Title: The Girl from Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Publication Date: February 16th 2016
**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, as always, are my own.**
I’ve been eyeing this book for a very long time now. It featured in one of my WOW posts and ever since then, I’ve stalked it on 1)Goodreads, where I added it to my must-reads shelf and 2)Book Depository, where it’s on both my wishlists. A few days ago, I was browsing netgalley as I usually do when I’m bored and.my.heart.almost.stopped. There it was, sitting innocently on the Read Now shelf. I’ve never pressed that button so fast in my life. I went on twitter, fangirled to the author for a bit, did a quick dance with my hands flailing everywhere, almost stopped breathing as I waited for the book to download on my phone and then at last—AT LAST—once it finished downloading, I tapped on it and I was lost in a world of time travel and maps and love, both lost and found.
By the end of the day, I was 36% in. I panicked. I didn’t want to fly through it; I wanted to enjoy every word. So for the following two days, I only read ~50 pages. But I got restless. I kept on thinking about it. I had to know what will happen. I HAD TO. So I picked my phone up again and…aaahh…I was under the book’s spell again.
This really isn’t much of a review, is it.
Fiiineeee here’s what you came for.
This book. THIS BOOK. ASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKL. Words cannot describe how much I loved it. I loved every page. Every line. Every second. It exceeded my super high expectations and that is no small feat, because my expectations were high.
The world building was super. The time travelling using maps was super. The laws of time travelling were super. That mind boggling aspect of time travel books was super. (That was really, really super actually. It showcased exactly why I love time travel books. How that this thing happened in the past because you did that in the future. IT.WAS.MIND.BLOWING)
The descriptions, dear God. The writing, oh my goodness. Heilig knows how to write, people. During the last few chapters, I was literally sitting on my nerves. The whole book was filled with action and there was never a dull moment but the last couple of chapters were the definition of intense.
Something I really loved about this book is that it assumed I was smart and that I knew everything from mythology to history. And if there was something I didn’t? I’d have to google it. I really appreciate books that challenge my knowledge (and strive to increase it) and my thinking (by twisting my mind this way and that.)
The characters, so flawed yet so lovable, made this book so alive and real and connectable (is that even a word?)
I LOVE HER NAME.
Nix was one of the best MCs I’ve come upon in a while. She was smart, and awesome, and simply, plain amazing. One complaint, though, is how blind she was to her father’s love. She kept on thinking that he wanted to get rid of her (no this isn’t a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis) and I reaaallyyyy wanted to shake some sense into her.
SO SWOOONNYYYY. How he calls her Amira. And how he comforts her in different languages. I…JUST…MELTTTTT ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
I don’t usually get book hangovers. I did after I finished reading this. Heidi Heilig, you just wrote a new favorite. Thank you.