A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End by Lemony Snicket

The final book, the end of the end. The close, no more of these.

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I was a little sad that these had finally come to an end, I felt like I was giving up a part of my childhood I had never realized I should of had until now. But this one definitely went out with a bang as was just as good as the others.

The Baudelaire’s find themselves sailing with Count Olaf, after fleeing the hotel and burning it to the ground they are trapped out the sea with him and there is no where to go. Suddenly they get ship wrecked on a island that holds a whole story of mysteries in itself. V.F.D is now scattered and with no way to know what is going on the children try to settle into a new life with the islanders, but as usual there is something wrong.

This book added a whole new twist into the series and proved that the story of their parents was far more complicated than ever let on my Snicket. This book was maddening, saddening and everything in between. For the first time in a long time the children gained some peace with this end, maybe not happiness but at least some peace.

I will make this short as well because I do not want to spoil anything, but if you really want to know how it all ends and spoil it for yourself just google it like I did.

I highly recommend this series if you haven’t read it. It is depressing and sad, but also a great read and educational as well as thought provoking. A great read and a great series, I rated this series 5/5 all across the board. Loved it so much! Highly recommend this. Okay, now I am finally done and I need to take a long break from typing because I am so exhausted after so many reviews.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket

BOOK TWELVE AND ALMOST DONE!

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I think at this point I am just really sick of writing and kicking myself for not grouping these together into one post but hey, too late now right?

After narrowly escaping Count Olaf AGAIN the children hop in a cab and take a ride to the Hotel Denouement in order to meet with the members of V.F.D on Thursday. Working as hotel employees the children are now the eyes and ears to find out what is happening with the schism in the organization.

These get more gut wrenchingly depressing and sad as they go on and if you think you will ever get a break from that you are wrong. The story only gets worse from here, but it is so beautifully written and so full of twists that even I was taken by surprise with this one. Lemony Snicket has really outdone himself with this series and I have no words to describe how amazing I truly think this series is.

This book starts to delve more and more into the morals of the children and I love that because it really begins to tackle the hard issues of life and what is right and wrong. It’s great that a children’s book covers all this because I feel like most of them don’t actually do that. It’s great to see that an author can write for children and at the same time make it complicated and mysterious as well as educational and thought provoking.

Once again I rated this 5/5 I love love love this series and highly encourage all to read these books.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket

Book Eleven and counting!

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In this thrilling Eleventh installment the children find themselves on a submarine hiding from count Olaf and in search of the lost sugar bowl from V.F.D. In a rush to find the bowl before Count Olaf does the children inadvertently push themselves even further into danger.

I may be a little biased but I loved this book and I love this series. It is so good, even for a children’s series and they just keep getting better and more complex as they go along. They are crazy and quirky and have no ounce of reality and that is okay.

I still hold true to the belief that these are absolutely perfect for children. In this book it tackles morals and choices. As well as strong family bonds in the middle of a tragedy, changing personalities and much much more. The lessons in these books are never ending, and they don’t sugar coat things for the sake of a young reader. It tells it how it is, which is why I love these books so much. Life sucks, life is hard, bad things happen and yet we have 3 kids that still make the best of things and still have hope that it can all be alright.

I will bever stop recommending these books, read them and read them to your kids. Depressing as they are I feel as though they hold so much truth in their crazy quirky pages. So go, if you haven’t by now, go read these books.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

The Tenth book, slowly making my way down the line with these reviews and still trying to make them short.

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In the tenth books the Baudelaire children struggle in an icy mountain to rescue Sunny who has been kidnapped by Count Olaf. Left behind they struggle to make their way back to Sunny, and inadvertently stumble across V.F.D headquarters and finally get the answers that they were looking for this whole time.

This book was such a huge relief for me. I hate being stuck in a cliff hanger and finally being able to get answers was a weight lifted off my shoulders for sure. Sunny is also growing up in this book, and we really begin to see that in these books. It was really cool to see that even though this is a children’s book series the author took the time to add in the fact that the kids age and grow up. A lot of children’s books tend to forget that part of their stories.

The writing as always is really good and quite clever. I can’t get over the fact that even though it is written for children the book can be enjoyed by adults as well. That is the mark of a good book for sure.

I still recommend this book to pretty much anyone. The mystery and the thrill, along with the depressing story is so much fun to read and enjoy. You won’t get a cheesy happy ending either like you do with most children’s books so you don’t need to worry about being let down in the end with fake happiness forced at the end of the book.

This is great for children as well, I feel as though it tackles issues in a good way and definitely has many vocabulary lessons along the way.

I of course rated this book a 5/5 on Goodreads as well, just like the others.

As always, be wary of such a depressing tale!

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

This book was extremely well done, I was very surprised with it and I loved just about everything about this book. I connected hardcore to the characters and the story and all in all I just fell in love with this one. I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on twitter for an ARC copy of this book and I was not disappointed.

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If Birds Fly Back is a novel about Linny and Sebastian. Linny is lost after her sister Grace up and takes off, trying to fit the pieces together of her mystery she gains an interest in people who have taken off and reappeared. Maybe if she can figure out why these people came back she can find a way to bring Grace back. Sebastian is into the sciences, and wants to figure out the mystery of his father and finally fill the missing pieces in life. They have one thing in common: missing novelist Alvaro Herrera. He went missing three years ago and has made a sudden reappearance with no explanation. As the two band together to uncover the mystery of the missing novelist; they begin to uncover the answers they have been looking for this whole time.

This novel was unlike anything I have ever read, and immediately I connected to this story. I can relate to the run away sister side of the story and it was comforting and saddening to read about a character who was feeling the same confusion about something like this. It was definitely a heavy book to take on for me but I loved it all the same.

The writing was amazing, I felt like this could be a realistic story with realistic characters and conversations. The characters were well written and well developed. I especially loved Linny, being able to relate with what she was going through helped with this a lot. But she was also a writer (screen play/playwright) and she spent the entire novel working on her screen play of her and Grace. It dug down into the nitty gritty of her feelings about her sister leaving her and it was all too real and absolutely beautiful.

I loved the romance in this story as well, it didn’t feel too forced and it felt extremely realistic and well done. It happened slowly through out the entire novel and it wasn’t the main focus of the book either. It didn’t over power the story, and really it just added to it. It helped to shape the characters more as the story progressed and get them to a comfortable position with themselves and the answers they were finding.

Sebastian was a harder character to connect to but I still loved him, and with each chapter flip flopping between Linny and Sebastian we got two sides of the story and got the opportunity to see into his head and understand him more. I ended up loving Sebastian as much as Linny. I couldn’t relate to him as easily as I could Linny, but I know who my father is so I didn’t have a real life connection with him like I had with Linny.

The only thing that I really had trouble with in this book it that it took me a while to get through it, and that was entirely my fault. I had hit a little bit of a slump and slowed down a little bit in my reading. But once I got back into it I sped through the rest of the book really fast. I want to do a re-read later to fully love this book. I felt that with a reading slump issue I wasn’t able to fully appreciate it and it affected my rating of the book.

The ending to this book really made it for me. I was scared to finish this book, worried that it wasn’t going to end how it should end. I was worried the author would somehow try to make things something that just weren’t. But that didn’t happen, it ended how it should of ended and it was so much better than I ever thought that it even could be. The ending allowed for so much, but at the same time didn’t and it perfectly complimented the story. I loved it, it was flawless and wonderful.

I rated this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads, because it took me a while to get into this I felt as though I didn’t appreciate this story as much as I could. Like I said a re-read is definitely going to happen for me. I loved this book so much and I would recommend this to contemporary lovers. It is a perfect contemporary book, and it’s not all sappy happy and fun which I loved. It’s real life, it was hard to swallow (at least for me) and I love books that make me feel things. This is definitely a book that will do that no doubt about it. This book is set to release on June 27th 2017, so I encourage you all to pre-order because you do NOT want to miss this read. You can pre-order it here on Amazon.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I read this a while back but I don’t think I ever did a review on it and if I had it was on my old blog that I had deleted without thinking to back anything up. So yeah, I want to actually get a review out on this.

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The Sun is Also a Star is about Natasha and Daniel; Natasha is a hardcore science and fact lover and Daniel is a poet. Natasha is 12 hours from her family being deported back to Jamaica, Daniel is late for a college admissions meeting that his mom wants more than he wants. Thrust together in a chance meeting on the streets and suddenly those things seem very forgettable. The universe and fate play a huge role in these two young lives, and now it’s up to them to play out how this story is going to be written.

This book really caused a lot of inner turmoil for me, mostly because I didn’t love it while everyone else seemed to instantly fall hardcore for it. But it didn’t click with me, and while I really enjoyed it as a book to read I just couldn’t connect with the characters or with the story. There were a lot of things that I loved, more things I didn’t see fit in the story and even more things that I just didn’t like.

The writing was amazing, I am going to start with that because as a want to be writer I admire all forms of writing and this book was just genius in the writing lay out sense. I loved it, each character had their own chapter and own back story. We got already developed characters but the author still allowed us to know their back story, to get to know why they were developed in the way that they were. Instead of being thrust full on into a world of already made characters we got glimpses of the past and the things that made them who they were.

There were also chapters on other characters, side characters that had played a role in the story, and they fit. I loved it so much. There was a point when they mentioned black hair beauty shops being run by mostly the asian population and they had whole chapters on the history of hair and how it played in the story. I am a sucker for some good history and this definitely added to the story.

I wasn’t a fan of the story itself, the whole premise of being thrust together randomly and how falling in love instantly is a huge thing just didn’t do it for me. I have never had any experience with that actually been true, nor have I known anyone who has lived that either. Love takes time, and I didn’t find it believable at all that you could meet someone on the streets and just love them. And that was the whole premise of the book, it was laid out pretty clearly in the description. There were just too many “what ifs…” in my mind about this instant love that I couldn’t fully enjoy it.

The characters weren’t all that likable either, while they were very developed I just wasn’t that into who they were as people. We have Natasha who doubts everything to the point of slamming your head into a wall and wondering how people can be THAT into hard facts and science. Then Daniel, who is such a pushover he doesn’t know what to do with his life until suddenly he  drops all that and becomes a full time poet when he meets a girl. Which by the way said girl mocks his poetry throughout the entire novel anyways.

It just didn’t seem to fit, it really didn’t. To me nothing made sense in this book, or was even a realistic play of how things would actually happen. The only thing that seemed to hold any reality for me was the end when Natasha gets let down by a real human error. I won’t spoil anything, but the ending was very real.

I did end up really liking the ending, I thought that it ended on a very good note and it definitely had a twist that I saw coming but still loved anyways. And the ending felt more like an alternate ending, because it wasn’t from Daniel or Natasha point of view, so I loved that it had the option of being the ending; or not if you so chose. It was a beautiful way to end such a story.

While this wasn’t my favorite book, I still enjoyed reading parts of it. It was still a fairly quick read too. I ended up with a rating of 3/5 on Goodreads mostly because I just couldn’t click with the story. But I would still recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light (with hints of heavy) read or a pick me up book. Its a romance/contemporary read so if you are looking for something different, romantic and cutsey/cheesy this is a really good book to pick up. It’s very well written and very well done, I just hadn’t connected to the characters as much as everyone else had. My favorite parts definitely had to be the side characters/history chapters they were just so well done, so if you like some historical context or side character back stories in your books then I would highly recommend this as well just for that. It definitely made the book for me.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival

Book nine, and if you think that the Baudelaire’s lives and story has gotten any easier than don’t read now. It hasn’t, it’s got worse.

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Having followed Count Olaf to a carnival in the middle of now where, the children are forced to disguise themselves as carnival freaks and seek employment at the carnival freak show. Hiding from Count Olaf, the children begin to find out even more secrets of V.F.D and just how far this organization reaches.

This is probably one of my favorite books in the series because we are finally getting answers about V.F.D and we can finally being to see what the meaning of the eye tattoo is and why the children are seeing it everywhere. But we still don’t get all the answers and as usual we are left hanging at the end of the book. We never find out what V.F.D really stands for yet, and we never really get a full grasp of what is happening and why V.F.D seems to be the cause of all of it. The Quagmires are still out of the picture and the Baudelaire’s fear for their lives every day. Count Olaf is still nasty and threatening, and there seems to be no escape. Even under the cover of great disguises, the Baudelaire’s never truly feel safe.

There is still a good amount of humor in the book, from the other freaks who aren’t really freaks but conditioned to believe so, to just the ridiculousness of people dressing up and no one being able to recognize them. It’s that kind of kids book silly that  adds to the story and makes it a fun read even in the midst of total despair.

I want to keep this quick as I have the other books that I want to review, but I really enjoyed this book and being able to get a more in depth look at the mysteries that are surrounding the children’s lives. I gave this book a 5/5, I can not help but love this series.