I want to introduce you to a book that swept the booktube and book community by storm this year, and what happens to be my Favorite Book of the Year.
The House in the Cerulean Sea is a heartwarming tale of breaking down prejudices, breaking through monotony and dreary lifestyles, accepting one for oneself, and learning to love. It starts with Linus Baker, a case worker for magical orphanages, he works in a oppressive office where his boss and her lackey control every aspect of his life at work. There is no personalization, no room to be yourself. One day, he is selected to work on a top secret, top level assignment. There is a home for troubled and rare youths far away that requires a man of Linus’s skill. A man who is just about the facts and doesn’t create emotional bonds with the children or the heads of the orphanage that he is investigating.
When he gets to the Marsyas Island Orphanage, he meets the caretaker, Arthur Parnassus and the children of his care, some of the rarest creatures that even Linus has never seen one’s of their kind before. He enters their home completely unaware of what will happen to him, completely at a loss for how to handle everything he will face. And I loved every second of it.
This is a romance/fantasy novel (or romantasy as I like to call it) so there is a level of expectation here. The story follows a certain formula and we get the expected result. However, nothing about this story is boring or overdone. It is beautiful and unique and full of so much heart that your heart will burst. I was listening to this at work and found myself choking up and being lost in the story and not really focusing on what I was supposed to be doing (don’t worry, I got all of my work done and did it all very well). After listening to this story, I immediately added a specific song to my spotify playlist and listened to it on repeat. It filled my heart with happiness and joy.
Honestly, there is nothing more that I want than to fall in love with a story and it is safe to say that I fell in love with this one. I think next year if I’m ever feeling down, I’m going to pick this book up and be wrapped in a hug. No other book that I read this year has given me such a feeling as this book. It has stuck with me for months and every time I think of it, I smile. I want this for you, I want you to experience it too. I haven’t heard of a single person disliking this book so if any of it at all appeals to you, please do not deny yourself of the pleasure that is this story. TJ Klune really nails this story and I can’t thank him enough for it.