Book Reviews

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book Review (Spoiler Free)

A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is a series of 13 books written by Lemony Snicket in 1999.

The story is about three orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, whose have recently died their parents in a terrible fire. As a result, they get sent from guardian to guardian till they find a proper home. Also, there’s this evil man, Count Olaf, and his acting troupe is trying to murder the Baudelaires and get the fortune the kids will inherit when they grow up. As the Baudelaires go from guardian to guardian they discover dark secrets about their parents.

There are also books that complement the series, which are: ‘The Beatrice Letters’, ‘All the Wrong Questions’ and ‘Lemony Snicket: the Unauthorized Autobiography.

I would recommend these books, with no doubt; they’re the ones that made me the reader I am today. I enjoy the dark, clever humor of Lemony Snicket and the way he addresses real-life issues in a simple manner. A lot of the scenarios that the children find themselves in are relatable. Additionally, the books have this retro and vintage design that’s beautiful.
My least favorite book was the first one, ‘The Bad Beginning’ because I feel the resolution was very… flat and lame. The book that scared me the most was the fourth one, ‘The Miserable Mill’ because the eye imagery and the cover of the book freaked me out. I could imagine a bunch of eyes staring at me; a chill went down my spine. I read ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ in a very unorthodox fashion: I read first the 3rd book, then the 4th, the 5th, the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 2nd, 11th, 12th, 13th and, 1st.
I also recommend watching the movie and the Netflix series. When my sister, Isabel, and I were watching the series for the first time, we pause the episode and were like: “THIS DIDN’T HAPPEN IN THE BOOK… I DIDN’T IMAGINE … CHARACTER THIS WAY…” It was so much fun.
I give ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, as a whole, by Lemony Snicket 5 stars.

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