Esmé and Jerome Squalor live in the penthouse apartment of 667 Dark Avenue, and they are about as in as a person can be. Even though they are countless floors up, they don’t use the elevator because that is out, they don’t open their curtains because the dark is in, and drink aqueous martinis (water) because it is the most fashionable drink out there. What else is in? Orphans. And as some distant relatives of the Baudelaires, they end up taking three orphans into their stylish apartment to spruce up the place.

Jerome is a lovely man who has the Baudelaires best interests in mind. Esmé, on the other hand, has the orphans for a style purpose and nothing more. To her, the orphans are expendable items, just something else she will get rid of within an instant if it goes out of fashion.

The Ersatz Elevator is the most unpredictable book in the series so far. Unlike the other books, the title isn’t as relevant so it’s harder to tell what’s going to happen. Without going into too much detail and spoiling it, there are also a lot of different plot twists, a few of them are massive towards the future plot of the series.

As good as the plot twists were, it definitely wasn’t one of the best books in the series. Count Olaf’s appearance was expected, like in every other book, and I just find that it’s getting a bit too same-y how Olaf is always close to whoever is the Baudelaires’ guardian at the time and the guardian never believes them. I feel like a change is probably on the way in the books because I can’t see this theme carrying on throughout the whole series.


Rating: ★★★

Genre: Children’s

Started Reading: 19/03/2018

Finished Reading 22/03/2018

Read my review of the previous book here (The Austere Academy)

Get it in the UK here and the US here.

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