Title: The Last Ever After
Author: Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The School for Good and Evil
2. A World without Princes
Date Started: August 7
Date Finished: August 11
Format: Hardcover from local library
In the epic next chapter of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story. As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master. But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.
Well, it took until the final book, but I finally found a book in this series I liked. The Last Ever After finally breaks the mold about how fairy tales are supposed to go and realizes that there is a gray area where not everything is just Good and Evil. And to think I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, especially when I saw how thick it was. Could I really deal with whiny Sophie for 655 pages? At first, no, I couldn’t. Before I even got halfway through this book I said that the best solution for everyone was if someone ran Sophie through with Excalibur, because Sophie was not only whiny but indecisive. Here she was finally with her happy ending choosing the School Master who became young and immortal for her, and when he tries to give her a ring, she can’t decide if she should take it or not. Was she too hasty to write off Tedros and Agatha? And when she finally does decide – thanks to some great string pulling by Rafal – she still isn’t happy.
And if you thought Sophie was bad, Agatha and Tedros were worse. You would think being together would be the end of their story, but of course it’s not. Agatha doesn’t really want to be queen, but Tedros wants to be King of Camelot. But before they can even get there they have to reason with Sophie to destroy the School Master’s ring or else fairy tales as they know it will cease to exist. Their solution to all of this was actually quite bonkers – all three decided to give each other fresh starts. Agatha willingly gave up Tedros to see if him and Sophie are each other’s Ever After.
….I really did like this book, even if my review isn’t reading like that so far. Once Tedros realizes what Agatha has done and he kisses Sophie to prove to her that he isn’t her True Love, things get really interesting. And I have to admit that it didn’t take me as long to read the rest of this book as it did the first part. I loved the character of Merlin. I even loved the School Master – he was perfectly Evil. I even loved how everything was tied together, including the mystery that surrounded Agatha’s mom, Sophie’s mom and Sophie’s dad. That story went somewhere that I wasn’t quite expecting.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I still think this book was a little bit too long, especially with Sophie’s constant complaining and whining through the first part. But I really liked how The Last Ever After finally pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a fairy tale.
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