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Morgan and Gable Review The Penultimate Peril

The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket

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Morgan: This distressing penultimate book is probably the most confusing, upsetting, saddening and confusing book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. There is a most horrific, accidental death which I actually cried at, lots of action and mystery and an EXTREMELY disappointing ending in which you are unsure if the Baudelaire’s are noble volunteers or notorious villains. My favorite character would have to be either Dewey or Kit because they were both noble volunteers and kind human beings. This book is a great book for children or young adults who feel alone in the big, scary world or who have just entered it alone and confused. It was tough for me to read because I am almost a teenager and am a little scared of entering the world; alone or not. I would NOT suggest this book for a Christmas read as it the total opposite of merry and bright. In this case, I would take Mr. Snicket’s advice and skip reading this book. Instead, sit back and relax by your favorite pond with some quiche.

Gable: This book didn’t really answer all the questions I had about V.F.D. and the previous books in the series. It kept saying it would reveal all but it never did. It just answered questions I had never thought of asking and added more questions to the list of ones I wanted to find answers to. The book itself was the best of all the books mashed into one, which made it my favorite out of them all. It was tragic, funny, witty, exciting, scary, intense, and nostalgic, all in one. In other words, this book was horrible in some ways, but wonderful in others, just like the members of V.F.D.

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Morgan and Gable Review The Slippery Slope

The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

Describe it in 25 words or less.

Morgan: Two siblings try to solve mystery after mystery whilst trying to save their little sister from the evil clutches of Count Olaf.

Gable: The Baudelaire case continues with more of Olaf’s treachery and a few steps closer to cracking the code of V.F.D.

Color Palette:

slippery slope cp

Genre:

Morgan: Mystery/Action/Children’s Literature

Gable: Children’s Drama/Action/Adventure/Mystery

Who was your favorite character and why?

Morgan: I can’t tell you or it’ll ruin the story.

Gable: I can’t say who it was or else I’ll be giving the story away.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Morgan: Count Olaf because he was cruel, ridiculous and greedy, but I also dislike Esmé Squalor for the same reason.

Gable: Count Olaf because of how badly he treated these three innocent children and his own troupe members.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Morgan: All the books in “The Series of Unfortunate Events” grab me immediately and have me the whole way through.

Gable: It was intense from the start. Every time you thought it would be calm again, it got intense once more.

Was it plot or character driven?

Morgan: A nice balance of both.

Gable: Character.

What did you think of the ending?

Morgan: A bit sad.

Gable: It made me so curious that I leaped to the next book in the series but it was also sad and deserved some time for me to soak it all in.

What was the moral of the story?

Morgan: Don’t fight fire with fire.

Gable: Friends come out of the unlikeliest of places and sometimes they are mysterious at first but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t always try to make friends with everybody.

Favorite quote:

Morgan: “Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean that it’s nonsense.” – Sunny

Gable: “It is so rare in this world to meet a trustworthy person who truly wants to help you, and finding such a person can make you feel warm and safe.” – Lemony Snicket

Who would you recommend it to?

Morgan: Those who have read the previous books in this series, those who feel lost in the world or those who feel like they never seem to find the answers to their questions.

Gable: People who enjoyed The Wide Window, The Ersatz Elevator, and people who enjoy intense crime mystery novels.

Have you read other books in the series?

Morgan: Yes, and this has been my favorite one so far. Check out my other reviews of the series here.

Gable: Yes, but this is the best one so far. Check out my other reviews of the series here.

Number of unknown words:

Morgan: 5

Gable: 38

Recipe:
Sunny’s Orange Granita
Sunny’s Lox

Tell us about a time when you had to risk your life to save a loved one.

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Morgan and Gable Review The Ersatz Elevator

The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Color Palette:

The Ersatz Elevator Color Palette

Describe it in 25 words or less.

Morgan: Three miserable orphans start to gain some hope when they go to stay with the stylish and rich Squalor couple.

Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.

Gable: Trends, Elevators, Doilies, Auction, Penthouse, Traps

Any particular reason for choosing this book?

Morgan: I’ve read the rest of the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books, and decided to read the rest of the books in the series.

Genre:

Morgan: Drama/Children’s Literature

Gable: Drama/Action

Who was your favorite character and why?

Morgan: Sunny because she is very courageous.

Gable: Sunny because she was sharp-minded (and sharp-toothed!).

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Morgan: Esmé and if I tell you why, it will ruin the book for you.

Gable: Count Olaf. I am SICK of you!

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?

Morgan: It took a while but was definitely worth it.

Gable: It seems that the rest of the series is going to start out creepy and then just get intense and unfortunate.

Was it plot or character driven?

Morgan: A nice balance of both.

What did you think of the ending?

Morgan: It was pretty predictable, except the very end. It was also very upsetting.

Gable: Too sad. I feel awful for the Baudelaires, even though they’re purely fictious.

What was the moral of the story?

Morgan: Make sure you trust the right people.

Gable: To always have hope.

Did you learn anything?

Morgan: Yes, what ‘ersatz’ really means.

Favorite quote:

Morgan: “Like everyone else, scientists are wrong from time to time, and it is easy to see that they are wrong about the table of the elements. Because although this table of contains a great many elements, from the element oxygen, which is found in the air, to the element aluminum, which is found in cans of soda, the table of the elements does not contain one of the most powerful elements that make up our world, and that is the element of surprise.” – Lemony Snicket.

Gable: “Every problem has a solution. Sometimes it just takes a long time to find the solution – even it’s right in front of your nose.” – The Doorman

What would you change?

Morgan: I would give the Squalors’ penthouse less rooms.

Have you read other books in the series?

Morgan: Yes, check out my reviews for The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy and The Vile Village

Gable: Yes and apart from The Wide Window and The Reptile Room, it’s the best one in the series. Check out my reviews of the rest of the series here.

Who would you recommend it to?

Morgan: People who feel like their life is terrible (wait until you compare your life to the Baudelaire’s life!) or those who have read the previous books in the series.

Gable: People who like to go in the elevator and not the stairs, people who enjoyed The Reptile Room and people who aren’t interested in what’s in.

Number of unknown words:

Morgan:9

Gable: 4

Recipe:  Aqueous Martinis: water garnished with an olive served in a martini glass

What would you do if your best friends were about to be smuggled out of the country by an evil person?

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