July 19, 2021

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tor Books

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“Because even the bravest of us can still be afraid sometimes, so long as we don’t let our fear become all we know”

The House in the Cerulean Sea is such a heartwarming book. It felt like a warm hug while I was reading. 

Linus Baker is a social worker in the Department in control of Magical Youth (also known as DICOMY), who is regularly sent out to evaluate magical orphanage’s under DICOMY’s control. He does everything by the book and is known for meticulous, detail-filled reports. One day, he is sent to evaluate the orphanage of Marsyas Island, filled with the most unique children in the system and under the care of Arthur Parnassus. His time on the island with the children, Arthur, and island caretaker Zoe Chapelwhite changes the way that Linus looks at the world and what he wants for his future. 

The adults in the story are important but my favorite part was the kids of the orphanage. Chauncey is such a pure little soul, and his dream of becoming a bellhop is adorable. Talia’s sass and quips are to die for. The way they and the other children have come together like siblings and made their own little quirky family was beautiful. One of my favorite “found family” books ever!

If you’ve been thinking about reading this book and wondering if it lives up to the hype, it is undoubtedly worth the read and completely lives up to expectations. 

About the Author

TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

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