A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part Four

Welcome to A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part Four! The final installment in my mini review of this entire series and I have to say these books were the most confusing and the most interesting and frustrating all at the same time. I struggled with some of them and the last one most of all if I’m honest. I was so happy to relive this series though, it was my childhood in thirteen books.

If you haven’t read part one, two or three, I suggest you do that first!

On with my A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part Four.

The Slippery Slope

A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part FourThe Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
four-stars
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #10
Also in this series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room , The Wide Window
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Dear Reader,

Like handshakes, house pets, or raw carrots, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up--and down--a range of strange and distressing mountains.

In order to spare you any further repulsion, it would be best not to mention any of the unpleasant details of this story, particularly a secret message, a toboggan, a deceitful map, a swarm of snow gnats, a scheming villain, a troupe of organized youngsters, a covered casserole dish, and a surprising survivor of a terrible fire.

Unfortunately, I have dedicated my life to researching and recording the sad tale of the Baudelaire orphans. There is no reason for you to dedicate your-self to such things, and you might instead dedicate yourself to letting this slippery book slip from your hands into a nearby trash receptacle, or deep pit.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

I loved this book, I feel we learnt an awful lot about the orphans and the way they work with each other. I also loved Sunny’s transition, I definitely think this is the book that you remember Sunny for, you almost forget how long their saga is and that Sunny wouldn’t have remained a baby for that entire time. There were a lot of questions raised in this book and some of them made perfect sense and then others not so much. There are a lot of reintroduction of various characters and I loved that, it felt more of a cohesive series. PLUS there’s an added bonus of a character that we have never met before but become immediately interested in.

The Grim Grotto

A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part FourThe Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
four-stars
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #11
Also in this series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room , The Wide Window
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Dear Reader,

Unless you are a slug, a sea anemone, or mildew, you probably prefer not to be damp. You might also prefer not to read this book, in which the Baudelaire siblings encounter an unpleasant amount of dampness as they descend into the depths of despair, underwater.

In fact, the horrors they encounter are too numerous to list, and you wouldn't want me even to mention the worst of it, which includes mushrooms, a desperate search for something lost, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing.

As a dedicated author who has pledged to keep recording the depressing story of the Baudelaires, I must continue to delve deep into the cavernous depths of the orphans' lives. You, on the other hand, may delve into some happier book in order to keep your eyes and your spirits from being dampened.

With all due respect,Lemony Snicket

This book made me laugh and I’m so glad it waited for my  A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part Four to be able to mention it. I loved the characters that were introduced and the fact that they were a little more rounded than previous. There were an abundance of dramatic situations and also of misunderstandings. This is the book where I feel the schism starts to come into its own and becomes an issue for the Baudelaires. Oh and then there’s the added problem that VFD aren’t as good as they sound and we begin to learn that things aren’t quite as black and white as we originally thought. I adore this book for the simply reason that the majority of it takes place on a submarine!

The Penultimate Peril

A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part FourThe Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
four-stars
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #12
Also in this series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room , The Wide Window
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers

Dear Reader,

If this is the first book you found while searching for a book to read next, then the first thing you should know is that this next-to-last book is what you should put down first. Sadly, this book presents the next-to-last chronicle of the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, and it is next-to-first in its supply of misery, despair, and unpleasantness.

Probably the next-to-last thing you would like to read about are a harpoon gun, a rooftop sunbathing alon, two mysterious initials, three unidentified triplets, a notorious villain, and an unsavory curry.

Next-to-last things are the first thing to be avoided, and so allow me to recommend that you put this next-to-last book down first, and find something else to read next at last, such a s the next-to-last book in another chronicle, or a chronicle containing other next-to-last things, so that this next-to-last book does not become the last book you will read.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

I still can’t get over how clever this book was and I adored how it felt like all the loose threads were coming together and that we were nearing the end. Also the fact that although the Baudelaires were surrounded by potential enemies they weren’t phased, it showed the growth that they had embarked on from the beginning. It was actually sad that they perceived the danger they were in as a normality. One thing about this book I loved was the reappearance of the various guardians, it was a nice touch to see where they ended up and on what side of the fence they landed.

The End

A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part FourThe End by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
four-stars
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #13
Also in this series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room , The Wide Window
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

The last volume of the fabulously popular A Series of Unfortunate Events series, in which the history of the Baudelaire orphans is brought to its end.

You are presumably looking at the back of this book, or the end of the end. The end of the end is the best place to begin the end, because if you read the end from the beginning of the beginning of the end to the end of the end of the end, you will arrive at the end of the end of your rope.

This book is the last in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even if you braved the previous twelve volumes, you probably can't stand such unpleasantries as a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous bird cage, and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.

It has been my solemn occupation to complete the history of the Baudelaire orphans, and at last I am finished. You likely have some other occupation, so if I were you I would drop this book at once, so the end does not finish you.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

By the time I got to this book I was so heavily invested in the characters and their lives that I was kind of disappointed in the ending. It was frustrating but also EXTREMELY clever and something that had been forewarned throughout the earlier books. It really highlights the fact that lives aren’t simply beginning, middle and end and that questions are left unanswered more often than not. Now I’m not saying that placates my desire to know more but I understand why it was done!

Have you read this series? Which were your favourite characters? Were there any villains that caught your attention?

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