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.
After falling in love with V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series, The Girl From Everywhere is the book I’ve been needing in my life. A Conjuring of Light left a Kell and Lila-sized hole in my heart, but The Girl From Everywhere was the first book since reading Schwab’s series that was able to fill that whole. While my love for this series in no way surpasses my love for A Darker Shade of Magic, it was something that definitely came close. Complete with pirates and time-travelling and thieves, The Girl From Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time will take you on an adventure that you won’t want to end.
The Girl from Everywhere was a book that that I adored from the first page, and it was so easy for me to fall into the fast-paced narrative and get to know the fierce and feisty characters. I ended up binging this book and The Ship Beyond Time in three days because I just couldn’t bare to put it down! I was hooked from the get-go and the fascinating tale about time travel and maps and ships with mythological elements weaved in was absolutely brilliant. These are the books I needed in my life! It was unpredictable at times and full of twists, and I just need more!
If you’re anything like me and loved Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic, you’ll definitely fall in love with Nix in The Girl From Everywhere. While I felt as though no character could ever replace Lila, I loved getting to know Nix. She was snarky at times, and, not to mention, she travelled through time on a pirate ship. It doesn’t get more badass than that, does it? While it felt like her character wasn’t as interesting as the things going on around her at times, I loved how she lead us through the action and allowed us to become fully immersed in her world.
But Kash… He was by far my favourite character. He was equal parts sassy and savage, with his wit as sharp as knives. While there wasn’t a lot of romance in this book and it certainly wasn’t at centre stage, the flirty banter between Kash and Nix was adorable. In many ways, Kash reminded me of Alucard from A Darker Shade of Magic! They were very solidly friends at first, and seeing them slowly become more than that was just so swoon-worthy. I can’t express how much I loved these two characters together.
I don’t want to delve too deep into what happens in this book because I dived in completely blind and I was just blown away by how well-developed the world building was and how captivating the narrative felt, and I want you to have the same experience. If you’re a fan of fantasy, or even if you’re not, I definitely recommend checking out this awesome duology! My only complaint is that I wish there was more! You’ll especially love it if you’re a fan of the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab.
Have you read either The Girl from Everywhere or A Darker Shade of Magic? Do you enjoy these adventurous, magical novels? Do you see a similarity between Lila and Nix, or Alucard and Kash? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with The Girl from Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time in exchange for an honest review!