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,
Finally I had finished this series that took me over a year to complete. The reason why it took so long is because I find the amount of books to be quite intimidating. Despite they are easy to read, it is still too much and caused me to be in a reading slump around the middle of the series. By the time I was on book 10, I just wanted it to be over, but I am glad I carried on as book 12 has lots of things happening that got me very interested, but then the last book became a disappointment and did not answer the questions I had been asking for the past 5 books. ‘What happened to the Quagmires?’ ‘Why was the sugar bowl so important?”What about the other villians? Volunteers?’ and for some reason I don’t get any answers to these questions which I find to be very unsatisfied and incomplete, even though the last book was called ‘The End’ which should mean finished and complete.
Starting with ‘The Bad Beginning’ where the Baudelaires started their unfortunate events by losing their parents to a fire and ended up having Count Olaf as their guardian, who is coming up with villianous schemes to get the Baudelaires futune. The story continues to have a similar plot in different locations up until book 5.Having the same thing happen in 4 books can get a bit boring. It is kind of like someone telling the same joke. It was funny at first but if that person keeps repeating it, it’s not funny anymore. In book 5, the Baudelaires ended up in boarding school where it started to get a bit more interesting. From then on the mysteries started to evolve, the clues were connecting and the story was getting darker, especially with ‘The Hostile Hospital’.
The plot went downhill a little bit on book 10 ‘The Slippery Slope’ and ‘The Grim Grotto’ was ok as it gives us a bit more information about V.F.D and introduce us another unfortunate eventthat became relevant in the last two books.Book 12 gave a lot of promise and ended in a cliffhanger which caused me to read Book 13, but book 13 takes another direction that doesn’t make any sense which just creates more questionsthan answers, and because of that, I can’t help but feeling that it has been a waste of time. I do love the other books, it’s just the last book that feels like a punch in the gut.
I rate the entire series about 3.5/5, it was going to be 4 stars but I brought it down a bit because of the disappointing ending.