The Girl From Everywhere

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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.

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I am the perfect target audience for this kind of read. A ship that sails through time and can penetrate worlds known only in myths, so long as the maker of the map has genuine in them? Sold.

The first few chapters were confusing; it felt like I was dropped into the middle of the book instead of at the beginning. I was surprised to find that as I continued to read, I kept wondering when I’d reach a point that me hooked, had me invested in what was going on. For a book that’s 450+ pages and not ever getting to that point more than halfway in was not a good sign.

The most interesting thing about the main character is the possibility that she could be erased from existence at the hand of her father by way of his undying devotion to her deceased mother. I wouldn’t call her charming or witty. The other ship inhabitants aren’t characters you would get attached to either, her father least of all. I pitied the man but his demeanour at the beginning of the read and the alteration at the end just didn’t add up to me.

There is a proposed “love triangle” that doesn’t develop in any way (even with the meaningless kisses), thrown into the mix because it’s what the people gravitate towards in most fantasy books. Kashmir has more personality than the rest but not my miles. The other guy was so forgettable that I can’t even remember his name.

The storyline is a little lacking. The time travel aspect is more minimal than I wanted, considering that was what caught my eye and the reason for shoving everything off my TBR list to place this book right at the Even during the parts where you’re supposed to be biting your nails in anguish over the characters’ well-being …you’re not. The ending is pretty anti-climatic and since a second book is in the making, it should have ended with a bang, something that had you bouncing in your seat until you get your hands on the next one.

“The Girl from Everywhere”Β may be an enjoyable read for some but it just wasn’t my style.

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