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

Posted April 17, 2017 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony SnicketThe Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #6
Published by Scholastic on January 1st 2002
Genres: Adventure stories, Brothers and sisters, Humorous Stories, Orphans
Pages: 259
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
ISBN: 9780439402040
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Dear Reader,

If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.

Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.

I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

“Sometimes words are not enough. There are some circumstances so utterly wretched that I cannot describe them in sentences or paragraphs or even a whole series of books.” 

Even though the fifth book wasn’t a favorite of mine, I had faith that I’d enjoy the next book, and I was right. The Ersatz Elevator was pretty fun because you never knew when Count Olaf would pop up until he did. That made everyone a suspect. In this book, the Baudelaire siblings get taken in by an old friend of their mother’s and his wife. From rags to riches, readers see how the children move from the cramped little shack in the back of The Austere Academy to an upscale penthouse located in their old neighborhood. But of course, things don’t improve much beyond that.

Like the other novels, Count Olaf appears in some surprising way and ruins the children’s happy ending. Except not much about this story was happy. The couple the siblings moved in with were The Worst! The husband was nice, but a pushover who did whatever anyone told him to do, and didn’t have the backbone required to protect the kids. His wife was a monster. She was rude, self-involved, and self-important. Their lives in this new posh place couldn’t end well under these circumstances. There were still several mysteries left unsolved. Readers try to figure out the mystery of V.F.D., and the Quagmire triplet’s kidnapping. Plus, the Baudelaires haven’t undercovered the truth of their parent’s death.

While I enjoyed this book more than the last, I don’t think I’ll continue on. It’s starting to become frustrating as more mysteries pop up, and others remain unsolved. I was hoping we’d learn something new in this novel, and while we did, it wasn’t what I wanted to learn about. In fact, this series reminds me of Pretty Little Liars, which I read to uncover A’s identity while the television series kept dragging it out. Besides, I have so many good books I want to get read this year, that I don’t really want to waste my time on something I can take or leave. I may have some of the books in my house somewhere, in which case maybe I’ll go back to it if I ever have time to kill. The books are a pretty fast, and good read, so it’s not like it’ll take up too much of my time.


About Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.


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