Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are at first optimistic–attending school is a welcome change for the book-loving trio, and the academy is allegedly safe from the dreaded Count Olaf, who is after their fortune.
If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire arc intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.
Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.
It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.
First of all, I have to say that I hate the fact that my first review on my blog from this series is of the fifth book, but reviews 1-4 are on my Goodreads from before I began blogging.
That being said, let me catch you up on why I’m reading these books in my mid-twenties. When I was younger, I read the first nine books in the series, and let me tell you: I LOVED THEM. Then, last November, I heard tell that there would be a NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES based on these books, and I was there for it. I decided to to binge reread the first four books in the series in preparation for the show, which covered those four stories. The second season should come out sometime in early 2018 and will cover books 5-7.
I know a lot of people don’t like these books or think that they’re just for kids, but I strongly disagree. I think they’re hilarious and witty for people of all ages. Are they the most literary books ever written? No, but they’re pretty dang entertaining. I will say, however, that you have to be in the right mood to enjoy them. I really can’t read more than two or three in a row without getting tired of them. The basic outline of the plot is the same for books 1-5 (I think it starts to change a little after that), and it can get a bit tiresome and repetitive.
Earlier this week, I read the fifth installment of this series, The Austere Academy. This one wasn’t my favorite or the funniest, but it wasn’t bad. This book introduces some new characters and a new subplot, which adds some more interest and depth to the storyline to keep it going.
Is anyone else excited for season two of the Netflix series?!