Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)

Hey guys!
I recently finished Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. So I’m ready to dive into a series. What better choice would there be than Rick Riordan’s latest take on the Norse Gods?

Goodreads Cover - The Sword of Summer

Goodreads Cover – The Sword of Summer

 

The Plot:
Magnus Chase is your regular teenager. Except for the fact that he is homeless. And the son of Frey, a God. Oh, and he’s dead.
Well, Magnus had no idea that his life was about to change completely but it turns out, being that isn’t that bad. At least not when you made it to Valhalla, a place where worthy warriors get to wait and train for Ragnarok.
But before Magnus can make himself comfortable he has to go on a quest to retrieve the Sword of Summer and prevent Ragnarok from happening, well, next week…

 

The Rating:
As you know, I completely devoured Rick Riordan’s book on the Greek Gods. So I was super excited to check out his latest series on the Norse Gods. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10)

Hey guys!
We’re getting closer and closer to the end. I just finished part 10 of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Only 3 more books to go! Let’s see how good The Slipper Slope was…

Goodreads Cover - The Slippery Slope

Goodreads Cover – The Slippery Slope

 

The Plot:
Things seems to be getting better for our three most beloved orphans. However, they are out of luck again. Violet and Klaus have to continue their journey up the mountain alone after Count Olaf almost killed them. Poor Sunny still remains in his clutches.
Is there a way out of this misery? And what awaits them on the peak?

 

The Rating:
We’ve reached a point in the books where you devour the novel in record speed as you desperately want to find out what’s behind the big mystery. The whole VFD thing is so fascinating and with each chapter a new layer is added. I am deeply impressed how intricate the story is. Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Hello my lovely readers!
I’ve already written quite a few posts on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. About the books, the movie, etc.
But I completely forgot to dedicated a sole post to the wonderful Netflix show!

 

What is it about?
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Beaudelair. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Beaudelair children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…
There are 13 books in total, and Netflix dedicated 2 episodes to each book. So the first season consists of 8 episodes and deals with the first four books. Continue reading

Book Review: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)

Hello folks!
I’m almost half-way through. The Ersatz Elevator is part six of thirteen in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Let’s follow the Beaudelaire orphans on their journey!

Goodreads Cover - The Ersatz Elevator

Goodreads Cover – The Ersatz Elevator

 

The Plot:
After getting kicked out of boarding school and watching their friends being kidnapped by Count Olaf, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are sent to live with the Squalors. The super wealthy couple takes the children in, as orphans are currently “in”. But believe me, that’s not the only thing that feels off right from the start.

 

The Rating:
Well, this one really was interesting.
It will really take you a bit before you figure out where exactly this is going. Right when you think you’ve got it all figured out, one huge plot-twist comes along. The fire in which the Beaudelaire parents were killed becomes even more mysterious. We don’t learn anything new about the circumstances but by now it’s clear that something huge had been going on there. Continue reading

Book Review: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)

Hey guys!
Time for another part of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I just finished the fifth installment, let’s see whether it is any good!

Book Reads Cover - The Austere Academy

Book Reads Cover – The Austere Academy

 

The Plot:
After escaping Count Olaf’s clutches at the Luckysmells Lumbermill, the Beaudelaire orphans are sent to boarding school. You might think that things will get better there, but it soon turns out this school won’t be a save haven either. The only silver lining: Violet, Klaus and Sunny befriend the Quagmire triplets who also have a sad and mysterious past…

 

The Rating:
After reading The Miserable Mill I was wondering what would happen in the next books to get me motivated to check out all thirteen novels. Things had gotten a bit repetitive but let me tell you, The Austere Academy saves the day. Continue reading

Book vs. TV Show: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Hello my lovely readers!
Here comes another Lemony Snicket post! After I compared the books and the 2004 movie adaptation, I also wanted to shed some light on the recently produced TV show.

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Baudelaire children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…
There are 13 books in total, and Netflix dedicated 2 episodes to each book. So the first season consists of 8 episodes and deals with the first four books.

 

Book vs. TV Show:
I’ll begin with the novels. Although Daniel Handler’s book series is intended for children, it is certainly one of the kid’s novel I read as an adult. The characters are relatable and I love that for once kids are taken seriously. Even if you are already grown up you’ll be able to recall that often what you had to say was ignored just because you were a child. Beside the three main characters we get many weird additions to the characters and thus end up surprised each time somebody new shows up.
The setting is rather dark and unusual for a children’s book, which makes it even more enjoyable. It certainly is something different!
Moreover, I need to mention that A Series of Unfortunate Events comes with a great sense of humor. You might not expect it at first, but it made laugh all the time. Continue reading