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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

wintrovia's review against another edition

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5.0

The fantasy version of an OFSTED inspector goes to visit an orphanage for magical children and loses his objectivity while he carries out his investigation. Though my summary completely misses the charm and wholesomeness that makes this book so enjoyable to read. I think it is aimed at a younger audience than me but I still enjoyed the quirky world the author set the story in and the loveable characters.

konakeed's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Delightfully sweet

lanae_jayne's review against another edition

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adventurous relaxing medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

5.0

birdbeech's review against another edition

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5.0

This book was good, wholesome, and gay. 10/5 stars. It had me giggling dozens of times, how sweetly and funnily the author writes the characters voices. I needed a break from nonfiction, and my wife suggested this book and I'm very glad she did because it was a heartwarming read.

rosa_lina96's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Maybe it's just because I'm a sucker for the found family trope (and narratives about a character realizing that something that seems completely out of their comfort zone is actually the right thing in their life after all), but this book almost felt like coming home after a long day at work and curling up in front of the fire. It left me with this warm, cozy feeling, and the underlying themes were handled rather respectfully through Linus's character. It reminds me a bit of Good Omens--witty humor and well-developed characters, while also not being afraid to tackle more serious subject matter. Very much looking forward to reading the sequel sometime soon.

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suvata's review against another edition

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5.0

• ModernMrsDarcy.com 2020 Summer Reading Guide

Magnificently magical! If you only listen to one audiobook this year, this would be the one to pick. It’s definitely a five-star read, but the audio really made the story come to life.

From the publisher:
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.

Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless:
“1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. Touching, tender, and truly delightful, The House in the Cerulean Sea is an utterly absorbing story of tolerance, found family, and defeating bureaucracy.”

cerasparkles's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

mill3011's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

erieve's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Beautiful- like a warm hug

cambilby's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5