Like handshakes, house pets, or raw carrots, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up–and down–a range of strange and distressing mountains.
In order to spare you any further repulsion, it would be best not to mention any of the unpleasant details of this story, particularly a secret message, a toboggan, a deceitful map, a swarm of snow gnats, a scheming villain, a troupe of organized youngsters, a covered casserole dish, and a surprising survivor of a terrible fire (goodreads.com).
I didn’t find this book to be quite as interesting as the last few books have been; however, it wasn’t really that bad and there is some important information revealed in the book.
Sunny is in the hands of Count Olaf as he makes his way to the top of Mortmain Mountain in order to look for the V.F.D hideout. After being separated from Sunny, Klaus and Violet spend about half the book trying to get Sunny back while attempting to reach the hideout before Olaf. On their way they meet an old nemesis, and a discover an interesting piece of information (someone survived the fire and they find out who it is).
I don’t want to give away this awesome plot point, but I will say that this person helps them try to get Sunny back and knows the location of the secret hideout! After discovering that the hideout was burned down and abandoned the Baudelaires come across some more information and clues that need to be deciphered. They also learn that there is a second hideout.
The ending of the book was decent and I quite enjoyed it. As always, nothing ever turns out for the children, so it goes without saying that the person who survived the fire ends up getting separated from them. 😦 At least the Baudelaires know the name of the second V.F.D hideout, they just have to figure out how to get there and that is where this book ends.
The pace of the book was similar to all the others. I was always fairly interested in what was happening to the children, but spending an entire book just traveling up a mountain wasn’t really that entertaining. However, there was much difficulty along the way, which will easily keep the younger reader interested.
Some of the mysteries are beginning to be solved such as the meaning of V.F.D and who survived the fire. I thought that learning about all this was the most interesting part of the book and I am glad I read it!
Sunny has developed the most out of all the characters. We really see her grow up in this novel as she says her first full sentence that everyone is able to understand. Her speech is also improving a lot and should be able to be understood by most, but Olaf isn’t that bright.
The other character I wish I could mention is the one that is revealed to have not died in the fire. I don’t want to give it away because I think this is pretty much the entire reason why you should read the book. This person also knows a lot about V.F.D such as what it stands for and where the hideout is located.
The explanations of certain words within the story doesn’t disrupt its flow at all, but it seems the author is starting to go a bit too far. There are some stories that he tells and references that he makes that I don’t find to be very interesting so I skip over them and loose nothing from the story.
This is a great addition to the series as it contains some much needed information and I was much surprised by the character reveal! Definitely read this book if you have been looking for some answers, but don’t get too excited because not all of them are answered. I am finally in the final stretch of the series with only three books left and I can’t wait to see how it ends. On to the next book!
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