Book Notes: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Linus Baker follows the rules. With a set daily routine labouring for a strict organization over the majority of his adult life, he has settled for the only life that he knows – a comfortable one devoid of even the smallest of sparks or wonder. As a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, Linus investigates orphanages to determine if they meet the Department’s standards. When Linus is summoned to investigate a particularly high profile orphanage, he begins an adventure that will change the trajectory of his life as he knows it.

This book made my heart feel ever so full. I don’t think I could have asked for a more magnificently heart warming story. I truly wish that I could re-read it again anew and enjoy it’s wonder, humor and joy once again. I laughed (out loud), in almost every chapter, I cried tears of joy and feel fortunate to have been able to read this story.

Side note: This book reminded me of drag queens and drag culture for some reason. Rupaul’s saying, “We’re all born naked and the rest is drag” came to mind.


I’ve fallen absolutely and completely head over heels in love with almost every character in this story. This being said, if I had to choose my favourites, I would say Talia for her morbid humour, Chauncey for his genuine (and heart-achingly adorable) dedication to what he loves and Sal for still having room in his heart to open up to those who love him.

Recommended if:

You want to read a book that makes you smile continuously and feel like there’s still good in the world
You’re feeling for a queer fantasy novel featuring characters with magical abilities
You recently read A Little Life and need hope restored in your life


I was quite torn between giving this book 4 or 5 stars. I gave it 4 stars because while it was a beautiful journey, it may have been too perfect. But I suppose that is the purpose of YA fantasy novels.

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