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Sula's Voyage

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Sula has always known she is different. Even though her parents have shown her nothing but love and acceptance, she sees her dark skin as a reminder of how she doesn’t fit in with the rest of her family.

What’s worse is she also feels that her parents are hiding something from her. After getting expelled from school, Sula reluctantly goes to stay with her m
Paperback, 226 pages
Published May 2016 by Scholastic
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
The sea doesn't give anything back without a reason.

Sula's Voyage is as the title suggests—a voyage. For the last fifteen years, Sula has wondered why she was so different from her parents. While her parents and grandparents were fair skinned, Sula had skin the color of molasses. When her father flies to the Caribbean in an opportunity to further his career, Sula and her mother head to Puerto Galera to visit her mom's best friend. There, she finds more about herself and about a sp
Rachael ( RachaelRexds )
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I was sent Sula's Voyage by the author for review!

This book follows fifteen year old Sula who has always felt that she doesn't fit in with the rest of her family because of her dark skin. She is also constantly bullied by her classmates because of her skin colour. After getting expelled from school, she goes to stay with her Mom's friends and she unexpectedly goes on a journey of self-discovery and she discovers how magical she po
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Sula’s Voyage is a novel by a Filipino writer set in the Philippines and written in English. The writing is excellent really. It’s imaginative, beautifully descriptive and it depicts Filipino culture accurately wonderful. It painted places in our country in vivid and gorgeous imagery.

Plot-wise though, I thought it could have been a bit better or I guess I just expected a lot. The first few chapters I really enjoyed especially that scene when she was packing up her stuff from her locker while he
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
I received a copy of this book from author Catherine Torres in exchange for an honest review

Okay, so, this book was a really interesting read. The writing style has a really nice flow to it and you easily get lost in the story. It kind of reminded me a bit of Mister Pip - and interestingly the covers sort of work together for these two books.

Anyhow; this story follow's Sula, who was born out at sea - and, strangely, her skin is very dark while both of her parents are white. She is expelled from
Jul 13, 2016 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
So, so excited for this one!!!
I received a copy of this book from the author, Catherine Torres, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for the book!

Actual rating: 2.5/5 stars

This book was an interesting and fun read. I loved where it was set (I really want to go there!). I loved the adventurous and vacation-y feeling this book brought with it! And I really think the cover's pretty too.

I liked that the book didn't really focus on love. Or rather, I liked that love wasn't the main theme because yes, the book did b
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
How much do I love this book? Let me count the ways.

I love the story to the depth of the my soul, as deep as the ocean that brought forth Sula into the world.

I love the story to the highest level of every day's most quiet need, as high as the stars that Sula's eyes could see.

Okay.. I'll stop right here, coz clearly I forgot the lines to Elizabeth Browning's Sonnet 43. Let's focus on Sula and Catherine Torres and this book that opened my eyes to a whole new world.

Sula's Voyage is first and fo
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-collection
Originally posted on my blog Home of a Book Lover

Sula's Voyage is added to my list of favorite books from a Filipino writer. Yes, you read it right. Catherine Torres is a Filipino and she wrote this wonderful book which I enjoyed reading so much. No wonder it is one of the finalist in the Asian Book Awards.

The story of the book is simple but really interesting. The twists and turns of the story is breathtaking. I like how the story goes from smooth to a bit confusing then exciting. To some read
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a free paperback copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

First and foremost, I'd like to thank the author. If there's one thing I like more than books, it's free books.
The cover of this book is really pretty and I absolutely love my copy, which is signed by Catherine. I have given it a good spot on my bookshelf.

The story takes us on a journey with Sula, to the Philippines, where she discovers more about herself, her family and friends. I do not know why her
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sent-for-review, 2016
Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

Sula's Voyage is just that - a journey, but not only for Sula, but for the reader, too. Through her roller-coaster journey, I lived vicariously through the wondrous girl who is Sula, her being my age exactly in this novel.

You can read my full review by clicking here.

(Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I would like to send a big thank you to Catherine Torres for this book, as well as a big congratulations for such
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
Thank you Catherine <3 excited to read it :D


ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magical. Loved how the Philippines and my culture were put into such powerful imagery and story. Every character made me feel something, like hope, longing, pride, belongingness. What a beautiful representation. This should be a required reading in school!
Chel (The Procrastinator's Corner)
Also posted on The Procrastinator's Corner

I was so excited to read Sula’s Voyage because:

1. The author is a Filipino and Sula’s Voyage was a finalist in the 2014 Asian Book Award.
2. The setting of Sula’s Voyage is in the Philippines (!!) and most of the events that happened in the book are inspired by real life events that happened in the Philippines (!!).
3. Sula’s Voyage features Filipino mythology – one that I’ve never heard of before!

Needless to say, I was really hyped about Sula’s Voyage.
Dana Wallace - Not Enough Books, Not Enough Time

First, I want to say a huge thank you to Catherine Torres, who was extremely generous to send me a copy of Sula's Voyage. I promised an honest review in return.

"The sea doesn't give anything back without a reason."

As the title suggests, Sula's Voyage is a journey. It is a journey for self-acceptance and self-discovery. Sula is a fifteen-year-old girl who has always wondered why she looks so different from her family, who are fair skinned
Anne F
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The thing that I like about this book is how close it is to home. I'm from Malaysia and magical story that take place in Asia is almost non-existent. Or maybe it's just my choice of reading. Nevertheless, I like that about this book. There are certain parts that I could imagine very well especially The Cove, the sea, the weather, etc.

I also like how it starts so mysteriously. But it kept going on for so long that there are tim
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

'Sula's Voyage' is a young adult coming-of-age story about a fifteen-year-old girl named Sula, and her journey of self discovery. Sula falls in love for the first time, visits some family friends (one of which is terminally ill) and discovers secrets about her birth that her parents have been keeping from her her whole life.

I loved this book! I really liked the writing style and I whizzed through the book, reading it
dantheolumona | aviecayl uy
The cover of this book is very beautiful. As for the story, the first few chapters were interesting. However, I slowly lost interest when the story started revolving around love. Overall, it was okay. I imagined myself having an adventure with Sula. This book reminded me of the setting in "We Were Liars" because of the water and all.
kelly wang
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
"All in all, I thought this book was great. The storytelling was good and it (subtly) tackled issues beyond the usual young adult themes of romance and self-discovery. I wish there was a Filipino translation of this just to see if the narration flows differently when written in the local language. I’ve said before that I don’t really read books written in Filipino but I’m willing to read Sula’s Voyage again in Tagalog." Continue reading our review here.

Please note: We don't use ratings but for t
Nikki Antonio
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Peaceful and relaxing. Such metaphors were elegantly elaborated by the author, such as the title itself, Sula's Voyage.

Sula saw herself at the end of the book, but in my personal opinion, there might be more. I was craving for something, but unfortunately unsatisfied.

There were lessons, of course, and I learned more than I expected; the worth of everyone—especially yourself—that you ignore to observe; building a comfort zone or finding an escape could be a good thing, but living to the fullest
Stacy Lynn
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not surprised that this book has been an Asian Book Award Finalist, because it truly is amazing and readers all around the world must've loved it like I have. Sula is a girl who looks different from the rest of her family and even though her parents have loved her and accepted her, she still sees herself as the odd one out. She has a love for the sea, and soon it makes sense when she finds out a deep secret her parents have been hiding. Hint; she may or may not be magical.
Coly Reads
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good, I guess. I myself am a Filipino so I related so much to this book. Tbh, some scenes were boring and slow while others were pretty exciting and medium-paced. All in all, I got bored at parts while reading this book.
I still think this would good for you if you want to learn more about the Philippines. It has a glossary at the back so you can always look at that from time to time.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 🌟
- i loved the setting—the descriptions of the beach and the folklore that comes with it!
- the hints of magical realism also enriched the folkloric elements
- i cringed at the dialogue at times, though it probably stems from my confusion whether the characters are really speaking in english or are they speaking in their native tongue and the author “translated” them

Wan Hanani
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has a nice plot to it along with good characters. Although in my opinion it was a bit boring to read since it's not my kind of book but i still love it. I love how the book is filled with diversity and some different languages.
Early Sol
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sula's Voyage by Catherine Torres is a fascinating story of journeying through one's identity and principles 🌊
John Warren
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
"The sea has salt enough without us adding our tears to it."
"The sea doesn't give anything back without a reason."
Nikki Sojkowski
***This review and more can by found on my blog Love at First Write***

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I’m not sure if I was in the position to truly comprehend and appreciate the culture represented in this novel, but I loved to try. The novel included beautiful portrayals of the Philippines and their culture, though some of it might have gone over my head. Divine superstition, kissing elder’s hands and the food is mainly what I got from this novel. I’d only re
Jacquie (Rattle the Stars)
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction
I discovered this book while clicking around on Goodreads. I was bored and trying to make the minutes fly by so I could leave work. As soon as I saw the cover I was hooked. The bright, bold colours and the whimsical drawing of a girl sinking into an ocean full of sea creatures and plants stood out. I added it to my TBR and thought nothing more of it. Then I received an email from Catherine Torres, the author, who agreed to send me a copy as it is only available in Asia. Let’s just say I was very ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sula’s Voyage
Author: Catherine Torres
Sula’s skin is the color of molasses. All her life she has been cast out for that reason. Her classmates would make fun of her and worse, she felt out of place even with her own family. She was kicked out of high school so she spends her time attending the marine life classes her father teaches in college. There she finally feels comfortable and befriends another sit-in in her father’s class, James, with whom she falls in love with. When her father g
Bronwyn Lok
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Full review at

First off all, I would like to thank the author and the publisher for this beautiful book. I was offered this book by the author in exchange of an honest review, and of course I jumped at the chance. I loved fantasy novels set in South East Asia, especially those steeped in local cultures and legends. Also, who doesn't love free books? I am glad I took up this book, as I found that out that it is a rare g
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Catherine Torres (Catherine Rose Torres) is a diplomat and writer from Manila. Her work has taken her to postings in New Delhi, Singapore, and now, Berlin. When foreign affairs, as well as domestic ones, permit, Catherine travels around the world on boats made of words. Occasionally, as with these books, she even builds the boat herself.

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