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The House in the Cerulean Sea Paperback – 21 January 2021

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TJ KLUNE is a USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. His novels include The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries. Being queer himself, TJ believes it's important―now more than ever―to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • Publisher : Macmillan US (21 January 2021); Macmillan US
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250816491
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250816498
  • Item Weight : 570 g
  • Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
  • Country of Origin : USA
  • Importer : Pan Macmillan Publishing
  • Packer : AAJ Enterprises
  • Generic Name : Book
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4.0 out of 5 stars “A home isnt always the house we live in.“
By Trisha Ghosal on 7 February 2021
The House in the Cerulean Sea is a fantasy novel. It’s set in the 50s, though the author never mentions the time period, the music clearly reflects it. It’s the tale of Linus Baker, a middle-aged bureaucrat who has spent his entire career toiling for DICOMY (Department of Magical Youth). DICOMY is in theory, in charge of protecting kids who have magical powers. Linus is sent on investigation of an orphanage in an isolated island. In the island, Linus meets six kids, their master and their protector. The six kids are – 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.

The story is simple and well narrated with emotions riding high in most of the pages. Klune was queer himself and must have known how it feels to be different from others in the society and being rejected by people. Human beings are not only scared of the unknown, but also scared to understand anyone who doesn’t fit into their mental picture of a human being. These kids were like most other children, enthusiastic, possessive, funny, curious, playful but since they dint fit in the ideal definition of a child, they were mentally abused. They were made to believe that they were bad, they were monsters. Acceptance level in human beings is very low.

The most beautiful lines in the novel are “A home isnt always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with.” Home is where you find love. The love can be from your partner or your friend or your family or someone else. Home is where you can be yourself and no one will judge you. Home is where no one will try to dictate terms to you rather they will be with you and will support you no matter what. In the story Linus Baker finds his home in Arthur, the six children and Zoe, the sprite.

Arthur Parnassus, the master of the orphanage will remind one of their father. Quietly sacrificing, protecting, encouraging and loving their kid. Arthur had a bitter experience in his childhood but that dint make him bitter, that made him more determined to ensure that no one is treated the way he was treated.

Overall it’s a fantastic read and a small note to the emotional readers out there, please sit with a few tissue papers because in different pages of the book, some happy tears are bound to fill your eyes.
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Sue Eaton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical and heart-warming
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story about acceptance wrapped in magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story about acceptance wrapped in magic.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2020
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, whimsical characters...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top read of the Year. Need a hug? Read this!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 April 2021
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