I've been reading The Series of Unfortunate Event books for a few months now, & overall I've really enjoyed them. The Grim Grotto is book 11 out of 13, which is quite a big commitment for me. I usually prefer books that are singles, rather than a series, & other than the Twilight series (yes- I read them all) I can't remember the last series that was longer than a trilogy that I've read.
I thought that this series was starting to get really exciting (as you can imagine, each book is basically written off the same template, to various degrees of drama), but this one... didn't. There was no climax or tension, not in comparison to previous books. Maybe Lemony (the author) is trying to wind it all down because the end is near? I hope that prediction is wrong because there are still so many unanswered questions!
I am starting to wonder whether all the unanswered questions will be answered by the end of the book, as there are still so many, & so little time for answers.
Something which has annoyed me from the beginning of the series is that we have no idea of timeframe, so I don't know how long it has been since the Baudelaire adventures began. I like to know how much time has passed in a story, so this is something which annoys me about many books, but over a series as long as this, I think the reader deserves to know what sort of time frame we're dealing with. I'm going to get a year since the beginning of the first book though.
I really like the people that the Baudelaires are becoming, especially Sunny, who was just a baby at the beginning.
Overall, I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5. I would recommend this book to others as past of the series.