The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – Book and Audio Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

Our December #TnTBC book was The House in the Cerulean Sea. I’ve heard so much about it so I was excited to finally dive in.

Have you read this one yet?

Happy Reading!

The House in the Cerulean Sea

T.J. Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea

5 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

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.


The House in the Cerulean Sea was exactly what I expected it to be. And honestly, that isn’t a bad thing. Going into the book itself, I really didn’t know what it was about but that everyone loved it and recommended it. So, I went in completely blind. I honestly didn’t even know it had creatures in it. But as the story developed, it was really clear as what was going to happen. Even though it was very predictable, I enjoyed the journey so much. It was clear that Linus was going to fall in love with these kids and this place but it was how it happened that made it so enjoyable. This is exactly the type of book you need if you want to feel good about the outcome and how it was achieved. How preconceived notions can be wrong and hurtful. It was a journey about overcoming stigma’s and learning you can be whoever you want to be. It was beautiful in its simplicity and told exactly how it needed to be told.

While the story itself is pretty simplistic, it is the characters that really give it life. Linus is a man who is really good at his job and follows the rules exactly. There is no question behind what he does and he is efficient. So when he comes to this small island with these children who are scare him initially, Linus has a lot to overcome. Each child is so unique in their own way and I love their relationship. Talia, Theodore, Phee, Sal, Chauncey, and Lucy bring life to this story and it’s so easy to see why Arthur and Ms. Chapelwhite are so protective over them. The way they open up to Linus and show them that there is more to them than what their origins dictate them to be is what makes this book.

Final Thoughts

Overall, The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune was a fantastic read. It gave me all the warm and good feelings a book like this should have. While it was pretty obvious the way the story was going to go, it really was the journey and growth of the characters that made this story amazing. I find it so clear why people love this story and it is on the top of so many lists. With a simplistic story with so many lovable characters, it really is hard to go wrong with it. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a warm, lovable story with characters you will not forget any time soon.

Audio Review

NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book

I absolutely adored this audio. I think I would have liked the book if I physically read it but time didn’t dictate that so I went for the audio. It was so well done and each character really had their own distinctive voice. I think with a book like this where the characters are all so unique, it was important to really give them their own voice. I absolutely recommend this audio if you are considering it.

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