The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune is the perfect comfort-read about love, fantasy, family and acceptance – Inkish Kingdoms
The House in the Cerulean summary: Linus Baker works for the government. He is an inspector of orphanages, and he makes sure that these houses follow the regulations and secures the safety of the magical youth. Linus Baker is always by the book, and that is what the higher-ups love about him. He is unbendable, and he never gets attached. However, one day he is taken out of his comfort zone and is tasked to visit an orphanage that hosts six dangerous magical children, and he has to determine if this orphanage and its master are what the children need. The House in the Cerulean book is a book that will make you experience all the good feelings, and out of al the TJ Klune books, this is the first one that I have read!
Humorous and diverse in all magical ways possible is what this book is. The world is not as developed as you would expect of big sci-fi and epic fantasy books, but T.J Klune compensates with charisma, uniqueness, and great characters. TJ Klune writes this story making clear the differences between Linus previous life and the one he could have. For the reader, those differences are black and white, but not for Linus. Linus is an example of how someone who has been indoctrinated looks; he thinks what they taught him to think, and he follows rules that they taught him to follow. He was a blind follower that did not question the status quo.
In the same line, we have the townspeople where this mysterious orphanage is located, and the townspeople also have prejudice and reject the different and diverse that is so obvious to be a critic to society. I enjoyed how Klune puts this topic so out there without being cheesy, pretentious, and without any affinity, because his message can apply to any diversity (sexually, gender-wise, ethnicity, or anything).
All the children on the island are unique, and their personalities are defined, which makes them lovable. Other characters in town are outstanding and funny. In general, the characters enhance the story with their singularities and quirks and makes it impossible not to love.
The message in general of love and family will stick with the reader of all ages. The House in the Cerulean Sea age group is starts at 12 years and higher. A child could read this, and with the guidance of a parent, they can understand the struggles that being “different” entitles and how to address and reject prejudice towards them. We never know when our children will decide to be different or realize that they have been different all their lives.
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