The Girl From Everywhere: My Review

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I haven’t written a book review (or a blog article for that matter) in a while so I figured it was really time I fixed that. I read The Girl from Everywhere back in August, not really knowing what the story would be about, only that it was about pirates and time travel – something I am always up for.

Title: The Girl From Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Publication: February 2016
Genre: YA, Adventure
My rating: ★★★★☆

The story:

Nix has been raised on a pirate ship, traveling through time on an impossible quest to help her father save her own mother from death, an event that could alter her timeline and prevent her own birth. The Captain is obsessed with finding a 1686 map of Honolulu to achieve his goal, and to succeed, Nix and her shipmates have to go through time and space, both real and fictional. But does she really want to proceed with something that could make everything she knows disappears?

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

(You have been warned, carry on at your own risk!)

My opinion:

I was definitely attracted by the premise of this book because it contained time-travel and as I said, I’m always up for that, and it didn’t disappoint, especially considering the ship could access pretty much anywhere as long as they had the proper map, which means they could also go to fictional places, something I didn’t expect and absolutely loved. Honestly it was really hard to put this book down. It has great twists and goes to great places, both story-wise and in ther characters’ journey. The only thing I didn’t like was the love triangle aspect of it, which is something I couldn’t honestly do without (especially because I would rather concentrate on all the adventures at hand).

That being said, I really like the main character Nix. She is facing a pretty hard dilemma but still helps her father even though she knows it might affect her entire life. The Captain is also a pretty complex and extremely well-made character which I really appreciated. The ship has a few other shipmates who are all unique and coming from different places. My personal favourite, of course, is the ever-charming Kash, but I also really liked Bee.

Another absolutely amazing aspect of this book is the fact that Nix has a mixed-race heritage, (her mother was Chinese and living in Honolulu, and her father is American) which is something she can suffer from, but was also (in my opinion) very well included into the story. The other members of the crew also come from various places around the globe, which makes it a very realistic pirate ship, and also manages to include rep that is very rare in fiction, again something I loved. For example Kashmir comes from Persia and also speaks a bunch of foreign language including French which was the direct way to my heart. When I’m reading, I love to see different things, and this book is the perfect example of that. I live for it and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

Before you ask, I didn’t really like Blake to be honest. His (sort of?) relationship with Nix felt forced. I liked however how cultured he was and all the things we got to learn through him. And I loved that this book mentioned historical and cultural elements I didn’t really know about, that was super interesting.

I feel a bit rusty writing this review, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway. If you have read the book as well, I would love to hear your opinion on it. If you haven’t, I definitely recommend it. And if you love time-travel, then what are you waiting for?

Finally A Reading Update

I haven’t uploaded anything on my channel for a month or so, and I finally took the time to film something and here we go! I talk about the books I read in August and since the beginning of September (aka since my last reading wrap up for the month of July).

Ratings:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston ★★★★★ (review)
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken ★★★★☆
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ★★★★☆
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali ★★★★★
Homecoming (The 100 #3) by Kass Morgan ★★★★☆ (review)
The Up Side of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli ★★★★★
School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino ★★★☆☆
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★★

Currently reading (among others):

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

Hope you all have an amazing day ♥

Don’t go on Erasmus… It will change your life!

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Going on Erasmus and living abroad has always been a great dream of mine, and now that I am back in my hometown, I can tell you it exceeded all my expectations, and honestly changed me for the best. I have spent all my life hearing people ask me what I wanted to do with my life without really knowing what to say, but now I can finally say I have found my answer to this question: I am completing my degree (hopefully I will get it in June) and trying out some part-time jobs to save as much money as I can, and I am moving back to Berlin with two amazing girls I met there. And there, I will find a job in a bookstore or a café or something similar. And even if it will obviously not going to be easy – what is, really? – I can finally say that I have a plan.

I found a place where I belong.

Living abroad for a year has changed me in so many ways, and yes it sucks to be back in France, but I wouldn’t change any thing that happened this past year, because it has made me who I am now. I learnt how to care less. I learnt how to keep the people who matter in my life, and just forget about those who don’t. I learnt how to live in a foreign country. I definitely got better at administrative stuff. I realised that I didn’t miss France one bit. I came back at the end of July and have already been back in Berlin once. I grew addicted to coffein and I don’t regret it one bit. I became a vegetarian in the most vegan-friendly place I know. I met the best people in the world, and I can’t wait to see them again. I got a tattoo. But more importantly, I got so many amazing memories to cherish. And that’s forever.

I found a place where I belong, in the last possible place I expected to belong, to be honest. And I can’t wait to be back there. In this place that feels like home.

I used to hear people say that going on Erasmus was an amazing experience and everything, and I would gently chuckle, thinking they were exaggerating. Well let me tell you. They were right. Sometimes, I even think that I have become an adult.  It’s a study in people, in places, and in life in general. It is the best experience you could possibly dream of. At least it was for me.

And I can only recommend and encourage you to do the same. It’s an opportunity you might only get once in a  life time but I promise, if you catch it, you won’t regret it. And it will help you and change you in every possible way.

Warning: don’t go on Erasmus if you don’t want your life to change, because I can guarantee you it will! 😉

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Feel free to share some Erasmus or abroad experiences in the comments!

Homecoming: My Review (The 100 #3)

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I finally read The 100: Homecoming and I absolutely loved it. There’s a lot of romance but I think this series is very well made even though quite different from the show!

Title: Homecoming (The 100 #3)
Author: Kass Morgan
Genre: Science Fiction, YA, Romance
Publication: 2015
My rating: ★★★★☆

Warning: Possible spoilers for book 1 and 2, and for the TV show!

You can check my review of Day 21 (book 2) here if you want!

The story:

In book 3, the rest of the Colony – including Glass – is flying to the ground while the 100 settle a peace with a group of Earthborns – there is a group of peaceful ones and a group of dangerous ones. But as the adults reach the ground, things are about to change for Bellamy and the rest of the delinquents, as well as the fragile peace they have built up with the Earthborns. Meanwhile, Clarke tries to contact her parents, and Wells develops his relationship with Sasha, the daughter of the Earthborn commander.

My opinion:

This book does include a lot of romance, much more than in the TV show. Actually, the only thing they have in common by this point is the universe, and the name of some of the characters. That’s pretty much all, honestly, but I don’t mind. The world building is really great, and even though it’s going pretty slow, I like seeing how the relationships with Sky People and Earthborns is developing. This book also includes a few great twists which are very welcome. And of course, I couln’t go around this without saying that I absolutely love the fact that the relationship between Bellamy and Clarke is canon in the books.

I believe the romance relationships in this book are depicted quite acurately. There are fights, and ups and downs, and it seems pretty realistic which is something I appreciate. So yeah, we get to see a lot of romance, but it overall seems to be well made, so that’s great.

We also got some major character death in this volume which hadn’t really happened in a while and totally broke me because I really didn’t expect it. But then again, it could have been predictable, it’s an interesting plot device (even if a cruel one) and it does make sense in such a universe.

The rest of the Colony (or at least part of it) brings up a new dynamic in the story (just like it did on the show) and as much as I expected it, it also had its interesting surprises, and it was well made in my opinion. What I really like about this series is the fact that the books are rather short, captivating and easy to read. I think I managed to read each of them in one or two days, and I always appreciate that.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this one as well as the two previous ones, and it was actually a pleasant surprise. Don’t come into this with overhigh expectations, but if you’re into space and post-apocalyptic stories, then this is definitely something I would recommend!