The Girl from Everywhere
Booklist Reviews 2016 January #1
Hawaiian-born 16-year-old Nix Song has spent most of her life traveling though time, "navigating" on her father's schooner, the Temptation. Her father, Slate, is a haunted man, addicted to opium and heartsick at having lost Nix's long-dead mother, Lin. He is anxious to return to 1860s Honolulu so he can reunite with and hopefully save Lin. To do this, he needs an accurate map of the era—for 16 years, Nix and Slate have jumped through different centuries, acquiring maps that have led them astray. They have also gathered a wonderfully diverse ship's crew that now includes Nix's multilingual, roguish, Persian love interest, Kashmir. Finally they find a proper map and have a chance to actually rewrite history, but Nix, though longing for her mother's presence in her life, is understandably fearful of what this will mean for her existence. With time travel, fantasy, Hawaiian history, mythology, cute animals, and a feisty protagonist, romance and fantasy readers will find much to enjoy in this quick read, which features a conclusion suggesting a sequel. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall
Aboard their ship Temptation, Nix travels through maps to different times with her captain father. But he just wants to return to the time before her mother died, 1868 Honolulu, even though it could endanger Nix. A love triangle feels unnecessary, but this exciting time-travel adventure with many impressively evoked settings, real and mythological, will please genre fans. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.