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
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!!


3 responses to “Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

  1. Alecia

    I normally don’t read middle grade books because I tend to lean towards the more mature YA or new adult stories but I think I would hae loved reading this one growing up. The story sounds great as do the characters and I love how their fates were reversed, makes for an interesting read I think! Great review.

  2. I’m a massive fan of adventure type middle grade, but have never picked this series up because I wasn’t sure it would have been my thing. But it sounds incredible! Fun and easy to read and a nice break from all the heavy dystopians and fantasy I generally read. Wonderful review, so glad you’ve loved the series <3
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  3. Debbie

    This would be a nice change of genre for me I think after reading so many realistic and heavy contemporaries! Great characters with an awesome plot and heaps of fun along the way, I’d really love to read this!

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