Book Review- The Reptile Room

Saturday, 8 September 2012
Title: The Reptile Room
Author: Lemony Snicket
Publication Date:September 30th 1999
Publisher: Egmont Book
Pages: 192
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #2
Genre: Childrens, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating: 4/5

Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. the story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.
In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible smell, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the re-appearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.
I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket.

This is the second novel in the Series of Unfortunate Events, and carries on where the last novel left off. Our three Baudelaire children, are being sent to a different relative, whom they expect to be as horrible as Count Olaf. However this time, they are pleasantly surprised when they meet their Uncle Monty, who seems like the perfect Uncle. Of course this happy situation cannot last, or it wouldn't be a series of unfortunate events.
I liked the first novel in this series, so I was excited to pick up the second, as I was interested to see where the author would take the series next. He didn't disappoint, as I felt this was a good sequel, on a par with the first.
I liked the plot, for a short book, it was understandably, fast paced, although a little predictable, I knew exactly what was going to happen, but that didn't take a lot away from the novel.
I enjoyed the development of the characters, and the relationship between the three children. They started to really act like a family, helping each other out, sticking up for each other, like a family would.
Overall I liked this sequel, as I thought it was a nice, easy read, which didn't take very long to finish. If you liked the previous novel I would continue with the series, as this is of a similar vein.


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