The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea

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"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"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Tor, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781250217288
Characteristics: 398 pages ;,22 cm.


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May 12, 2021

Loved it so much I read it twice before returning.

May 04, 2021

I had such a lovely time reading this. TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea is a spectacular book about empathy, hope, and found family. The characters were unlike any I’ve ever encountered, and yet somehow felt far more real than most. I was incredibly impressed by the main character’s growth and development, and how beautifully his relationships with the rest of the cast evolved over the course of the book. Klune’s particular brand of humour was delightful, and I found myself laughing out loud countless times. I also appreciated the deeper discussions about morality and the themes of prejudice and discrimination nestled among all the sweetness and levity. The House in the Cerulean Sea is escapist, but in a way that puts our world into perspective. This book is adorable and thought-provoking and resonating, and left me feeling so warm inside. I can’t recommend The House in the Cerulean Sea enough, and I’d give it 5/5 stars. --@Ayama of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 26, 2021

If you’re a fan of magic, found family, and healthy LGBT+ representation, The House in the Cerulean Sea is your book. This book deals with the flaws in a foster care system for magical children, and the reader follows a caseworker who does check-ins on the different houses for those children. I went into this book with high expectations, and came out more than satisfied. Klune does an excellent job of getting the reader completely and utterly attached to the characters, and the world building is really just incredible. You definitely find those characters that just capture your heart, and start rooting for them like nothing else. I constantly recommend this book to everyone I know.

AuroraPL_Sam Apr 06, 2021

Easily a new favourite and one I know I will reread again and again. This book is gentle, it's wholesome -- it just wraps you in its embrace and takes you away somewhere far, yet it feels so familiar. I loved the children in this story and Arthur and Linus are just too sweet for words.

Apr 01, 2021


CMLibrary_ecrites Mar 18, 2021

The House in the Cerulean Sea is, at it's core, a cozy, paranomal found-family love story. But it is way more than the sum of it's parts. It is an utterly delightful book that is funny and emotional and just so pleasurable to read. I'm sure I'll find myself returning to this one again and again when I'm in need of a comfort read.

I really enjoyed this novel and found it was a fast and entertaining read. The character development is impeccable, especially with our main character Linus. By the time you're finished with it you've fallen in love with all of the children, the island, and Linus who is fiercely protective of what is just and right when it comes to magical beings. I highly recommend it, and also think it would be a good book to get you out of a reading shlump.

Mar 05, 2021

This book is one of my favorite books I've ever read. I loved the store, I really loved the characters, and I loved the message. I just loved it.

Mar 04, 2021

I am adding this book to the top ten novels I've ever read. The author takes something so unbelievable and you believe it! You fall in love with these characters, and you ache for them, you cheer for them, and you cry for them. I wan to live in this house and never leave.

ReadingAdviser_leni Mar 01, 2021

This book deserves more than five stars. While a fairly easy read with lots of humour, it had a massive impact on me. Within the pages there were lessons on diversity, acceptance, found family all with a slight Orwellian theme. An "own voice" novel, as the author is queer.

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Mar 16, 2021

"Hate is loud, but I think you'll learn it's because it's only a few people shouting, desperate to be heard. You might not ever be able to change their minds, but so long as you remember you're not alone, you will overcome."

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“When something is broken, you can put it back together. It may not fit quite the same, or work like it did once before, but that doesn't mean it's no longer useful.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“We should always make time for the things we like. If we don't, we might forget how to be happy.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“A home isn’t always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with."

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“Change often starts with the smallest of whispers. Like-minded people building it up to a roar.”

Jul 02, 2020

From the jacket/about the author: "Being queer himself, TJ [Klune] believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories."

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