The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil #1
Published by Harper Collins
Published On: May 2013
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
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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.
I heard really good things about this book so my expectations were higher.
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I liked Agatha more than Sophie. I found Sophie shallow and annoying which was probably done on purpose. I was annoyed with how Agatha depended on Sophie and was glad when she started breaking away. I liked how much growth we saw in Agatha and was really impressed with how she turned out. I’m looking forward to seeing how much she grows in the next book.
I really liked Tedros even though he was a pretty typical male character. He did start evolving farther into the book though which saved him a little. I especially loved how he was absolutely sure he was good and always did the right thing. He is a teenager though so sometimes his emotions got in the way but that made him more realistic than some of the other characters. We didn’t see a whole lot of him in this book but I hope he becomes more prominent during the series.
I loved how we never quite knew what was going on. The character makes you think like their not at the right school but then you have suspicions that they really aren’t. Then the characters do something and you’re so sure they’re in the right schools. It’s all a mess but it was great. I felt like some of the characters weren’t as developed as they should have been but the world building was fantastic.
I think this is a really unique series. I loved that it wasn’t a fairy tale retelling but more of a continuation of the modern day fairy tales. So if you like retellings but you’re getting a little bored then give this series a shot. It is aimed at more of a younger audience but I feel like anyone can enjoy it anyways. The characters are younger but it’s written with a slightly older voice. I’m glad I decided to give this book a shot and I’ll be reading the next one shortly!
4 out of 5 stars