Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: Yes - A Series of Unfortunate Events
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Short summary of the story from Goodreads:
I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
This is one of my favorite series although, as you are warned from the first page, it is a very sad series. The Bad Beginnings is where we are introduced to the Baudelaire children, Violet, the inventory, Klaus, the reader, and Sonny, the chewer. Lemony Snicket did a job with character development and I can easily relate to all three children even though I am an only child. The children are a pretty extraordinary bunch and I enjoyed watching them come up with creative solutions to outsmart the cruel Count Olaf. The plot moves fairly quickly and I highly recommend it as long as you don't mind unhappy endings.