Review | The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

“A home isn’t always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: scoops of cherry ice cream, gnomes, the cerulean sea, rules, fire wings, secret files, beautiful gardens, threats, ferries, shovels, cellars, buttons, reports and moody cats.

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.

I think I just found myself a new favorite! I’m so happy I decided to buy this and give it a try. It easily became one of the best books I have ever read.

The story is beautifully written and easy to follow, it’s full of magic and it also has some humour! You know a book is good when you’re smiling from ear to ear constantly.

I absolutely loved each and every character in this book. I have to say Lucy was probably my favorite just because I died laughing every time he said something outrageous to try to scare Linus. The interactions between the kids and the adults were so heartwarming and the relationships were beautiful to witness.

The clear message of this book is that we should accept ourselves for who we are and we should celebrate our differences. The world needs us to have courage to be who we truly are and to live our true nature.

This book suits everyone of every age. It doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a tween, this story is meant for everyone.

I’m always a bit skeptical when books like this one are so hyped, but this one lives up to it. It’s beautiful, wholesome and it will touch your heart. Definitely worth it, can’t recommend it enough.


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