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.
ISBN: 9781250217288
Characteristics: 398 pages cm

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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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lola_jane
Oct 09, 2020

This enchanting story about finding one's place in the world is like a warm hug in book form.

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

The most heartwarming story that I've read and easily an all-time favorite. It's a very whimsical slice-of-life story that will capture your heart. Recommended for people who love stories about found families. It's a book that you’ll immediately want to reread as soon as you finish the last page.

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cjhi
Sep 29, 2020

Too saccharine to be heartwarming even before the author waves his wand and makes everything come out right; current events make clear that hatred doesn't just go poof! and disappear.

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becker
Sep 18, 2020

This is a purely wonderful story with the most lovable group of characters.

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Lady_Librarian
Sep 16, 2020

I think my expectation were set too high when I picked this up. All I've seen are glowing reviews. I did enjoy Linus' transformation and seeing his relationship with the children and Arthur evolve. And this was a cute story but I found it overall too predictable and boring. For the right reader this will be a wonderful read but it just wasn't for me.

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LMG0603
Sep 04, 2020

Charming story, and uplifting. Just what I needed in a dark time. My only quibble is the ending -- it goes on just a little bit longer than it should have. But this is only a quibble. A lovely, timely, and compelling book.

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MythrielofSolitude
Aug 21, 2020

Such a great story and adorable romance.

PimaLib_TaylorJ Aug 06, 2020

This story is magical, soft, and full of love. Though labeled as adult fiction, this would be a wonderful middle-grade read as well. Easily one of my favorite stories I read in 2020.

CaitlinG_OshLib Aug 05, 2020

A beautiful, heart warming story filled with found family, love and the gentleness of finding yourself.

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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.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

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

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

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

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“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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Jul 02, 2020

SJZB2020 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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