My first recent finish with books was House in the Cerulean Sea.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.Goodreads
This was an enchanting and magical read. Yes, while the children were magical like the kids in the Peculiar children series, this book wasn’t as creepy. You have Theodore, the wyvern; Phee, the forest sprite; Talia, the gnome, Sal, the were-Pomeranian; Chauncey; the unidentifiable blob, and Lucy, the Anti-Christ.
These children are seen as monsters in the village nearby because they are “different”, but they are so much more. They have dreams and gifts- Sal is really talented at writing, Chauncey dreams of being a bellhop, Phee can grow plants out of the ground, Talia is really amazing at gardening, and Lucy loves music. These children have wild imaginations when they go on adventures.
This book really shows what home is. Is it really where you live or is that where you truly belong? It is about acceptance. Linus really does form such a strong connection to all the children and to the head of the orphanage. At the end of the novel, Linus sees the orphanage as a home more than anything- it is truly where he belongs even though he isn’t a magical being.