The Girl From Everywhere

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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TTT: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is the 10 Most Anticipated Releases For The Beginning of 2016.  There are so many books I’ve already added to my growing list, and I’m happy to see so many debuts!

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(Okay fine, I had to sneak an 11th one in there…It was hard enough to get my list down to only 11!)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (January 5th) – there has already been so much hype about this and it sounds amazing!

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (February 2nd) debut – did I hear assassins and star-crossed lovers? I think yes.

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto (February 2nd) debut – when I read this line, “when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail…” from the summary – I was hooked.

The Girl from Everywhere  by Heidi Heilig (February 16th) debut – I realized that Heidi is one of the sweetest people ever after following her on Twitter for so long, and this book has time-travel and ships!

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie (March 1st) debut -I love the cover and I love young adult fantasy!

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor (March 1st) debut – More time traveling fantasy!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8th) – I adored her Infernal Devices series, and Lady Midnight is going to be book one of the spin off series! Cannot wait to read it.

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 29th) – I read Winner’s Curse recently, and I’m saving Winner’s Crime to read closer to when this one comes out.  I’m pretty sure this series finale is going to rip our emotions out.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (April 5th) – I love Richelle Mead’s writing.  This new series of hers sounds really interesting, and she’s definitely and auto-buy author for me!

Love Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey (April 19th) debut – this sounds like a very Jane Austen-esq romance spy novel, and I really want to read it!

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (May 17th) – Russian inspired fantasy worlds are some of my favorite worlds to read about. I’ve heard amazing things about this so far!

What are some of your anticipated releases?  Link your posts in the comments!

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