Book: House In The Cerulean Sea
Author: TJ Klune
This is my 48th read for the year
This is the story of Linus. A man stuck in his ways who has worked as a Case Worker for the Department for Magical Youth for 17 years. One day he is summoned by the management team for an assignment to check on an orphanage where 6 dangerous children reside. His job is to check on the children and Arthur, the man in charge of their care. Linus has met many magical children but none like the children in this particular house. One child is apparently the Antichrist. Linus has to put aside his fears for an entire month while he is on the island and assess the care of these children. What he gets in return is that people are not always as they seem on paper.
This is a sweet story. It is heartwarming and diverse. It is also a bit ridiculous and full of cliches, but not in a way that caused me to want to put the book aside. Every once in awhile I need to read a book that is nothing but charming and full of life lessons. Was it a touch too sugary sweet? Probably. It reads as a YA novel and I found myself thinking of how my younger kids would like this one. The ending was predictable but I was still happy it ended the way it did.
Try this one out. If you need a break for heavy novels and deep dark subjects, this might be the one for you.