Heidi Heilig

Book Rambling: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (ARC)


Title: The Girl From Everywhere

Author: Heidi Heilig

Series: The Girl From Everywhere (Book #1)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Publication: February 16th, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★


2016 seems to be the year for time travel and ship books.  We have Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor.  We also have The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.

I absolutely loved this book.  It’s a very character driven book and Heilig’s characters are wonderfully developed.  Watching these relationships grow and develop was an amazing experience.  You have father-daughter, friends-to-lovers, and general friendships.  The development of all these relationships was flawless, and I enjoyed the journey.

“Sometimes a person has to let go of something to take hold of something else.”

Readers can tell that Heidi Heilig did a lot of research for this historical fiction novel.  The historical events, folklores, and legends were all very accurately portrayed and explained, and I learned a lot from it!  I definitely appreciate the amount of work that she put into this novel.

This is her debut novel, and it’s an amazing debut novel! She is very talented at telling the story and her sentences are beautifully crafted. I enjoyed the descriptions and the world building.

“‘Love?’ The word was bitter as hemlock. ‘It’s just another addition.'” 

The ending was okay.  I definitely enjoyed the journey more than the destination; it isn’t my favorite ending.  I thought some parts of the ending were a little convenient, and I got confused in some other places.  Overall, it tied up nicely and was more of a nice fizzle than ending with a huge bang.

It is extremely difficult to write a time travel novel, in my opinion, because it is hard to explain whether or not future actions in previous times can change history as a whole, etc.  I think Heidi Heilig did a great job explaining a lot of the technicalities of time travel.  It did get confusing at times but I feel like that is inevitable with this subgenre.

“This is paradise…This is home.” 

#WeNeedDiverseBooks YAY for diverse characters.  If you want a diverse book, this is it! Half-Chinese, Persian, African, Lesbian – you have it all. Diversity is definitely done very well in here.

Thank you NetGalley and Bonnier Publishing for this e-ARC. All opinions are solely my own.

Have you all read this? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll pick it up when it’s out? I definitely recommend it!

Also, where can I get a pocket dragon named Swag of my own?

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