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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2020
ISBN: 9781250217288
1250217288
Characteristics: 398 pages ; 22 cm

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"This book has been described as a 'hug in a book.' It is heartwarming, refreshing, and a great book for Harry Potter fans."--Diana for Holiday Gift Shelf Help at Kansas City Public Library

Linus Baker, a case worker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, is assigned to investigate a house. The residents, six dangerous children and their caretaker Arthur, have made a home. Perfect for anyone looking for a story about found-families for those that need them most.


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Margush
Feb 09, 2021

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.

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hannad14
Feb 05, 2021

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.

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Katie_Dublin
Jan 16, 2021

Utterly charming. A more wholesome Good Omens that would be perfect for young adults.

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misterwisp
Dec 31, 2020

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.

LPL_KimberlyL Dec 17, 2020

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.

LPL_LeahN Dec 14, 2020

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".

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The_Zookeeper
Nov 14, 2020

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.

McTestyElvis Nov 12, 2020

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.

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dstradling
Nov 11, 2020

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.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 12, 2020

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!

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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.”

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

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

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

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SJZB2020
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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