The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
Describe it in 25 words or less. The continuation of The Bad Beginning and the unfortunate lives of the three Baudelaire orphans.
Who was your favorite character and why? Uncle Monty because he was very nice to the Baudelaire orphans.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Count Olaf because he was the most evil jerk I have ever heard of.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me straight away and I thought that Uncle Monty would be an evil person, just like Count Olaf. It was very intense and sad and happy all at the same time.
Was it plot or character driven? Character.
What did you think of the ending? Happy. But also, it was a bit sad, just like the other one.
What was the moral of the story? Everything that has been in your life is there for a reason but it will never be there forever.
Did you learn anything? What vainglorious and dramatic irony mean, that “bambini” means “children” in Italian, that herpetology is the study of snakes and how the Mamba Du Mal snake kills its prey.
Favorite quote: “It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know our time in this world is limited and that eventually we will end up underneath a sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know.” – Lemony Snicket.
What would you change? I wouldn’t let Count Olaf do what he did to Uncle Monty (which I can’t tell you what but you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it) but then again, if I did, I bet there would be no more books in the series.
Have you read other books in the series? I read The Bad Beginning and loved it but I loved this one more. I will read the whole series this year.
Who would you recommend it to? Criminals, orphans, kids who love drama and action in their books, people who have lost a loved one recently, and people who have a fear of snakes.
Number of unknown words: 2
Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake
Do you like it when an author tells you ahead of time that something bad is going to happen?