Review #65

Title- The House in the Cerulean Sea

Rating– 4/5

Genre- Whimsical Fantasy, Literary Fiction

POV- Third person, past tense

Similar Books/Comps– Under the Whispering Door, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

My emotions-  I enjoyed the moods and vibes of this novel. It went from dreary and trudging along to whimsical and joyful, then back again.

Vibe- enchanting


Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth.

Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage.


Linus tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world.

Arthur would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

“Change often starts with the smallest of whispers. Like-minded people building it up to a roar.”

“It’s always the ones who are the quietest who often have the greatest things to say.”

Best part-

This was my first MM love book which I have no idea how I haven’t already read more of. I wasn’t expecting the children in the story, the youthful glee & pretend play. It almost felt like Mary Poppins to a degree. I have a 6-year-old son so the comparisons to crazy adventures were spot on perfect…The cellar door part was really cool. If you like reading about ordinary characters who partake in a magical world and stand up to injustice, this is the book for you

What I’d change-

Sometimes the dreary part felt too “down,” but I’m pretty sure that was the intent and it was executed well

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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