Book Review | The Girl From Everywhere

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi HeiligThe Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig

Hardcover, 454 pages
Published February 16th 2016

3.5/5 stars

This book was a beautiful whimsical adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed! Though I did end up having a few issues with it overall.

The beginning of this book is phenomenal! I was immediately immersed in this world of pirate ships and time travel and maps and maps and more maps! All things that I love of course. However, the middle of the book because far less interesting to me. Again, I did enjoy this read and will be picking up the second installment of this series soon!

The Story

Nix is a girl from everywhere. She has spent her entire life on board the Temptation traveling from map to map, through time and places both real and mythological, in search of the map that will bring her father to the one place he seeks to return. The place where he lost the woman he loves. Nix has her own fears however, mainly that doing so might have the unfortunate side effect of wiping her existence off the map (see what I did there *wink*)

(Goodreads synopsis):

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, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.”

What I liked

This story was very easy to follow. Time travel books have a way of leaving me behind, and this book did not have that problem. I loved the potential of this book. The magic of the beginning was immersive (as stated in my first thoughts). The idea and the writing was beautiful and whimsical and magical! Also, Kashmir! I love him and the relationship between Nix and Kashmir was adorable! I totally ship these two! (I know, I’m just full of bad jokes today). The ending of this book was also a strong point. It was fast paced and a bit intense for a moment, resolving nicely and intriguingly.

What I did not like

The middle of the book sort of abandoned all of the things I loved about the beginning. The story line took a few turns I was less than enthused about, but made sense in the grand scheme of the book as a whole. Also, the romance between two particular characters felt a bit forced and inta-love-ish (not my favorite way for a character to fall in love/like/whatever).

Basically I liked where I thought the story was going and then it became something else. And not in a great way (at least not for me). It actually became a little more historical than I was expecting and a lot less time travel-y and treasure hunt-y.

In Conclusion 

Over all, this was a really solid read!

 

Book Review | Then and Always

 Then and Always by Dani AtkinsThen and Always by Dani Atkins

Paperback, 320 pages

Published May 20th 2014

3.5 stars

This book was a pleasant surprise!

The Story

(Goodreads synopsis) “Rachel Wiltshire has everything she’s ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance to the journalism program at her top-choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart.

Five years later, Rachel returns home for the first time to celebrate her best friend’s wedding. Still coping with her grief, she can’t stop thinking about the bright future she almost had, if only that one night had gone differently. But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.” Continue reading

Book Review | A Lady by Midnight

A Lady by Midnight by Tessa DareA Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cover #3) by Tessa Dare

3.5/5 stars

I was basically here for Thorne!

The Story

(Goodreads Synopsis): “After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove—but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she’d look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate’s safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?”

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