Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Posted February 3, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: 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: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Retelling
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The School for Good and Evil, A World Without Princes, The Last Ever After

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon 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 among 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 and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

4 Stars

You know, there are a lot of books and trilogies that try to be “the new Harry Potter” and while some of them are really good, they never gave me that feeling I got when I read Harry Potter. I can’t really describe it, but if you love HP as much as I do, you know the feeling. Just thinking about it brings back memories and a smile instantly appears on your face. Well, many have tried to give that, to be the next big thing. I never found one that succeeded. Until now. This book. This book gave me that familiar feeling. I felt like a kid again. A kid reading HP for the first time. And maybe not everyone gets that from this book, but I really did.

In The School for Good and Evil, Soman Chainani has created a world were all our beloved heroines and heroes from fairy tales came from the School for Good and Evil. And the heroes of this story live in a small town in that same world. They grew up reading the stories and once every four years, two kids from the village disappear and sometimes, they appear in the new storybooks a few years later. Sophie lives a a big house, has long blond hair and seems the obvious choice for the School Master when he comes for a student for the School for Good. At least that’s what she thinks. And Agatha is everyone’s first pick for the School for Evil. When they’re both taken by the mysterious School Master, Sophie ends up in the School for Evil and Agatha in the School for Good. Is this a terrible mistake? Or not? Like many fairy tales tell us, true beauty lies within.

If you expect complicated world building, extensive character development and all that, you’re in the wrong place. It’s similar to the style of Harry Potter, if that helps. The first thing that came to my mind when I finished this book was that this book Disney fairy tales mixed with the HP magic. That’s what this is to me and it’s perfect! It’s a story about friendship and how you have to look beneath the surface. And I really liked it! I love my fairy tales and this was a very interesting twist on them! There’s no real romance in this book but I did love the friendship between the two main characters, Sophie and Agatha. And it was really funny at times. I laughed a lot and yeah… I just really enjoyed reading this book. Does it have flaws? Yeah probably, but I certainly wasn’t looking for them. I just had a good time reading.

Sophie is a beautiful girl and at first sight she looks like the obvious choice for the School for Good, but when you get to know her better, you find that that is not really the case. She’s spoiled, vain, shallow, mean,… So it’s pretty clear that that’s why she’s picked for the School for Evil. But she’s not all bad, she can be good too if she just learns to look to what’s beyond what first meets the eye. And Agatha is actually a really kind person even though she doesn’t seem that way. She lives in a small house at the graveyard outside the village with her mother and her black cat. You can see why people think she’s a with, right? Well, she’s not. She’s just very shy. I really liked her. But I loved the side characters too! Some where really funny and others where not what you’d expect.

Disney fairy tales meet some of the very familiar Harry Potter magic that we all know and love in this wonderful book. And it has a stunning cover! I really recommend it to fans of Harry Potter or Disney movies, but I also recommend it to fans of fairy tales and fantasy who want a really good time reading a book.


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One response to “Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

  1. I loved the cover as well as the blurb of this book and was waiting on my toes to get this book and I did buy it but unfortunately I read some negative reviews on it and have been afraid since then to pick it up and read which sounds kinda vain I know but last year I have been very disappointed in some of the books that I read. Since I am a HP fan I will definitely be reading this book and soon too !!
    Thanks for the positive review !!

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