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So whats going to happen now? Well my book club has chosen its next book which is The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor. So i shall be reading that over the next few days so keep your eye out for that review of course.

For my own personal reading choice i have chosen to reread the Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson. The first book being Undead and Unwed. I really enjoyed this series last time i read it which was several years ago now and it has been in my library collecting dust so i think its about time to dust it off and give it another read. 

I also have a book on the go which i call my downstairs book, this is a book i keep downstairs for when my wife puts something boring on the telly and i can take to my book to hide from her terrible telly choices. At the moment this books is The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. This is the first book in the Fairyland series. Having been terribly unwell and stuck in bed for the last week i must admit i am not far in this book i am only 5% into this book. 

As always any book recommendation you have please let me know either in the comment section or in the book recommendation form on the main page.

I have also added links on the home page to my goodreads account if you are on goodreads yourself and wish to add me and i have also added a link to my bookclub page on facebook if anyone is in our area and interested in joining. 

Happy reading and Have a good Easter. 







The End - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The End - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Title: The End - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
First Published in the UK: 2006
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited 
Pages: 324 + 13 for Book the Last Chapter 14
Price on Amazon: Paperback £6.99 Kindle: £4.99

ISBN: 978-11-4052-2673-8

The end of an era, The end of the series and the end of a series of unfortunate events.

The book begins with the children having just jumped off the roof of the hotel in the boat with count Olaf and having landed in the sea. The three children and Olaf drift off to sea not knowing where there going to end up and not knowing what has happened to everyone back at the hotel. 

One night a terrible storm hits and causes massive trouble with the boat. When the storm is finally over the children find they have washed up on to a coastal shelf. When looking around they find that Olaf has also been washed onto the coastal shelf. They decide there must be an island nearby and go in search of one however, before they get to far they see someone coming up the sand towards them.

A young girl named Friday. It turns out the island has a whole community of people living on it. They welcome the Baudelaire's into their community and shun Count Olaf because he was rude and unkind. The Baudelaire's soon learn this community has rules and secrets of its own and soon the Baudelaire's become suspicious. 

Have the Baudelaire's finally found a safe place to live? Has Olaf really left them alone? What secrets does this community have to hide?

I was really disappointed with this book. To be honest i didn't really see the point in it. None of the questions left from the previous books were answered, The story didn't really seem to have a point or a meaning to it. Without giving away any spoilers the end of the book with Olaf and Kit was just confusing and all in all i can say i think it just was nowhere near as good as the previous twelve books. 

I even went as far as to only give this book a 2* review on goodreads. It made me feel that in the end the whole story was leading up to nothing, i feel like i have been lead on through twelve books only to be dropped at the thirteenth book. Very disappointing indeed. 

Oh well... Onto find my next read. So far i have read thirteen books in thirteen days so lets continue shall we. 
















The Penultimate Peril - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Penultimate Peril - A Series of Unfortunate Events 

Title:  The Penultimate Peril - A Series of Unfortunate Events 
Author: Lemony Snicket
First Published in the UK: 2005
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited
Pages:353
Price on Amazon: Paperback £6.99 Kindle: £4.99

ISBN: 1-4052-2337-5

The next to last but not the ending of the story in other words the penultimate moment. 

We left off in book eleven with the three Baudelaire's having just got into the taxi with Kit Snicket. They did no where they were going nor did they know anything about the women they were bar her name. Full of questions and hopeful they might finally get some answers the Baudelaire's waited. 

Kit explained to the children that the big meeting coming up on Thursday (and it being already Tuesday in the book) they had no time to spare, the children were needed. They were to go in disguise as three concierge's and begin observing people as flaneurs in the hotel Denouement. Flaneurs are people who observe the people around them and intrude when it is absolutely necessary. Kit tells them there is someone in the hotel who is using the initials J.S and impersonating her brother Jacques Snicket who of course we all know is dead, and that this person is after the sugar bowl. The Baudelaire's are told they will see many people they recognise both good and evil within the hotel and it is up to them to figure out who is on which side of the schism. Kit tell them she will be watching the skies and if for whatever reason it is not safe to continue the meeting they should send a signal up into the sky. 

So off the Baudelaire's go into the hotel where they run into almost everyone they have encountered over there many series of unfortunate events, like Kit said both good and evil. They are tasked to do things they don't believe they should be doing but in order to keep up the pretence of being concierge's they have to do them. Whilst working they overhear many things but cannot manage to put it all together at first and work out what is going on. 

One night they are reunited with Justice Strauss and Jerome Squalor who inform the Baudelaire's that the whole reason for the meeting on Thursday is to hold a court hearing to try and clear the names of the three children and to take Count Olaf and his troupe into custody for all there crimes. 

Does all go to plan at the hearing? Do the Baudelaire's finally get their names cleared? Will Olaf get caught or will he escape yet again? Guess you better read the book to find out. 

I gave this book another 5* review on goodreads, i really enjoyed it i would of finished it in one night but my sleeping tablet kicked in and i  fell asleep. Anyway a great book, was really glad to find out a little but more about the Quagmire triplets and hope the final book has the answers. Many of the mystery's were solved in this book but there are still loads of mystery's yet to be solved and with only one book left i hope we get the answers were looking for. 

This book and the last two have sort of left you questioning the three children, they are meant to be the good guys in the story but they themselves have done some terrible things. It can be argued they have no choice and i suppose you can ask yourself if your were in their situation what would you do? But i think this just adds to the characters of the children, it makes them much more three dimensional and seem much more real because an everyday normal person put in a bad situation like these children were could and infact very well probably would make the same bad decisions that the children themselves have made.

So onto the final book i go, I'm a bit dubious and i have read some rather bad reviews were people are terribly disappointed saying this final book does not answers any of the mystery's left to solve and in fact leaves more questions than you began with however i shall read it anyway and of course i shall do my review afterwards. 
















The Grimm Grotto - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Grimm Grotto - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Title: The Grimm Grotto - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
First Published in the UK: 2004
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited 
Pages: 323
Price on Amazon: Paperback £6.99 Kindle: £4.99
ISBN: 1-4052-1527-5

New friends, old faces, poisonous mushrooms and octopus submarines. 

So I've now finished book eleven, only two more to go in the series, not sure if I'm excited or sad to see it end. Anyway back to the topic at hand, Book eleven well we left of in book ten with the Baudelaire's having lost Quigley overboard and the three orphans being stuck drifting down the stricken stream at a great rate of knots with no idea how they were going to survive. We pick them back up in book eleven still in the stricken stream desperately trying to figure out a way to survive. When suddenly a periscope appears out of the water and the children realise its from a submarine. With no other options the children climb on board and hope the sub is a friend and not a foe. 

Once on board the Baudelaire's meet Captain Widdershins, his stepdaughter Fiona and once again they run into Phil whom they met at the Lucky Smells Lumber mill. Happy that the submarine seems a safe place to be the Baudelaire's catch up on whats been going on and soon find out that the crew of the submarine have been searching for the Baudelaire's and they now have a mission to find the mysterious sugar bowl. So without hesitation they set about trying to figure out where it could be. Klaus discovers the location of where the sugar bowl should be and they set a course and are soon on there way to the Gorgonian Grotto. 

Little do they know that once they enter the Gorgonian Grotto all there trouble will begin again, from poisonous mushrooms, to Captain Widdershins and Phil going missing and of course to Count Olaf being right behind them.

Can they find a cure for the mushrooms? Can they escape Olaf again? Will they get to V.F.D in time? 

I enjoyed this book, which I'm glad about as i said i only gave the previous book 4*, I really enjoyed this one although i did find it annoying how Snicket kept referring to the water cycle. I'm used to him trying to persuade you to read a different book and i think this is another one of Snicket's quirky writing techniques however, there is nothing more boring than the water cycle process which well he does tell you that when saying you would be better off being bored for hours reading up on the water cycle then reading the tragic and unfortunate tale of the three Baudelaire's.

Again i was hoping we would find out what has happened to the Quagmire's but nothing was mentioned of them. I do hope we find out what happens to them before the series finishes. 

So another 5* on goodreads and its onto book twelve i go x


















The Slippery Slope - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Slippery Slope - A Series of Unfortunate Events


Title: The Slippery Slope - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
First Published in the UK: 2004
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited
Pages:337
Price on Amazon: Paperback £6.99 Kindle: £4.99
ISBN: 1-4052-1086-9

We thought he was dead, they thought he was dead, everyone thought he was dead. How wrong we all were. 

The tenth book in Lemony Snicket's A Series of  Unfortunate Events. When we finished book nine we were left with Sunny being captured by Count Olaf an heading up the mountain towards the V.F.D headquarters and Violet and Klaus were in a terrible situation having had the cord connecting the caravan to the car cut, forcing the caravan to roll backwards down the mountain cliff at a great speed. We didn't know if they would survive. Well i am glad to inform you with the help of one of Violets inventions they did survive and determined to save their sister they started heading back up the mountain. 

While climbing the mountain the two Baudelaire's were attacked by snow gnats. what are snow gnats you ask well "snow gnats are well organised, ill-tempered insects Count Olaf explained who live in cold mountain areas and enjoying stinging people for no reason what so ever" (Snicket pg62) while trying to get away from the snow gnats Violet and Klaus hid in a cave but soon realised they were in fact not alone in this cave. 

It is here we meet the snow scouts and i'm sorry to say that in this group of people is Carmelita Spats I'm sure you all remember her from The Austere Academy however, all the children in the snow scouts are wearing masks so you can't see there faces these masks work as shields against the snow gnats and soon Klaus and Violet have one on too which works for them as they don't want anyone to recognise them. There is one member on the snow scouts who stands out to the Baudelaire's as he sends coded messages to them using V.F.D and the Baudelaire's can't wait to talk to him once the others are asleep.

As the night wares on the Baudelaire's and the strange boy meet he tells him he knows a secret way to the V.F.D headquarters and they should follow him and a few minuet of deciding if they can trust him the three of them set off together. Meanwhile poor Sunny is being treated horribly by Olaf and his band of terrible people. She is being forced to do all the cleaning and cooking for the group and all the time is terribly worried about her siblings and has no idea if they survived. 

So will the Baudelaire's be reunited? Can they get to V.F.D headquarters in time? Who is this mystery stranger? I guess your going to have to read the book to find out. 

Well i can't say i didn't like this book because i did however, i did not enjoy it as much as i have the previous nine. For this reason i have only given it 4* on goodreads. I did enjoy the introduction of new characters especially the mystery stranger i shall call him for none spoiler purposes. I also enjoyed putting more pieces of the V.F.D jigsaw together however, by book ten i thought we would know a little more than what we do after all there is only three books left. I was also hoping we would find out more about what happened to Hector and the Quagmires but there was hardly any mention of them at all. 

So without any time to waste it onto book eleven i go now and of course it will not be long until the review is up. 

If there is a book or a series of books that you enjoy and think i should read and review, comment in the comment selection or use the book recommendation form on the home page in the left hand side drop down list. Or if you have an author you'd like to put forward for this weeks #Author of the week. Let me know x 
















The Carnivorous Carnival - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Carnivorous Carnival - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Title: The Carnivorous Carnival - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
First Published in the UK: 2003
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited
Pages: 286
Price on Amazon: Paperback £6.99 Kindle: £4.99
ISBN:1-4052-0752-3

Fortune tellers, Freaks, People eating Lions and plenty more unfortunate events. 

At the start of the previous book we saw Violet, Klaus and Sunny climb into the boot of Count Olaf's car and had him drive away, but where did they end up? Well as we find out in this book they end up at the Caligari Carnival. Once again the children use disguises to fool everyone and hide who they are as everyone still thinks they are murderers and of course Count Olaf is still after them and their fortune. So the Baudelaire's disguise themselves as freaks and start working in the freak house at the carnival, with Sunny as a half wolf half human and Klaus and Violet wearing the same outfit to look like one person with two heads. 

It is at this carnival that the three orphans learn how Olaf has been able to find them each time Mr Poe put them into a new living situation. By using a fortune teller named Madame Lulu. Once realising this the children decide they have no choice but to break into the fortune telling tent and find out what Madame Lulu know's. In the last book we were left with the question were one of the Baudelaire parent's alive? When Count Olaf announces that Madame Lulu has told him that one parent survived the children cannot believe it and go in search of answers, but in all stories with a series of unfortunate events they are of course caught red handed. Meanwhile over at the ranch a phrase which if you've read the previous books you will know Snicket himself has used, the freaks are getting ready for the new show, where someone will be thrown to the hungry Lions in front of an audience and devoured by the Lions. 

Will Madame Lulu help the three Baudelaire's or will she hand them over the Count Olaf? Does anyone get eaten by the Lions? Can Count Olaf win this time? Is there a Baudelaire parent still alive? Read the book to find out... Can't give away spoilers now can i. 

I enjoyed this books, i found it so funny that the freaks thought they were freaks just because they were ambidextrous,had a hump and could twist there body in many different way. If this is the case i myself am very much a freak as i am also ambidextrous and have a hump, the hump i'm afraid is a family trait on the women's side. Annoying as it is i wouldn't say it make us freaks.  Being ambidextrous actually comes in very handy especially when typing all the time and doing lots of writing as i so often do. 

I like how the story shows how someone can go from being a nice simple person who you like but given the right set of circumstances can change and well can effectively like in this book end up committing crimes. Given the right or some would say the wrong circumstances people can change right before your very eyes, as i have personally seen myself. 

Well its onto book ten i go now, but before i do a rating of book nine which of course is a 5* on goodreads. As always any thoughts either comment in the comment section or use the contact form to contact me directly, i'm always happy to hear from people. 



















The Hostile Hospital - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Hostile Hospital - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Title: The Hostile Hospital - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket 
First Published in the UK: 2003
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited 
Pages: 255
Price on Amazon: Paperback £6.99 Kindle: £5.99
ISBN: 1-4052-0612-8

The plot thickens even more when the Baudelaire's see someone they thought they'd never see again. 

Well eight books in a life for the poor Baudelaire children has not gotten any better, in fact it only gets worse. Accused of murder, on the run and all alone Violet, Klaus and Sunny are in a world of trouble. After escaping from the vile village and walking for hours they come across the last chance shop it is here in this shop they learn of a group of volunteers called Volunteers Fighting Disease V.F.D could this be the V.F.D there looking for? After all Jacques had said he was a volunteer before he was murdered and the Quagmire triplets shouted volunteer but they were separated from the Baudelaire's. In need of an escape and looking for answers the three orphans jump in the van of the V.F.D to find out there going to Heimlich Hospital to volunteer cheering up patient by singing and handing out heart balloons. 

The Baudelaire's learn the hospital has a library of records room and hope that by volunteering to work there they can find the answers there looking for however, what they find is something they never dreamed of and someone they never thought they would see again. 

Of course Count Olaf and his team of associates are never far away and have hatched a plan to kill two of the children and kidnap one enable to steal their fortune. Violet is captured and Olaf has a terrible plan for. Can Klaus and Sunny save her time? Will they survive Olaf's most evil and cunning plan so far?

Well what can i say that i haven't already said about the previous books, i am just loving them. I was a little disappointed there was no mention on the Quagmire triplets, i hope they come up in the next book as i want to know how there getting on as much as i do about the three Baudelaire's. Again i am glad Mr Poe had no part really, although i find myself annoyed how he ignored the children's telegram which is just rude and well to be honest i don't expect much else from him lets face it he is as useful as chocolate fire guard on a summers day. 

I did enjoy how Klaus and Sunny got to use disguises and trick Olaf's associates and other people within the hospital. Its a bit of sweet revenge really getting there own back for all the times they have used disguises to infiltrate themselves into the children's lives. 

I am going to start book nine straight away even though it is now 2.30am but like i said in my previous post insomnia is currently driving me crazy and these books are the only thing keeping me sane. I have given this book 5* on goodreads. But again i would of given it more had there been a higher rating.












The Vile Village - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Vile Village - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Title: The Vile Village - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
First Published in the UK: 2002
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited 
Pages:256
Price on Amazon: Paperback £6.99 Kindle: £5.99
ISBN:1-4052-0734-5

It takes a village to raise a child. It only takes one man to trick that whole village into turning on that child. 

So were now on the seventh book in the series and things are really getting going. Mr Poe is having trouble finding anyone willing to take on the three Baudelaire children due to everything that has happened between them, Count Olaf and all their previous guardians. With no-one willing to take them in and be their guardian Mr Poe has nothing left to do but send them to an aphorism meaning it takes a village to raise a child. This is a village where the whole population of the village take on the role of guardian and raise the children. Mr Poe gives the Baudelaire's a list of different villages to chose from and the minute the children see the one named V.F.D they instantly chose that one. As this is the last thing the Quagmire's shouted to them as they were being kidnapped. 

The children arrive at V.F.D to find it to be a vile village full of vile people. The elders who are in charge have so many rules that practically everything is banned and the punishment for breaking a rule is to be burned at the stake. The Baudelaire's are sent to live with Hector a kind and understanding man, Hector wants to help the children find the Quagmire's and solve the mystery of V.F.D 

Before long and after many plot twists Count Olaf is on the scene and this time he has framed the Baudelaire's for murder but not just any murder he has framed them for the murder of himself. Do the Baudelaire's find the Quagmires in time? Can they get away before burned at the stake? Can they convince anyone that they didn't murder Olaf and that Olaf is actually still alive?

Out of all the seven books i have read in the series this one is my favourite so far. I got really into trying to figure out Isadora's messages and i loved the plot twist of the Baudelaire's being blamed for Olaf's murder and Olaf disguising himself as a detective and investigating his supposed on murder. I am excited to see what happens to the Baudelaire's next as they go out alone but i am also glad they have gotten rid of Mr Poe as he is bloody useless and as Snicket has written many many times in each book "he was extremely prone to error" in other words he was absolutely useless. I also can't wait to find out what happens to the Quagmire triplets and Hector. 

In conclusion another 5* review on goodreads although if i could i would of given this one 6* as i enjoyed it that much. 
I am suffering with insomnia at the moment and haven't slept in well it will be 3 nights tonight and the only thing keeping me from loosing my mind at the moment is reading this series. 














The Ersatz Elevator - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Ersatz Elevator - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Title: The Ersatz Elevator - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket 
First Published in the UK: 2002
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited 
Pages: 259
Price on Amazon: Paperback £5.99 Kindle: £5.99
ISBN:1-4052-0872-4

Do you know what is in and what is out at the moment? Well elevators are out and stairs are in and Dark is in and Light is out. 

Well now we are on the sixth book and i am sad to say things have not gotten any better for the three Baudelaire orphans. Violet, Klaus and Sunny are now being left in the care of one of their mothers old friends Jerome and his wife Esme. Jerome is nice enough man and treats the children well but Esme is very wealthy and has a job of high importance, she is only interested in having the 'in things' which apparently is now orphans which is why she agreed to having the children stay with them. One night Esme informs Jerome he is to take the children out to dinner and she has made a reservation for them as she is having an auctioneer over to help her plan her In Auction, an action selling all thing 'In' however, when the auctioneer arrives and introduces himself as Gunther the three children realise instantly who he is and that he is not in fact Gunther but is actually Count Olaf. 

Alas the children are at a loss, Olaf has found them again and they have no idea what his plan is this time. He also still has the Quagmire triplets who the Baudelaire's are very worried about. So the Baudelaire's set out trying to discover Olaf's plan and in the process they find something else. Can they save themselves and there friends in time? Can they get anyone to believe the true identity of Gunther or will they have the same problems as they have had in the past?

I am seriously enjoying this series, i really am. I'm finding i can't put the books down, all i have done for the last 24 hours is read these books. I can officially say i am hooked. I find myself getting really hooked on the characters and getting emotionally involved, i find myself rooting for the good guys and hating the bad guys. These books really keep you hooked and makes you want to keep turning pages. The story has left it open about what V.F.D is and that in itself makes you want to keep reading just to find out what the V.F.D stands for and what the Quagmires found out about it and about Olaf. I also can't wait to find out what has happened to the Quagmires.

In conclusion i have also given this book 5* along with all the others in the series. I would very much recommend to anyone looking for a good read but be warned don't start reading if you have lots of chores and things that need doing or work as these things will not get done and you will miss work. 













The Austere Academy - A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Austere Academy - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Title: The Austere Academy - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
First Published in the UK:2002
Publisher: Egmont Books Limited 
Pages:221
Price on Amazon: Paperback £5.99 Kindle: £5.99
ISBN:0-7497-4703-X

The Baudelaire's parents die in a fire and leave a fortune behind and now we find out the Quagmires parents also died in a fire and left behind a fortune... Coincidence? I think not. This is the Fifth book in the series of unfortunate events collection and we see the three Baudelaire children heading off to boarding school. With Violet and Klaus attending school and Sunny being made to become a office assistant. I wish i could say that the children got the stay in wonderful dormitory described at the beginning of the book but this is not true, they are put in the orphan shack, a terrible dank place with crabs and moss. All is not to bad as the siblings meet two new friends called Isadora and Duncan who are triplets who unfortunately lost their brother and their parents in a fire, the very same way the Baudelaire's lost their parents. Once again Count Olaf is never far away and has the children running laps all night, night after night causing the children to be exhausted which is turn causes them to start failing school and in Sunny's case her job. 

Soon the Baudelaire's and the Quagmires hatch a plan to trick Count Olaf but will it work. Klaus and Violet have to pass an exam set by vice principle Nero or he has threaten to expel them. Can the Baudelaire's evade Count Olaf and pass Nero's exam to avoid being kicked out of school and straight into the hands of Olaf himself?

I enjoyed this book, again like the previous one i couldn't remember this one from when i read it as a kid. I liked the fact it was based at a boarding school rather than just with another guardian it made a nice change of scene. I also loved in introduction on the Quagmire triplets, this in turn i think i leading to a much bigger plot line involving how their parents died in the same way and the Baudelaire's parents so it will interesting to find out if they are connected in some way. Without giving away what happens in the book i am excited to find out what happens next with the Quagmires. 

I found Nero to be a terrible man, the Shack he made the Baudelaire's live in was just terrible and all the stupid rules he set up for the school was just unbelievable, makes me rethink all the rules we had in school and think maybe they weren't so bad after all. 

Carmelita Spats reminds me of an old bully i had at school, so rude and obnoxious you just want to slap her in the face. She just adds to the misery the poor children are already going through. It makes perfect sense that she was Olaf's special stupid as misery like company as they say. 

In conclusion i have chosen to give this book 5* on goodreads i really enjoyed it.