This is book 1/13 of the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" works by Lemony Snickets. Fun fact, Lemony Snickers is his pen name, the real name of the author is Daniel Handler, thanks wikipedia.
The book was wonderful and fun to read. It is the first book so it set the tone for the story to follow. It is about a family of three orphans who parents die and are passed off to their evil uncle. The uncle is out for their inherited fortune and tries, at great length, to deceive the children to give it to him.
In retrospect a pretty sad story, hahaha. But it was fun to read and if I didn't already have a staggeringly long reading list, I might delve into the other 12 books to see what ends up happening to the orphan children.
I honestly had no negative critiques of this book. I thought it was wonderful. It is a book for young adults or children to read and enjoy. And that is what I did, as an adult.