Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Publisher: Tor Books
Page Count: 394
Publication Date: 2020
Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Contemporary, Romance. LBGTQ
Good Reads Rating: ★★★★★ (4.46)
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5.0)
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.
Orphanages for magical children, a shady bureaucracy trying to cover their tails, and the power of love and courage. This is a fairytale for modern times poised to hit the topics of difference, prejudice, and complacency head-on.
“Sometimes our prejudices color our thoughts when we least expect them to. If we can recognize that, and learn from it, we can become better people.”
Linus Baker’s life is being sucked from him day in and day out as he carries out his tasks and responsibilities. The rules that he has dutifully obeyed always direct his actions and the solitary life he has created has always been enough for him. Until he is sent on a special case assignment that turns his entire world upside down and casts his life into technicolor.
Introduced to the most endearing cast of characters, Linus begins to open his heart and embrace living at its fullest, because of, not in spite of, all of the beauty brought forward by our differences.
Lively, exquisitely crafted, and charming this story is a joyful celebration of the nondiscriminatory nature of love in the face of all the ugliness and cruelty that tears us apart.
It is a wonderfully magical story that feels like being wrapped up in a warm blanket or a hug of sunshine.
It was humorous, whimsical, and yet filled with incredibly poignant and profound dialogue.
“Change often starts with the smallest of whispers. Like-minded people building it up to a roar.”
At the core is a tender, touching love story about how unconditional love and acceptance from others can help to empower you to become the best version of yourself and gain the courage to fight for yourself and others around you.
“Your voice is a weapon. Never forget that.”
I wish there was a way to capture everything about this book into a bottle to carry with me when I need it most or hang it in my window to color my world and reflect the light it gives like the rays of sunshine through a suncatcher.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.