Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Posted April 25, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 3 Comments

Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman ChainaniThe School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil #1
on May 14, 2013
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 488
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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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.

Hello, Darlings!

Today I have for you a review of a book that’s become very near and dear to my heart. Before I get into my undying love and affection, let me explain. I was initially attracted to this series by the covers, they are some seriously gorgeous middle grade fantasy covers! After indulging myself in the entire series because I have no self control, I devoured these books. I normally have the hardest time getting into middle grade books, they always feel slow and I can never identify with any aspect of the main characters. I also find them immensely “lesson-y.” This series however, was none of these things. The main characters are hilarious, definitely childlike, but in all of the “I remember doing stuff just like that” kind of way. The plot line is phenomenal, for a middle grade book this was quite lengthy, but it kept my attention the entire time. I wanted to keep this review brief, because I find that when it comes to books I loved, my ability to properly articulate every reason why I loved it would give away the entire plot! So let me leave you with this: not many middle grade novels stick with me. This one was so funny, so lighthearted, and ridiculously complex. I did this series a disservice by underestimating its level of fantastical hilarity, cunning plot, and seriously feels worthy ending. If you’re looking for something fun to read during stressful finals, or just feel like having a good laugh, pick this series up!!

five-stars
Lizzie
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Insurgent [Review]

Posted February 9, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Insurgent [Review]Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books on May 1st 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 525
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian DIVERGENT series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.

People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.

Insurgent, he says. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.

Okay, so this second book was fantastic! It was a great installment to the trilogy. Veronica Roth is amazing at what she does. She definitely knows how to make her readers have the ride of their life. This book was definitely one of those roller coaster rides. I’m not disappointed at all.

I’m not going to do any spoilers in case there are some people still out there who haven’t read the second book yet. But just know that if you loved Divergent, you need to read the second book! You learn more about the factions and the factionless! Plus, you learn more about both Tris and Four/Tobias’ lives.

I fell in love with Tris and Tobias even more than I already was. Plus, the rest of the characters are great too. Then there is the ending. The ending that totally leaves you hanging and needing to read the third and final book. It’s been half a year since I read Insurgent and it has been over a year since Allegiant has come out and I haven’t read Allegiant yet. Why? [Possible Spoiler]: I’m scared. I already know what is going to happen (my boyfriend spoiled it for me thinking I already read it) and I really don’t want it to happen. So, I haven’t read it yet. But I’m going to have to read it before the third movie comes out. So, I guess my happiness is going to be squashed.

Anyways, if you’re a fan of Veronica Roth and/or Divergent. Read this book, if you haven’t already that is. 🙂

Let’s talk about it. Did you read Insurgent? Or any other of Veronica’s books? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
four-half-stars
Stephanie
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