The House in the Cerulean Sea

The book that scooped me up and gave me back the gift of reading.


Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He’s tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world.

Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in.” —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless

 **Can be read by all ages. from A Fistful of Awesome

The cover art for the House in the Cerulean Sea features an illustration of a brick house far out on the edge of a cliff.


This may sound cliche but honestly, it’s true, I laughed, I cried, I hugged the heck out of this book. This book captured my imagination and my heart simultaneously. Is this praise too high? Absolutely not. With messages of love, acceptance, standing up for yourself and the people you love, and the beauty of finding your people, I simple cannot sing me praises of this book highly enough. I’ll need to reign in or I will run the risk of overselling it.

But I can’t seem to stop myself!

I’m struggling to not spoil a single thing about this book. I want to talk about each child at the orphanage and how I love them all. I want to sing the praises of the adults in their lives who are working to build a predicable and safe environment. I’m fairly desperate to rail against the systems, forces, and prejudices that keeps these children’s lives from being peaceful. But, truly, the magic of this book is the unraveling mystery of what is happening on the island and what the future holds for all the characters. And I wouldn’t want to deprive a single person of the adventure I had reading this book.

What I really want is for everyone to read this book and feel the acceptance and love that is found within its pages. It’s not really a fantasy story – even though some of the elements are fantastical. It’s a book about seeing yourself the way other people do and finding your family.

Tell me, please! What’s a book that has brought you out of a slump?

6 thoughts on “The House in the Cerulean Sea

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    1. I had read so many glowing reviews that I was a little ambivalent about reading it and I should not have been. I want to go back and re-read it for all the lovely things. I wanna see the writer talk! I miss conferences….well, book ones!

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  1. Great review! I read this book in February and would probably reread it latyer this year! Absolutely loved it!


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