The Captain’s Log – the house in the cerulean sea (T.J. Klune) – a Wyrd and Wonder book!

Ahoy there me mateys!  I get why this book is hyped even if it ended up not being a favorite.  The main reason is the love story.  I liked it and thought it was sweet but would have preferred the book without it.

The main premise is that a world like ours has magical children in it.  Children with magic that they can’t always control.  So the government tracks these children and places the ones without families in orphanages.  The main character, Linus, is a middle-aged case worker who checks on the children and their living conditions and files reports.  Lots of them.  Until one day he is tasked to investigate an orphanage he didn’t know existed.

Linus himself rocked.  Seriously.  I loved the set up for his story, his life and job pre-island, and getting his observations.  I was always cheering for him.  His cat was also great.  The plot wasn’t stellar but the characters were key.  And the writing style itself was delightful.  I did not really like the love interest and thought he was boring and that his mysterious nature and secret was lame.  I also don’t like how the love story progresses so quickly.  But ultimately I just wanted the children to have more page time.  I adored them and just wanted to see more of their shenanigans and interactions with Linus.

The love story got in the way.  A fun read nonetheless and a standalone to boot.  Arrr!

Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel (shortened by me):

To visit the author’s website go to:

T.J. Klune – Author

To buy the book go to:

the house in the cerulean sea – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

5 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the house in the cerulean sea (T.J. Klune) – a Wyrd and Wonder book!

  1. Thanks for the review! I think this one will be right up my alley. It’s funny because we were talking about using this for our romantic fantasy book club for June (I think that’s still the plan) but then other readers told us the romance wasn’t that prevalent and now I’m wondering if it will be a good fit after all LOL. 😀 Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one quite as much but it looks like it still has other good qualities so I’m still very hopeful for it.


  2. I’ve never read Klune’s work before, but I’ve heard so many amazing things about his writing. I have Bear, Otter, and the Kid on my TBR. Klune is known for writing M/M romances, though, right? Were you just not expecting romance to be included or was there something specific about how the romance was written that disrupted your enjoyment?


  3. I can see where the romance might not work for everyone (I thought it was sweet, but I would have enjoyed the story regardless of whether or not there was a love story) but I’m glad you were still able to enjoy the book!


  4. Everyone is gushing about this and I’m very curious, even though you didn’t like the love story. I’d especially love to see what the children are all about😁


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