Your Guide To Being A Successful Pirate: The Girl From Everywhere Release Celebration!


Hi guys!

Some pretty awesome things happened this week. One was the fact that my seventeenth birthday passed on February 16! That was awesome, but what made it more special was the release of AMAZINGLY AMAZING books. One of them was The Girl From Everywhere, a splendiferous book by a simply amazing author, Heidi Heilig. A while back I posted a rap review of it, which was super fun to make.

A couple of us bloggers have decided to create some fun posts relating to the book in celebration of this delightful release. Since the book follows The Temptation, or the ship that Nix’s father is the captain of, I’ve decided to make this post about being a successful pirate. Because of course, my part-time job (when not blogging or going to school) is pillaging the seas. 😉



Know the Tricks of the Trade

You gotta have the right tools and right tricks to really embrace the pirate life, kid. And what are those tools, you may ask?

Well, first, the ones that are given: your hands. You may think that pirates do whatever they want in their free time, but how else are they able to possess the skills and plans to conquer another ship and find the loot? Spend time making your hands swift and light, which will definitely aid in picking pockets. Hey, it’s the small things that count.

Finding your weapon of choice may be difficult since there’s such an amalgam out there. You may be a dagger person, whose quick and steady motions leave deep gashes. Or you may be more ostentatious with a broadsword. Maybe you’re more of the type to use your words as weapons, which can be more scathing than a blade. Either way, keep experimenting to find out which one fits you!

From there on, you learn. You observe. You see what other people are doing, and you figure out how to do it better. Developing a sound technique-base will be paramount to defeating your enemies. Once you establish what kind of strategy is most effective, then you can deal the most damage to your enemies. After all, we’re on the path to conquering each and every person and becoming the king of pirates success.


Curiosity Killed the Cat… But Satisfaction Brought it Back

Pirates are FEARLESS. We’re the ones that ARE feared. And a little bit of curiosity never hurt anyone. Did you hear about a potential mark coming up soon? Then learn more. Learn, and innovate, and attack. There’s a phrase we use ’round here, and it’s to be PROactive rather than REactive. And sonny, us pirates ain’t never gonna back down from a challenge. We’re the ones to charge ahead and take what we want, when we want. If you can’t get that mentality in your head from the start, then you better start drilling it.

Sure, we’ve lost maybe a parrot or hand from barging into a situation too quickly. But you can only learn from your mistakes! And in the end, was it worth it? HELL YES. Make everything you do worth it, matey! Because you’re still alive, and that in and of itself is something to be proud of.


Know Your Maps and Know Your Destinations

Every pirate needs their trusty map and telescope and star chart (optional) right? Otherwise, how will you know where you’re going in the vast, expansive sea? Pirates must have a good idea on the area they’re in at all times and the history and background of it. They must be knowledgeable about the political situation of the area as well, and use that knowledge to decide which ships to pillage and where. Just like sailors need maps to direct them to their destination, Nix’s crew must use maps of different regions and time periods to travel to them.


Don’t Be Afraid to Accept Love When You Find It

Even though we’re all muscular, hardy pirates (with a peg limb here or there), our hearts are big enough to fill the entire ocean. So don’t run away from love if it ever comes your way. Whether it’s that cute shipmate that recently came on the crew, or the captain with the ambiguous gender that warms your heart, or even the stranger by the dockside who gives you tingles, enjoy it while you can. With our occupation, every day is a risk and must be cherished. The words “live like there’s no tomorrow” have never felt so true with this lifestyle, which is why when the opportunity presents itself, never hesitate to take what you want. Life is too short to be afraid of the things that make us happy in the end.


And here you have it! With these steps, you might become a pirate after all. (AND IF YOU DON’T, YOU’RE STILL ONE IN MY HEART.) In the meantime, check out what’s happening to Nix and The Temptation by reading The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig! Because trust me, this is one magical ship whose journey you do not want to miss.

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Rap Review: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Author: Heidi Heilig
Release Date: February 16, 2016 (my birthday! ❤ )
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
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 will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

rap review

So you might be wondering: WHAT IS THIS?

Exactly what it sounds like. Instead of a typed-up review, this is one where I RAP about my feelings about the book. Ohhh shyeahhh. *puts sunglasses on*

But in all honesty, the idea stemmed from the combination of two things. 1) Bloggers trying to think up of new jazzy ways to write reviews/get the word out for books and 2) A rap I did for AP Bio when studying cell membranes… which really helped! These both happened during the same time, so I incorporated them and got this idea. 😀

I’m not a rapper (which you’ll find out in the video), but it was super fun trying to make things rhyme and recording/editing. Apologies in advance for the mistakes and awkward pauses! (It seemed as if the more I did run-throughs, the worst it got… oops.)


Now are you prepared for an upcoming sensation?
I read this book so quick like a girl with starvation.
If you’re looking for a read that’ll rattle your mind,
warm up your heart, see what you find in this
work of art

NUMBER 1 let’s talk about the characters:
each one so unique, they sure aren’t actors.
Now the main character Nix has pretty cool powers
as she travels through time
it’s sublime
sometimes a crime
with a crew
It’s a “pirate” crew.
Papa’s at the helm tryna find his lost wife
but in the end, he’s just causing a lot of strife.
Who would want a dead woman to come back to life?

(Guess he loved her)

And LOVE, speaking of love let’s talk: love triangles.
Now i’m not really sayin’ that they’re hashtag – GOALZ.
But i can’t say that I have really reason to complain
considering both sides of the spectrum aren’t so mundane.
On one hand we have a Persian thief – what a cutie!
He’s pretty good at stealing things and finding the looty.
And on the other, a mapmaker just tryna do his duty.
The romance overall was pretty darn groovy

And the setting – oh my gawd – lemme talk about this world.
We’re traveling between time and place and space
what a whirl!
But please rest assured that you won’t get lost
‘Cuz Heidi’s gorgeous writing will hold you aloft.

The crew’s on a quest to find a map to Hawaii
but every single day it’s more and more unlikely.
What will Nix do, with her crew, to find a clue
for a map that would make her existence
less, less likely?

This book has it all:
Family and adventure –
A venture worth repeating for the love
We’re dreaming of.
A romance that spans time
the angst is quite sublime.
A daughter father relationship
developing while they take a trip.
This is quite a book that delivers
On waterfalls and rivers
with a setting so bright the light
chases out the night
when you can write like Heidi writes
it’s really such a delight

to read.

So this is my review
with my thoughts of the book.
If you don’t know about it – YOU SHOULD REALLY TAKE A LOOK
The girl from everywhere is fantastic
I swear!
There’s no other reason why i’d be enthusiastic.

What would YOU do if you could time-travel?
Where would YOU go if you were so capable?
Leave a comment below because I’d love to know
the places your imagination would want to go.
Thank you for your time and thank you for the rhymes,
this is my last word to bring this rap about:
You really need to read this book in your life
without a doubt

Aila out.



Sooo… what did you think of this review format? 😀 I’m thinking of continuing it and improving my skills for a hypothetical job as a DJ or rapper in the future. Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it!


Harper Teen Winter 2016 Blog Tour: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Ahoy there, matey!

Congratulations on safely landing on this blog post, which will spotlight an amazing book that traverses the world through place and time. Why the pirate lingo? Well, the main character doesn’t time travel using a ship and her crew for nothing!

We also have some epic giveaways featured towards the end of this post, and you know how we pirates love our loot.

Blimey, me fellow buccaneers, let’s get this party started!

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Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts Mission 2: An Open Letter to Heidi Heilig

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Salutations, to the bevy of book lovers reading this post!

This is Agent Aila again, with the second mission of Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts completed and ready to distribute. You may be asking, “What is this feature?” Yesterday I posted an introduction where a group of talented agents, all found by Agent T from Sassy and Dangerous, have been gathered across the globe to help spread the word about debut authors. This classy team of bloggers’ second mission was to write a letter to the author assigned to them, and I got Heidi Heilig, who wrote The Girl From Everywhere, which comes out February 16, 2016!

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