The House In The Cerulean Sea, a review by Tanya

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The House In The Cerulean Sea

TJ Klune
Narrated by Daniel Henning

Fantasy
Audiobook: 12 Hours
Published March 16th, 2020 by Tor Books
Available now on Amazon

If this book were a song, it would be Lovin’ You by Minnie Ripperton. Beautiful lyrics, imagery and backgrounds, quirky sounds, warm hugs and smiles (and giggles with maybe a tear or two thrown in for good measure) throughout!

I can’t tell you how MUCH I loved this book!

Now to the story. Oh my! I will say that I had no concept of this story before I began. I love to go into a book blind and have no idea what to expect. The first 2 chapters I thought I had made a huge mistake. I was bored and did not want to read a story about some dude in his boring office job. Then said dude (Linus Baker) was summoned by Extremely Upper Management (hilarious), sent on assignment and boarded a train to the orphanage in #TheHouseOnTheCeruleanSea. And the story takes off.

The characters are just sublime! Rich, deep, interesting, complex. Chauncey- so innocent and sweet. Sal – haunted, sad and needing to be able to trust. And Lucy. Oh Lucy. I think he is my favorite!!! I could go on and on as each character on the island was truly fabulous.

At the end of it all, I had tears of joy. The overall theme of Love enveloped me and left me with the biggest book hangover I’ve had in a very long time. This is my first read by #TJKlune but it will not be my last. I know this is meant to be a stand alone book but I really, really want a book 2! Pretty please?!?

This is hands down my favorite book of 2020!

Let me first start with the Narrator. I think #DanielHenning may be my favorite of all time! This is the first and only time I’ve listened to him but he was FABULOUS. The variety of voices that Henning was able to produce for this narration was stunning. He brought every character to life for me. I usually listen to audiobooks as I am working or cleaning but in this case, Henning’s voice was so lovely, I found myself sitting, staring into space while his voice washed over me. Simply superb work!

 

 

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