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Mini Mondays – The Bronze Horseman, Magonia, The Miniaturist

Title: The Bronze Horseman

Author: Paullina Simons

Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction

Length: 637

Rating: DNF

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I got really far into this book before I dropped it. Page 440 actually. I  debated for ages whether or not just finish the damn thing because I had gotten so far into that it seemed stupid to just drop it, but in the end I decided I had better things to read and while I enjoyed some parts of this book the romance just wasn’t doing anything for me.

Yes, I know there have been big discussions on the romance in this book before, but I went in without really knowing the details and I didn’t like the romance before I got to that section of the book that caused the most outrage. I actually had only really just gotten there when I dropped it, and it was those serious bits that everyone else hated that made me drop it.

I did like the first part of this book for the most part. I really liked the war side of things and the way the people in this book had to live. While its sad I liked the bits where everyone was dying because it was a really real description of the horrors of war. Then there was the romance which at first I was not liking but wanting it to work out. We have two main characters that love each other but the guy met the girls sister first and the other sister didn’t want to upset her by taking her man so declined him, and while he is there telling her he loves her he then decides to propose to her sister so he can still be in the other girls life? Messed up. I did really love him for all the help he provided for the family in the war though and when he became a jealous, abusive arsehole out of nowhere I was done with it.

Title: Magonia

Author: Maria Dahvana

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult

Length: 309

Rating: 2.5 rounded up to 3 star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I’m pulling an old one out of the box for this set of mini reviews. I have notes written down for this book that I could probably stretch into a full length review but I just don’t want to spend that much time on it. It was a bloody strange book, and while I have loved other strange books this one just clearly wasn’t for me and it took me ages to even get my head around it.

I loved the idea of this book. A story about a girl who is drowning on the air she breathes, and she finds out the reason she is slowly dying due to air is because she is supposed to be living in the sky and not on earth. I liked the writing style, and I connected with some of the characters, but it just went it ways I didn’t like. In all the directions it could of gone, I don’t think this one was very successful. Some parts just went too far on the weird scale and I just sat there wondering what I just read.

Title: The Miniaturist

Author: Jessie Burton

Genre: Mystery, Fantasy

Length: 400

Rating: 2.5 rounded up to 3 Star?

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This one is getting a mini review because I didn’t even know how to talk about it. My mum asked me how it was and my response was to groan and say slowly “It was alright.” It was really hard for me to get into this book and when i hit the 1/3 mark of this book I sent a plea out to the internet asking if it was worth continuing on with and I got quite a few responses telling me the ending was worth it so I kept going. It wasn’t really worth it.

I will admit that it did pick up towards the end. I didn’t see everything that happened coming, but I didn’t feel it really made up for the rest. The magical realism side of this book also really confused me. I didn’t really understand why it was in the book and I kept waiting for it to become a bigger part of the story but it never happened.

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Mini Mondays – The Girl on the Train, We Were Liars, The Silver Linings Playbook

Title: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 323

Rating: 4 Star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I feel bad that this review is ending up in Mini Mondays this week. It is in no way a reflection on how I felt about the book, I really enjoyed this book, but a reflection on my laziness and lack of a good memory. Always review your books straight after you read them kids!

I don’t know if I can say that I liked any of the characters, I don’t think you are supposed to like any of the characters, but I think they were really well written. At first I was a bit disgusted with Rachel, but as the story went on I felt more and more sorry for her. I wont go into why obviously but my god I would totally sort of loose my mind too and fall down some kind of emotional well also if I was in that situation.

Plot wise I wouldn’t say it was completely a surprise where the story went, but god I was taken on a ride with the story. I was surprised a lot, and I was still sitting on the edge of my seat even when it wasn’t. I was so eager to see what was going to happen next and constantly wondering how on Earth everything was going to work out for all those involved. It was creepy because I could really see something like this happening. Despite the fact I can’t remember enough for a full review, but I really enjoyed it and if you like thrillers or mysteries I would recommend this book to you. Not as crazy as Gone Girl but interesting in different ways.

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult

Length: 225

Rating: 4 Star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.

Another book I really liked ending up in Mini Mondays but this one is not here because I don’t remember enough. Its here because If I really tell you anything about this book its going to ruin it and I don’t want to do that. Just like everyone before I am going to say that you should go into this book not knowing anything. Even me saying that is too much. The only people who can truly experience this book are those who have never heard of it and pick it up and read it. So don’t even read on really.

I really liked this book, but it annoyed me at the same time. I knew something was going to happen and I was just constantly waiting for something to happen. The writing really plays into this. It was very segmented and very dramatic and it took me a moment to get into the flow of the writing. It creates a lot of extra mystery and I was just sitting there going yes I know hurry up and tell me.

I didn’t see the ending coming at all. Up until this point I only sorta cared about the characters because they were getting on my nerves with their tight lipped ways. Then I cared a lot. The ending also made me so angry. I was furious at it, but I can’t say why. So anyone who has read the book please message me because god I want to rant and rant and rant. In saying all that though I liked the story and it was worth most the hype it was getting. If you think you can handle the both beautiful and irritating writing style then I think you will enjoy this book. Go forth and read.

Title: The Silver Linings Playbook

Author: Matthew Quick

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Length: 289

Rating: 3 Star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

So this Mini Mondays ended up having a theme of books I liked but didn’t have enough words for to write full reviews for.

This book isn’t something I am going to scream from the top of a hill for people to read. I found the writing style sort of flat, and despite it being a relatively short story it did drag at times for me. There was a lot of sport talk which really doesn’t interest me at all. The only part of the sporty scenes I liked was seeing how Pat reacted to different things or people or how it affected his frame of mind.

But it kept my interest because I found the idea of it really interesting. The thought these two very broken people coming together and basically just frustrating the other one until they sort of help each other out was a good idea. I didn’t really feel like I connected to them or feel as though they connected to each other as much as I think they were supposed to.

I found all parts relating to Pat’s interest in Nikki deeply unnerving. This kept me going, this sense of unease because I had to know where it was going, even if it didn’t really end up going anywhere. Pat is a really mentally sick human to obsess on Nikki the way he did, and I both feel sorry for him and want to keep him at a distance because it made me uncomfortable. In an interesting way.

 

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Book Review – The Accident Season

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Title: The Accident Season

Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Length: 280

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was a bit hit and miss for me. There are some parts I liked and some parts I didn’t like at all. One part that I enjoyed a lot that really has nothing to do with the actual story content was that I listened to the audio book for this, and I loved how the actually used voice actors with Irish accents. I found listening to them talk highly enjoyable.

The plot for this book mixes in a little bit of magic/fantasy into the reality, and normally I liked this sort of thing as with Ava Lavender, but with this book I was not so sure how seriously I should be taking it. We start off with this amazing concept that every October this family has this Accident Season where they have many simple accidents that gradually lead up to worst and worst ones and in some cases people have died. I know that if something like that happened to me every year I would have been killed off pretty quickly. I am accident prone enough as it is hahah. But as the plot progresses a question of how much of what is happening to the family is actually because of the Accident Season or is there a more real world issue that is causing trouble for the family. The twist that comes along with this is one you go along with. Its not a surprise, but I for one didn’t get annoyed that I already know what was going to happen.

The writing style is one that I love. Its really what I would describe as ‘flowy’ and even though it wasn’t perfect, it did a very good job at weaving the realistic and magical aspects together. I find this kind of writing super easy to get into and go along with no matter what you are actually reading.

Now the characters is where I think the book falls the shortest. While I enjoyed each of the characters enough, I didn’t find that they really had much depth. This lack of depth lead to me not really connecting to any of them. I didn’t want any of them to die or be hurt, but I didn’t love any of them. The character I liked the most is one that Cara and everyone else were looking for most the book and thusly wasn’t really in there.

I also found that all the characters had really weird relationships with each other. I wasn’t into the main love story in there. That kind of story has been done in a way where it didn’t bother me, but this one didn’t manage to do that. I think my weirdness for it was because the characters were weird with each other just in general. They had these secrets when there didn’t need to be secrets, and they were always changing their minds about everything and each other in ways that I didn’t really feel flowed or made sense.

Now I think I will leave this review here. I feel like I am having issues writing reviews that make sense lately, but with this book I cannot really talk about what it happening without spoiling things for you which will be my excuse as to why this one does not flow :D I would recommend this book to people who like a bit of magical realism, and want a book that has a creepy sort of undertow to it without flat out being actually scary.

 

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Book Review – Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

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Title: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 405

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not dealing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break-up of his marriage.

Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

The suspect is 17 year old Violette LeBrac whose grandfather was responsible for a bombing that claimed the lives of dozens of people fourteen years ago; and whose mother, Noor, has been serving a life sentence for the part she was supposed to have played in the attack.

As Bish is dragged into the search for the missing Violette, he finds himself reluctantly working with Noor LeBrac and her younger brother, Jimmy Sarraf.

And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more Bish realizes that they may have got it wrong all those years ago, and that truth wears many colours. Especially when it comes to the teenagers on board the recent bus bombing. Including his daughter.

Tell the truth. Shame the devil. Bish can’t get Violette LeBrac’s words out of his head. But what he may get is some sort of peace with his own past as the worlds of those involved in two bombings, years apart, collide into the journey of his life.

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I would like to thank Penguin Australia for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. Sorry it took so long to publish!

I am going to apologise straight off the bat if anyone finds this review lacking depth. I am reviewing this a while after I read it and I find thriller books hard enough to review the day after I have read them. I held off writing a review for this book because I found it hard to come up with words for it and its not any easier for me now.

This book is very different from everything Marchetta has written before, but you can still feel that it is her writing the words. She is there in the way that the story unfolds, that she is more interested in the way terrorism or racial profiling affects certain families more than people on a grand scale (even though she does touch on this).

I really enjoyed the plot of this story despite the fact it is not something I am normally interested in reading, there is enough of this kind of thing just happening in our world for me to read about. I liked the different perspectives that we were given and the way we are made to question just about everything, In saying all that though I do feel like a few things were shoved down my throat more than what I would have expected from Marchetta’s writing style.

I also really liked the characters. I liked Bish the most even though I think he was a little bit hopeless at times. Marchetta is great at crafting just real characters who you can relate to and like despite how flawed they are. One small thing that I found annoying with the characters in this book though was just how many of them there were. There were a lot and each of them basically had there own plot/backstory being weaved into the main plot line and at times it became a little confusing or hard to keep up with them all.

And I think that is where I will leave the review for today. If you like Marchetta and thriller books or political stories then you would like this book and I suggest you read it. If you have not read Marchetta before and are just looking for another thriller then you may want to read some more reviews before picking it up. She has a certain style about her and if it had not been her writing it I don’t think I would have liked this book as much.

 

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Mini Mondays – Midnight Embrace, What She Left, Sprout of Deception

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midnight embraceTitle: Midnight Embrace

Author: Amanda Ashley

Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Adult

Length: 378

Rating: 2 Star

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When I thought back to the times I first read the Amanda Ashley books I have, this is the one I remembered liking the least. Now that I have read it again I can clearly see why. The characters were very simple and very cliché. The story repeated itself so often I started counting how many times things popped up. I hated how he was always going I wont leave you but then two seconds later he would say I’m a monster get away from me. She was such a weak characters because she was supposed to be ‘innocent,’ but she should have been stronger. Then to top it all off the ending was very rushed.

Also, only people who have read the book will understand this but what on Earth happened to the horse?!

The only reason why this book got a 2 star was because I liked some of the romance sections in it, and has a nice poem at the very start of the book. I would not recommend this book to anyone, there are far better Amanda Ashley books, or just romance books in general out there.

what she leftTitle: What She Left

Author: T.R. Richmond

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 380

Rating: DNF 25%

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Thank you Penguin for sending me this book for an honest review!

The first thing you will notice here is that I didn’t give this book a rating. This my first DNF (did not finish) review and I am feeling a bit iffy about it. I am sad I cannot say I got further than 1/4 of the way through the book, so I thought it would only be fair if I left the rating off these reviews because didn’t finish them.

One of the reasons I only got 1/4 of the way through is that I just couldn’t get into the format of the way it was written by using articles from the news, internet, peoples laptops, letters and what not. I found it really disorientating and the information these articles were giving us I just found really boring.

I did really like the idea of the plot and I really wanted to get into it. If anyone has finished this book, PLEASE tell me if you had these issues at the start and that I just need to push through. I feel bad about it too cause it was an ARC too D:

81NJh0tcJDL._SL1500_Title: Sprout of Deception [The Hangman’s Replacement 1]

Author: Taona Dunisani Chiveneko

Genre: Mystery, Cultural

Length: 492

Rating: DNF 30-50%

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I am pretty sure I got this book in a goodreads giveaway years ago, so I just want to say thank you to the author for giving me the book.

I tried. I really did. I picked this book up and put it back down so many times. It got to the point where my kindle couldn’t even remember where I was up to at times so that’s why I don’t know at exactly what point I was in the book before I stopped it all together.

The first character we are introduced to I didn’t mind. I was interested in getting to know him and what he was going to have to go through with his new life. The story just got so ridiculously boring and slow and I didn’t care about a single thing that was being said or was happening. I think I might have moved onto another guy, but he was only slightly more interesting.

This lack of interest in a character and what was happening, combined with the fact that I just generally didn’t ever understand what was happening with the plot made this book a no go for me. What does a carnivorous plant have to do with hiring a hangman? It made no sense and didn’t have a point to me.

 

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Book Review – Losing You

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Title: Losing You

Author: Nicci French

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Length: 304

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Nina Landry is supposed to be taking her two children on a Christmas holiday today. But the road away from Sandling Island seems littered with obstacles. Most pressing of all, her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, has yet to return from a night out …Minute by minute, Nina’s unease builds to worry and then panic. Has Charlie run away? Or has something more sinister happened to her? And why will nobody take her disappearance seriously? As a series of half-buried secrets lead Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty, the question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island for Christmas – and more whether they’ll ever leave it again.

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This is the second time I have read this book but it still managed to keep me agitated and caught up in what was happening. I think on its own merit the book is a 4 but as to my personal preference it was a 3.

The plot of the story is simple enough. A mother is supposed to take her children on a holiday but then the daughter doesn’t turn up to a few of the things she was supposed to and the mother begins to worry, even when no one else does. She then has to rush around the town to try and find her daughter. The events of the book happen over just a single day, and by the time I was done reading the book I felt just as exhausted as I am sure Nina felt. The plot had be so agitated in a good way that I wanted to put the book down repeatedly so I could have a break from the feelings it was making me have. I think because of how fast paced it was, the first time I read it I didn’t guess at to who was behind Charlie’s disappearance. There really wasn’t enough time for guessing.

Writing wise I think the only thing that really needs mentioning is that this book does not contain chapters, which I think was a fantastic little ‘trick’ in terms of writing. This, the fact it happens over one day, and the way Nina is just frantically going from place to place just keeps you so hooked and frantic with her. There is not a break for you to recover.

A downfall to the shortness of the book/day and the pace means that there wasn’t really much time to give some of the characters depth. They were there to annoy, hate, through you off, but other than that they had not more to them. The police were totally useless in the story, Rory was stupid and way too easy to hate, and Joel was just as stupid as stupid can be. I also had no idea why on Earth Renata was even in the story. Was she there to try and make things more complicated? She was just confusing. Then all the teenagers except for one were made out to be the most difficult people on the face of the Earth, which I took a bit of an offense too. Just because they are teenagers doesn’t mean they are going to give someone a hard time when they are looking for their child.

Nina annoyed me probably the most and she tended to have random thoughts that didn’t seem to fit whatever situation she was in at the time. I am going to put this down to shock, but it might have just been because she was a poor character. I did feel so sorry for her brother Jackson though, he just got pushed to the side and didn’t really understand what was happening. He was just there by himself.

I plan on reading this book again when the mood strikes, and I think others should pick it up also. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fast paced thrillers that are really easy to read. This book is not complicated, but it is good.

 

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Book Review – The Hostile Hospital

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Title: The Hostile Hospital [A Series of Unfortunate Events 8]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 221

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children’s miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.
There are man pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.
I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally we would build into the sadness that is these books but with this one we start off their and it only gets worst and worst as we read on.

Because the children lost their friends and current caretaker and were framed for murder in the ending of the last book, they are on the run and for the very first time truly on their own. They try to get in contact with Mr. Poe to try and explain things to him and hoping, with no great hope at all since he has never really been useful, that he can help them clear their names and get them off the streets and off the run. Before they can get a response from him however they are forced to move on because someone realises who they are.

I cannot really talk about this book too much without giving away a lot of spoilers so I will try and keep this review brief.

The children end up tricking their way into working in a file room that has records on many many many things after following another false lead about V.F.D. After a comment maid by the person who runs the records, they think they can finally find something out about Jacques Snicket, but when they turn up nearly completely empty in their searches, they discover a single photograph and sentence that rocks them to their core so much that their situation goes from bad to near death without them even realising it.

Page thirteen of the Baudelaire file was not a crowded sheet of paper – there was just one photography and a sentence to make an author cry himself to sleep even years after the photograph was taken, or to make three siblings sit and stare at a page for a long time, as if an entire book were printed on one sheet of paper.

The end of this book had me freaking the hell out. This is the first time I was actually thinking that someone was going to die and I was just dying on the inside and screaming at the words on the page (or the ones being read to me anyway). If at all possible the end of this book lands the children in an even worst situation than the end of the one before it, and we are left with still no answers and more questions that just make you want to cry with frustration because all of these questions and hints at things you don’t even want to hope are true because if they aren’t will break your heart must just be destroying these kids on the inside.

The sad truth is the truth is sad.

That is all I am going to give you for now. I didn’t want to have a spoiler filled review because if you don’t care about spoiler and read this I don’t want you knowing when you go in. I want you to read it then come back and discuss things with me. I need someone to talk to about these books!

 

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Book Review – The Vile Village

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Title: The Vile Village [A Series of Unfortunate Events 7]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 228

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children’s lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The story is much more interesting to me now that we are getting bigger picture stuff.

The children head off to a town called V.F.D and the children hope by making this town their new caretaker they can finally find out the mystery the Quagmires tried telling them about when they were captured at the end of the fifth book. They arrive and find that this is not the case however.

The general town seems to be just as bad as all the other people that are supposed of take care of them, but luckily for the children they catch a small break by being placed in the care of Hector, someone who listens to them and is actually willing to help as long as they do their townly duties first. I loved Hector, he is one of the few adult characters in this series who actually seems to have a brain, a soul, and bravery at the same time. While he starts off not being able to speak or really even look at people who frighten him he actually develops as the story goes and by the end he is willing to stand up for himself and the children and tries to save their lives.

This book finally seems to just focus on the bigger picture of the story rather than just the same random bad stuff that happens to the kids. No answers are given within the pages of this book however. The only that remotely gets solved, and this is a SPOILER is the Quagmire triplets. The children find them and rescue them in the final moments. The Baudelaires were suppose to escape with them and Hector in a giant air balloon that can never land and live in peace in the sky, but as the Baudelaires are climbing the rope they get attacked and must stop climbing and let their friends and closest thing to family fly off without them. I was so devastated for them. I don’t think living in the air for the rest of your life would be great, but they could have worked out a way to get down later and then started new perfect lives with their new wonderful family. But of course they don’t get that. END SPOILER

We just get more and more questions. Who the hell is Jacques Snicket, what dies our author and Beatrice have to do with all of these things that are happening. What the hell does V.F.D stand for! At one point we think we are going to get some answers, but they just all float away. The book ends in the worst position the children have ever been in before.

I would say read this book for sure. Knowing what I know about the others I might even say skip numbers 3 and 4 cause I hated them and they were pointless. But I would suggest reading the rest like me because how on earth else are we going to get answers?!

 

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Book Review – The Ersatz Elevator

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Title: The Ersatz Elevator [A Series of Unfortunate Events 6]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 198

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.

Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.

I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

My favourite one so far. This review will contain spoilers so I suggest only reading if you do not care what is said or if you have read the book already.

In this book the children enter a home where is kind of looks like they have finally found a home where things are not so bad, nearly as good as when they were with uncle Monty, with their new caretakers Jerome and Esme. Esme only cares about what is ‘in’ and this makes our orphans worry about when orphans are no longer in, but Jerome listens to what they want and seems to go out of his way to make things comfortable. For example he gave them each a room which would accommodate each of their individual needs. He is even willing to help them or at least let the children look for their kidnapped friends the Quagmire triplets who Count Olaf got at the end of the last book.

And can I take a moment here to just fail to imagine how big this new penthouse the children move into is? Its has 75 bedrooms or something. Thats just the bedrooms, that doesn’t count any extra rooms like kitchens, bathrooms or lounge rooms. Can you picture just how big that is? How big was this damn building?

In their search for Olaf and the Quagmires the children climb down an elevator shaft with homemade rope and guess who they find at the bottom, the Quagmires. I was so happy to have them found, but they were locked up and they had to leave them to go and get something that would open the cage they were held in. By the time they returned however Olaf had moved them and hidden them in an item that he planned to sell at Esme’s auction. Later the children raced up and told Esme what was happening hoping that she would cancel the auction, but it turns out she was actually working for Olaf and is in love with him. She pushes the chidlren down the elevator shaft which has now had a net placed in it to keep the children captured until they returned for them. She screams about doing it because of Beatrice, the women our author keeps mentioning throughout the books. What on earth?! Need answers now!

Here is where I find something to complain about, everything up until now was very exciting. In order to escape Sunny must climb up the shaft with her teeth to fetch their home made rope. Lets picture that for a moment. If at all possible, it would takes years or her teeth would have to be super long and be able to kind of walk themselves up the shaft. Moving on though.

They go down the shaft and out the tunnel and pop up in their old burned down house. Again, what the hell! Esme was clearly involved somehow but we have yet to get any answers at all. The children don’t even get to rescue the Quagmire triplets and to make matters worst, because Jerome doesn’t like to argue and isn’t brave, he gives the children up to Mr. Poe again because hunting down the Quagmires seemed to dangerous. My heart wept for the kids in this book. So close, everything was so close but no dice.

My favourite quote from this book would have to be:

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

 

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – The Austere Academy

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Title: The Austere Academy [A Series of Unfortunate Events 5]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 230

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded down

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was a little worried after the last one that this one was going to go downhill from there even more but I was pleasantly surprised.

I think what made this book the most for me is the fact we are introduced to other kids, the two remaining Quagmire triplets Duncan and Isadora whose family also died in a fire. Loved these new kids, really liked seeing the orphans interact with people their own age let alone people they can relate to. Introducing these kids though makes me think that the author is trying to put across the message kids are smart, adults are stupid.

The writing style is still just as funny and annoying at the same time as all the books before it. There were a few quotes I really like:

There is no worse sound in the world than someone who cannot play the violin but insists on doing so anyway.

God yes. Its so so so painful. And the other is:

As I’m sure you know, a good night’s sleep helps you perform well in school, and so if you are a student, you should always get a good night’s sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means ‘flunk.’

Again. I agree. Though I haven’t flunked because of it a good book has done this to many times and I am sure it has done it to you as well!

Plot wise this book is very much the same as all the other ones so I really don’t know what else I can say in this review. With the children both being in similar situations we are finally getting an idea of a much bigger plot that will hopefully start taking over the story. The ending really got to me and a big mystery is opened up and I read on to find out what the answers were. If it wasn’t for this opening of larger plot I think I would have dropped the series because its not so much fun to read the same story with slightly different details over again and again.

 

Till Next Time…