Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: The School for Good and Evil

Title - The School for Good and Evil
Author - Soman Chainani
Series - The School for Good and Evil
Genres - YA Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Published - May 14th 2013
Publisher - HarperCollins
Format - Hardcover

New York Times Bestseller * Indie List Bestseller * Soon to be a Film from Universal Pictures * A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013 * Waterstones Children's Prize Nominee * Children's Choice Reading List Selection

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.

Sophie and Agatha are friends while one is beautiful and perfect the other is dark and different. It’s been four years since a child was kidnapped from the village and Sophie is hoping she will be taken this time. Agatha doesn’t want Sophie to go she’s her only friend and when the shadow takes her she latches on going with Sophie. The girls arrive at the school with Sophie expecting to land in the good school while Agatha will be placed in the Evil school but both the girls are in for a shock.

Sophie struggles with being a witch because she knows that she is good not evil like the school master has determined. With the help of Agatha they try to get the prince to fall for Sophie even though she’s destined to be a villain. The Evers and Nevers will face a series of challenges that will test them all changing their lives forever. Will Sophie find her happy ever after she so much desires?

I wanted to like Sophie right from the start but I found myself connecting with Agatha more. I liked Sophie through the book but in the end Agatha was my favorite. I didn’t want to like the Sophie’s evil roommates but they grew on me as the book progressed.  I also liked the prince he’s a good guy and in the end I think he picked right.

I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago and it’s been tempting me on my shelf ever since because I love the cover. It’s been a while since I last read the synopsis so the whole book was a pleasant surprise of what would happen next. I was drawn into the girl’s world captivated right from the start it’s an enchanting story that I couldn’t put down.  I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales but The School for Good and Evil puts an exciting new twist on the concept creating a fun new story. I think the author did a great job creating a new world for us to fall in love with. The story is beautifully written from start to finish. I loved the characters they were easy to connect with and I enjoyed getting both points of view even if Agatha was my favorite. I loved the story it’s a fun read that kept me on the edge of my seat and I can’t wait to read the next installment. This may very well be my favorite book of the year. 
5 out of 5 Stars


  1. The cover is so tempting, I myself bought this book as soon as it was available. But I read some pretty mixed reviews therefore have kept my hands off this book for awhile. But I will be reading it this month itself! Great review and thanks for the recommend !

    Gayatri @ Drooling Over Book Covers

  2. I'm reading this book now. It's my breakfast book, so it's going to take me a long time to get through it since it doesn't take me long to eat breakfast. It's good so far though!