If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and the one you are holding may be the worst of them all.
If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signaling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.
I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.
With all due respect,
My Rating: 2.5/5
This book was nowhere near as good as the first two in the series. The language that was displayed in the first two was fresh and unique whereas now it is starting to become repetitive.
The narrator is becoming annoying, he is always telling you to stop reading if you want a happy ending, because this book doesn't have that. Why would you repeatedly tell the reader to stop reading?
I wasn't sure if I liked Aunt Josephine or not. I thought that her fear of everything was unique, but her obsession with grammar and the way that she had to correct everyone all the time was irritating.
Some of the characters have you wondering how thick they are, especially Mr Poe. It's obvious that every new relative the orphans end up staying with, Count Olaf finds them in some new disguise. Yet Mr Poe always needs complete evidence, often too late to see that.
The characters would be the only reason I would continue on with the series, although I'm going to take a long break from it.