A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part Three

So here it is another instalment – A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part Three. I have read another three of the series and thought it was about time I updated you with my thoughts and ideas. I definitely think this is where the series starts to come into itself, answering some of the questions that had been left unanswered at the beginning.

If you haven’t read part one and part two, I suggest you do that first. Wouldn’t want you to get spoiled.

The Vile Village

A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part ThreeThe Vile Village by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
three-stars
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #7
Also in this series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room , The Wide Window
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children's lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

This is the turning point I think for the Baudelaires. They suddenly have a purpose and you can start to see them make decisions based on that. This is also the book that everything seems to go wrong, we revisit the Quagmire triplets and learn a little more about that. I definitely think that this book is more of a filler than any of the others, it moves the story along to where it needs to be. It wasn’t my favourite and I thought it lacked the usual humour and snarky tone that make these books enjoyable.

The Hostile Hospital

A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part ThreeThe Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
four-stars
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #8
Also in this series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room , The Wide Window
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollins

Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.

There are many pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anaesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.

I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is something best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

This has to be one of my favourite books of the entire series. The growth the children go through is astonishing and they begin to recognise the bad behaviours creeping in. I really think that this is the book for the personal growth for the children, you can see the pain of having to do awful things, and not having any choice. This is where the choice of survival comes into play and watching the children struggle with it made this book one of my favourites. Plus it was at times hilarious and the casual violence that is reintroduced makes these books so special.

The Carnivorous Carnival

A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part ThreeThe Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
four-stars
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #9
Also in this series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room , The Wide Window
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollins

Dear reader,

The word "carnivorous," which appears in the title of this book, means "meat-eating," and once you have read such a bloodthirsty word, there is no reason to read any further. This carnivorous volume contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far more stomach-turning than even the most imbalanced meal.

To avoid causing discomfort, it would be best if I didn't mention any of the unnerving ingredients of this story, particularly a confusing map, an ambidextrous person, an unruly crowd, a wooden plank, and Chabo the Wolf Baby.

Sadly for me, my time is filled with researching and recording the displeasing and disenchanting lives of the Baudelaire orphans. But your time might be better filled with something more palatable, such as eating your vegetables, or feeding them to someone else.

With all due respect,Lemony Snicket

This book pains me so. I just thought the entire thing was a little on the predictable side. I knew what was going to happen before the last sentence of the first paragraph. It was a disappointment. We learn a lot about the children’s parents, but the mystery is annoyingly out of reach again. One thing I loved was the ending. It was the one thing in the book that actually surprised me. In fact, it took my breath away a little.


This series seems to get better as the books are going on, plus we must be close to finding out about the mystery right? RIGHT?? I need to know like now.

Have you made it this far? If so what are your favourite parts of the series? Or your favourite character? Let me know.

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