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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I read a great many books, and I think sometimes that renders me a little jaded. While I enjoy most of what I read, I don't usually react with the jumping-up-and-down evangelistic adoration I lavished on my favorite stories as a child.
Not usually, but sometimes.
The House in the Cerulean Sea is one of the most warmhearted, purely wholesome and enjoyable stories I've ever read. Given that I tend to be rather grimdark in my reading tastes and 'wholesome' is not ordinarily a work I would even think to apply to most books I enjoy, I would recommend this book to anyone. In fact, that's exactly what I have been doing, passionately and at great length. I intend to beg and cajole everyone I know into reading this book, because it would be a disservice to them to let themselves be deprived of it. Don't do yourself that disservice, either.
Such a delightful book! A must read to learn how to be kind and tolerant...and happy. Love all the characters and a very unusual plot. I hope to see a movie based on this book one day.
Made me feel for the kids and the relationship of Linus and Arthur with such emotions and clarity. I will recommend this to everyone I know. 100 out 0f 5 stars made me cry, squeal in joy, and would reread. I love this book and now I am on a quest to read everything Mr. Tj klune has published.
Utterly charming. A more wholesome Good Omens that would be perfect for young adults.
This book is just so cozy and pleasant that I would consider reading it again. Even if it was sweet and maybe predictable it made me root for the characters.
It does have a kind of fairy tale or fable feel. Certain things seem very heightened or exaggerated for the sake of making a point. Yet all the stuff about struggling to be who you are in the face of rejection, finding your place in life, and accepting yourself is really excellently done in my opinion and deeply relatable and meaningful.
This book is one hundred percent characters. It is all character journeys, interpersonal drama, and emotional struggles. So I get that could be boring for some. But there is just such a strong thread of compassion and caring and doing the right thing even when it's hard that shines so brightly and strongly here that I consider it to have been highly worth my time and I will check out more of the author's work.
The feeling I got during and after reading this book is the same as what I got from the Becky Chambers' Wayfarers books. They're obviously very different in content but to me there is an atmosphere and sense of humanism that is similar.
What begins as a magical story of an ordinary man with an ordinary life and an ordinary job, is so much bigger and brighter and more wonderful than you could ever imagine. There are magical creatures and a bureaucrat with a heart of gold and ice cream parlors and golden oldies and indefatigable hope and limitless love and a sea so blue you'll wish you were there and buttons, so many buttons. This book provides hope where you think there is none and the characters have brought so much joy to my life, I cannot stop talking about them, months and months later. I'm going to treasure this book, always.
A lot of books have made me cry over the years, but this is the only one I can think of that brought tears to my eyes just because of how pure, wholesome, and good it is. Prepare to be charmed, amused, and moved by the irresistible cast of characters. T.J. Klune put his whole heart in this novel, tackling some tough topics in a way that filled me with hope instead of with disappointment in my fellow humans, and gave me some desperately sought joy in "these difficult times".
I loved this book. It was so funny and quirky. Every single character was a delight and I fell in love with them along with Linus, the MC, and now I want more. I don't know of TJ Klune will write a sequel, but I would love one.
This is the sweetest story you're going to read. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you feel all the feels.
Overall, a lovely story. The message was great, not complex but somehow still needs to be said in this day and age. Klune said it in a beautiful, positive way. I'm always going on about how if you want something to change for the better, focus on the better. Don't go on and on about what's wrong. Give us an example of what Better could look like. That was this novel! Though it wasn't completely utopic (that would've been annoying honestly) it depicts a world in which it is possible for everyone to live in harmony without limiting preconceptions. Awesome!
Drawbacks. I got a bit fatigued of the exposition by about 3/4 of the way through. I would've loved to see a bit more action, a little less conversation. And the ending was extremely predictable, in pretty much every regard. I saw it coming from 10,000 miles out. Maybe it wasn't supposed to be a surprise. I guess I would've loved just one or two big surprises or action scenes, because Fantasy.
Memorable characters, masterful scene-setting and a resonant message amplify the qualities of Klune's found-family, feel-good fantasy debut. While the metaphors are heavy, and perhaps too much time is spent throwing inspiring quotes at everyone, this book is well worth it for orphans. Much like they do for the protagonist, they'll quickly work their way into your heart, unexpected quirks and all.
With a good sense of humor and a cinematic style of presence, you'll want to visit the House of the Cerulean Sea.
This is, at its core, a children's novel that was written for adults. If you approach it with that understanding, it really is lovely. I read so much of both adult and children's literature that the cover confused me (as it looks very much like a children's novel and I didn't remember it was from the adult section) and I kept trying to figure out why anyone would publish a children's book with an adult main character until I finally figured it out!
This enchanting story about finding one's place in the world is like a warm hug in book form.
The most heartwarming story that I've read and easily an all-time favorite. It's a very whimsical slice-of-life story that will capture your heart. Recommended for people who love stories about found families. It's a book that you’ll immediately want to reread as soon as you finish the last page.
Too saccharine to be heartwarming even before the author waves his wand and makes everything come out right; current events make clear that hatred doesn't just go poof! and disappear.
I think my expectation were set too high when I picked this up. All I've seen are glowing reviews. I did enjoy Linus' transformation and seeing his relationship with the children and Arthur evolve. And this was a cute story but I found it overall too predictable and boring. For the right reader this will be a wonderful read but it just wasn't for me.
Charming story, and uplifting. Just what I needed in a dark time. My only quibble is the ending -- it goes on just a little bit longer than it should have. But this is only a quibble. A lovely, timely, and compelling book.