Counting Crows with Devotees (The Vile Village – A Book Review)

The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Published: 2001

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My Rating:

Rated M for the mass murder of crows and deadly murder committed.

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down.

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are in a tough spot. Between and rock and a hard place you could say. They are running out of people who will take them in. After so many problems in the past with Count Olaf and their guardians turning up dead, nobody is willing to take care of them. Yet, they’ve been taken in…by a village.

Though the saying goes: it takes a village to raise a child, it’s been taken quite literally. The Village of Fowl Devotees has chosen to take care of the Baudelaires though the Baudelaires come to seek answers in hopes of finding their friends and answers about what VFD could really mean. A search for answers leads to an abysmal end for several and the Baudelaires find themselves sin yet another predicament that could cost them their lives.

A Series of Unfortunate Events is 1 of 3 books series I am rereading this year as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is book 7 of 13.

ASOUE Reviews

The Bad Beginning

The Reptile Room

The Wide Window

The Miserable Mill

The Austere Academy

The Ersatz Elevator

I have to admit it. This wasn’t my favorite in the series. While the imagery of the village is unbelievably stunning, the story just didn’t hold my excitement. I just felt as if I was getting dragged through. However, this was a major turn for the Baudelaires and the end of the line for having guardians. It’s here that the Baudelaires are forced to grow up fast as they realize more and more that grown-ups won’t ever help them or make them feel safe and free. For a moment, a sliver of a second, there was a passing moment of happiness, and let me tell you, I’m clinging to it, but it faded so quickly for them.

The short-lived appearance of Jacques Snicket was depressing. Such a grand character and a major key to VFD! I just I wish he’d had a bigger part. That’s the yearning bookworm in me. It just seemed like he was in this too short.


Per usual, Count Olaf bore an epic disguise of hideous proportions and I think it’s his best one out of the entire series. His attempt at some hip and cool detective was just so bad it was great. Of course, that’s nothing without his girlfriend, the psychotic Esme Squalor. While I know villains are naturally evil, these two are entertaining as hell and always leave me wondering how the hell they get away with the things they do.


A turning of the tide and quite pivotal for the series. Though I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the previous ones, I didn’t hate it. So, read it? Well, duh. And I must say, if I did have a favorite part it’s definitely the crows. The crow-obsessed villagers? Not so much. The title of the book really does the book just ice. LOL.


“No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read.” (p. 1)

“Although “jumping to conclusions” is an expression, rather than an activity, it is as dangerous as jumping off a cliff, jumping in front of a moving train, and jumping for joy.” (p. 105)

More to come soon…                                                                                                


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