The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Published by: Greenwillow Books on February 16, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Romance
Plot: To a Navigator, a map isn’t just a piece of paper. It is a pathway between reality and belief, because a Navigator does not travel to where a mapmaker has shown a place to be, but to how and where they believed it to be. Nix’s father, Slate, just happens to be such a person, but while he can navigate their ship to any place a map will take them, there is one place that still eludes him: Honolulu, 1886. Getting there would mean that Slate will finally be able to save Nix’s mother from death, but it could also alter the course of history and erase Nix’s existence…
Review: Let me start out by saying that Heilig has some serious skill. It takes a delicate hand to create a world that is both culturally authentic AND entirely unique. She totally nails it. Heilig weaves together myth, culture, and historical accuracy in such a way that readers won’t always know where the facts stop and lore begins. It goes a long way towards creating a set of characters whose circumstances feel completely plausible despite the fantastical elements of their adventure. The Girl from Everywhere also has a little bit for everyone. It reads like a mash up of historical fiction and fantasy with a touch of romance (but nothing too cheesy), and that makes it extremely palatable for a wide range of readers. I enjoyed every page and cannot wait for the sequel!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Who Should Snag It: I highly recommend this one for reluctant readers and fans of time travel, mythology, and historical fiction.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*