Goodreads Summary:Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.
My rating:4.5/5 stars
I am basically obsessed with all things time-travel so when I found out that this book was a time travel novel on a boat with maps and wonderfully diverse characters I just knew that I had to read it, and I was not disappointed. So basically how time travel works in this story is that they can go anywhere as long as they have a hand drawn map of it and once they use it, they can never use it again. Nix’s dad has been trying to find a map that will bring him back to Hawaii where his wife died and save her and while Nix wants to help her dad she is also conflicted as saving her mom could possibly erase her entire existence.This book was seriously amazing and really interesting and had me enraptured the entire time. It really reminded me of like a better and more YA version of Inkheart. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in Hawaii so that was really interesting and I would’ve liked to learn a little more about the culture because what we did get was very enjoyable. One thing that I think could’ve been addressed a little more, is the way people treated the Natives.They called them heathens and savages and it wasn’t really explored that much or even talked about or seen as wrong.Other than it was really unique and interesting and though it was a little slow paced at time , I personally really liked the pace and found it fitting to the type of novel it was.I honestly don’t get why this has such bad ratings on goodreads.
The characters in this were really great and diverse, Nix is Chinese and Kashmir,who like travels with them, is persian so it was really nice to have an awesome time travel book with diverse characters. Kashmir was such a great character, and he was so sweet and nice and just such a great friend to Nix and just a really solid character. Nix was also really great and she was really strong and her values never really faltered and I thought she was a very enjoyable character. Nx’s dad, Slate, while he did have his faults was at the end of the day a good father. I liked the complex relationship between Nix and Slate and i think that more books should have father-daughter relationships like that. I wasn’t a huge fan of the love interest, Blake, he was kind of rally boring and a little too one-dimensional for my taste.