Thursday, 10 October 2019

Audio: Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Narrated by: LuLu Lam
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-03-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio

When it comes to fantasy then MG works so well, they are always nicer, not angsty, and it is always the ordinary ones that save the day.

Lalani is an ordinary girl, not braver, not faster or anything else. She loves her mum, she loves stories and her friends.

She lives on an island and all those on the island dream of another island that is better than theirs. So they send ships so find it, but no ships ever come back.

The author draws from Filipino mythology, and that is a real treat. The book does have a Moana feel as the whole young girl goes on a trip to save an island, but there it ends.

I liked Lalani, I liked that she was nothing more, she was just a normal girl that wants to save her mother. She is as brave as we al can be if we just try.

It is quite the adventure she has, and all in all this was a book that I enjoyed. 

She did a great job with voices and the feel of the place.
The audio was great listening at.

When Lalani Sarita’s mother falls ill with an incurable disease, Lalani embarks on a dangerous journey across the sea in the hope of safeguarding her own future. Inspired by Filipino folklore, this engrossing fantasy is for listeners who loved Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Disney’s Moana. 

Life is difficult on the island of Sanlagita. To the west looms a vengeful mountain, one that threatens to collapse and bury the village at any moment. To the north, a dangerous fog swallows sailors who dare to venture out, looking for a more hospitable land. And what does the future hold for young girls? Chores and more chores.

When Lalani Sarita’s mother falls gravely ill, 12-year-old Lalani faces an impossible task - she must leave Sanlagita and find the riches of the legendary Mount Isa, which towers on an island to the north. But generations of men and boys have died on the same quest - how can an ordinary girl survive the epic tests of the archipelago? And how will she manage without Veyda, her best friend? 


  1. how right you are about the middle grade books fantastic review fantastic sounding book thanks Blodeuedd

    1. I should listen to more MG, they are sure fun in audio

  2. Great review! I've seen this title around a lot in the last few days!

  3. I'm curious to hear the voices now

  4. Oh I do like less drama, less dark, so maybe I'll have to try listening. Moana was cute. Loved the brainless chicken! Made me laugh. :)

    1. Haha, oh that chicken! Sadly no brainless chicken here

  5. I haven't tried MG fantasy on audio. I think I will like it though!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  6. That sounds like an interesting read.

  7. It is nice when the normal kid can save the day. This sounds delightful!

  8. Filipino mythology?! I need to read this.!

  9. Yeah, sometimes an MG book is the perfect palate cleanser and nice to relax with, because there is no drama and times are simpler!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Totally. I should do more MG fantasy, it is SUCH a better fit than YA

  10. This sounds lovely. I do miss MG fantasies - A Wrinkle in Time is one of my all time favorites. They are good without having the drama and teen angst of a YA.

    1. Ugh the drama and angst, and yes all I have tried have been great


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