{Effie Reviews} The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Posted September 18, 2014 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil

by Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil #1
Published on May 14th, 2013
by HarperCollins
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The School for Good and Evil, A World Without Princes, The Last Ever After

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.

5 Stars

Oh my planet.



Seriously I can barely think of anything else to say. Soman Chainani completely blew my mind with The School for Good and Evil! This book was just so incredibly addicting and I could not put it down. I don’t even give a rat’s ass that this book is supposed to be a middle-grade book!

So the story is about two girls. Agatha and Sophie. Sophie dreams about being taken by the School Master to the School for Good and Evil and she just knows she’ll be Good and become a princess, meet her Prince Charming and live Happily Ever After. While Agatha dreams of being just normal and being Sophie’s friends, ignoring the villager’s whispers that the School Master will take her for Evil School.

If only that were the case…

When Sophie and Agatha get kidnapped by the School Master, to attend the The School for Good and Evil, Sophie’s worst nightmare comes true as she’s literally dropped off at Evil School, while Agatha is dropped at Good School. Both girls can’t believe how there was such a mix-up. Especially Sophie who believes she should be at Good School and not Agatha. As their school year continue, both girls discover things about themselves they never expected. And they soon discover that their fairy tale, maybe, just maybe, be unlike any other ever made.

Okay so, like I said this book blew me away and I can’t wait to start A World Without Princes, which is what I’m doing once I’ve written this review. I know this a middle-grade book, but I just don’t really care, I haven’t been this excited or enchanted by a middle-grade book since Harry Potter! And that’s saying something! So yeah, Soman Chainani is now offically on my Author-Auto-Buy-List, he created something so special with this fairy tale-esque book that conquered my heart.

As for the characters: I hated, absolutely hated Sophie at the beginning. She’s spoiled, conceited, so absolutely full of herself and extremely vain! And she was so annoying too! And I hated her even more all the times she put Agatha down and betrayed her trust, but towards the end of the book I actually felt sorry for her. Agatha on the other hand was really nice, and I liked her a lot, especially since she’s just so kind and also a bit shy. She did have some self-confidence issues but Good School helped boost her confidence in herself. Then you’ve got other characters like Hester and Grim, and mrs. Dovey, the School Master, Tedros and Beatrix and so many more!

I do have to admit that there’s not that much character development. Most of the characters stay the same as they are when we first meet them. Even in Sophie and Agatha there isn’t much change in them throughout the story, just some little differences here and there.

Now all of that said, I am going to read A World Without Princes and once I’m done with that one, I’ll pine for the third book in the trilogy, which won’t be coming out until 2015 *sobs*.


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