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Title: The Reptile Room
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, 2
Length: 244 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 4 stars
If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.
In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.
I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.
With all due respect,
Favourite character: the Baudelaires
Least favourite character: Stephano
I can't get over how incredible this series is. It's so imaginative and depressing and just... argh, I have so many emotions. I am so excited for the rest of the books and to watch the coinciding Netflix episodes. NPH is the perfect Count Olaf, but this is a book review, not a show review.
This is the book that has the page full of evers and I can't get over how ridiculous some of the things are. I laughed a lot at the beginning, and I love how the author teaches kids big words and their explanations without making them feel stupid. I also love the fact that all of the adults are complete incompetent idiots, whereas the kids are the smart ones.
- Si seulement l'oncle Monty savait ce que nous savons ! dit Violette. Si Stephano savait que l'oncle Monty sait ce que nous savons ! Mais l'oncle Monty ne sait pas ce que nous savons, et Stephano sait qu'il ne le sait pas.
- Je sais, dit Klaus.
- Je le sais que tu sais. Mais ce que nous ne savons pas, c'est ce que le comte Olaf - je veux dire Stephano - a l'intention de faire. Il louche sur notre fortune, d'accord ; mais il compte s'en emparer comment ? Puisque l'oncle Monty veille sur nous ?
Derrière le quatre-quatre bringuebalant, les enfants Baudelaire regagnaient la maison aux côtés de Mr Poe, la moutarde au nez et la rage au cœur. On est toujours très désemparé lorsqu'on vient de se faire démontrer par A + B qu'on a tort, surtout lorsqu'en réalité on a raison, et que c'est la personne en tort qui a démontré qu'on avait tort, démontrant, à tort, qu'elle avait raison. Ai-je tort ?
The second book in The Mattie Saunders Series, Cold-Blooded, has just been released and you can enter to win one of 100 free E-Book editions on BookLikes until April 15, 2018.
In Book 1, The Rocker and the Bird Girl, you'll meet the heroine, Mattie Saunders, a twenty-something, slightly eccentric loner who loves birds and so far has devoted her relatively short life to the rescue, care and re-homing of exotic ones people keep as pets, like parrots.
The sanctuary her grandfather left her is out of funds and in an effort to raise some money so her birds won't be homeless yet again, she reaches out the Bodine, the lead guitarist of the bad-boy rock band Seditious. She's learned Bodine has a pet Macaw and since she assumes he's fabulously wealthy hopes he'll by sympathetic and use some of that wealth to help these precious creatures.
Telling you more would be like shooting myself in the foot since I want you to buy the book.
In Book 2, Cold Blooded, Mattie receives a call from Liz, an old friend from high school, asking if it's possible to temporarily board some reptiles at Saunders Bird Sanctuary. The Reptile Refuge where Liz volunteers has been closed be police while they investigate a suspicious death that took place on the premises.
Mattie's not concerned with the circumstances and sees it as an opportunity to reconnect with Liz as well as help some animals in distress, but she soon discovers it's not just the displaced inhabitants of The Reptile Refuge that are cold blooded.
Cold-Blooded also addresses contemporary issues including love, friendship, family, the rescue and rehabilitation of exotic pets including birds and reptiles, and the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic.
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Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs
I love the writing and the way "Snicket" breaks the fourth wall. Every book begins with the admonition that you would be better off doing pretty much anything else than reading this book. When the Baudelaire children lost their parents, it was a bad beginning, but it only gets worse from there. The only thing they can count on from Mr. Poe, the inept banker who is acting as their guardian, is that he coughs and he will fail them.
The first book introduces Count Olaf, a villain who is constantly trying to get his greedy hands on the Baudelaire fortune. The second two follow the same basic formula of the Baudelaires moving on, finding guardians who fail them, and facing Count Olaf. Violet is the oldest and ties her hair up in a ribbon any time she needs to invent something. Klaus is a bookworm and amazing researcher. Sunny is the youngest and has unusually sharp teeth which sometimes help the siblings get out of trouble.
The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
I enjoyed the first three books, they are entertaining, easy reads. It only took me a few days to get through all three and I kept going...