After I had done the yearly overview, I realized I had yet to review the books I read in December. Granted, not much reading was done, but here they are:
I really wanted to love this one. I’m even collecting all the books in the series. But with all the amazing UF novels that I’ve already read, this one paled in comparison. Even if there hadn’t been so many issues with the characters like the protagonist was supposed to be a witch. But all she did was mess up and whine. Then there was her partner, a vampire. She was supposed to be on a no-blood diet. However, every time the protag even breathed, the vamp would be on her throat. They were aided by a pixie whom they treated like dirt even when he regularly risked his life for them. Finally, a new character was introduced in a highly suspect manner who made the worst decision ever. But the protag just went and trusted him.
Aside from those issues, the plot wasn’t making much sense either. I will be reading the next one in the series to see if things get better though.
I’m still in the process of collecting all the books from this series. Just got this one last month and was going over it all excited. Suddenly, I found myself flipping its pages. Within no time, I had read the whole book! That is the magic of the Lemony Snicket books. They are funny but profound, and perfect reads for kids and adults alike.
I do have a kind of project in mind for this series. Let’s see when I can make it happen!
The first time I came across this series was a long time ago. From the joke cracked in it about teenage vampires (can’t recall if they were of the sparkly variety or not), I was sold. While I am still collecting all the books in this series. I thought it was time that I started reading the ones I had managed to snag. This is the second book in the series and it didn’t disappoint. Fowl is still his serious precocious but brilliant self and you know my love for Flavia. Butler can still kick ass and will do anything to keep his charge safe. I am also becoming fond of the fairy characters, including the butt-flap-opening farting Mulch. Will keep devouring book after book now that I have begun!
I couldn’t make myself wait, so I started this one almost immediately. We begin to see changes in Fowl’s personality. The kid who has always been smarter than other kids his own age has spent his life being alienated. Now, he realizes the importance of friendship and connecting with others, even his parents!
Holly is a strong female character who doesn’t shy away from danger, speaking her mind, or doing the right thing.
I was sad when I thought Butler would be out of commission now that he had aged 15 years. But he isn’t going to give up without a fight, is he? Typical Butler!
Root and Foaly bicker all the time, but they are fun to read about.
P.S. I don’t think I can stop reading these books until I have read em all now.
Hmmm...well I was reluctant to try this after the disappointment of the last two volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, so I gave it a looooooooooooooooooong break. Turns out that was a good idea, because the basic jokes are the same and Lemony Snicket is not nearly as fun as the Baudelaire family were. (The supporting cast of kids are all more interesting than Snicket turns out to be.) There's mystery piled on mystery in the somewhat surreal town of Stain'd by the Sea and of course not all of them are resolved by the end of the book.
I was hooked just enough to want to continue the series but this is nowhere near the heights of the best of the Unfortunate Events books.