A Review of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1) 
Soman Chainani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: May 14th, 2013
Source: Hardcover from Publisher

“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.

A dallop of fairytales mixed in with humor and friendship THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL was a novel that had me smiling when I turned the last page.

What if the fairytales we’ve grown up on aren’t exactly what they seem? What if Rapunzel went to a school and trained to become a princess, and what if Rumpelstiltskin was trained to be evil?

Sophie is certain she’ll be going to The School for Good and Evil, and of course be in the Good school. But things go horribly wrong when Sophie is dropped off at the Evil school and her seemingly evil friend Agatha is sent to the Good school. But for all she knows they may have been sent to the right schools. For here, in this fairytale world, what’s inside is what determines your faith.

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL was amazing. When I started reading, I couldn’t help but snicker and laugh at the beginning of Soman’s story, it was boring and dissapointing. But by the time I turned the last page, Soman got the last laugh.

The characters – Sophie was an annoying character that was constantly saying rude stuff to Agatha, but during the book I was surprised that I still felt sorry for Sophie. Agatha is the perfect friend – loyal and kind.

I loved how Soman Chainani took parts from various fairytales, combined them all together, and added a sprinkle of Harry Potter’s world. The beginning and middle made it seemed like some fluffy fairytale world, but the closer I got to the end things turned wicked.

The ending tore me apart, I was crying, laughing, and at the same time awed. Just because the beginning and middle is kind of boring, do not stop reading. You are bound to like the book by the time you turn the last page.

And apart from the synopsis, as soon as I saw the cover, I just knew I had to read it. THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL was fantastic and although it could’ve been better, it doesn’t deserve a bad review. I can’t wait for A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, the second book.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    YA Book Queen

    August 5, 2013

    I love the concept for this book! Sounds like a good story, especially at the end.

    Nice review, Asma! :)

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    Joy (Joyousreads)

    August 5, 2013

    The cover certainly screams like the type of read that’s geared for 9-12 and I think that’s what’s holding me back from attaining this book. I just might buy it for my daughter, though.

    I love your review; it’s short and succinct.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    August 5, 2013

    Love when a book starts off really rocky and then ends strong, making me wonder how I could have even entertained the thought in the beginning that it wouldn’t be a story for me! Super excited for this one, and I’m glad to know about the slow start upfront, now I know it will be worth it in the end:)

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    A Canadian Girl

    August 5, 2013

    I love the cover of this one!

    I’m a huge fan of fairytales and I love that this one has a whole bunch of them incorporated in it. And I’m really glad that although you didn’t think this one was great to start with, you enjoyed it by the end. Looking forward to reading this, Hafsah!

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    Christa @ More Than Just Magic

    August 6, 2013

    I really loved this book. I thought it was charming and funny and original. Great review!

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    Brett (BookSquirt)

    August 6, 2013

    I really want to read this one! :D

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    Jill the OWL

    August 15, 2013

    I bought this book earlier this summer and have it sitting to read. Now you’ve got me putting it up as my next book!!! Sounds super super good. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

    PS – LOVE your new blog design. Super super cute and fun and nice. Well done! You do such great work.