The House in the Cerulean Sea
by TJ Klune
* * * * * Stars (Amazing!)
The story follows a 40-year-old man named Linus Baker, who works at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth evaluating the well-being of children kept in orphanages authorized by the government. One day Linus is tasked with a new highly classified assignment: to journey to Marsyas Island orphanage and supervise 6 mysterious and seemingly “dangerous” children. The caretaker, Arthur Parnussus, is also one of much intrigue and mystique, and is significant in helping Linus see that things may not always be what they seem. This book is guaranteed to tug at the heart strings of those that love reading stories with themes that illustrate that love can be found in even the most unexpected places.
One thing I truly adore about this book are the characters. Each and every character is charming in their own distinctive way, and you can’t help but fall in love with them throughout the story. It is evident that a lot of thought and care was put into many aspects of this book, whether it be the story, setting, characters, and relationships. For middle & high school teens and adults. (Published for adults.)