‘The House in the Cerulean Sea’ by T.J. Klune



“Because people aren’t black and white. No matter how hard you try, you can’t stay on one path without diversions. And that doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.”


I laughed and cried so much, I was a literal mess. This follows the endearing Linus Baker, a caseworker, who is sent to an orphanage filled with magical kids, by Extremely Upper Management.

As a worker plodding through life, typing, working and dreaming ‘DON’T YOU WISH YOU WERE HERE?’. I could wholeheartedly relate to Linus. He was everything I wanted him to be and more. He has faults our Linus, many many faults. Yet his lightness still prevails.

Armed with a moody cat and just 1 suitcase, Linus is not ready for the quirkiest orphanage to ever quirk.

Enter Lucy. Lucy is the most dramatic, sweetest, cunning boy ever. Yes. BOY. Lucy is short for Lucifer, and after finding this out, Linus is ready to tuck his tail and RUN.

I cannot simply begin to describe how wonderful this book was, I honestly loved it so much.

I did listen via audiobook at some points but then when things progressed, I got impatient and hopped onto my Kindle. This was a great book to wrap up August with. – Please buy via Amazon and support my blog – Please buy via Book Depository and support my blog


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.

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