ARC Review: Malamander (The Legends of Eerie-On-Sea #1) by Thomas Taylor

Book Review

Publisher: Walker Books
Expected Publication Date: May 2rd, 2019
Genre: Middle Grade
Is it a part of a series?: Yes, The Legends of Eerie-On-Sea #1
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Buy Links: Kinokuniya Malaysia
Source: Thank you Pansing for the proof copy in exchange for an honest review.


Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep... Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy - especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma's parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...

When I put my head on this book right at the very first page, I was quickly been absorbed into the story. There are so many amazing things about this book I want to share but then, I need to refrain from spoiling it way too much. Anyhow, I would 100% recommend Malamander to all the kids to read it.

Anyway, the book followed with Herbie Lemon age 12 years old who works at the Lost-and-Founder at Grand Nautilus Hotel where he finds and keeps those things safe at his workplace so that one day when the rightful owner comes to claim they will get it back. However, one day, a girl name Violet Parma came crash to his place and appoint Herbie to help her find her parents who she has lost 12 years ago and no one knows what happened to them. During those times of searching, they uncover the truth behind Malamander. But what is that? Is it truly exist? Or is it a mere legendary myth? No one knows.

Malamander has an interesting premise that I, as an adult love the story. The setting of the story is really entrancing. You can't help but fall in love with the place from your own imaginary. I would love to read this book to the kids, however, I don't have kids myself nor nephews/nieces yet. I am surely going to buy the physical copy and keep it so that I can read it to my kids in the future. Not only it has an amazing premise even the characters' name itself are SO weirdly creative such as Mrs. Fossil who collecting things at the sea and so much more that you will find it through reading Malamander. 

The author's writing indeed makes you want to read more and more until you find all the answer to the question. That is one the reason what makes this book even more interesting although I have to say that there is still some question are yet to be answered in this first book, I may as well looking forward to the next in the series - if you read, you might understand what I meant. The plot pace is easy for you to go through with your kids or if your kids reading by itself. You will feel relax when reading them from one chapter to another.

Overall, the story is definitely interesting, the characters are all really likable even the villain itself. The plot pace is great. I really recommended this for you to read especially the kids. 

1 comment

Sha Mohamed said…
Best betul baca review Fatina ini..
Cover buku dia ohsem..