Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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.
About: The House in the Cerulean Sea is a young adult fantasy written by TJ Klune. It was published on 3/17/2020 by Tor Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, audiobook, 12 hours 12 minutes. The genres are young adult fantasy, magic, LGBT, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “Macmillan Audio was founded in 1987 as Audio Renaissance and published its first programs in 1988. Audio Renaissance was acquired by Holtzbrinck in 2001 and changed its name to Macmillan Audio in 2007. Macmillan Audio records the best fiction and nonfiction available for both adults and children from Macmillan’s publishers, in addition to publishing original productions and titles from other publishers.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started listening to The House in the Cerulean Sea on 7/23/2021 and finished it on 7/28/2021. I bumped this book up my reading list purely by the raved I have been seeing on Goodreads and Instagram. Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. Linus the main character has nothing going on with his life. He didn’t have any friends and didn’t work in different jobs. He’s a lonely guy who actually enjoyed being alone. This new assignment gave him the opportunity to get out of his comfort zone. He’s interacting more, surrounded by others constantly, and hiking in the woods. The children he’s checking on are magical creatures and they are separated away from society. I enjoyed humor in this story.
This book started with Linus, 40, a caseworker, coming to an orphanage to assess Daisy, 11, because she hurt Marcus in a way that sent him to the hospital. These children can do magic. He’s trying to eat healthy and got a stain on his shirt. He was surprised when he was summoned by upper management because he has been working in the same position for 17 years and have never seen upper management. At home he was made fun of by a neighbor for being lonely with just his music and his cat for company. Now he’s 40 with a spare tire in his mid section and a little house to account for. Despite all that, he’s fine with his life because he felt he doesn’t have time for love. When he went to see upper management the next day, they assigned him to an orphanage located in an island with 6 unique children. He was beyond surprised that he was chosen.
This book was well written but the happenings in this story are not surprising to me. It’s a bit mundane. Maybe because I just got off reading All of Us Villains with a lot of excitement that this one was kind of pulling me down from my high. This book has many words of inspiration that I liked like there’s more to life than worrying about having a spare tire so one shouldn’t waste time worrying about it. The ending was pretty obvious what Linus should do. I feel bad for not enjoying this book as I had hoped. Readers, don’t take my word for this book, but rather you should read it for yourself and form your own opinions because there are a lot of readers enjoying this read.
I rate it 3 stars!
About the Author:
TJ Klune is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.