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A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!A 2021 Alex Award winner!The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!An Indie Next Pick!One of Publishers Weekly’s “Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020″One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s bestselling, breakout contemporary fantasy that’s “1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in.” (Gail Carriger)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.

TJ Klune
December 29, 2020
416 pages

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A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!A 2021 Alex Award winner!The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!An Indie Next Pick!One of Publishers Weekly’s “Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020″One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies””I loved it. It is like being wrapped up in a big gay blanket. Simply perfect.” ―V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue”It will renew your faith in humanity.” ―Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series“It’s a witty, wholesome fantasy that’s likely to cause heart-swelling.” ―The Washington Post“The House in The Cerulean Sea is a modern fairy tale about learning your true nature and what you love and will protect. It’s a beautiful book.” ―Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author“1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. Touching, tender, and truly delightful, The House in the Cerulean Sea is an utterly absorbing story of tolerance, found family, and defeating bureaucracy.”―Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless“Sweet, comforting, and kind, this book is very close to perfect. The House in the Cerulean Sea is a work of classic children’s literature written for adults and children alike, with the perspective and delicacy of the modern day. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” ―Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway“Is it possible to fall in love with someone’s imagination? If so, consider me fully smitten. TJ Klune creates worlds where fear and threat can be conquered by kindness, and a tender, queer heart is more valuable than any weapon or power.” ―David Levithan “Quirk and charm give way to a serious exploration of the dangers of complacency in this delightful, thought-provoking Orwellian fantasy from Klune…. This tale of found family is hopeful to its core. Readers will revel in Klune’s wit and ingenuity.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)”Lambda Literary Award-winning author Klune (The Art of Breathing, 2019, etc.) has a knack for creating endearing characters, and readers will grow to love Arthur and the orphans alongside Linus… fans of quirky fantasy will eat it up. A breezy and fun contemporary fantasy.” ―Kirkus“This is a sweet narrative about the value of asking questions and the benefits of giving people (especially children) a chance to be safe, protected, and themselves, regardless of what assumptions one might glean from, say, reading their case file.” ―Booklist“This inclusive fantasy is quite possibly the greatest feel-good story ever to involve the Antichrist…. The House in the Cerulean Sea will delight fans of Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series and any reader looking for a burst of humor and hope.” ―Shelf Awareness“A beautiful little gem of both irony and, yes, kindness.” ―Fantasy & Science Fiction“TJ Klune is a master storyteller.” ―The Mary Sue”A delightful tale about chosen families, and how to celebrate differences.” ―Library Journal“If ever there was an author to watch out for, [Klune] is definitely that author.” ―Culturess Daily 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. <div id="

  • TJ Klune continues to blow me away with his books and this one is simply extraordinary. He’s balanced his amazing and crazy sense of humor (think books like the “Verania” series and “How to Be a Normal Person”) and his keen sense of storytelling (the epic “Green Creek” series or the standalone “Murmuration”) and created a tale of found family, the importance of kindness and the courage to speak up for those who need it most.The story revolves around Linus Baker, a caseworker with the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He leads a dreary, by-the-book life, checking up on the orphanages under the department’s care and making sure they’re operating by following the extensive guidelines. He’s known for his detailed reports and it’s because of that he’s tasked by Extremely Upper Management to go to the Marsays Island Orphanage to check up on its caretaker, Arthur Parnassus, and the six unique, magical children that live there.Linus’s life changes just going out to the orphanage. He’s always wanted to go to the sea–and that’s where he ends up on an island surrounded by the sea. As he gets away from the city, he gets out of the gloom and rain and into the sun. It’s really a Wizard of Oz moment as his world goes to color from gray. Linus’s journey of self-discovery is the heart–or one of the hearts–of this story and his progression into the light is part of what makes this story so great. He finds that there’s much more to life than rules and regulations. There’s a need for kindness, compassion and understanding.The kids at the orphanage are an incredible array of characters that I think could only spring from TJ mind: Lucy–or Lucifer; Talia the gnome; Chauncey, a green blob with eyes on stalks who just wants to be a bellhop; Sal, a shapeshifter who when nervous becomes a tiny dog; Phee a forest sprite and Theodore, a wyvern who hordes buttons. The kids and Arthur have formed an amazing family. The kids have come here from other orphanages for various reasons and Arthur does his best to protect and teach them. Perhaps most importantly that they don’t necessarily have to be who people think they should be–like Lucy doesn’t have to give in to the idea that he’s the destroyer of the world.Early on Arthur challenges Linus and it really sets Linus off on his journey. “I think if you open your eyes, you’ll see what’s right in front of you rather than what’s listed in a file,” Arthur says. And boy are Linus’s eyes opened. The children are all incredible with their childlike wonder, their massive sense of protection for each other and, even though they’re all young, they are well aware that the world doesn’t really want them–especially the town that is across the sea from the island.TJ’s created six distinct characters that you can’t help but fall in love with from Theordore’s delight in buttons to Chauncey’s bellhop dreams and his protective urges towards Theodore. And there’s Lucy, he’s wildly funny as he pushes Linus’s buttons sometimes, but as you see his other facets, including a love of classic music from the 50s and that he knows that the could really cause damage you want to wrap him up in a hug and protect him.As Linus spends his time with Arthur and the kids, he starts to see how messed up Extremely Upper Management is and that made the rules aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. And when it comes to that hateful town, he realizes that there are changes needed, changes he needs to speak up for.Oh, and there’s a super sweet, terrific romance that blooms between Linus and Arthur too. The book isn’t a romance, but the spark between these two is pure romance and it feels like old school courting. That’s not to say they don’t have problems–oh my do they have issues to take care of–but it’s a beautiful part of the story.Yes, I love everything about “House in the Cerulean Sea”–Linus self-discovery, his romance with Arthur and the delightful kids living at the Marsays Island Orphanage. There’s something in this book from everyone and this book can be read by all ages. My hardback sits on my shelf of all-time favorites, that’s how much this book means to me.
  • Terrible way to get a gay romance out there!Disappointed to say the least.If there was a negative star i would have given it.All gay romance and very little about the magical children the story was supposed to be about.Don’t waste your time with this one.
  • There’s an orphanage with magical children, and one of the children (“Lucy”) is the antichrist. Part of the book’s story of tolerance is about people accepting Lucy and his humanity. I’m like, well, it depends on whether or not Lucy hurts people.There’s a scene where an intolerant religious person (“Marty”) reacts negatively to Lucy. The point-of-view character (“Linus”) enters the scene right after Lucy throws Marty against a wall hard enough to knock him unconscious:—“What happened?” Linus demanded.Lucy looked up at him and shrugged. “Oh, he started talking about Jesus and God and that I was an abomination or something.” He nodded toward the unconscious Marty. Around his neck hanging on a chain was an ornate silver cross. “He tried to shove that in my face.” Lucy laughed as he shook his head. “What does he think I am, a vampire? That’s silly. I like crosses.”—Marty was being unpleasant, but not violent. Lucy seems fine, laughing about it. Lucy reacted violently, though. And Linus endorses that violence (“Linus thought about giving him [Marty] another bump on the head with a well-placed kick”).I’m totally not on board with Lucy’s violent reaction and how Linus approves of it. The other characters (the ones whose opinion we’re supposed to care about) all think Marty’s the bad guy and deserves violent punishment, but that Lucy is a good kid and needs protection from people like Marty.DNF 61%
  • Have you ever read something that is something completely new yet familiar at the same time? That’s how I feel about The House in the Cerulean Sea. I am totally in love with this book and I’m having a hard time pinning down exactly why. The best comparison I can come up with is that the story reads like what I’d imagine would be the result of Douglas Adams and Diana Wynne Jones combining forces to write a fantasy version of the Island of Misfit Toys but with paranormal creatures instead of toys and a dash of Good Omens thrown in for good measure.The story follows middle-aged and easily forgotten caseworker, Linus Baker, who gets sent by upper management to investigate a troublesome group home for magical children that has seemingly been kept a secret from everyone. What Linus finds when he gets to the orphanage was nothing he was expecting or even remotely prepared for.This book is heartwarming, sentimental, weird and absolutely and utterly delightful! I picked it up for the queer romance and I kept reading for the six dangerous children, their mysterious caretaker, the invisible case worker, and the found family trope. The children are a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist and they are weird and just downright perfect! My heart was a puddle of heartwarmed goo by the time I finished this book.I immediately wanted to go and start this book again when I finished and that is the highest praise I can give a book.I quickly fell in love with the children and their mysterious caretaker, Arthur. I fell in love with Linus too but it took a bit longer. It was quite easy once we got to see him interact with everyone at Marsyas Island. The worldbuilding in this book is on the light side for a fantasy book but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t absolutely delightful and well done. I want to go live on the island with everyone and have adventures with them every Saturday.A major theme running through out the book is that you don’t need to live up to other people’s expectations of what you should be solely based on who or what you were born. You don’t have to be a monster even if look like one and that’s what everyone expects from you. It’s okay to be different. It’s crucial even. It’s about finding yourself, your place, and your happiness and being true to it. I’ve had this book finished for a while now and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.I am a sucker for the found family trope and the one in this book was so precious! I could read a whole series about them! And the romance! It wasn’t overwhelmingly at the forefront but it was sweet and beautiful and I was rooting for it as soon as they met on page for the first time! Also, can I comment on the fact that this is a standalone contemporary fantasy? I can’t remember the last time I read one and it’s part of what I loved about this book!The House in the Cerulean Sea is heartwarming, delightfully diverse, wonderfully queer, and a bit ridiculous but in the best way. It’s one that I can confidently say has already made my favorite books of the year list.This was my first TJ Klune book and, if all of his books are written like this one, he deserves the hype. Definitely read this for the contemporary fantasy setting and the queer romance but stay for the precocious children and the found family trope. I can’t recommend this one enough! It’s one I will be definitely adding to my collection and I will be shouting my love about for the rest of the year. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have TJ Klune’s whole backlist to read.This review was posted on the Goldilox and the Three Weres blog on March 17, 2020.
  • To sum up this book…..two characters are trying to move a desk from a closet to a better spot in front of the window. They need to be careful they don’t damage it. It seems like a simple bit of storytelling….the act of moving the desk from a small dark space to a larger brighter one is what is significant except one character ‘Sal’ makes a comment about how another kid cracked the corner of the table when they first put it in the closet. Sal takes a moment to say that even though things are cracked or chipped there’s still good in them’……….This basically sums up how exhausting this book is.Every paragraph, every page….there’s an overbearing and preachy lesson. It feels fake and forced. It’s like someone decided to write the book and start with the ‘agenda’ rather than the story. Yes, by all means, right a book about inclusivity and accepting your differences, but do it in a more natural way. Stop telling the reader the same thing on every page, stop making up trite instances to prove it’s okay to be different. The book was exhausting. I’m three quarters of the way through and struggling to finish.
  • A book about kindness, being different and found family. This book is wonderful with a quiet story about awakenings. It is realising that the world you know is not how you think it is, it is have a new world and new different people being revealed to you not in a loud splashy way but in a thoughtful, quiet way. It is the realisation that different isn’t scary and something to fear, but that different is actually pretty much the same as you, despite that packaging people may come in. The imagery in this book is profound from the drab, grey, rainy place where you are just another cog in the machine. To the bright, sunny, warm place you longed for in your heart but never thought you’d find. The characters are wonderful, full of light, love and resilience. The central theme in this book, like for a lot of TJ’s books is found family, choosing people to be your family and forging bonds of love and acceptance. There is another strong message in this book that a single voice can achieve great things, change can be achieved by doing small things with passion and conviction.I loved this quiet book filled with kindness and love. I cried at the ending not because it was sad but because it was filled with such hope for the future.
  • Now that I’ve read The House in the Cerulean Sea I can’t believe it took me so long to read it, but I’m so glad this story was my first novel of 2021.40-year-old Linus Baker has been working as a Case Worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth for many years and, though he leads a solitary and rather humdrum life, he takes pride in his work making sure that orphanages for magical, non-human children are taking good care of their charges. He never lets himself get attached to the children—until he’s sent to Marsyas Island Orphanage, run by a Mr. Arthur Parnassus, where six extraordinary, potentially dangerous children are living. There’s Talia the garden gnome; Chauncey the tentacle ‘monster’; Sal the were-Pomeranian; Theodore the wyvern; Phee the forest sprite; and Lucy, the son of Satan. Linus must live with them for a month, reporting back to DICOMY, and decide if the orphanage should stay open.And DICOMY would prefer it if he didn’t fall in love with Arthur and his little family of misfits while he’s there.The House in the Cerulean Sea is a big, warm, comforting hug wrapped up in a novel, and it’s one of the most hopeful fantasy novels I’ve read. If you’re looking for a book that will bring you shameless joy and fill your heart to the point where you think it might burst, then look no further than this one. It’s such a tender story and a love letter to found families.As Arthur himself states, calling his house an orphanage makes no sense; no one is coming to adopt these children, as far as Arthur is concerned the children are his, and as such he is incredibly protective of them. Unfortunately he needs to be in a world where magical and non-human people are treated like monsters that need to be feared, to the point where some of the children believe it themselves. With Arthur, however, they’re given a chance at a childhood where they’re able to learn and play and express themselves without having to worry about being punished simply for existing. The orphanage might be where these children live, but Arthur is their home.It would be so easy for this novel to be twee and so overly sweet it could cause cavities, but Klune writes these children so well and in such a way that it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. They all have their own strong personalities, and their own issues to work through, but at their heart they’re all children who are desperate to be loved and desperate for a place they can call home.Linus and Arthur are also utterly lovely and it was so refreshing to read a romance blossoming between two adults in their forties, one of whom is a little overweight and whose hair is thinning. Linus isn’t a young Case Worker who’s fresh on the job and learning the truth behind some of the behaviour DICOMY’s strict rules are allowing, but a man who’s been trying to do his best for children for years and is finally able to discover the courage he’s needed to say what he really thinks when he falls in love with this little family, and having an older protagonist at the centre of this novel made the story all the more powerful for me. You don’t have to be 25 and classically handsome to change the world, and some of the smallest changes we make can make the biggest ripples.This story reads like a Middle Grade novel from the point of view of the adults and it’s wonderful. I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Precious, wonderful and perfectly imperfect!TJ Klune created a world full of magic that resembled Orwell’s 1984 with the burochracy of handling magical youth and he gave us a story full of hope and love and acceptence.Linus Baker is a caseworker investigating magical orphans and orphanages. He’s been working for the Deaprtment in charge of Magical Youth (DICOMY) for seventeen years when he gets a seriously classified case far far away from the rainy city. The orders are vague coming from Extremely Upper Management and he has no idea what an experience awaits him when he boards the train heading to the sea.The children in the island’s orphanage are special, maybe more so than others. And even Linus who worked with magical children his whole life need some perspective to be able to keep an open mind.And what an adventure it turns out to be to live for a month with the six extraordinary children, one very protective island sprite and a mysterious but kind man who leads this special home.The endearing charcters, especially the quirky children who come in all forms with all the wonderful abilities and very real troubles make the reader fall in love with them from the very first page. And seeing how Linus, rule-follower, strict Linus opens his mind and heart involuntarily to the inhabitants of the little island is heartwarming. Because sometimes people touch your heart and you touch theirs even without knowing so.Acceptance is key in this story. Let it be accepting yourself and who you really are or learning how to see the person behind the name and the stigma, it is eyeopening.Besides that the complacency of the world and handling the unknown is a main topic. How to fight the restraints of society to discover the truth and the wonders of the world. How to stand up and fight for those who you love. How to learn the colours of the world throught the eyes of children.Every page has something sweet or moving on it. Every chapter either makes you laugh or cry or the both at the same time.The book is so much like TJ Klune! You can’t miss the special touches that are so uniquely his own.There is a very big chance that you will walk away from this book with a full heart, wet eyes and a huge smile on your face. And one thing is sure. You will carry this story with you forever in you heart.
  • Linus Baker is a case-worker for the Department of Magical Youth. It is his job to inspect orphanages and schools for Magical Youth and offer his recommendations as to whether they are fit for purpose. Linus is good at his job, he knows the rules and regulations off by heart and is always objective. It is these qualities that lead to Extremely Upper Management singling him out for a special case. However, when Linus finds himself on the Island of Marsyas, tasked with inspecting the orphanage there run by Arthur Parnassus, an orphanage like no other, he is completely unprepared for what awaits him!Having read rave reviews for The House in the Cerulean Sea, this was a highly anticipated read, and I was prepared to find myself disappointed if it didn’t live up to expectations, however, thankfully that was not the case. I completely get the hype around the book, and have to say it is one of my favorite reads of the year so far.The first few chapters revolve around Linus’ rather drab and mundane life working at DICOMY. The author writes with a rather quirky sense of humour, which did gain my attention from the off, and once Linus is set his special assignment, I was intrigued as to what he would uncover at the Marsyas Orphanage. It wasn’t until Linus arrives at the Island though that I fell completely in love with this book, and after that it really was just a glorious escape of a read, guaranteed to put a smile on my face. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve read anything quite as uplifting in a while; this book is like a syrupy treat!The characters in this book were so vivid and full of life. The children at the orphanage in particular completely stole my heart, every single one of them, and often had me in stitches. I loved Arthur, and I also really enjoyed watching the change in Linus, how he was helpless but to fall in love with the children and way of life on the Island too, and just loosen up and learn to live in the moment, as opposed to by the rules. In fact I thought Linus made for rather a refreshing and unlikely hero, and I also enjoyed the little sprinkling of romance in the book too.The book is not very heavy on plot or action, it is in essence a simple story, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of it. In many ways this read like a sort of fable or fairy-tale for adults. It had strong messages and themes at its heart, and yes, sometimes these messages were hammered home a bit, and perhaps could have been conveyed a bit more subtly, but that didn’t stop the themes from resonating.This is a story about acceptance, of not judging people because they are different or fearing them for their differences. Whilst in the book these themes are explored in relation to Magical Beings and how they are treated and viewed by humans, they are of course just as translatable in real life. The book highlights the dangers of bureaucracy, whilst also championing the power of the voices of the few, because even if just one person makes a stand, it can trigger a change. The story also encourages one to be brave, both in terms of standing up for those around you and challenging views, but also in terms of living one’s own life. It can be easy to become complacent, to accept one’s lot, even if deep down one wishes for something else or to be somewhere else, and I loved this aspect of Linus’ arc, in terms of how he found a more fulfilling life by being a little braver and more adventurous.Overall, this was a really refreshing and heart-warming read, with a unique voice and style, important themes and wonderful characters who will stay with me for a long time.
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