If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.
Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.
I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.
With all due respect,
Author: Lemony Snicket | Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Tim Curry | Length: 4 hours, 29 minutes | Publish Date: February 20, 2001 | Genre: YA/Children’s Fantasy | Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ | Recommend: Yes
“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”
I have to say that out of all the books in this series that I’ve read so far, I think this one is my favorite. Not only do we get to find out what happened to the Quagmire triplets (I’m not spoiling anything for you, sorry!), but we actually get to find out a little bit more about the Baudelaire parents. In this book, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny have the opportunity to have a guardian that lives only a few blocks away from their old mansion. Even better, one of their guardians – Jerome Squalor – actually used to be friends with their mother. This had to have been before the children were born, however, because, throughout the book, it didn’t seem like they recognized them at all. He knew about them, but they didn’t know anything about him.
The adults are still pretty hopeless in these books, but at least the Baudelaires finally have one guardian that seems to genuinely care about them. Well, at least until the end, but I won’t get into that. It was nice to see them loved for once, and I’m glad that they got a break from such terrible conditions.
On the other hand, who really pays such close attention to what’s “in” and what’s “out”? It sounds exhausting. I can’t wait for the next one. I’m pretty sure I’m going to finally finish the series this year, and it’s been a long time coming.
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