Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
Warning: Some spoilers ahead!
(view spoiler)[At the very beginning of the book (the prologue), her younger brother Harrison is kidnapped by a hag and replaced with a cogling. The hag doesn’t do the best job as it’s her first time, and cogling-Harrison is found out fairly quickly. There’s a lot of jumping to conclusions, making bad spur-of-the-moment decisions that seem completely out of character for a girl who knows her place in the world and is willing to just accept it even if she doesn’t like it, and then, of course, there’s a boy. Granted, the boy encourages many of these bad decisions…
In conclusion, I feel this book deserves 3.5 out of 5.0 stars because, while it was quite enjoyable, it would definitely benefit from tighter editing. I can’t imagine any of the editors I know letting that “hurts me real bad” slip through to the final product. Overall, though, it’s a great win and I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. (And I already have!) (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The very worst thing about this book is that he answers very few questions. I’m not a reader that needs to have every single loose end tied up, but some of the supposedly big questions are never answered. Why is this? Wait, who cares?! The books are only passably decent at their very best anyway!
The very best thing about this book is that it’s the last one! Oh sweet heavens, thank you! That’s it! There aren’t any more of these mind-numbingly awful books to read! *happy dance*...more
The very worst thing about this book is being unable to choose which aspect is the most awful. Esme being Olaf’s girlfriend while being married to Jerome? Carmelita being their “daughter” in a loose sense of the word? The oddity of the Denouement triplets? Well, that last might be a best thing, not a worst… They intrigued me just a touch.
The very best thing about this book is the duplicate hotel in the pond. In all honesty, it wasn’t because it was all that interesting in the book, but because the idea of an underwater building amuses me....more
The very worst thing about this book is the “unpredictable” predictability. Once you get used to how Handler handles his unpredictable plot-twists, you start to predict them with ease. I suppose for children it would be a little more difficult, but that fact certainly didn’t help while I was reading these books.
The very best thing about this book is… Ummm… Have I mentioned that I love the alliteration in the titles? That’s one of the things that drew me to the books, originally....more
The very worst thing about this book is the continued exaggerated stupidity of adults. We get it! They’re idiots in your world! There’s no reason to continue bashing us over the head with it!
The very best thing about this book is the break in the formula. The Baudelaires have run away and attempt to fend for themselves instead of being placed with yet another ineffectual guardian. That, however, is the only change. Everything else is the same....more