BOOK REVIEW: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune

Release Date: March 17, 2020

Page Count: 393 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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.


This book is charmingly delightful. I don’t think I can quite describe how this book made me feel but it’s somewhat like a warm hug. Or that feeling when you’re curled up in a fluffy blanket in your favourite chair with a cup of hot chocolate. Pure perfection.

I completely fell in love  with all the characters. So many different characters, each vastly different. Lucy, Theodore, Sal, Phee, Chauncey and Talia have such vivid personalities and individuality. I adored all of them but Chauncey is my favourite character. The green blob is a literal ball of sunshine. So pure!! Another one would be Lucy. 😍😍

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

Beautifully written and filled with humour, this book will steal your heart. I love this is queer, whimsical story and I think I’m going reread it many, many times. I cannot reccomend this book enough but trust me, The House in the Cerulean Sea is unforgettable. I know this is a standalone but I can’t help but hope for more.

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