Friday, March 31, 2017

Cephalopod Coffeehouse - The Girl from Everywhere

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Welcome to another edition of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse. The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same.  In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.

This month I'm going to tell you about The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig



From Amazon: Nix's life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix's father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he's uncovered the one map he's always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix's mother died in childbirth. Nix's life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix's future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who's been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it could cost her her own.

As someone who loves maps and can be transported by just looking at them, the idea that a map of a particular place at a particular time could take you there is about as cool as it gets. I really enjoyed this story, especially Nix and Kash the charmer, and the bits of Hawaiian history thrown in. I also wasn't sure how exactly things would resolve at the end which is always a bonus. I won't spoil it for you but it was a good ending.

If you like maps of strange and far away places, journeys by ship, a little family drama, some history, myth, and an interesting adventure, you would like this book.

In other news, there's a virtual Sale Pending sign on my house so with a move in my near future I will probably be mostly absent until the dust settles. But...

I'll be back






29 comments:

  1. Hope the sale goes through!
    That kind of tampering in the past could indeed eliminate Nix's life.

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  2. Glad you liked the book so much. And awesome that you have a sale on your house. Hope it goes smoothly.

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  3. That sounds a very interesting and intriguing book and different from a lot of the books that seem to be 'on trend' at the moment.

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    1. It was different. I loved the maps and the idea it could take you to that place and time. So cool.

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  4. That sounds like a great book. I love the mechanism for the travel.

    Glad the house sold. May your move go smoothly.

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    1. I know. The maps. So awesome.

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  5. That books sounds as if it has a little bit of everything. Great review!

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It did, though I would say the main plot revolved around the map to before Nix's mother died.

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  6. Good luck with the sale.
    And yes, this sounds like a book I could/would/will enjoy.
    Thank you.

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  7. He might regain his wife but he'll lose his daughter in the process. Not good.

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  8. This sounds like a really interesting book. Definitely going on my TBR. Mess with time always gets me.
    Good luck with your sale.

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    1. I love time travel books, as long as they're done well, and this one was.

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  9. Pretty desolate stakes! Lose the beloved wife, or the beloved daughter... O.O

    Thanks for sharing, it sure sounds intriguing!
    Best,
    V of V's Reads.

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    1. Yes, who would you choose? Or, what if the situation was reversed, go back and possibly prevent your child's death but loose your spouse...

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  10. What an intriguing concept! It sounds like a terrific book. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Good luck with the house!

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    1. I liked it a lot and thank you :)

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  11. Oh, I'm torn on this one. I also love maps and am highly intrigued by this story concept. Time travel, though, is hit or miss for me, especially when it delves into the possibility of changing the past.

    Regardless, glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I can be picky about time travel, too, but I thought that aspect was handled well.

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    2. There's a nice map-lover scene in the new Beauty and the Beast movie, sort of along these lines, actually.

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  12. I'm happy to say that the best book I've read lately was my own, finishing rewrites on Book Eleven in a series. ~grin~ Be well!

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  13. The premise of this book caused my mind to branch off into fantasy what-ifs. What if it was an object not a map that connected a journey into the past. Like a paperweight, a necklace, or even a rock. Think of the journeys you could take!
    Good luck on your move. Such an undertaking if I recall. But maybe you're not the packrat that I am, LOL.

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  14. Congratulations on the sale of your home. I know that real estate over here in SLC is on fire with the low interest rates. I hope fortune finds you well.

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  15. My daughter read that one, and I wanted to, but I haven't gotten to it yet. One day, eh?

    Yippee on the house! Exciting times.

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  16. Best of luck with the moves. Hawaii in the 1860s was an interesting place... In 1868, she'd just missed Mark Twain.

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  17. That does sound like a good book.

    Good luck with the sale and the move.

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