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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AuroraPL_Sam Apr 06, 2021

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.

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dcollins_0
Apr 01, 2021

Beautiful!

CMLibrary_ecrites Mar 18, 2021

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.

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butrfly13181
Mar 05, 2021

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.

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MsJoann
Mar 04, 2021

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.

ReadingAdviser_leni Mar 01, 2021

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.

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Sekiraku
Feb 09, 2021

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.

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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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morganmcdub
Mar 16, 2021

"Hate is loud, but I think you'll learn it's because it's only a few people shouting, desperate to be heard. You might not ever be able to change their minds, but so long as you remember you're not alone, you will overcome."

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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