What is up everyone! It’s Ashlee! Now, don’t worry, I understand I didn’t include the Kickoff Session Intro, but it’s only going to be temporary until further notice. For today’s episode, I am doing a review on a series I love very much, A series of unfortunate events, the bad beginning.
Yes, it has been a while since I’ve read this book, but I have watched the series a lot, so I think I have a good idea of what the plot of the book is. Without further ado, here is the review!
Book Review Podcast
At the beginning of the story, we have our protagonists. Violet, 14, Klaus, 12, and Sunny, an infant Baudelaire. Their parents had perished in a fire that destroyed their mansion and the only things that they were left with were themselves! Because of the loss of their parents, a certain man, named Count Olaf, wants to steal their fortune.
And according to the books, he’ll do anything to get it! The Baudelaires go on crazy and dangerous adventures and along the way meet friends and family and secrets they never knew about! If you didn’t know already, this series by Lemony Snicket has been a Netflix original series for a while now! So, if you’re interested in this story, I recommend watching the series on Netflix!
Lemony Snicket writes the Baudelaires fate in his perspective and gives great details about the plot and put characters. Fun fact, Lemony Snicket is a pen name, sorry to anyone who thought it was his own name, his real name is Daniel Hadler. He was actually helping direct the Netflix original to make it like his book!
- There are 162 pages in this book
- There are thirteen chapters in this book, much like all of the other books in the series
- This book did not receive an award
- The author is Daniel Hadler, more known as Lemony Snicket
- The publishing brand is scholastic Inc.
What’s Your Rating?
It’s now time to say, what I think about the book and my rating! I rate this a 4 out of 5 stars! This book took risks and but the Baudelaire’s in tough positions where they really have to think, what can we do to survive. Let’s just make this clear, Count Olaf, not from frozen, is an evil person who is greedy and only wants money, and doesn’t care about anyone else.
I’ll go into our characters near the end, where I explain my character’s thoughts, but for now, this is all I’m going to say. Our main characters really work together as a family and invent things to help them survive. The youngest, Sunny, gets put in a death-defying situation where her only way to survive is with the help of her siblings. Overall, I think this book deserves a 4 out of 5 stars
Would I Recommend This Book to Someone?
I would definitely recommend this book to someone but; as always, it really depends on the person. Some people may not enjoy this series, specifically this book, as much as other people I know would. As I’ve been describing, this book has an interesting adventure with it and Lemony Snicket tales the tales of the Baudelaires. It’s a great book and even the Netflix series is great as well!
Here are my top highlights for this book!
- I really enjoyed the introduction of Count Olaf’s theater group. It was interesting and it’s cool to see all of his theater buddies that help him with his schemes. It’s obvious in the Netflix show that they are more involved with what’s happing.
- When violet shower what she could truly do, which is inventing, and created the homemade grappling hook, it really helps me, and maybe some other readers, enjoy Violet as a character. She’s extremely smart and is the inventor.
- Finally, Lemony Snicket’s commentary was really interesting in a good way. Having Lemony talk about the Baudelaires past also gave the producers a chance to have fun with the actor who plays Lemony Snicket to interact with the surroundings while being in the Baudelaire universe. If that makes sense!
It’s now time to say, what I think about the character and who they are! First of all, we have our Baudelaire siblings, Violet, the inventor, Klaus, the researcher, and Sunny, the biter, (later in the books, she becomes somewhat of a cook!).
They all have their talents and are all extremely good at what they do! We have kind characters like Justice Strauss, though, she is very gullible and tries to save the Baudelaires but fails. Much like Mr. Poe, the banker who is in charge of escorting the Baudelaires to their proper guardians, but, he’s really bad at it and thinks that Count Olaf is nice too often.
Mean and evil characters like Count Olaf, just trying to get the Baudelaire fortune. My favorite character, in this book only, is Justice Strauss funny enough. She is so kind to the Baudelaires and wants to have them as children of their own, but according to their parent’s will, she can’t. My least favorite character, I don’t really have. But the character that makes me want to facepalm at is Mr. Poe, which I’ve explained why already.
Well, hopefully, this review made you prepared for this series and what it’s all about! I love it and especially the Netflix show. Have great day readers, and here is our official Readability ending!