The House in the Cerulean Sea is such a unique and heartwarming story. It’s full of hope, acceptance and magic, and with amazing characters to root for. The story is something of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children meets the X-Men and the Ministry of Magic, all mixed together into a completely unique, beautiful and empowering tale about the power of love and found families.
It follows forty-year-old Linus Baker, a case worker at the Department In Charge Of Magical Youth (DICOMY) who has always followed the rules and regulations to the letter when inspecting the orphanages for “special” children run by the government. In contrast to his rather exciting work, Linus private life was quiet, to be kind (dull, grey and utterly boring and lonesome, to be honest). He lived alone in a tiny house with only a grumpy cat and his old records as company. Nothing exciting ever happened to him. Not until the day he was summoned by the Extremely Upper Management and given the highly classified assignment to visit the orphanage in the Cerulean Sea. There Linus was faced with the most unusual children he’d ever met, but also the charming caretaker and a hostile village with people full of fear for the unknown.
In this book, TJ Klune has created a world full of magic and adventures, and with some of the most wonderful characters in literature. I rooted so for them all; the devil’s son Lucy who loves old records, the bearded gnome Talia with a passion for gardening, the forest sprite Phee, the wyvern Theodore who collects buttons, Chauncey who is so unique that no one knows exactly what he is and who’s been told his whole life that he’s a monster but who’s dream is to become a bellhop to greet and help people, and the shy and sweet Sal who writes poetry but who changes into a small Pomeranian when he gets scared. And of course, the enigmatic caretaker Arthur Parnassus, with the big heart and his own secrets, and the island’s protective sprite Zoe.
Even to Linus, who had worked with magical children his whole life, the visit to the island was a mind-blowing experience. He had to struggle to keep an open mind and not let prejudice, rigid rules and unease for the unknown get the better of him. But along the way, he found some eye-opening truths, got to experience the wonders of the world, and the courage to live life to the full.
“Funny how that works out, isn’t it? That we can find the most unexpected things when we aren’t looking for them?”
Linus was such a dear, kind and just man. Seeing how he opened his mind and heart to the children was so heart-warming and touching. The journey to self-discovery for Linus and his character development was simply astounding. From a repressed and quiet little man (with a somewhat large waistline) he grew into a strong and unyielding fighter for justice.
There is so much to be learned from this book! It’s such an enchanting story about acceptance, respect for diversity, the power of love, and about realizing that a home and a family can be found where you least expect it.
“A home isn’t always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with.”
The story dragged a little in the middle, but the ending more than made up for it. All in all, this was a breathtakingly beautiful novel about discovering what makes life worth living and about daring to stand up for the people you love and the things you believe in. It’s a story about the importance of kindness and how a small act of sympathy or love can shine a light even into the darkest of places. I recommend this empowering, hopeful and heartfelt book with all my heart, it’s a book that helps make this world a better place!
4.5 magical stars rounding up to 5
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