The House in the Cerulean Sea: A Review

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Hey Book Friends.

I finished “House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune, and it was perfect. By the last page, I was crying a vicious Viola Davis cry, snot and all. The characters, the love, the fight against discrimination, just everything about this book was great. 

Synopsis: Linus Baker is a caseworker for DICOMY (the Department In Charge of Magical Youth), and Extremely Upper Management gives him a particular assignment. He is to visit the orphanage on Marsyas Island. The children are under the care of Arthur Parnassus, whom upper management would like further information regarding his care and tutelage. After some observations, Linus is torn between following the rules and regulations described by his job and doing what is best for the children. What happens is simply a magical dream, with an almost too perfect romance.

The kids are just a unique bunch, but my favorite is Talia, a 263-year-old gnome. She carries a shovel and threatens to bury Linus in her garden; she’s never used human flesh as fertilizer before and is very curious given the present opportunity. 

“The House in the Cerulean Sea” is very timely. Klune did a fantastic job describing prejudice and how change can start from one person. It’s the small, everyday actions that lead to change, like speaking against discriminatory practices at work or marching in a local protest.

Just under 400 pages, I wished this book didn’t end. 

5 Stars

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