Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Genres: Fiction/Fantasy/ MM Romance
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.
It’s on the cool side here in Louisiana. We’ve been hanging out in the low 80s here recently, but today we are in the low 50s. But, I’m feeling all warm and snuggled, and it was all because of this book. It’s definitely one that you can’t help but finish with a smile on your face.
I’m going to warn you that this “review” will be spoilerish. I have just found lately that I’d rather talk about all the things I love (or don’t) about the books I’m reading. I love a great book discussion! You can skip to my last paragraph if you haven’t read this and want to go in blind.
This book is one that is full of lessons. Some are uncomplicated like not judging a book by it cover. And some are more complex. You’re challenged to think about morals and what truly makes something good or bad. You’re encouraged to search yourself for preconceived prejudices. It challenges you to look outside of yourself and also to fully search what’s within yourself. You’re told to stand up in the face of adversity, but my favorite thing is that you’re encouraged to do it without hate.
While Arthur and Linus’s romance is super sweet and adorable, it’s definitely not center stage. The heart of this story is about the children and learning that different isn’t “bad.” Each of the children in the home grabbed my heart – especially with all of the morbid jokes (I almost spewed my drink at one point)…and Chauncey with his heart to serve. And, of course, Linus gets to learn what “home” really means.
I can’t say that I 100% percent agreed with all of the points presented on morals or the Christian representation in the book; however, I could still fully get on board with all of the things I already mentioned. And without hating each other where we differ in opinions, but rather loving each other where we are…I think we’d all be a lot happier.
Overall, I thought this was a beautiful story (even with all of the dark humor) with some great messages. While this is labeled a fantasy, in my opinion it is more fiction. The characters are fantastical, but the story only rarely brings those elements into play. It’s a character driven story full of social issues. It tackles prejudices and hate and encourages love. 4.5 Stars!
Since I just finished this audiobook, I’ll probably be starting Namesake today. It’s less than 9 hrs, so I don’t expect it to take me long to get through it.
I finished Good Girl, Bad Blood yesterday and I’m hoping to get up a post on it soon. I started reading Not My Match last night on my kindle. I made it to the 40% mark. I’m hoping to finish it tonight, but if not then I should have it finished by tomorrow.
That’s a taste of what you can expect coming up.