The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea - T.J. Klune

This is one of those messy, sporadically funny books, which - to a fault - has its heart on its sleeve - but I loved it anyway.


Linus Baker is a social worker in the employ of the governmental department in charge of magical youth. He visits orphanages, which are licensed by the state, and makes sure that their charges are properly supervised and cared for. He must attempt to be impersonal and has made many recommendations in his 15 years of employment.


He's to receive a new assignment, however. He's being sent to observe, for a month, a classified and remote orphanage on an island. The inhabitants are unlike any Linus has had to deal with before. The master of the orphanage himself may turn out to be too much for Linus to handle as well.


Klune has written many romances in the past, but I believe this is their first book for a general market. It still qualifies as a romance, happily, but the reach of it goes beyond the Linus' feels for a certain man. This is a book about prejudice, doing what's right, and the perils and rewards of reaching beyond comfort zones.