The House in the Cerulean Sea
By: T.J. Klune
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Adult Magical Realism
Page Count: 393
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.
This review will be spoiler free
The moment I saw this book I fell in love with it! The cover caught my attention right away, it is almost childlike in the way it’s presented, with the fun colours and the cute title script. Once I had picked it up I was even more intrigued by the synopsis, and then I found out that people have been raving about it online, and I was almost too excited to start reading it! Let me say that it did not disappoint, this book was just as cute and heartwarming as it promised to be.
The story starts out a little slow, setting up the magical world and introducing us to dear Linus Baker. As the story goes on it gets more and more colourful. We get to experience the magic with Linus as he slowly opens up to the possibilities it offers him. The other characters were just as charming, and I really got Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children vibes from the story. I also loved the diversity of the characters, and the LGBTQ+ representation, it’s something I hopeLet me say that Lucy, the Antichrist was by far my favourite character, and I’m sure this book will make an amazing movie one day and I can’t wait to see his spunk brought to life.
If you want a book that will make you smile, a book that will warm your heart and risk you away to cerulean seas and beautiful sunsets, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is missing a little whimsical in their life (and I know for me, this book was such a welcome respite from the horrific dumpster fire that is 2020).
As a final note I will say that this book was not cheap, but don’t be discouraged by the price tag, I think the joy and fun this book brought me definitely made the price feel justified, and the gorgeous hardcover speaks for itself. It is a stand alone, so don’t worry, you will feel satisfied by the ending.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book! I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you guys prefer series or stand alone books?