Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

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

By Lemony Snicket

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My review:

We’ve finally finished the 12th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events “The Penultimate Peril.” This turned out to be one of our favorite installments.

Mild spoilers

In the beginning of the story, the Baudelaires are traveling with Kit Snicket to the Hotel Denouement. Here they’ll take up positions as concierges to spy on some of the guests staying there. Their mission is to discern who’s working for and against V.F.D. and to investigate who this mysterious J.S. person is in the hotel.

“You’re not children anymore, Baudelaires. You’re volunteers, ready to face the challenges of a desperate and perplexing world.”

The children split up to assist guests of the hotel and all run into familiar characters from previous installments, eventually having a run in with Esme, Carmelita, Principal Nero, and Count Olaf once again. Count Olaf’s plan remains finding the sugar bowl (a mysterious object all the enemies want) and also the Medusoid Mycelium (deadly fungus that nearly killed Sunny) from the previous book The Grim Grotto. Continue reading “Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction”

Book Review: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11)

By Lemony Snicket

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My review:

The Grim Grotto picks up right after the previous installment as the Baudelaires have now been separated from Quigley Quagmire. They discover a submarine called the “Queequeg” which is controlled by a man named Captain Widdershins…

“Let’s see! I’ll put you to work right away! Aye! No—first I’ll give you a tour! No—I’ll introduce you to my crew! No—I’ll let you rest! No—I’d better get you into uniforms! Aye! It’s important that everyone aboard wear a waterproof uniform in case the submarine collapses and we find ourselves underwater! Of course, in that case we’ll need diving helmets! Except Sunny because she can’t wear one! I guess she’ll drown! No—she can curl up inside a diving helmet! Aye! The helmets have a tiny door on the neck just for such purpose! Aye! I’ve seen it done! I’ve seen so many things in my time!”
“Excuse me,” Violet said, “but could you tell us who you are?”

Also aboard the Queequeg are Fiona (Captain Whittershin’s daughter), and a cook named Phil, who is actually a returning character from The Miserable Mill. Once again, it seems as though the Baudelaire children may have caught a break after meeting up with this presumably helpful group of people in the Queequeg, but their surroundings are certainly grimm–and they’re faced with one of their hardest challenges ever.

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Book Review: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10)

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By Lemony Snicket

My review:

The Slippery Slope, book number ten in A Series of Unfortunate Events, begins right where book nine left off. It’s as terrifying as ever with poor little Sunny Baudelaire now separated from her older siblings and in Count Olaf’s clutches. Not only is Sunny in danger, but Violet and Klaus are in their own horrifying predicament: speeding down the Mortmain Mountains in an uncontrolled caravan. As they descend further and further away from Sunny, they scramble to concoct a plan, and contemplate when and if they’ll be reunited with Sunny again.

Violet and Klaus moved closer to one another, and felt the icy winds of the Mortmain Mountains blow down the road less traveled and give them goosebumps. They looked at the dark and swirling waters of the Stricken Stream, and they looked down from the edge of the peak into the mist, and then looked at one another and shivered, not only at the fates they had avoided, but all the mysterious fates that lay ahead.

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Book Review: The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #9) #Book Review #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events #9)

By Lemony Snicket

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In this installment, the Baudelaires arrive at Caligari Carnival after hitching a ride in Count Olaf’s trunk. Their plan, as usual, is to seek safety from Count Olaf, but they soon discover that there’s nowhere to go, and Count Olaf will be in the vicinity for some time to come. They take a huge chance by disguising themselves as freaks in order to participate in Caligari Carnival’s freak show (Violet and Clause as a two-headed freak, and Sunny as Chabo the Wolf Baby), which lands them working right alongside Count Olaf.

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