The Ersatz Elevator ~ Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events (book #6)


Title: The Ersatz Elevator

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 259

Where I got it from: Lana

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb: The perils of the Baudelaire children continue unabated in The Ersatz Elevator, Book Six in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. These delightfully doomed siblings — whose string of horrible luck began with a house fire that destroyed their belongings and left them orphaned — continue their efforts to escape the clutches of their determinedly greedy and dastardly relative, Count Olaf.
After working their way through several potential guardians and surviving a boarding school debacle, the Baudelaire orphans — 14-year-old Violet, 12-year-old Klaus, and baby Sunny — are adopted by a wealthy couple who take them on primarily because orphans are currently considered “in” in a world that is highly subject to the dictates of fashion. When the children discover that their new guardians live in the penthouse suite at 667 Dark Avenue, they think maybe their luck is finally changing. But then they discover that the 71-bedroom apartment is on either the 48th or 84th floor, and because elevators aren’t currently “in,” they must climb the stairs to get there.
Then there’s their new guardian, Esme Squalor, the city’s sixth most important financial adviser and a cold, haughty woman whose primary concern is staying in vogue. Her husband, Jerome, is kindhearted and caring, but his determination to avoid an argument makes him a poor ally for the children. And of course there’s yet another visit from the dreaded Count Olaf and his gang of cronies, who kidnapped the Baudelaire’s only friends, the two Quagmire triplets, in the last book.

My thoughts: Massive thumbs up for all the In/Out drama. So brilliant!

Broken ~ Karin Slaughter


Title: Broken

Author: Karin Slaughter

Publisher: Century

Pages: 384

Where I got it: Bargain Books – couldn’t resist when I saw it was only fifty bucks!

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb: When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.
While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets—and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

My thoughts: Particularly loved this book because I didn’t figure out what was happening at all. I had no idea the whole way through the book which was a kind of refreshing change for me. Crime fic has become a bit predictable lately – my brain seems to have worked out some sort of pattern that leads me to predict the killer as soon as he/she steps onto the page. Luckily with this book my intuition failed me and I was able to enjoy that glorious need to be constantly turning the page. I love Karin Slaughter. I think that she has some seriously clear-cut feelings about a lot of rather touchy subjects and she is unafraid to voice them through her characters. I’d love to meet her one day

Danny the Champion of the World ~ Roald Dahl


Title: Danny the Champion of the World

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin Books

Pages: 224

Where I got it: Borrowed from Kelly

Rating: 5

Goodreads Blurb: “My father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.” Danny feels very lucky. He adores his life with his father, living in a gypsy caravan, listening to his stories, tending their gas station, puttering around the workshop, and occasionally taking off to fly home-built gas balloons and kites. His father has raised him on his own, ever since Danny’s mother died when he was four months old. Life is peaceful and wonderful… until he turns 9 and discovers his father’s one vice. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.

“My father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.” Danny feels very lucky. He adores his life with his father, living in a gypsy caravan, listening to his stories, tending their gas station, puttering around the workshop, and occasionally taking off to fly home-built gas balloons and kites. His father has raised him on his own, ever since Danny’s mother died when he was four months old. Life is peaceful and wonderful… until he turns 9 and discovers his father’s one vice. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.

My thoughts: Read it. If only to get to the last line of the book. It’s brilliant.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ~ Roald Dahl


Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin Books

Pages: 192

Where I got it from: Borrowed from Kelly

Rating: 5

Goodreads Blurb: For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public–well, five members of the public to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can’t help but buy two Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights–even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper! The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumors surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can’t compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate.

My thoughts: Dahl is undeniable. His stories are as delightful today as they were twenty years ago when I started reading them!

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me ~ Roald Dahl


Title: The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin Books

Pages: 80

Where I got it: Borrowed from Kelly

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb: When Billy joins the ladderless Window-Cleaning Company, the gets much more than a new job

My thoughts: I absolutely love how this always go ridiculously well in Dahl books.

Esio Trot ~ Roald Dahl


Title: Esio Trot

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin Books

Pages: 64

Where I got it: Borrowed from Kelly

Rating: 3

Goodreads Blurb: Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy’s plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it’s going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic.

My thoughts: Esio Trot is a delightful love story without any drama – just a lot of fun!

Bitter Pill ~ Peter Church


Title: Bitter Pill

Author: Peter Church

Publisher: Burnet Media

Pages: 379

Where I got it from: The author had a book launch at Fogarty’s which I attended.

Rating: 5

Goodreads Blurb:

Inside the heaving party hub that is Cape Town’s student playground, someone is preying on the young and unwary. As allegations of drink spiking and illicit sex hit the local papers, university authorities move quickly to limit the damage…

A world away in Seattle, Carlos De Palma, the shadowy operator behind Dark Video, is plotting his survival strategy in the ever-changing Internet landscape. With his precious clients clamouring for heightened thrills, Carlos begins tapping into a new service that blurs the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds…

Enter Robbie Cullen, nice guy and average student, dumped by his girlfriend and struggling with grades. But when it comes to the crunch, Robbie doesn’t know the meaning of stepping back. Once he encounters the beautiful and mysterious Fallon, his small-town bravado is set to make him some powerful enemies…

A gripping thriller that sweeps through the intoxicating haunts of Cape Town’s nightlife and lingers on the sugary sand of Plettenberg Bay – before exploding on the streets of the Mother City’s exclusive southern suburbs.

My thoughts: Bitter Pill is a fantastic follow-up to Dark Video. I love when writers take us so deeply into the minds of the disturbed. Crime fiction at it’s best. And the best part? It’s set in South Africa!

The Austere Academy ~ Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events (book #5)


Title: The Austere Academy

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 221

Where I got it from: Lana

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb:

Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

My Thoughts: It was rather wonderful to see the children make some friends for a change. I am assuming that some sort of murder conspiracy is about to reveal itself and I imagine that the two triplet siblings are part of that conspiracy. This book made me particularly eager to get through the rest.

The Miserable Mill ~ Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events (book #4)


Title: The Miserable Mill

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 194

Goodreads Blurb:

Dear Reader,

I hope for your sake, that you have not choosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudeliare are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune luring behing every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpeasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, buy you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

 

My thoughts: I was happy to move past the parts of the story that were done in the movie. The Miserable Mill wasn’t my favourite part but I did enjoy it anyway. It was rather particularly ridiculous! Which is what makes the series so fun :)