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The Girl from Everywhere

(The Girl from Everywhere #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  15,385 ratings  ·  2,732 reviews
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends,
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
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Heidi Heilig I am still working on a method by which time travel can be made accessible to the general public--the main problem being that I do not yet have a map …moreI am still working on a method by which time travel can be made accessible to the general public--the main problem being that I do not yet have a map from February 2016 in my possession. If there are any Navigators reading this on 2/16/16 or after, please consider bringing a map from your current location to myself, or to Dilara, so we can go forward to your timeline, visit an indie bookstore, and pick up our finished copies of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE.(less)
Heidi Heilig Allow me to be specific so you can make your most informed choice!


There is little sexual innuendo: there are vague wink/nod refere…more
Allow me to be specific so you can make your most informed choice!


There is little sexual innuendo: there are vague wink/nod references to a man's wife cheating on him, but nothing explicit.

There are no four letter swears. ("My god" is used.)

There is reference to the captain's opium addiction, but it is not "glorified."

I hope this helps! If you have further questions, please feel free to ask. Best to you, and the teens in your life :)(less)
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Emily May
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, 2016, young-adult
If you enjoyed Bracken's Passenger and would like to read that book again, then I recommend The Girl from Everywhere. Otherwise, it's best to just add this to the ever-growing mental pile of "boring time travel books w/ romance". And also pirates (strange trending niche?)

The best thing about this book is Kashmir, and that is probably why I tagged on an extra star. He's a funny, charming, intelligent character that brings a much-needed bright spark to this otherwise slow, plodding, overlong story
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I so wanted to love this book, I mean the premise sounds unreal, but I am just so conflicted in my feelings about it. There were things I really liked, but also things I really didn't like. Most of my reading experience was spent trying to figure out what the hell was going on because while the story is descriptive, it doesn't describe what is actually happening, the descriptions just set the scene. I guess my feelings can be summed up fairly easily by saying that I just wanted more. More explan ...more
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Quick Review: Wow. Just wow! I'm absolutely floored by the brilliantly crafted story of The Girl From Everywhere. My favorite part of the novel is a three-way tie between the aesthetic setting, so perfectly captured in both feel and culture, the relationship between Nix and her father, and the premise of time travel in association with the maps.

Overall this book is truly something special and should definitely be a book you check out.

Full Review:

Let me start by saying what a brilliant author He
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-releases
YOU ARE FOREWARNED: There may be spoilers in this review!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Book One of The Girl From Everywhere series
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Time travel. History. Pirates. Three magic words in my book, what could go wrong? I really appreciated the unique premise and there were certainly some enjoyable aspects, but it unfortunately fell a little short for me.

THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE starts with 16 year old Nix aboard the ship, The Temptation. Nix has spent her entire life aboard the ship traveling through time, using maps to navigate through history and mythological places. Her father, the captain, is really only interested in one ti
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

"Sometimes a person has to let go of something to take hold of something else. You always have to choose what's more important."

Sooo.....this book was different. Not bad necessarily, just different. I actually had pretty high expectations for this one, based on the premise and the amount of raving I was seeing from those who had read it already. This also happens to be the 3rd book I've read so far this year about time travel (not sure if maybe that's why it didn't quite hit my expecta
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I went into this book with high hopes and sadly i feel a bit let down right now. I thought that this book would have adventurous moments and action but the plot was so bland in comparison. The characters were very interesting though! Especially Kash <3
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Kash is a charming Persian thief whose mouth is nearly as sharp as his brain. And literally the first thing i thought of when thinking of Kash was Prince of Persia where Dastan was a thief as well. He is such a nice guy and the sweetest part i
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The blurb of The Girl from Everywhere whispered sweet promises of adventure, navigation-based magic, and the flair of Victorian Hawaii. Unfortunately, only the latter was delivered properly.

The adventure was as absent as my excitement with the plot boring me to tears. The magic system of time travelling was barely explained, which is a technique I used in math tests, too: To avoid making mistakes, I didn't solve the equation at all, see?

Thank God there was Kashmir to "save the day" (if 2 stars
Intricately beautiful. I never knew I wanted to read a story about a time-traveling pirate ship so bad. I can't get over the elements that make up this book what it is.

The Girl from Everywhere is brilliantly executed from character dynamics to all the freaking heartbreaking plot twists. Fucking loved it!
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
Heidi Heilig brings you an epic adventure from your wildest dreams with her debut novel The Girl From Everywhere. Seriously, this is like some Studio Ghibli magic, I swear (and this would make a great movie, so you movie makers better hurry and buy the rights to it because it would be BIG). Take a vacation in Heidi's imagination by reading her sea shanty adventure of a book—you won't regret it, this I promise you. There are so many great things happening in this book but I think that the most co ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“No matter how detailed a map, once we’d visited, we couldn’t go back.”

This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t for me.

The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t really feel anything for any of them. I did understand Nix’s worries over what would happen to her if her father went back to the time where she was born, but that was it really.

The storyline in this just
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this was a very unique book. It has great foundations and I definitely want to know more what happens to the characters. I give it a strong 3.5 stars!
Sarah DiMento
I really, really wanted to love this book for its interesting and unique premise. First of all, time travel books- I'm a sucker for them! And aside from that, there's pirate ships, maps, adventurous journeys, mythology... I think this book had soooo much potential, but it ended up being a disappointing. This book is just an odd mix of good things and some not so good things.

This story is about Nix and her father, Captain Slate, and their crew as they hunt for a map that will bring them to Honolu
Aug 12, 2021 rated it liked it

Great world building and some unique characters and locations. I was pulled right into this modern (kinda, sorta) pirate tale complete with an interesting father-daughter dynamic.

As a YA entry, I was pretty impressed. However, a little too much moping around from our motherless young heroine. And her explorer Dad? There were times I would have given him the proverbial heave ho myself!!

Despite some flaws, this magical tale pulled me in. I am certainly reading the next installment… But, man, I

I don't want to bit around the bush, so I'll start from the exciting part at once.

KASHMIR. A thief. A tutor. A dancing instructor. The guy has many talents.

And Mister . . . ?”
“Firas,” Kashmir said, folding his handkerchief neatly and making a crisp bow.
Blake’s brow furrowed as he took in the fine clothes. “A sailor?”
“Her tutor,” Kashmir said smoothly.
Blake cocked his head. “You’re much younger than any of my tutors.”
“Baleh, I am wise beyond my years,” Kashmir said. “And of course I have a natur

April (Aprilius Maximus)
DNF - I couldn't get into this and have decided that if I'm not feeling a book to just let it go, so that's what I'ma do. ...more
jv poore
Beautiful blend of fantastic science-fiction and Hawaii's history and folklores. ...more
♛ may
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
i was confused 65.4% of the time but it was weirdly entertaining. also the narrator's voice on the audiobook was 10/10

i'll think of something semi-funny to write here in the morning, im tired rn ;-;


3.5 stars!!
Nouf *LostinFantasy*
Rating: 3.5/5 stars.
(Torn about that extra half star, though, but I'm leaving it for now.)

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

I always love a good time travel story. But add in myths, legends, ships and pirating, and it becomes even more irresistible to me. I held off reading this book last year because the mixed responses got to me (I know, I should see for myself but reviews can be helpful when you're unsure). But this month - right afte
Heidi Heilig
Apr 23, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-did-the-thing

So I'm reading it again, for one last look, in the purported final form, and i have the maps now and omg.


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Looking for a different take on the time travel theme? The Girl From Everywhere is not your typical time travel book. This novel incorporates maps into the time travel theme and is set in the lush, historical Hawaii. Despite the fact that I loved most of the elements in this book, the pacing was too slow for me to fully enjoy the novel.

The Girl From Everywhere is a time travel book that is unlike the others in its genre. In this book, the characters travel through
4.5 stars

I went into this with low expectations because everyone I knew had the shouty caps sort of love for it.

I loved Nix. She's smart and strong and wants to learn everything she can. However, when it comes to her dad, she's like a little girl, trying to figure things out. Her vulnerability makes her real and extremely relatable. There are some excellent secondary characters. I loved the crew and the little glimpses we got of their personalities. Of course I adored Kashmir and the quiet way h
Oct 13, 2015 marked it as dnf
DNF at 22%

This is perfect example of „it’s me not you“ kind of book. I tried. I started this novel three times but I always ended up putting it away until I faced the reality and moved it to my DNF shelf. It just simply wasn’t holding my attention and I wasn’t feeling it. There was zero connection between me and narrator during those 22% I forced myself to read. (I wasn’t big fan of writing either.)

I’m not sure whether call this combination weird or fantastic but I had very hard time connecting
Michelle Andreani
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OHHH. YOU GUYS. This book. My review cannot express how magical it is. The words are beautiful, the settings so lush and real, I felt deeply rooted no matter their time and place. And as someone who loves myths and legends, I am so thrilled by how they're weaved into this story. The Girl from Everywhere is unlike any book I've read, and I'm very ready to spend more time with these characters! GET EXCITED ABOUT IT.

Also, you should know that Kashmir is my new book crush. Maybe more. I don't know.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight
Oh, where to begin? This book was everything I loved all mushed into one glorious debut. Time travel is usually fun for me, because I like the idea, as a rule. But sometimes it can confuse me. And then I don't like it. But in this case? It was perfect! It was explained well, without being info-dumpy (totally a word, yes?) and worked quite well- save for one tiny instance toward the end that I was a bit lost on, but that's okay. One thing
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was some mind-bendy, myth-nut candy!

Okay, so let me start this by saying, I've weirdly been in a fantasy slump so while this book sounded amazing from the get-go, I was worried now would not be the time to fall in love with it. My slump kept trying to pull me away, but in the end, this book conquered it. YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHERE THIS ENDS UP.

I won't give any spoilers but I'll say this: the back third of the book, for me, pulled everything from the front 2/3s in and then made it explo
Ashley Marie
I'm not big on science fiction per se, especially of the time travel variety. I am, however, a sucker for maps, part of the major basis for how the time travel in this book works, and it didn't disappoint. The characters who inhabit the Temptation have been to all different times and places, some of them even mythological (and (spoiler) there's a tiny dragon to prove it).

This was really excellent. One of the things that stood out to me as far as characterizations was how Nix switched between ca
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Another book where the story has promise, but the execution didn't do it for me.

There were moments where I was starting to connect and waiting for it to all snap together for me...but it never happened. I kept with it for the entire book, almost DNFing so many times. There were parts of the story that held so much promise, but I never connected. The author has talent, but the big picture was a little too all over the place.

1. I think the story had too many elements for it's own good. A lot of t
Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars rounding to 5!

You guys this book. I loved loved it.

If you’re looking for a new fantasy series to fall in love with you definitely are going to want to give this one a read.

Nix is sixteen and was born in Honolulu in 1868… But when her father brings her aboard his ship The Temptation her entire life changed. She’s been to places we can only imagine… both the past and the future, real and imaginary. As long as they have a map, her father can sail them where they need to go. He’s been o
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
So here are the things I really liked:

- time traveling pirates who use maps to travel to real and mythological places.
- diversity (Nix is half chinese, Kashmir is Persian, lots of reference and description to Hawaiian myths and folklore)

Here are things I didn't like:

- characters are really bland...personally i just didn't connect emotionally to any of them. most of them were really one dimensional. the only one i really thought was interesting was kashmir
- so the characters can travel anywhere o
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Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko'olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theat

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