The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
“Oh dear,” Linus Baker said, wiping the sweat from his brow.
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.
This book is filled with so much wonder and whimsy and delightful fun and love. I couldn’t get enough of it. The characters are all unique and good and funny. I loved all of them. There were so many amazing lessons within these pages about prejudice and belonging and taking risks for what you want or need most in life. As well as lessons about the right thing to do in hard or scary situations, especially when protecting ones you love or ones who most need or deserve your protection. This was such an amazing and heartwarming read. Absolutely amazing.
I’m planning to buy a hard copy of this soon so I can reread and annotate in the new year. I’m pretty sure this is my new favorite book of all time.