Book Review: The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

The Last Ever After CoverBook: The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

Published July 2015 by HarperCollins|441 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: The School For Good & Evil #3

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Fairy Tale Re-telling

Blog Graphic-What It's About

In the stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil trilogy, everything old is new again, as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their fairy tale.

Former best friends Sophie and Agatha thought their ending was sealed when they went their separate ways, but their storybook is about to be rewritten—and this time theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the forces of Good are in deathly peril. Will Agatha and Sophie be able to work together to save them? Will they find their way to being friends again? And will their new ending be the last Ever After they’ve been searching for?

Soman Chainani delivers action, adventure, laughter, romance, and more twists than ever before in this extraordinary end to his epic series.

Blog Graphic- What I Thought

I liked The Last Ever After, and I thought it was a good way to end the series.

There is something about this one, like the previous book, that seemed really confusing, and I’m not sure if it’s because I needed to re-read the first couple of books, or if there’s just something about the story that seems more confusing than it really is.

You really see that balance is important, which is something that you saw a lot in the second book. You really see the consequences of having no balance, and how much we need to have balance. And we learn more about Sophie and Agatha’s mom, and how much that impacted Sophie and Agatha’s story.  Part of me wishes that it came up more, in the previous books, but at the same time, I don’t know that it would have worked anywhere else in the series.  I also liked seeing the friendship between the two girls, and how they both came to realize that they needed each other, and how important friendship is.  That is definitely one of the things I really liked about the series.

There was a lot to wrap up, and it did feel a little more rushed than the other two books.  There were a lot of interesting things in the book, some of which I’ve mentioned.  But I also felt like things, like how you can be your own worst enemy, weren’t explored as well as they could have been.  Maybe a fourth book would have helped with things feeling not so rushed.

It did feel like Good won again, which is slightly disappointing, because I wanted something good to happen for Evil, especially where Sophie is concerned.  But at the same time, I liked that she had to find herself and become happy with herself.  So I guess it happened, just not in a way I wanted.

I really like the League Of 13, and I really want to know more about Cinderella, because what we learned was actually really awesome.  It really added something to her story, and unlike a lot of other characters in the book, it felt like she had a much more developed backstory.

Blog Graphic- My Rating

3 stars.  I liked it, and there were some really interesting elements that came up, and I wish they were explored a little more.  Overall, though, it does wrap up things fairly well, even though they were wrapped up in a pretty predictable way.

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