Book Review : The House In The Cerulean Sea By TJ Klune

Hi Guys,

This is my first book by TJ klune and i can say for sure i am incredibly moved.  I went in this book expecting fluff, i got that but i also learnt about compassion. So stick around and read my review of this beautiful book. But first! Some stats

The house in the cerulean sea

Tittle: The House In The Cerulean Sea

Author: T.J Klune

Genre: Fantasy,LGBT

Rating: 5 ‘ Theodore’s button’ Stars

Publisher: Tor

Date of publication: March 17th 2020

Pages: 398 pages of compassion

Trigger warning: Child abuse


GR Synopsis:

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


  The Review

The Characters

Linus Baker :lives a dreary boring life, he has the same routine everyday and is kind of a pushover at work. He is a caseworker for The Department In Charge of Magical Youth and although he does a good job, he makes sure to Keep a distance in order remain objective [As per instructions written in the Rules and Regulations Tome]. But all that is about to change and he will be forced to realise he has been living in a colorless world.

Arthur Parnassus : The Master of the Marsyas Home on Marsyas Island. He lives with six extraordinary kids (and somehow hasn’t gone crazy) and an Island sprite. The most compassionate man ever. He has a terrible secret to keep. And for some reason he likes Kant? Socks game on point!

Zoe: A Get off my lawn kind of sprite. Well she owns the whole island and could actually get you off.

Extreme Upper Management: A bunch of people with sticks up their arse.

The Kids

Lucy: Has Spiders in his brain, may bring on the apocalypse before dinner but he has the best music collection ever. And he may also want to kill you so that Talia could use you as fertilizer.

Talia: A rare Female Gnome who just wants to bury people in her garden so that they become useful fertilizer is that too much to ask?

Phee: A forest Sprite who thinks humans would be better as trees. 

Theodore: A Wyvern He deserves all the buttons in this world.

Chauncey: Chauncey is bestboi and the best bellhop in history. He’s ermm a jellyfish/green glob???

Sal: The cutest were-pomeranian who deserves all the world.

Themes of this book:

Compassion, Bravery and letting go of prejudice.

What i thought about this lovely gem of a book

If i could hug every character in this book i would have. Aside from being funny, this book tugs on the kokoro (heart)  strings. TJ Klune taps into the ugly side of human prejudice and my god it is scary af what people can do when their hearts are covered. However, you will see the amendments made to correct this mistake and you will also see how obstinate people are in their ways.   I would divide the world into two: You have the Rainy side with the ”mindless bot factory” and annoying neighbors from hell. And then you have the Sunny ”don’t you wish you were here” adventure side. Overall i would say the world is kinda big brother-ish ( with the see something say something posters).

The characters in this book would stay with me for a long time because there’s just something so pure about them. I liked how Linus developed in this book, he went from being bland af, distancing himself from his wards even though he cares and being timid to caring for his wards and saying F*ck the whole establishment.  Linus does his best make up for his mistakes  and he actually grows balls of steel in the end. 

Arthur Parnassus is a strong character, he has every right to be downright evil but my god did he turn his tragic past into something positive.  He is patient and kind but will mess you up if you touch what is his. I think Arthur shows us we have a choice,  you can wallow in the past or use it to make you stronger and better.

The children I LOVE ALL OF THEM AND WOULD ADOPT THEM. They have been through the worst with human beings and are healing. I liked how Arthur tuned into their individual needs, he listens to them and knows what they need to heal. He brings out the best in them.  I loved how funny they were their little shenanigans.

“I’ve always wanted to see if humans make good fertilizer. It seems like they would.” She eyed him up and down hungrily. “All that flesh”. -Talia

TJ Klune’s writing takes you on a journey of compassion. Its soft when it needs to be and sucker punches you when you see how bogoted people can be. At the end its like a warm ray of love and compassion shining down on you. I loved this book and i am sure you will love it too or you might just be the grinch (jk,jk) to each his own. 

Sometimes, Mr. Parnassus said, “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.- Arthur parnassus

I highly recommend this. I read mine on kindle but i want to a physical copy to hug.

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Nelo-The Booked Unicorn

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