate the front view diagram for each, and all the information in the little boxes. This is the kind of stuff that really helps me fully visualize a setting.

more pictures of this map: official image (alexander)

carryonmapWatford from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Out of all of these maps Watford is the most fun, probably because of all the color! I love how everything is in different shades of primary colors (even the grays are red or blue toned!) and I think the doodle-ish and wavy feel of it are a perfect way to represent this particular magic school. I also think this map does a great job of giving the reader an idea of all the major landmarks while not bombarding them with too much visual information.

more pictures of this map: official image / @twirlingpages / @thereaderbee

The Witchlands from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

truthwitchmapsmallThe map of The Witchlands is a map of a fantasy world that is simply gorgeous. I don’t really have many comments about this map besides that because I am usually just too busy making complete googly eyes at it. Just look at the curve of the land and the little sea monsters and all the perfect shading! Ahhhh I love it.

more pictures of this map: official image (colored version) / @articbookss / @hafsahfaizal

What is your favorite bookish map?

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The Girl From Everywhere // ARC Review

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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!

4-5stars

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

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