Friday, March 21, 2014

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani Review

Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 488 pages
Source: Bought
Series: The School for Good and Evil #1


The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

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…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.


Two girls are taken by the headmaster to the schools of the good and evil. Many thought that Agatha would go to the school of the evil and Sophia to the good based on how they are. But the roles are reversed. 

The way the author moved the plot along was absolutely amazing. Her writing style, the way she developed the characters through out the story was also amazing. 

For the rating, I'm only giving this a 3.5 stars because of the ending. I did not like the ending very well. In my opinion, she could've stretched it out and do a little better with it because of how good the beginning and middle was written. It basically was going in one way and taking an unwanted turn somewhere else and I just thought it needed a little work.

For the sequel, I do have an ARC of it (thanks to Harper Collins and Teen), I will read it and have the review by next month or so. 


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