Title: The School for Good and Evil
Author: Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil
Date Started: June 29
Date Finished: July 2
Format: Hardcover from local library
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
Two years ago, I originally had this series on my reading list. The first book became available on the digital library and I downloaded it. I started reading and Sophie and Agatha drove me so bonkers that I gave up and marked it as DNF. The pesky kids at work begged me last summer and the first few weeks this summer to give it another go. So I did, but this time I got the physical copy from the library, and you know what? Sophie is just as petty and vain as I remembered her. BUT Agatha was actually one of my favorite characters. Actually the whole story was wonderful. It was like Harry Potter combined with the old fairy tales.
I liked all the twists and turns that this book had to offer. I liked that not everyone who was labeled good was actually good and vice versa. I liked that The School for Good and Evil started to explore the gray areas of fairy tales. I didn’t like the character of Tedros though. No matter how he acted I desperately wanted to punch him in the face and was so happy when Agatha acted so indifferent towards him – even when she became more ‘princessy.’
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Once I got past the vein and pettiness of Sophie this story really unfolded. I’m very curious about the School Master now and what it means for Sophie and Agatha that they disappeared from the school grounds.
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