Friday, June 7, 2013

The Series of Unfortunate Events (Series Review)

The Series of Unfortunate Events, sadly, has way too short of books to do a review for each book. So here is how it is going to work: I will put the books in order along with a synopsis and then review the series as a whole! I hope that you enjoy it and you will read these books!

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. the story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.
In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible smell, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the re-appearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.
I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

All the other books:

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)

The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)

The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)

The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9)The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)

The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10) 

The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12) The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)

I thought these books were easy reads, but you wanted to finish them, all the same. They are 13 books about the misfortunes of the Baudelaire orphans, whose parents left them quite a fortune, and a man named Count Oalf who will stop at nothing to get it. No matter where they go, the orphans are in deep trouble. If you have not read this terrible series, you must get it at your library or wherever they keep the misfortunes.

The characters are Sunny, Klaus, and Violet Baudelaire. Sunny bites things, Klaus reads things, and Violet invents things. These may not seem like very important talents, but they will help the clever children escape from their crazy uncle, who has some very good disguises, except that he has a tattoo of an eye on his ankle and only one eyebrow. Can they outsmart him before they are in danger and a lot of trouble? Find out in this series!

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