It is never too late to find yourself in the most unexpected places… 

Hello genre lovers! Samantha Slavin here with a Genre For All exclusive review of TJ Klune’s THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA— a charming, quirky, heartwarming, romantic fantasy about choosing your family, celebrating differences, and never settling when it comes to your happiness. 

After 17 years as Department in Charge of Magical Youth’s (DICOMY) inspector of magical orphanages, Linus is sent to a secret island on a classified assignment involving six of the most unusual children he’s ever encountered.  And despite his best efforts, and DICOMY’S Rules and Regulations, he becomes attached to the children. Linus also finds comfort in his blossoming (at first professional, then romantic) relationship with Arthur, the school’s headmaster. 

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA has the magic and beauty of A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, the maturity and complexity of 1984, and the fun and snap of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY.  

Readers, prepare yourselves for the work assignment of a lifetime! Six children (among them The Antichrist, and a female garden gnome), kind-hearted Arthur, a once lonely and closed-off Linus, and the magically isolated Marsyas Island–will all be stuck with you long after you’ve indulged in this delightful read. 

“By turns zany and heartfelt, this tale of found family is hopeful to its core. Readers will revel in Klune’s wit and ingenuity.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review 

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by TJ Klune; 9781250217288; available now.

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