The Girl From Everywhere: Time Travelling Destinations + Mini Review

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Title: The Girl From Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Time Travel, Adventure, Romance

Today, I decided to spice up my normal reviews by giving you a mini review of Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, whilst telling you two of the destinations I would love to go to if I had a chance to time-travel. One of the main features about this book is the unique time-travelling elements they have incorporated into the novel. I’ll begin with my mini-review! 🙂

The Girl From Everywhere was a really enjoyable and light read. I loved the story line because Heilig takes the overused time travelling plot and puts it into a new light. I love how the main character time travels to Hawaii because Hawaii is such a tropical and beautiful place. Furthermore, Heilig writing makes you want to turn the page over and over again.

However what disappointed me in this novel was that I thought there were too many elements. I didn’t think the romance was developed very well as there were too many issues and complications happening at the same time. It was hard for me to follow the love triangle which wasn’t really much of a love triangle. Nevertheless, Heidi Heilig’s character development of Nix was really well done. I thought Nix’s personality and morals really transformed from the beginning to the end. I can’t wait for the next book because I’ll definitely be following Nix’s story. Hopefully, in the next novel the relationship development will improve!

the two time-travel destinations i want to visit

If you didn’t guess already a lot of the book revolves around the concept of time travel. I’ve always wanted to time travel- go back in time and fast forward to the future. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have the chance to time travel. Here are the two destinations I would love to visit if I had the ability to time travel!

Late 1800s London

A weird choice you may say but I would love to visit the London in the late 1800s. Maybe it’s because I love The Infernal Devices so much but I’ve always thought this time period would be so much fun to visit. Imagine being thrown into this  new world where everyone wore suits or nice dresses, the Big Ben overlooking the whole entire town and the cities with bustling people. It probably wasn’t this majestical in reality but I can dream. I’ve always been a city girl and 1800s London is a mix of contemporary with vintage. The perfect match. This would definitely be one of my first destinations. (PS: I also get to see Will Herondale and who wouldn’t want that 🙂 )

My Younger Days…

I know I’m still young and I probably can’t really talk with much experience but something I’ve learnt very recently is to take in the moment because when you are older and you look back on it, you regret the days you didn’t relish the memories and moments. I would love to go back in time and to experience some of the best days, weeks, months and years of my life but at the same time I want to be able to know what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t want time to fly and that’s why lately I’ve been trying to take up lots of new opportunities and experiences because you never know where they are going to lead you!

I hope you guys loved this post! Tell me if you have read Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere! Did you like it? Where would you travel to if you had the ability to time travel?

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season
Release Date: September 2015
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Adventure, Dystopian

Hey guys! So, I just finished The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon and if you didn’t see my first post about The Bone Season, I have been reading this thrilling series by Samantha Shannon. It is filled to the brim with twists and turns and has the perfect little recipe for a really good high-fantasy novel. Reminiscent to novels, such as Sarah J Maas’ stories, The Mime Order had a respectable female heroine, romance and a huge adventure. It sure won’t disappoint fantasy enthusiasts.

The Mime Order picked up right where The Bone Season left off, Paige is getting pulled into another adventure back in her world of Scion, London. She must deal with her Mime Lord but along the way she encounters an opportunity to expose a dark secret about their world and she will do anything to save London from going slowly backwards. Torn by her heart Paige much make decisions that will decide the fate of her and London.

If you haven’t already (even though you probably should), you must grab this book and series the next time you visit your local bookstore or library. It is the perfect concoction for a fantasy novel that will keep you up for nights reading it.

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE MIME ORDER BY SAMANTHA SHANNON*

The Mime Order had me hooked for the whole roller-coaster ride. The Bone Season was so good and so was The Mime Order. There is something about the complexity of this novel that just gets to me. Yes, the writing is absolutely poetic but the development of the world and it’s faults just seems unreal. Samantha Shannon’s writing style makes it sound like the world of Scion truly exists; she has it all planned out in her head and isn’t afraid to translate all that into a book that literally grabs the reader from their chair and immerses them into this fantasy, black-market world of scion. That is only one of the reasons for why I like this book.

Not only that but the main character, is so much more mature than your average 19 year old who hosts a rebellion against their criminal world. Paige Mahoney doesn’t get on my nerves, which is a great thing because if you have seen my previous reviews you will find that I find characters extremely annoying. Yes, Paige has her faults but they do not annoy me and they are so much more unique to your average “too reckless” and “too rude” flaws. Her flaws, such as  not being able to harness her power, is so much more interesting to read about as it gives the reader more insight to this complex world.

Ahhh…now let’s talk about the romance. My feelings are torn about the relationship development of Warden and Paige. I am glad that Paige got over Nick in the first quarter of the novel as it gives us less to worry about and more focus on the plot. However, throughout the novel I felt that Paige and Warden’s relationship began to weaken as Samantha never mentioned it. When Paige began to question her love for Warden it seemed slightly shallow and their relationship never really strengthened for the rest of the book. Hopefully, it will begin to tighten again in the third book, which I am super excited for.

The plot for The Mime Order was one big roller coaster. It was similar to Divergent and The Hunger Games, yet totally different in its own ways. The world is built on a dystopian with a heroine who wants a rebellion against the government but this novel took a sense of maturity as she made decisions based on the opinions of the people. I really enjoyed reading about her plotting her ways and weaving through the society. I loved when they had the showdown of the lords at the end of the book and that for me was definitely a highlight. I am super excited to find out more about the Grey Market and how she copes with Jaxon. Overall, the novel was a great read and I am itching to get my hands on the second book. I can tell the books will keep getting better and better and the series will be one that will be left embedded in my head.

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon❤

Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season
Release Date: August 2013
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Adventure, Dystopian

Hey guys! Today I have an mini review on The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, a dystopian, thriller that has had me hooked for days. The intricate and spellbinding world of Scion and the carefully thought-out characters, has left me with a wistful pang in my chest. Samantha Shannon’s voice and writing has created an exciting and fresh series, that I am super excited to follow. If you are still hung-over on dystopian and adventure novels, such as, The Darkest Minds and The Fifth-Wave, this book will definitely be for you.

The Bone Season sets fifty years later from our current year of 2015, and revolves around the tale of Paige, who has lived her life in the illegal town of Scion. Paige, with her unique abilities, struggles to understand what she can truly do and when she is caught one day for killing a man, she is suddenly whisked away into a different world. She is now kept captive in this new world that contrasts vastly to her previous life and now all Paige wants is to return to her criminal world but as she tries to weave her way back into her old life, she has to face arising problems, romance and friendship.

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE BONE SEASON BY SAMANTHA SHANNON*

To be honest, when I had first started reading this, I was nervous. I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to get through what I originally believed was a verbose book. I hate to say this but sometimes less descriptive books can appeal more to me. However, I was wrong, and this book really changed my point-of-view. A lot of the time many authors will over-complicate the storyline, world and characters, which makes it hard for the reader to understand all the “technical jargon” used by the world built by the author. As I progressed through the books and learnt about the complex world, I didn’t find it as perplexing as I had expected. The story and intricate world of Scion flowed through my head as Samantha Shannon’s well-turned and poetic writing didn’t puzzle me and I truly enjoyed the story for that reason. You are physically taken to a vividly described world, that will make you forget about all the worries swimming around in your head- that is what I really look for in a book and The Bone Season really delivered that.

The characters were one-of-a-kind, I am one of those people who absolutely hate it when authors conjure up this completely perfect characters, with a perfect life and perfect talents. However, The Bone Season didn’t have that, Samantha Shannon’s characters had this depth that is hard to find in books. Paige, the main character, was a girl who came from a messed-up childhood and as I read memory after memory, I began to click with this character like a best-friend. Her backstory was really unique, often, we read about characters who have messed-up childhoods because their parents were poor and they divorced at a young age but Paige was really unique in a way that Shannon linked the clairvoyant world and her memories, that created a really vivid character depiction. We really get to dive into her mind and I was really glad that the book was written in purely Paige’s perspective.

The development of her character was also beautifully done. At the beginning of the book, she seemed lost and stuck in believing who she was. As the story progresses we really see how Paige grows into a stronger character, that I seriously respect. In that scene where Paige shares one of her most important memories with Warden, you can really see how much she has changed since the start of the novel.

Warden’s puzzling character, really kept me questioning. I wanted to find out more about his back-story but Paige was kept closed off from him. Surprisingly, that didn’t frustrate me and instead it just added more fun for the reader. I am so frustrated that Warden left Paige and I can’t wait to pick up the next book to find out more about his character. Nick, was a bit of a surprise. His character wasn’t formally introduced until a quarter through the novel and that, on the other hand, annoyed me. His character felt distant and lost in translation. However, hopefully his character will be explored in more depth in the next book, The Mime Order. Paige and Nick’s relationship puzzled me in the beginning but as we delved deeper into Paige’s memories their relationship really began to click in. Warden and Paige’s relationship was foreshadowed throughout the story but Warden seems a little too old for Paige. My perception of Warden is an older man, whose appearance appears to be like one of a late 30 year old’s but I am excited to see how his relationship with Paige will be developed.

I am super stoked to read the next book and I will definitely devour it! A review will be up for the second book in the series, The Mime Order. Overall, the novel was poetically written, the characters were one of a kind and the world-building was incredible. However, with a few faults here are there, I still definitely recommend this thrilling novel that surely will not disappoint!

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