Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea

This is a book from my Spring TBR list and I adore it. I’ve never experienced I book that could make me squeal, cry, and laugh as this book did.

“Don’t you wish you were here?”


The book
Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: TJ Klune
Genre: LGBTQ+, Gay Fiction, Fantasy, Litereture & Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 12 hours and 12 minutes
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Stars: 5 out of 5

Summary from goodreads
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

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 (…) 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.

About the author
When it comes to writing about the author in my review-posts, I like to do more of my own writing. However, I just love the short and sweet about section from Goodreads:


“TJ KLUNE is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author (Into This River I Drown) and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. His novels include The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries. Being queer himself, TJ believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.”


What I especially notice in this blurb is, that Klune used to be an examiner for an insurance company. I don’t know much about this profession, but to me, it does sound dull and grey. I am just imagining how he went from this life to the colourful world of writing – of writing what you want and what you feel is needed in literature – of accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.

My thoughts about the book
The House in the Cerulean Sea is a well-written book – at least that’s my personal opinion. It’s like a Tim Burton movie – his earlier works – that start out grey and slightly depressing and then something unexpected happens and the colours just slap you in the face! It’s not only because we go from a concrete city environment to a sweet little island with wonderful nature. We go from rude and annoying people that are not likeable to somewhat rude but sweet and likeable people. Let’s just say – these people are colourful.

To be honest, I don’t want to get too into the storyline. I came into this book without knowing much and that truly added a lot to the reading experience, so I won’t go into many details in my review.

This is the cutest book I’ve ever read. I literally had to put this book away a few times because I could not handle it. My heart almost burst. All I can do is fawn over this book. If you’re into sweet gay fantasy I highly recommend The House in the Cerulean Sea.


I know this is a short review, but I don’t want to ruin it by getting too much into details and if it sounds like it’s something for you, I want you to experience the book yourself.


It is dangerous to go alone. Take this!

I swear, he’s not judging you!

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