The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket (review)

July 29, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Humor, Mystery, YA 0 ★★★½

The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket (review)A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #2
Published by Harper Collins on August 25th 1999
Number of Pages: 208
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor, Middle Grade, Mystery, Siblings
Source: Library
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon
three-half-stars

Dear Reader,

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 reappearance 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,
Lemony Snicket

This book was a fast and fun read. It’s full of humor, as well as that slightly twisted vibe. The author has a running commentary throughout the book that explains things from what a word one of the characters uses, to things the author is up to at the time he is writing a scene.

I loved the Incredible Deadly Viper. Uncle Monty was a fun and interesting character. Violet is my favorite of the siblings. You know nothing good is ever going to last in the books, but the ways in which the unfortunate events happen is usually fairly creative.

Mr. Poe is too oblivious to be in charge of children. But I suppose if the kids had a competent person, there wouldn’t be a series. If you’re looking for a quick and fun read, you should try this series.

three-half-stars

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