REVIEW: House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune


House in the Cerulean Sea is a story about finding yourself, acceptance and understanding of others, and what it means to be a family.

When Linus is sent by the Department in Charge of Magical Youth to investigate an orphanage full of dangerous children who have the power to end the world, he figures it’s just another standard assignment. What he finds challenges everything he’s ever believed.

Linus never knew he lived in a world that was black-and-white until he was forced onto an island full of colorful characters. Unwelcome and unwanted, he struggles to insert himself into the strange place that both intrigues and terrifies him.

As the children and their guardian Arthur slowly allow him a glimpse into their lives, Linus can’t help but open himself up to the world they share.

House in the Cerulean Sea had me laughing and crying—sometimes on the same page—and I couldn’t put it down. The writing is as beautiful as the characters, and it wrapped me in a warm hug that still hasn’t let me go.

It’s not that often I read a book that sticks with me for hours, days, or even months after the end. House in the Cerulean Sea is that book. I highly recommend this unique and wonderful book about the family we’re given…and the one we choose.

REVIEWED BY: Heather Thurmeier, Editor