Book Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

 


I didn't read Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's House of Peculiar Children, but I did watch the movie. So if you're familiar with that, you will have an idea on what The House in the Cerulean Sea is about. But in my opinion, it's so much better. It's lovely, delightful, funny, sad at times, and it will teach you a thing or two about not judging people by how they look. 

Linus Baker works for the Extremely Upper Management; an agency that handles the housing and care for kids with extraordinary abilities and characteristics. As far as case worker goes, Linus is one of the rare ones who genuinely cares for the kids. He tries to be as fair as he can, but sometimes, he can't help himself but be emphatic. He has a soft spot for the kids -- most of them outcasts of the society for how they look, some of them abused and abandoned by their own parents. Truthfully, some of them do not even know where they come from. 

When he was task to make a month-long visit to a level 4 case, he was taken aback. Because it was a huge responsibility. Not only for the secrecy all it entails, but for what he may be in for. Especially when the first kid he's tasked to observe is literally the son of Satan himself. The kids in this particular orphanage are the sort that he's never encountered before: a living gnome, a young wyvern (a dragon-like creature who has a penchant for hoarding shiny things), a shape shifter who turns into a Pomeranian when he gets scared, a sprite who talks to nature, an unidentifiable green blob who wants to be a bellboy when he grows up, and as I mentioned, an Antichrist. But he also has to deal with the Master of the house, Arthur Parnassus and the cranky owner of the entire island, an adult sprite who was very territorial. 

This book is definitely the perfect panacea if you're feeling maudlin --whether due to weather or the ongoing pandemic. An escape that can whisk you away to the blue, blue sea in the company of some magical children and the adults that love and care for them. The lesson it imparts is that of kindness and understanding and finding the simple joy in all things that we take for granted. And home, finding safety and harbour with the people who love us for all that we are. This also features love between two men who didn't think they would ever find love in their lifetime. Honestly, it's such a feel-good book. One of my favourite reads this year. 


Comments

  1. I heard so many great things about this one and I confess that I'm quite curious to read it too

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  2. TJ Klune never failed to make me laugh. Glad you enjoyed this book so much, J!

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  3. I've never read TJ Klune, but this does sound like a read that would brighten the spirits. I don't read much middle grade but I'll keep this in mind. Fab review, Joy!

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  4. I have heard nothing but praise for this book. It sounds so unique and honestly like a very light and happy book. I put it on hold at the library but the wait is LONG!

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  5. I just put this book on my TBR list last month because it came recommended by one of my friends but I'm glad to see your review because now I want it even more. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Joy!

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  6. Now I loved those books, so you have me all sorts of curious. I am adding to my wishlist!

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  7. I feel like I have seen this book all over the place but I had no idea what it was about. I think that I might have to give this one a try.

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  8. Sounds like a good one. Great review!

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  9. This is the escape I need; I've got 9 more weeks until my library hold comes in, yay!

    I've read half of a Peregine book, wasn't for me but I liked the concept. Is it fair to compare this to the Umbrella Academy as well?

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    1. Fair. Except they're not as murderous. Lol. Honestly, it's all good, clean fun.

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  10. I'm not a middle grade reader so that's stopping me from actually picking this up but I've been curious since I've only heard positive things about this.

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  11. I couldn't find your blog until I saw you comment somewhere lol

    I've been wanting to read this one - I have it on hold.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  12. I can't wait to read this, I've heard nothing but wonderful things😁

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  13. I've heard only great things about this book. I have a copy of it that I really, REALLY need to read. It sounds like a delightful escape of a story!

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