Book Review: The School For Good And Evil

The School For Good And Evil CoverBook: The School For Good And Evil by Soman Chainani

Published May 2013 by HarperCollins|331 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: The School For Good And Evil #1

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

You can find The School For Good And Evil on goodreads & Soman Chainani on Twitter, Facebook and his website

Goodreads Summary: 

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon 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 among 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 and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

 What I Thought:

The School For Good And Evil is such a different take on fairy tales.  I do enjoy fairy tale re-tellings, and this book is the most unique of the ones I’ve read.

I love the idea of a school for good and a school for evil, and their village, and how kids are taken every few years.  And naturally, we find out why as the book goes on- they’re the Readers, and they have a different take on fairy tales, having read them for their entire lives.

I also love that Agatha and Sophie don’t end up in the schools they expected, and how much Sophie wants to go back to the School For Good, because she’s a princess, and how much Agatha wants to go home.  I felt like the two friends-turned-enemies ending up in the schools they didn’t expect was a good thing.  As the book went on, it became really clear that both girls really were in the right school, and that there is beauty and good in someone that doesn’t appear to be good, and that even the prettiest of people may have evil simmering beneath the surface.  And that we’re all both good and evil, and not just one or the other.

I was actually kind of surprised by the darkness in the book.  There are some hilariously funny moments, and in a way, it reminds me of how Shrek pokes fun at fairy tales.  Especially as both girls go against all of the images and stereotypes that people have for villains and princesses.

I really liked seeing both girls deal with everything that comes their way, and I liked the setting and characters so much. There’s very much a medieval-fantasy feel to the book, and the characters felt like they were right at home in such a vivid world.

Let’s Rate It: 

The School For Good And Evil is such a unique take on fairy-tales!  I can’t wait to read the next book, and where things are headed for Sophie, Agatha and their classmates.  I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting, but I still liked it!  The School For Good And Evil gets 3 stars.

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