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The New York Times bestselling The School for Good and Evil, the first book in the series, is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. This paperback edition features an Extras section, giving readers a chance to see which school they'd be in and a Q&A with the author, Soman Chainani.With her glass slippeThe New York Times bestselling The School for Good and Evil, the first book in the series, is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. This paperback edition features an Extras section, giving readers a chance to see which school they'd be in and a Q&A with the author, Soman Chainani.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?...

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The School for Good and Evil Reviews

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2019-04-19 18:32

    The boys went off to fight with swords while girls had to learn dog barks and owl hoots. No wonder princesses were so impotent in fairy tales, she thought. If all they could do was smile, stand straight, and speak to squirrels, then what choice did they have but to wait for a boy to rescue them?If any book ever deserved to be Disney-fied, this would be it.This book is seriously sweet. It was just delightful. It is a middle grade "alternative" fairy tale which parodies and utilizes fairy tale tropes to excellent effect, and I constantly sniggered with laughter at its tongue-in-cheek hilarity.It is a light book, a Harry Potter-style boarding school novel based around fairy tales. It was just fucking adorable, let me tell you, but it is not too sweet at all. For a middle grade book, this story had a surprising amount of darkness and depth. It questions the nature of friendship, it questions good and evil, it tells us that it is our choices in life that matters in the long run, that our nature is self-determined.She was Evil, always Evil, and there would never be happiness or peace. As her heart shattered with sadness, she yielded to darkness without a fight, only to hear a dying echo, somewhere deeper than soul.It’s not what we are.It’s what we do.This book tells you that you do not have to be what people want you to be. There is room for change within your soul. You do not have to fit into the mold. You are capable of more than people expect. You do not have to be beautiful in order to have a beautiful spirit.The Summary: Most children are afraid of being kidnapped. Not Sophie.Before you judge her, realize that the "kidnapper" in question is not a man, but a being. A mythical being called the School Master rumored to capture two children every 12 years, to make them into fairy tale creatures. One good child, one bad child. Boy or girl. They will be separated from their families forever. For most children, this is a thing to be feared.Not Sophie.Sophie longs to be kidnapped, she has dreamt of it her entire life. She deserves to be a fairy-tale princess. And indeed, there is no one in her village who is more beautiful than Sophie. Even when she's sleep-deprived, Sophie is a vision of loveliness.Her waist-long hair, the color of spun gold, didn’t have its usual sheen. Her jade-green eyes looked faded, her luscious red lips a touch dry. Even the glow of her creamy peach skin had dulled. But still a princess, she thought.So lovely. But it's not effortless. As all girls know, looking good takes a fuck ton of work, and Sophie has to work at it. Her beauty routine puts mine to shame.As for the rest of Sophie’s beauty routine, it could fill a dozen storybooks (suffice it to say it included goose feathers, pickled potatoes, horse hooves, cream of cashews, and a vial of cow’s blood).The School Master can only pick one good child, and Sophie is determined to be it. In her quest for goodness, she befriends her polar opposite, Agatha.Agatha can never be described, however generously, as beautiful.Her hideous dome of black hair looked like it was coated in oil. Her hulking black dress, shapeless as a potato sack, couldn’t hide freakishly pale skin and jutting bones. Ladybug eyes bulged from her sunken face.Sophie and Agatha may be friends, but their relationship can best be described as "passive-aggressive". The passive-aggressiveness coming entirely from Sophie.Sophie’s eyes flashed. “You’re lucky that someone would come see you when no one else will. You’re lucky that someone like me would be your friend. You’re lucky that someone like me is such a good person.”“I knew it!” Agatha flared. “I’m your Good Deed! Just a pawn in your stupid fantasy!”On the night of the kidnapping, Sophie and Agatha got kidnapped, or rather, Sophie went entirely willingly and Agatha got dragged into it. Sophie expected to be accepted into The School of Good. Agatha is praying against hope that she will not be forced into the School of Evil.It didn't exactly work out the way they planned.Stunned, Sophie watched Agatha plummet into pink cotton-candy mist. “Wait—no—”The bird swooped savagely towards the Towers of Evil, its jaws reaching up for new prey.“No! I’m Good! It’s the wrong one!” Sophie screamed—And without a beat, she was dropped into hellish darkness.The lovely Sophie wound up in the School of Evil, a school that trains fairy-tale villains. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the hideous creatures (her fellow students).Here was a mass of the miserable, with misshapen bodies, repulsive faces, and the cruelest expressions she’d ever seen, as if looking for something to hate. One by one their eyes fell on Sophie and they found what they were looking for. The petrified princess in glass slippers and golden curls.The red rose among thorns.Sophie knows what to do.She ran for her life.The hideous Agatha finds herself among a gaggle of pretty pretty princesses. An entire school of Sophies. She knows she doesn't belong. She knows what to do.Agatha did the only thing she knew how to do when faced with expectations.Up the blue Honor staircase, through sea-green halls, she ran.Uh, no. Sadly, the school doesn't work right back. It's a magical school, y'all, and like it or not, Agatha and Sophie are there to stay. Or else. Children who fail disappear. They have to stay, they have to work at it if they are to stay alive.Fairy tales are darker than they look, and surviving this school will take all of Sophie and Agatha's cunning. Will they manage to maintain their tenuous friendship?The fight escalated to a ludicrous climax, with Sophie beating Agatha with a blue squash, Agatha sitting on Sophie’s head, and the class gleefully making bets as to who was who—“Go rot in Gavaldon alone!” Sophie screamed.“Better alone than with a phony!” Agatha shouted.“Get out of my life!”“You came into mine!”Will they be able to face the danger---the darkness within the school?“But the boys train for war in class,” a girl moaned.“We haven’t even learned to fight!” said another.“Would you like to be a slave to villains?” Beatrix fired back. “Made to cook children and eat princess hearts and drink horse blood—”“And wear black?” Reena cried.Evergirls gulped.“Then learn quickly,” Beatrix said.Was it a mistake to put Sophie into the School of Evil and Agatha into the School of Good? Or will both Agatha and Sophie realize that they're where they should be, all along?The Setting: “Well, in the School for Good, they teach boys and girls like me how to become heroes and princesses, how to rule kingdoms justly, how to find Happily Ever After,” Sophie said. “In the School for Evil, they teach you how to become wicked witches and humpbacked trolls, how to lay curses and cast evil spells.”The setting in this book is just freaking adorable. Take all the tropes you ever know about fairy tales and squish it into a book. You might expect it to be bad? No! It's not! It's fan-fucking-tastic! We have hideously warty creatures, we have snouty, socially awkward, innately evil villains in the School of Evil. We have gloriously charming and handsome boys and girls in the School of Good (who are just so full of themselves).Tedros was used to girls watching him. But when would he find one who saw more than his looks? Who saw more than King Arthur’s son? Who cared about his thoughts, his hopes, his fears? And yet here he was, pivoted purposely as he toweled so the girls could have a perfect view.The setting is beautiful, we have fairy tale castles and beautiful bedrooms and pretty fluffy pink candy cane shit in the School of Good, and nasty, dirty dungeons, and food you wouldn't feed to your worst enemy in the School of Evil. There are magical geese, werewolves, gargoyles, and fairies (they bite).And then there's the curriculum. AHAHAHA. The curriculum. Uglification, can you imagine? Poor Sophie.The teachers are hilarious, from evil hags and witches, to an actual fucking fairy tale princess.Princess Uma looked far too young to be a teacher. Nestled in prim grass, backlit by lake shimmer, she sat very still, hands folded in her pink dress, with black hair to her waist, olive skin, almond-shaped eyes, and crimson lips pursed in a tight O. When she did speak, it was in a giggly whisper, but she couldn’t make it through a full sentence. Every few words, she’d stop to listen to a distant fox or dove and respond with her own giddy howl or chirp.“Oops!” she tee-heed. “I have too many friends!”Agatha couldn’t tell if she was nervous or just an idiot.Sophie: She's not meant to be loved. She is a character that grows on you. If you ever wanted a fairy tale trope, Sophie is IT, man. She is beautiful, she is different, she has always felt like she was meant to be a princess. And man, I felt a tremendous sense of schadenfreude when Sophie got put into the School of Evil. Sophie is a devious character. Don't let her golden fair appearance fool you. She may seem fluffy in appearance, but she is not a character to be taken lightly.Sophie was crouched over a puddle of water on the floor, singing as she applied blush in her reflection.“I’m a pretty princess, sweet as a pea,Waiting for my prince to marry me...”Three bunk mates and three rats watched from across the room, mouths open in shock.Sophie is absolutely convinced that she is in the wrong school, and we can't blame her. It is a lifelong dream, and it was dashed to the ground in one moment. Her character development is marvellous.All these years she had tried to be someone else. She had made so many mistakes along the way. But at last, she had come home.Agatha: Undoubtedly, the more sympathetic of the two. The hideous girl, always the hated one. She cannot look past her own appearance to see what's underneath.Agatha prickled with shame. In this School for Good, where everyone was supposed to be kind and loving, she had still ended up alone and despised. She was a villain, no matter where she went.Agatha's self-esteem is so low that it's below sea level. Agatha is dependent upon Sophie, in a way. They were friends before, and Agatha clings onto that friendship for so long that she nearly forgets what it means to be independent.Agatha felt familiar shame rise. Everything in her body told her to shut the door again and hide. But this time instead of thinking of all the friends she didn’t have, Agatha thought about the one she did.Agatha slipped into the pink parade, put on a smile...and tried to blend.The Friendship: The friendship between Agatha and Sophie is so beautifully written. Their relationship is one fraught with power play, struggles, and they are so complex because of it. Both love one another, while deeply resenting one another, but they have one common purpose. Eventually, they realize that they have to rely upon one another to make it through.The girls collapsed in tormented heaps.“Ready to go home?” Agatha panted.Sophie looked up, ghost white.“Thought you’d never ask.”A fantastic middle grade book, enjoyable by all ages. Highly recommended.

  • Regan
    2019-04-16 21:22


  • LolaReviewer
    2019-04-13 23:21

    ♫ ''Two towers like twin headsOne for the pure,One for the wicked.Try to escape you’ll always failThe only way out is Through a fairy tale...''I would love to say that this was a cute story filled with beautiful and lovely themes like friendship, love and trust but it was actually the opposite.And it was violent. Quite violent.While I didn’t expect the story to be like that, I did enjoy it and found it very entertaining.Sophie is a princess-like girl who dreams of princes and forever beauty, while Agatha is a more...gothic girl. Boys are not what she seeks. She wants...a friend, a true friend who will be there for her whenever she needs one.I really really thought this was going to be a lovely tale about friendship but the truth is Sophie uses her ''friend'' Agatha to accomplish her goals. She doesn’t understand why she has been put in the Evil school while Agatha, the ugly one, was sent to the Good school.What was interesting is to see how much effort Sophie put in trying to prove to everyone, especially Tedros, that she was the good one and deserved to be changed school. She never stopped trying to prove herself and that got my respect...before she actually did start to act—and be—like a witch.I liked the world-building and even almost loved it. The problem is that it was overcharged. There were so many characters and teachers and names that that’s what they ended up being for me; names without a body! When a character talked (except for the main ones) I had to dig hard in my memory to find who that person actually is and what her/his connections with the girls or prince are.The prince, Tedros, by the way, started out being very entertaining. He’s the kind of prince that seeks a princess...and beauty (like Sophie!) Of course, Agatha was for him nothing while Sophie, charmed him after only a glance from her in his direction.*coughs* superficiality *coughs*Too bad Evil and Good can’t be together.…Or can they?It was a fast-paced read, even though it started out slow, with a beautiful writing and characters that will surprise you (in both ways.) I enjoyed reading it and look forward to discover how the story continues.I think you will enjoy it more than I did, if only you don’t get your hopes up thinking that this is a heart-warming story filled with only endearing characters that will enchant you. Image source.

  • Mitch
    2019-03-30 19:25

    I was pretty excited to read The School for Good and Evil... until I realized it was a middle grade book. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against middle grade books generally, but the ones I prefer tend to be the meaningful stories starring kids with deeper themes anyone can appreciate, rather than the dumbed down, intentionally silly, or overly simplistic takes most middle grade authors choose to write instead. Still, I gave this one a chance and Soman Chainani actually surprised me at first, after a few chapters I really thought The School for Good and Evil would fall into the former category rather than the latter, but by the end my overall impression is a book that’s rather shallow yet completely incoherent.First of all, I’m not a fan of black and white good versus evil - I tend to find those kinds of stories played straight, well, boring (and judging people based on their looks just plain dumb and not a lesson any kid should be learning) - no matter how many cheesy fairy tale riffs are used to liven up the story. I guess I’m just one of those people who much prefer a book that asks questions - what makes someone good? what makes someone evil? - which is why I saw a lot of promise with Chainani’s premise, with the beautiful but vain Sophie ending up in the School for Evil while the ugly and loathed Agatha's in the School for Good. Made me wonder, why is Sophie evil? Her vanity? And is everyone wrong about Agatha because, besides Sophie, they don’t really know her? For a while actually, Chainani did seem to be going in that direction, with self professed goodie Sophie confronted with situations that brought out the evil inside her, and Agatha doubting whether she truly is a witch as everyone says. As an exploration of good and evil, not the subtlest thing ever, but for a middle grade book, pretty good.Unfortunately, it seems to me like Chainani really didn’t know where he was going after those initial few chapters, because even before the story of good and evil totally falls off a cliff, The School for Good and Evil is just horribly inconsistent. Sophie is, one moment, an incompetent villain, and the next, the most powerful and feared witch in both schools. Agatha spends most of the book holding Sophie’s hand as Sophie struggles as a villain, then all of a sudden discovers her inner princess and now can’t go toe to toe with Sophie even though she’s been better with magic through the entire book. Sophie’s fellow witches Hester and Anadil are one moment Sophie’s evil tormenters, the next her evil coconspirators, and finally on Team Good. Things about the School Master and his mysterious agenda are revealed, but then they don’t go anywhere. There’s some talk of why Good succeeds in fairy tales while Evil doesn’t, but that doesn’t go anywhere either. After reading through all these twists and turns trying to figure out the point of the reveals, I’m sorry, but the plot just didn’t make any sense, none of the characters behaved with any rhyme or reason, and if there’s supposed to be a coherent message about good and evil, it’s completely lost to me.And ultimately, that’s my problem. I wouldn’t be complaining if I thought Chainani wasn’t trying to tackle good and evil in a way that’s far deeper than the typical middle grade adventure, but with all the inconsistencies and a zigzagging plot built more for random unpredictableness than conveying a moral, The School for Good and Evil is more like a fairy tale written by M. Night Shyamalan than the Brothers Grimm. Even before the ending which caps a book of nonsense with a scene that makes the least amount of sense of all, with an explanation for Good’s triumph and Evil’s failure that reads like it was borrowed from a fortune cookie, I didn’t like at all the way Agatha and Sophie, characters initially written to challenge stereotypes of good and evil, themselves become stereotypical good and evil characters. After so many pages spent on these two friends discovering their inner selves, whether hero or villain, at this school, why one is good, one is evil, I’ll never know. And if you can’t even deliver on the central premise of the book, then what’s the point?As for positives, Chainani’s writing is fairly amusing in places... and that’s about it. The School for Good and Evil works as a middle grade princess and witch story, I guess, but those who read fairy tales looking for morals and deeper meaning should probably stay away.

  • Becky
    2019-04-18 01:47

    [spoilers]Sooooo this is a lesson on how an amazing cover can sell even the worst book. I deeply regret buying this. Let me tell you why.At first, I read the way Good was portrayed (especially the girls) and I thought, this will be overturned. By the end, it will be revealed that these vain, catty, boy-obsessed children are actually evil. And I can't really blame them for being vain and catty, because if they aren't asked to the ball by a boy, they fail (aka, they die. Literally). But then I start to realize, that the divide between Good and Evil is REALLY confusing. Evil can never have love (the catch phrase of the book), and yet according to Dot, being a friendless villain is humiliating. Evil does not forgive, they seek revenge, and yet Dot (who is evil) saves her roommate's life and they're friends again.Good is about purity and not vanity, and yet at the end when the evil students do good things, they become beautiful (Dot even becomes skinny) and the good students become ugly (some even go bald). (Aside, I find the implied fact that fat and bald are indicative of evil to be incredibly disturbing.) Evil must be ugly because only when they're ugly can they get rid of vanity and be FREEEEEE, so they obsessively try to make themselves uglier.So at the end, when the evil people did good and got pretty and the good did bad and got ugly, I realized that what the book was ACTUALLY saying was that appearance actually does indicate the state of the soul.But, I hear you say, isn't it saying that the outside reflects what's inside, making a physical response to the saying "actions speak louder than words"? You would be right, if you weren't so wrong!Because Aggie, who everyone thought was evil, is said through most of the book to be very ugly (thus everyone thinks she is evil). Then, a teacher tells her she will make her beautiful. When Aggie thinks this has happened, she is beautiful (people even stop and stare, amazed by her beauty). When Aggie finally sees a mirror and realizes nothing has actually changed, she realizes that because she thought she was ugly, she was ugly. So even though she was "good," poor self-esteem was enough to make her look "evil." Once her self-esteem had been boosted and she thought she was beautiful, she was beautiful. Let this be a lesson, teenage girls: even if you do good things, unless your self-worth improves, you will always be ugly and people will call you a witch.And actually, I'm not sure this book even says THAT, because is it really self-worth if you only thought you were beautiful because other people were telling you as much?However, now that Aggie is pretty and has self-esteem, suddenly she fits right in with the good girls. Suddenly, she doesn't care about going home, seeing her cat, seeing her mother, or helping Sophie (her only friend). Because who needs home, family, or friends when you've got BOYS! One boy, in particular. Now that she has the possibility of a happy-ever-after, she throws everything out the window and tries to get asked to the ball so she doesn't die.That's right, it's a world where if a girl is not pretty enough for a boy to ask her out, she is killed. And apparently, every year the boys make a pact that two of them will go together rather than having to be the one to go with the ugliest girl. And again, I thought, this will be overturned.NOPEInstead of the girls becoming self-reliant beings who are worth more than what a man is willing to say they're worth, the magical thing that happens is THIS year, all the good girls get asked and no one dies.But that's not how it ends. It ends with Sophie (evil friend) dying for Aggie (good friend) and Aggie's kiss bringing Sophie back to life (true love's kiss). Sophie says, "who needs princes in our fairy tale?" and for a moment I think YES! It is all undone! Realizations abound!NOPE. Because as the girls disappear to go to Happily Ever After together, Aggie realizes if she goes with Sophie she'll never get to be with the BOY! "She whirled to Tedros. With a cry, her prince seized for her--'wait!'" And as I understand it, in the sequel Aggie regrets spending happily ever after with her best friend, so she leaves and goes in search of Teddy.One brief shining moment, and then that. So what is the book about? It's about how girls are motivated entirely by boys. Female friendships are broken apart by boys. The back-stories of evil women usually involve boys. And even though you might not need a boy in the end, you REALLY want one. Also, poor self-esteem makes you ugly, and no boy will want you then.To be followed by the sequel, which is about how best friends will never replace boys (although, to be fair, I haven't read it. And won't.)But I'm not finished! I could, in fact, go on for a very long time about all the problems with this book (go ahead, ask me. I dare you), but I just want to mention quickly the problem of the wolves, and the naked thing. I'm not sure the author understands what wolves are in fairy tales. In this book, the wolves are in charge of the evil school, and at one point Sophie refuses to change into her school uniform. "So the wolf took care of it himself." So this child has just been stripped and re-dressed by a wolf. In a fairy tale. Later, Sophie dreams of her father, who is wearing a wolf mask. I felt kind of sick to my stomach.This leads me to my final problem: how often the girls are naked in this book. I don't have the patience for it, but if anyone is going to read/re-read it, I would love it if you would put a flag next to every time a character is naked/wrapped in or hiding behind something to hide their nakedness. They take each other's clothes off their backs, they wear boys' PJs because they burned each other's clothes, they come back naked from this spell that they do (and they do it a lot), a boy becomes naked to use his talent... It would just be interesting to see how many times in this book children are naked. Okay, tl;dr, I'll shut up now.But don't buy it. I'm begging you. Don't pay money for it.EDIT:GUYS! IT'S DISASTER:OMGEEEEEEEEE! NO PRINCES?!*gag*

  • Natalie Monroe
    2019-03-24 23:26

    4.5 starsNow before you do anything, I want you to take a good long look at the blurb.Sounds cute, right? A re-imagining of fairytales. A Hogwarts-like school where princesses/princes and villains are trained. Two very different girls that hint at an unlikely friendship.Okay, now throw those thoughts in the lake. Go on.This book will not be anything like you imagine. Many times have I found myself questioning whether or not it should even be classified as middle-grade. The pretty cover clothes a disturbingly dark story, but one of humor, friendship, and dare I say it, true love.Sophie and Agatha are two very different girls. Sophie is gorgeous, stuck-up and only dreams of being a princess and marrying a prince. Agatha, on the other hand, is hideous and after getting kidnapped to the school, she only wants to go home with her best friend, Sophie. Who, as you can guess, is so not interested.I did not like Sophie at first. The girl is supremely shallow and bitchy. She only does good deeds so she can get into the school of Good and her friendship with Agatha in the beginning is nothing more than a charity project. She sort of reminds me of Sansa from A Game of Thrones before all that shit went down and she gained some brain cells. But her character development was brilliant and totally realistic. She relapses to her old selfish ways multiple times in the narrative (usually over a prince and screwing Agatha over in the process), but towards the end, I was rooting for so hard even though (view spoiler)[she had turned evil. (hide spoiler)] She's an incredibly sympathetic and complex character. Agatha, I loved from the start. Her devotion to Sophie and disdain of beauty-obsessed princesses and macho princes completely won me over. Though I must confess I liked her less towards the end when (view spoiler)[she went all moony-eyed over Tedros. It happened too quick and it seems to follow the fairytale trope of The One without concrete reasoning. (hide spoiler)]Their opposites-attract friendship actually reminds me of Elphaba and Glinda from Wicked.They hate each other at first, but then, they begin to rely on each other. They struggle through tests (So. Many. Tests) and their friendship gets stronger every time. Sophie needs Agatha as much as Agatha needs her. They are the core of the story and I loved it.And the romance? I can't talk too much about it without giving away the ending, but I will say this:(view spoiler)[I really, really need to applaud Chainani for creating a LGBT relationship in a children's book. And although I like Tedros, I will bitch-slap him if he messes with them. (hide spoiler)]The School for Good and Evil will make you laugh, make you cry and generally, leave your feels in a mess.And I cannot recommend it highly enough.My review of A World Without PrincesMy review of The Last Ever After["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    2019-04-08 21:33

    “She had always found villains more exciting than heroes. They had ambition, passion. They made the stories happen. Villains didn't fear death. No, they wrapped themselves in death like suits of armor!”Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Did you ever wish you were part of a fairy tale like Snow White or Cinderella? Yes? Than that’s the perfect book for you. Every four years two children are kidnapped from Gavaldon and disappear. This year the mysterious man takes two girls, two friends: Sophie and Agatha. But when they arrive a strange thing happens: the beautiful Sophie is send to the school of evil whereas Agatha is send to the school of good. The confused girls try to get into the right side of the schools and learn that nothing is as it seems. Now an adventure begins in the school of fairytales, of good and evil. First I was a little bit skeptical about the whole story, but the more I read, the more I loved the story. It was really really entertaining and the last 30% were filled with action, betrayal and really crazy stuff. It was absolutely awesome! Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I need to say I was a little bit skeptical with the characters. Even though they fitted the story, they felt a little bit... simple. Their thoughts, dreams etc. So so simple. Go home/get to the right school/ save my friend/ get the princeBut the farther I got the more I learned to love the characters, especially Agatha. But next to Agatha and Sophie the other characters felt really simple and plain. Also I had a problem with the age of the characters, they didn’t feel like twelve year olds. The way they acted, the feelings they felt and other things made me always think that they were sixteen or at least fifteen. World ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️There is a world where fairy tales exist. And even though you wonder how can that be? That’s not the only thing. The people in this stories - the princes, princesses, evil witches and monsters don’t appear from nowhere. There are being taught at a school. For every part of the fairy tale there is a school - one for good and one for evil. And in there they learn how to fight, how to do magic, how to speak to animals and so on. It’s really magical. Absolutely perfect worldbuilding! Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The only real relationship I can see in this book is the one between Sophie and Agatha and - oh man! - is this a complicated one. Even though I have no doubt at Agatha’s side of the friendship I was a little bit skeptical about Sophie. She’s really really egotistical and most thoughts in her mind are about herself (or her beauty/prince/hair). But then.. they still had a really strong friendship and I really adored the way Agatha always thought about Sophie and her wellbeing and saving her and herself. She always protected her friend and that was so so sweet. I don’t want to say anything about the love story in this book, but it was not my favorite one, even though it was kind of sweet. Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved the story and the execution of it, but sometimes it still felt a little bit too simple for Young Adult and too much of a middle grade novel. But it was still really entertaining and I had fun reading it.Maybe I’m just too critical, because I’m too old for this book. (Is 23 too old? Is it?🤷🏻‍♀️) Either way I really liked this book and will continue with the rest of the series. 🎈

  • Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
    2019-04-13 22:23

    REVIEW TO COME TOMORROWSecond Read Review : THE REVIEW IS POSTED "For he looked into your hearts and saw something very rare. Pure Good and Pure Evil."this book was recommended to me by my big sister, she said that this book was good and she thought I would like it and I should tried reading it but that time I hated reading novels for no apparent reason. I just hated so I just ignored her recommendation until February 2015. I don't remember the exact date but I do remember that on February 2015, I went into a bookstore just because I wanted to buy comics not a novel but I couldn't find any comics that I wanted to buy and then I saw this book and I remembered how my sister recommended it to me and she even said I would like it and I should tried reading it, So I decided to buy a copy and I didn't even think I would become a book lover, I just wanted to try it and if it's boring then I would stop reading it. but my life has never been the same after I read this book. I have changed.from being a person that hated novels to a person that can't live without novels because they help me to become a better person and they make me stronger to get through hard times. I just can't live without books anymore. so I wanted to say thank you very much to Mr. Chainani for writing this book because without this book, I wouldn't become this person and I wouldn't have all these amazing adventures that I got from novels. this book changed my whole life and I never want to be the person I was before I became a book lovernow, lets talk about the book!I decided to reread this book because I used to love it and I gave it 5 stars so I wanted to know whether I still loved it or not and at first I didn't really enjoy it like it bored me but I kept reading it and the story got interesting and this book also made me laugh so much and I also found myself muttering like " JUST KISS! " way too many times and maybe that's because I mostly always read YA books and the pacing in this book was okay. it wasn't too fast or too slow. it was fine and when I reread it, I felt as if I was reading it for the first time because I didn't remember anything except the opening and the ending of this book but when I almost reached the ending, I somehow didn't feel as excited as I used to feel when I reached half of the book. I don't know why, though. *shrugs*and this book has romance and in my opinion, the romance wasn't really good. it was kind of boring. I think I would enjoy it much more if it didn't have romance. I honestly don't know why Agatha still wanted to be friends or best friend with Sophie, this girl hurt her! Agatha was so nice because if I were Agatha, I wouldn't want to be Sophie's friend anymore not after THIS! "Poor?" Agatha coughed. "You pushed me through a win- dow!" WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!? seriously, If I were Agatha I wouldn't care about Sophie anymore. Agatha's heart was so good, no wonder she got into School for Good. I tried the quiz and I was an Ever but still, if I were Agatha, maybe I would forgive Sophie but become her friend/best friend?? NO WAY. Sophie was crazy bitch. I mean didn't she think twice before she pushed Agatha? I know she was angry at Agatha but Agatha helped her several times! I could see how much Agatha love her and didn't she think about how much Agatha have helped her?! this girl is really an ungrateful bitch. and few days ago while reading this book, I thought I would order the second and the third book but then after I finished reading it, I changed my mind. I won't order the sequels because I just don't really care about the ending or what will happen in the sequels and actually, this book was 3 stars for me but I gave one extra star because this book got me into reading and it also made me laugh and I don't laugh easily while reading. thank you guys for reading and liking my review! hope you all have a nice day! -------------------------------------------First Read : 5 Stars ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GUYS! I tried the quiz and the result was I'm an Ever, I got accepted to the The School for Good ( with a soul score of 70% Good and 30% Evil ) But before taking the quiz, I thought I was a Never and I would get accepted to The School for Evil ... what about you guys? Have you tried the quiz? If you have, which school you got accepted? What are you? A Never or an Ever? and what about your soul score? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I AM REREADING IT! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~THIS BOOK WAS THE BOOK THAT MADE ME LOVE READING BOOKS. I used to hate books without apparent reason and I'm STILL so grateful I tried reading this book because if I hadn't read this book, then I wouldn't have been here and I wouldn't have had all these awesome adventures with books.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • emma
    2019-04-21 01:30

    AFGHASDFGASHDF THIS BOOK. I’ve never been more emotionally unstable in my life. Far from true, but still. I’m torn up inside. love the premise of it so much it hurts me to try to put it into words. But I will suffer through this pain for you.So, The School for Good and Evil focuses on Sophie and Agatha. Sophie is beautiful, shallow, and a bit of a snob. Agatha is ugly, insecure, and very kind. They live in a world in which fairytales happen, and every year, the two kindest and most terrible children, respectively, from their village are kidnapped, never to return.But eventually, they show up in the fairytales the children read.That’s actually one of about a thousand massive plot holes, but whatever. We’re not done yet, synopsis-wise.Sophie is obsessed with the idea of ending up in a fairytale. Agatha dreads the idea of becoming a witch.They’re both kidnapped, unsurprisingly. BUT PLOT TWIST: Agatha ends up in the School for Good, and Sophie, in the School for Evil.DUN DUN DUN.It’s actually a whole lot more boring than that. This book is a million pages long, and every possible bad side effect that could come with that does. It’s boring; it’s repetitive; it’s slow-moving; it’s filled with plot-holes; it’s supremely indecisive about its own themes, characters, and storylines.But.That premise tho.I am so fully torn on EVERYTHING ELSE about this book. The characters: equal like and dislike. Agatha is pretty consistently adorable and likable; Sophie is occasionally a total badass, but most of the time so snobby and intolerable and mean. I just wanted her to accept her inner villain, and it was awesome when she did, BUT IT LASTED LIKE FIVE PAGES. Guh.The relationships: equal like and dislike. There’s this guy Tedros who is a total babe, and Sophie targets him, but I kinda like the him/Agatha schtick? Except it’s always made to be sooooo dramaaaaatic and just...yuck. There’s a big friendship with Sophie and Agatha, which I normally love (yay female friendship!) but it’s just so problematic sometimes. To quote the great Britney Spears: “toxic.”The themes: equal like and dislike. There’s a shaky theme of “no one is truly good or evil,” which is cool, except it completely ruins the chances of me seeing the badass villains I wanted so badly out of this book. It also seems like there’s some sort of attempt toward feminism, based off how short the princess end of the stick is compared to the princes’, but it never quite gets there???The premise versus the execution: Seriously one of the most brilliant, creative worlds I’ve EVER EVEN HEARD OF, but the execution can be just awful. SO MUCH WASTED POTENTIAL I COULD CRY.I don’t know. I guess I’ll read the sequel and see whether like or dislike wins out. (HA. Like whether “Good” or “Evil” wins in this book! I am so funny I impress even myself.)But then I’ll probably still read the third one either way, because I am both a massive pushover baby and a glutton for literary punishment.And I wonder why my average rating is so low.But I digress.Oh! I almost forgot! This absolutely, no way no how, is a children’s book. Nor is it YA. Nor should the characters be 12, or however old they are. That’s digusting.Yippee.Bottom line: I DON’T KNOW. WHO KNOWS. P.S.: The book trailer for this book is A M A Z I N G.

  • Maureen
    2019-04-17 19:27

    This might even be a 4.5/5 stars. I really really enjoyed this a lot - the anti fairy tale thing is so well done and just SO GOOOOOD. Love the characters love everything LOVE.

  • Riley
    2019-04-12 00:49

    3.5Overall I enjoyed this book. The story was really fun and I liked the way the author played around with fairytale tropes. But what killed it for me was the pacing. It took forever to read because I would read 50 pages but it would feel like 200. And the plot switched between moving too fast and too slow. I will continue with the next book though since I am invested in the characters but I think I will listen to it on audio because reading this book felt like a workout and I don't have that kind of energy.

  • Tabitha (Pabkins)
    2019-03-27 18:49

    Prepare for a breaking of the heart, twisting of the spirit and warping of any illusions you have about Good and Evil!Read my Interview with the Author @ Not Yet Read and see the FanArt Dolls my sister made!The School for Good and Evil, it sounds like a light breezy read doesn't it? What it really is *flabbergasted for the right word* is well, downright MAGNIFICENT! I haven't loved a book so much in a very long time, and I devour books like a maniac. It literally went above and beyond any expectation I could have conceived for it. I picked it up thinking: "This will be quite the fluffy fairytale," but was blown away because it was nothing of the kind.Lets begin with the description: I love that it tells you exactly what The School for Good and Evil is about without giving even an inkling of just how this tale is going to be delivered. This is a book that can definitely be enjoyed by fairy tale lovers of all ages. Especially if you don't mind your fairy tales having a bit of a dark side. Not too dark mind you but just the right amount. Yes JUST RIGHT!!There are wonderful comic moments, that I couldn't help but smirk at. I felt like the author was making fun of so many things and it tickled me pink to no end. However, there are some moments that tightened my chest and throat. You know what I'm talking about, that's right when you are biting back the tears. I'm not normally a crier...I'm a laugh-er. So I don't think I can explain well enough why this book touched me so much. Also, it is full of illustrations! At least one for the start of each chapter. These added the perfect storybook touch.What surprised and absolutely delighted me was how much I loved all of the characters. I grew attached to all of them! From main, to sidekicks, to little supplemental characters. They were all given realism and depth of character that made each unique and memorable. My favorite is'll hear me gush about him again. *smirk*I was captured immediately by the wry sense of humor one of the main characters Agatha possessed. She looks like your typical fairy tale witch but somehow ends up in the School for Good! As you can see from the quote below. She is a snappy girl and I couldn't help but love her."Graveyards have their benefits," Agatha said. "No nosy neighbors. No drop-in salesmen. No fishy 'friends' bearing face masks and diet cookies, telling you you're going to Evil School in Magic Fairy Land."Soman Chainani writes characters that we can see reflected back in ourselves. These are the children that we once were, or hey for those young readers, perhaps who they still are. I think he was delving deep trying to get his readers to challenge those childhood tropes of Good and Evil. Are you beautiful with flawless skin and impeccable clothes? Are you ugly with warts and foul body odor? Does eating lots of sweets really lead you down a road of sin and temptation? Well shucks folks, I MUST be Evil because I'm a total greedy gobbler!Prepare yourself for the "Evers" and the "Nevers" - that's what these kids call themselves, for that's how their stories go. But onto my favorite character Hort, of course he is a "Never," attending the School for Evil. He was such a sad pathetic looking little guy, but he was excitable and friendly and hey he was Evil right? This quote is when I first met him - and the little girl in me that loves the underdog had high hopes for him.He looked like a sinister little weasel. "The bird ate my shirt," he said. "Can I touch your hair?" Sophie backed up. "They don't usually make villains with princess hair," he said, dog-paddling towards her."Then in unexpected moments my heart would break...and frequently it was Hort that would do this to me."Dad told me villains can't love. That it's unnatural and disgusting." ... "So I definitely can't love," Hort said. ... "But if I could love, I'd love you."If that isn't sad...unrequited love, then blast I don't know what is!Agatha sums up the best element of this tale for me and precisely how I feel about villains! They are a major part of what makes a story worth reading. Often I feel like some authors treat them just as a way to make the good guy look better or "grow" into that strong character that the reader wants to love. But me? I'm usually secretly rooting for the bad guy."She had always found villains more exciting than heroes. They had ambition, passion. They made the stories happen. Villains didn't fear death. No, they wrapped themselves in death like suits of armor! As she inhaled the school's graveyard smell, Agatha felt her blood rush. For like all villains, death didn't scare her. It made her feel alive." ​​The School for Good and Evil captures the true spirit of the human heart in so many ways that I was laughing, cringing, weeping and just dying to get to the end to know how this fairy tale would end. And now? I'm so sad that it's over.​ I know this book will become a hearthstone in my library, one that I will read my own child when he gets older and that I will return to time and again.So consider this readers...What's the one thing Evil can never have...and the one thing Good can never do without?Visit @ Not Yet Read and see more amazing photos of the FanArt Dolls my sister made!P.S. There is already a film being planned for 2015!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-03-24 00:36

    I'm not sure if this would lean towards YA or middle grade (it did get a bit more violent and complex than what I was expecting), but it's a fun story any age could enjoy! Basically, there's a school that kidnaps kids and trains them to be villains or heroes in fairy tales.The story reminded me of Storybound, while Sophie and Agatha reminded me a lot of Glinda and Elphaba from Wicked! Sophie's shallow, judgemental, and entirely focused on crafting the perfect image because she thinks she's meant to play the princess/Good role. But then Agatha (who felt a bit like Wednesday Addams at first) ends up at that school instead, while Sophie finds herself with the villains. The story sometimes felt like it was beating its various messages into the reader in the least subtle way, but it was still fun to see the creative world! The strong writing was really engaging and I definitely smiled at a lot of the clever ideas. I'm not sure if I'll read the sequels, but am glad I checked this out to see what everyone was talking about.

  • Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews)
    2019-04-09 23:31

    Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!First of all, if the awesome book trailer for The School of Good and Evil is what created an interest in Chainani's fiction debut, all I can tell you is this:(Even watching that trailer now, after the fact, I am excited and impressed. And then I remember. And then woe.)The book sadly doesn't live up to the awesomeness that advertised it. I'm not even a fan of book trailers, but the promotion department for this book deserves a big raise. The editing department might not. But, if you're just now hearing about this YA/MG fantasy about fairytales and witches and princesses, this might end up being the book for you. It's a tad long, a tad overwrought, but it's got a lot of heart and, at times, can be very entertaining. Soman Chainani creates a vibrant world with two interesting and diverse leads, and I can say they paths and plots he takes them through isn't predictable, though it can be a tad pedantic at times. The comparisons to Gregpry Maguire's work is apt and appropriate and I can see his fans enjoying this less adult look at magical children.The School for Good and Evil reminded me of a younger Harry Potter at times. There's the obvious: magical children spirited away for their edification (for either good or ill), there's the obvious good guys, the obvious bad guys, magical beings like werewolves, fairies, and a multi-headed dog inside a mysterious, hidden castle(s). There are pranks, a ball, a love story that is not what you expect, and in the end, a grand battle for the school itself. That all sounds well and good and like fun, and it can be. The main problem is that The School for Good and Evil takes too long to get anywhere. It becomes too predictable to shock readers and the final conflict... well, veered on deus ex machina. That's never a good way to resolve a story readers have spent so much time investing in.This is a looooong book for almost any genre (I'm looking at you, Epic Fantasy), but for a very young YA/verging on MG fairytale, 496 pages is just much too much. The pacing lags, events feel drawn out or stretched beyond feasibility, and the plot takes too much time to really form. There's a lack of tension and suspense before key events because the author takes too long to develop any sort of meaningful conflict. Outside of plotting and pacing, Chainani is an obviously talented, very visual, writer. Scenes pop and creatures both big and small, humor or non, all burst from the page. The School for Good and Evil can project an image, but fails to deliver real substance to go with how pretty/evil everything is on the surface.The main characters are adaptable, and pretty well-rounded. There's more to both Sophie and Agatha than what meets the eye, and the author's switcheroo can be pretty clever. However, like most things in this novel, the realizations that come to both girls about their roles in future fairy tales takes far too long to foment into something meaningful. I could have done without the romances that pop up and complicate the girls' relationship and the plot, but Prince Charmings (and Not So Charmings) are to be expected in a novel so concerned with fairytales. The characters are another strong aspect of the novel, and I'm curious to see what will happen after the final events of book one.The School for Good and Evil isn't a bad book by any means. It's just not as good as you, or I, or that book trailer want it to be. Those looking for a saccharine-ly sweet Disney tale should look elsewhere, and readers in search of a vibrant setting with complex and contradictory characters will find The School for Good and Evil a good fit, if not a particularly memorable one. There's some room for improvement, and editing, but Soman Chainani has a satisfactory beginning to his new series.

  • Liz
    2019-04-21 00:44

    So, again, I had a feeling about this book. Before even starting it I knew I'd like it, probably even love it. And it proved me right."Agatha, you dressed as a bride for Halloween.""Weddings are scary."It's impossible for me to dislike a character after such a statement. From the very first page I was sucked into the magical realm of the School for Good and Evil and it didn't let me go until the very last word. Sophie is a princess at heart. She loves pink, is beautiful, cares for her looks and Good Deeds and wants nothing more but to be kidnapped and brought to the School. Agatha is the proclaimed witch. The villagers avoid her, she lives on a graveyard with her mother and her black cat Reaper, avoids mirrors, wears black and is all grumpy and dark. But when both girls are kidnapped, everything turns out entirely different since Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil and Agatha into the one for Good. A terrible mistake. But soon the question arises whether it is really a mistake or maybe they are exactly where they belong? Sophie acts the way I always imagined a true princess act- spoiled and self-absorbed. She cares for nothing but her looks, her reputation and herself. Whenever she tries to be good it turns out twisted and wrong, whenever she fights, she does for the wrong reasons.Under all the pink layers hides something unexpected and dangerous. Of course she has quite a rough background, but it doesn't redeem her. I cannot say I hated or even disliked Sophie, because I didn't. At first I thought everyone in this book would be just a simple, sweet fairy-tale character, but the book soon proved me wrong. The struggles, doubts, fears and conflicts went much deeper then in a childish, simple fairy-tale. In a way, many dark parts of the book addressed the real-world and showed that the same darkness is as present in our life as in a fairy-tale. Agatha on the other hand, with all her cynical attitude and dark clothes and, well, 'ugliness' is anything but evil. She is good, but not the fairy-tale, glittery kind of good. She is real. She makes mistakes, misunderstands, tries to help her friend, knows compassion as well as antipathy and has lots and lots of fears and doubts. Not only was she a conflicted and confused character at first, oh no, she was the embodiment of so many young people of the nowadays world. Although she, just like Sophie, messed up, I found myself grinning instead of complaining. Maybe because I knew I'd have made the same mistakes, who knows. I loved Dot and Hester just as much as I loved Agatha and Sophie. I liked Tedros, the prince, who was also far less fairy-talish (is it even a word? I guess it isn't.) than I expected him to be and even the School Master. Their actions made sense and what was even more important, they made them come alive. And the ending. Oh my, the ending was brilliant! This book generally was unpredictable, but the ending itself was like being hit with a book in the face. I loved the plot progression, the character development, simply everything! It wasn't perfect, but it was real, beautiful, enchanting. The questions that were asked in this book addressed our world as much as the magical one and the given answers were just as important. Many of the contemporary books that mean to be realistic and address real-life problems and conflicts aren't as true-to-life as this fantasy, fairy-tale book. They often feel plain and boring repeating words that have been said already and describing what has been discussed long ago and providing ideas and answers and solutions through saying instead of showing. This book showed solutions and ideas. Not only was it beautiful and full of light and hope, but it provided so many useful arguments and showed many of the now existing problems. It was impossible for me to not-love this book and I highly recommend it not only to those who love fairy-tales, but to everyone in need of reading something beautiful and hopeful!

  • Inge
    2019-04-14 01:38

    "Who needs princes in our fairy tale?"I'm going to kick my past self for never picking up this book when I've wanted to read it for so long. Look at all the fun I missed out on! This was SO good.

  • Sanaa
    2019-03-26 01:26

    [4 Stars] Well that was a whirlwind of an adventure if I ever read one! It was fun, hilarious at times, gruesome and shocking, and also just action packed and heart wrenching. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly Chainani is trying to say in this. I get that the main message is that good and evil are more shades of grey than anything else, and it also emphasizes the importance of friendship. But there are certain things that happen in this story that slightly bewilder me. I did enjoy the setting, characters, and writing though and am looking forward to diving into the next one. I think Chainani's master plan for the characters and their development will probably become clearer as I read on!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-04-18 20:31

    WOW. That turned into a real roller coaster ride at the end. I'm flabbergasted. Need to start the second book ASAP!

  • Barb Middleton
    2019-04-12 20:34

    "Now I see why you two are friends," the prince says to the main characters Sophie and Agatha.But... wait! I want to raise my hand and ask, "Tell me why they are friends!"This is a problem considering the story hinges on this main point. While Sophie and Agatha are supposedly the best of friends, the character development doesn't show how this happens. When Agatha and Sophie first meet, Sophie isn't Agatha's friend and she says so; she realizes Sophie's just using her. Sophie is beautiful, shallow, and narcissistic. Sophie wants to go the School of Good and Evil where two children are kidnapped every year from her village later to be found in a fairy tale storybook. She believes she will find her prince at the School of Good and live "happily ever after." Agatha is the perfect villain for the School of Evil, Sophie thinks, because she is ugly, lonely, and isolated, and Sophie thinks if she's with Agatha her chance of being chosen will be more likely. When Sophie is kidnapped (just as she wants) Agatha tries to rescue her and in the process the two end up at the school except Sophie doesn't go to the School of Good, she ends up in the School of Evil, while Agatha is dumped in the School of Good.The two misfits continue to be friends but mainly because Agatha pursues it the most. She goes to extremes to rescue Sophie and it never made sense to me given Sophie's quickness to betray Agatha at every turn and Agatha's dislike for her at the beginning. Sophie and Agatha are superficial and flit between wanting beauty on the outside to beauty on the inside. Agatha says in the beginning that beauty is temporary but later confesses she thinks it brings happiness. Sophie believes only in beauty with no understanding of ugliness that comes from hate. Her personality struck me as psychopathic, probably because she resembled the murders I just read about in a nonfiction book called, "Greed, Rage, and Love Gone Wrong: Murder in Minnesota," by Bruce Rubenstein. She cheats, murders, and lies with no remorse and Agatha goes along with her because she is her only friend. Sophie's dumber than a doorknob most of the time before transforming into a mastermind villain at the end. An explanation for her surge of brainpower is given, but it felt contrived. The characters are stereotypical and wishy-washy for a good portion of the novel. They start to come together at the end but I wasn't vested in their development because it took too long.The bag of mixed messages continues with the prince, Tedros, who loves one and then the other meanwhile badmouthing each when dating the other girl. He seemed pretty hypocritical to me when he says to Sophie she's a terrible friend because she uses her friends, betrays them, calls them fat, and liars. He too, is prejudiced toward others, lies, and betrays people who are different. The seesaw continues as Agatha hounds Sophie to impulsively kiss Tedros immediately and then lectures her later for not making a plan of attack to kiss him. Teachers are like caricatures that don't offer words of advice. For instance, when Agatha and Sophie are punished by the teachers in burning shoes until the girls want to die, I thought it focused on the cruelty of the teachers versus the girls argument. The teachers are mostly idiots throughout the story with no control of students. When some teachers impart a few words of wisdom at the end, it seemed out of character and too late. I also didn't like the message that failure is unacceptable and students who failed were dealt an awful fate. Failure is difficult to deal with and those who failed were the kids the author kills off the most. The ending and what it suggests might offend some. I won't give it away but I didn't see that coming. It is one of many reasons it is better for older students. Some of the plot is predictable such as the love triangle, but there were also some interesting twists such as when Sophie has to deal with a duplicate of herself in class creating an introspective moment. Unfortunately there were too few of these occurrences which makes the book fall short of its potential. Transitions were confusing at times such as when Sophie and Agatha would talk to each other in mirrors. I seemed to always be rereading those parts because I didn't' realize they were looking at their reflection to see the other. The action scenes and magic is very creative and I enjoyed these parts. There is a reader prophecy and riddle. The prophecy didn't seem necessary to the plot because it wasn't told until the end. The overarching theme of good and evil in human nature fell flat because the characters weren't complex enough. The stereotypes enforced in this book are my biggest complaint. That ugly people aren't happy unless they are beautiful, that a girl isn't happy unless she has her prince, that girls only think of boys, that a fat person has no friends, that a married person isn't happy. Some of these are refuted at the end but it comes too late. Or perhaps the author is trying to do too much. At one point Sophie tries to rally the villains into having hope and feeling good about themselves. At first her advice surrounds just superficial beauty before turning toward what it means to accept oneself, but the message never gets delved into because the plot suddenly shifts into a Dark Lord hullabaloo; thus, losing the opportunity to dig deeper into this theme. This book's potential isn't reached and it is a shame because it is an interesting premise and creative fantasy. Maybe the sequel will pull it all together.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-26 01:24

    Impressive world-building, bogged down by so. much. plot. They tried to escape umpteen times. The Good and Evil sides faced off another umpteen times (but someone would always back down). The ending went on and on, with magical and physical battles as well as riddle and prophecy solving. It needed an editor to rein it in very badly. Many of the minor characters were interchangeable, as were the teachers. I had trouble remembering which of the teachers taught at which school, since they all mingled so freely, and since the girls were perpetually running back and forth, interacting with people from both sides. But the idea is so very creative, and I really loved Agatha and even Sophie, though at times she was too over-the-top. The descriptions of clothing, of the castles and dungeons and classrooms made of candy, were so great. I really liked the way it played with the concept of good and evil, of how our intentions can lead us astray. Seriously though, this book could have been a tight 300 pages and not lost a thing.

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2019-03-31 00:37


  • Giselle
    2019-04-21 20:23

    Adorable and adventurous, The School for Good and Evil is a fun escape from reality. When beautiful Sophie and weird Agatha end up in the wrong school - perfect Sophie can't be evil now, can she? - they're determined to fix this unforgiving mistake. This is a magical adventure through and through; the book is set at this School of Good and Evil, a wonderfully imaginative school that trains future fairy tale characters. Meaning when you graduate, you'll be in a fairy tale book; whether a princess, a villain, a gremlin, or even a tree, your faith will be determined by how well you do at this school. This idea kind of blew my mind a little; I found it so unique and incredibly fun. The girls, each clearly thinking they're in the wrong school, are determined to trade places, but this proves to be quite the challenge. Told in a dual POV, we have Sophie who's the picture perfect of a true princess fighting against face warts and drab clothes; while her strange, ugly friend (her words!) is stuck being taught how to be a perfect princess in a perfect pink dress that was clearly meant for Sophie. This role reversal is both amusing and kind of refreshing. It shows that what's on the outside doesn't always reflect the person's true self, sending an important message to young'uns. Sophie is an obvious brat who thinks a good deed involves teaching others how not to be ugly anymore. It makes you happy that she's finally learning a lesson on what being good really means. These two protagonists are polar opposites, both offering the book their own dash of charm and warmth. The great characterization doesn't stop at these two, we have a vast number of characters by their side who fill up the book with humor, mischief, magic, and lively personalities. These include teachers and students, as well as various magical beings ranging from gargoyles to wish fish. If this isn't enough to charm you (be difficult, why don't you) check out the delightful illustrations we're treated to at every chapter beginning:Furthermore, the plot has an intriguing mystery element involving the school master and its history which had me entranced. I loved the idea of the battle that turned the master into a mystery himself, leaving me dying to know more. Moreover, everything surrounding this whole story is mysteriously compelling. It's also highly creative with magical touches at every corner - an MG novel perfect for fans of Harry Potter and the likes. As the plot can become a bit dark, even sinister at times, I would hesitate to recommend it to the younger end of MG readers, but I recommend it to everyone else - young and old. You'll never find yourself bored, and you're bound to feel the book's enchanting atmosphere the minute you open its cover, just look at it:--A copy was provided by the publisher for review.For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  • সালমান হক
    2019-04-13 21:38

    হ্যারি পটারের সাথে আমি খুব কমই কোন বই এর তুলনা করি। কারণ মিডল গ্রেড/ইয়াং এডাল্ট ফ্যান্টাসী জগতের সুপারস্টার রাওলিং লেখনী আর কল্পনা শক্তির সাথে খুব কমই তুলনা চলে। কিন্তু "The School for Good and Evil"- এই বইটা পড়ার পর অবশ্যই হ্যারি পটারের কথা মনে পড়তে বাধ্য। না!! কাহিনী বা প্লট এর মধ্যে তেমন কোন মিল নেই। কিন্তু যেভাবে বইটাতে আমার চোখের সামনে ফ্যান্টাসীর জগতটা ফুটিয়ে তোলা হয়েছে - ঠিক যেন হ্যারি পটার পড়ার সেই সময়টাতে ফিরে গিয়েছি।ফেয়ারী টেলিং কিংবা রূপকথার রিটেলিং সবারই ভালো লাগে। কিন্তু এই বইটা মোটেও কোন রিটেলিং নয়। এমন একটা স্কুলের কথা চিন্তা করুন যেখান থেকে পাশ করার পরই(ভালো রেজাল্ট করতে হবে কিন্তু) কেবল মাত্র আপনার ঠাই হবে রূপকথার গল্পে। স্কুলের দুইটা অংশ ইভিল- যেখানে দুনিয়ার তাবত রূপকথার ভিলেনরা শিক্ষা পায় কিভাবে একজন আদর্শ ভিলেন হয়ে উঠতে হয়- ইয়াং ডাইনীরা শেখে কিভাবে সুন্দরীদের আপেলে বিষ মেশাতে হয় আর গুড- যেখানে রাজকুমাররা শিক্ষা পায় কিভাবে তলোয়ার চালাতে হয় , কিভাবে কোন ঘুমন্ত রাজকুমারীর ঘুম ভাঙ্গাতে হয় আর রাজকুমারীরা জানে কিভাবে আরো কোমলতার প্রতীক হয়ে উঠা যায়, এছাড়া বিউটি টিপস -ঠিক কোন সময়ে রাজকুমারের কোলে অজ্ঞান হয়ে পড়তে হবে । এসব। আমাদের পরিচিত সিন্ডারেলা, স্নো হোয়াইট, বিউটি আর বিস্ট সবাই এখান থেকে গ্রাজুয়েশন কমপ্লিট করার পরই যায়গা পেয়েছে রূপকথার গল্পে। :) আমাদের গল্পের শুরু ছোট একটা গ্রাম গ্যাভালডন থেকে যেখানে প্রতি চার বছর পর পর দুইজন বাচ্চাকে সিলেক্ট করা হয় এই স্কুলের জন্যে। একজন নিপাট ভালো আরেকজন বদের সীমান্ত। প্রতি চার বছরে রহস্যময় ভাবে এরা গ্রাম থেকে কিডন্যাপড হয়ে যায়। গল্পের প্রধান দুই চরিত্র -সোফি আর আগাথা। সোফির চালচলন , পোশাক আশাক সব রাজকুমারীদের মত। আর আগাথা একদম এর বিপরীত। কিন্তু তা সত্ত্বেও এরা দুজন খুব ভালো বন্ধু। গোটা গ্রামে এবার ধরেই নিয়েছে এবার এরা দুজন যাবে স্কুলে। হয়ও তাই। কিন্তু বিপত্তিটা বাধে যখন ভালো সোফি গিয়ে পড়ে ইভিল মানে খারাপদের স্কুলে আর সবার চোখে খারাপ আগাথা গিয়ে পড়ে ভালোদের স্কুলে। এর পর থেকেই ঘটতে একের পর এক ঘটনা। কোনটা হাসির, কোনটা কষ্টের আর কোনটা বিশ্বাস ঘাতকতার। গল্পের ডিটেইলসিং আর ক্যারেক্টারিজেশন এত ভালো যে মনেই হবে না এটা লেখকের প্রথম বই। সোফি আর আগাথা ছাড়াও আরো কয়েকটা আকর্ষনীয় চরিত্রের আগমন ঘটে। আর পুরো বই জুড়ে স্কুল মাস্টার এর রহস্যটা একটা অন্যরকম একটা আকর্ষণ ধরে রাখে। আর এই বই এটাও ভাবতে বাধ্য করে যে কেবল বাহ্যিক সৌন্দর্য ই সব কিছু নয়। ভেতরটাই আসল।ফ্যান্টাসী আর রূপকথা লাভার পোলাপানদের জন্যে একেবারে আদর্শ একটা বই। ভালোই লাগবে আশা করি। বইটার বাংলাদেশী প্রিন্ট আছে। আমি নীলক্ষেতে কোথাও দেখি নি- বুক স্ট্রীট থেকে কিনেছি। আর বই এর কভারটা দেখুন আরেকবার, সুন্দর না?? আমি কিন্তু এই বই এর কভার দেখেই প্রেমে পড়ে গিয়েছিলাম :)

  • Emma
    2019-03-26 23:49

    I was searching for a middle grade book with complicated characters and interesting themes; that is exactly what I found in The School for Good and Evil. Friendship is one of the things this book focusses on most. Agatha and Sophie look like a pair that no one would expect, but their bond continually survives all the obstacles thrown at them. Ultimately it is what's most important in their lives.My favorite part of this book was the question posed again and again. What is it to be good? Is it about looking good, looking like you are loving? Or is it about being selfless and viewing the world as what is true instead of the exterior? Agatha was my favorite character because she viewed the world in the latter way. She forgave Sophie again and again, holding out hope that she would change. Agatha also understood (or came to understand) that the world is not black and white, good and evil. It is full of humans who are both together. I also enjoyed the atmospheric writing style. At times, it was difficult to understand because I was trying to grasp every single detail. That's not how this book is meant to be read. It's written not to give you a play by play, especially in the action scenes, but to convey magic and a picture. It's very whimsical. The author captured the feeling of the original Grimm Fairytales in this book. Overall I enjoyed it a lot. I didn't give it five stars because the first half of the book was a bit slow for me, but halfway through it picked up, and I said outloud, "this is great." I can't wait to continue the trilogy and see where these characters go.

  • Faye, la Patata
    2019-04-20 01:39

    Once upon a time, in a land far away…How many times have we seen our dear, precious stories from childhood start that way? How many times have we read about beautiful princesses, tricked by a witch, or a goblin, or other nasty creatures, and eventually saved by the prince and lived a "Happily Ever After"? How many times have we wished for our own fairy tale ending, to have our own prince swoop us up and run off towards the horizon?I, for one, during my early years, wished for that a lot. I sighed, imagined, daydreamed. I even fantasized about being Ariel and having my very own Prince Eric (call me creepy, but hey! I was young!), about having to live in a big castle with luscious gardens and with servants tending to my wants and needs left and right (this got amplified when I visited some castles in France and Germany. They were absolutely beautiful).So, what do these have to do with The School for Good and Evil?Imagine all the things you've seen in fairy tales. The princesses, princes, evil witches, henchmen, sidekicks, talking animals and beanstalks. Take all of that, add a few others more, put them in this book, divide them between good and evil, make competitions who are the best in such and such, in which the highest tier of the groups will become the wealthy, just king/prince and the sorcerers and witches, and the bottom of the can the ponies/mice and cockroaches.And then what?THEN MAKE FUN OF THEM!Ladies and gentlemen, the closest thing in pop culture that I could think this book is similar to is Shrek, not just because of the many fairy tale references (and that the school is responsible for the fairy tale characters becoming who they are), but also because of its subtle mockery of the clichés and stereotypes common in these stories. I, for one, laughed a lot and amused myself greatly.At the School of Good, we have princesses who think of their beauty and their princes, and we have princes who think of their macho-ness and their princesses. There, they have classes on Animal Communication, Chivalry, Beautification and the like. At the School of Evil, we have the sons and daughters of brutes, witches, and evil sorcerers past, who are ugly, who bask in the negativity of everything, and who would study hard in Uglification, Henchmen Training, Curses and Death Traps for a wart or two (yes, in one of their classes, if you correctly answer something, you get a wart plastered on your face! A wart on the chin would make you fearsome!).These were all so ridiculous, yet so true in many fairy tale stories we've come to know and love, that I found myself laughing at every chapter. And oh, when the princes appeared, and the knight in shining armour Prince Tedros came out with a "…halo of celestial gold, eye blue as a cloudless sky, skin the color of hot desert sand, he glistened with a noble sheen, as if his blood ran purer than the rest," I imagined this:(Not that he's really like that, mind you… but with all the mockery going on, I couldn't help it!)It became even more priceless in the eyes of Agatha and Sophie, two readers not from the magical, fairytale realm, who were kidnapped from the outside world and taken to this very place for reasons unknown. Sophie had wanted this all her life, and like the other princesses, she cared a lot about her beauty, about her prince, about becoming a princess. Agatha, on the other hand, had lived all alone, friendless, at the town cemetery, where she thought of dark things and cheered villains for their quest of power. You'd think Sophie would go to Good, and Agatha to Evil, but it turned out it was the other way around!I loved Agatha's dry wit and humor. She thought all the princesses were shallow, and was wary of their extreme devotion to handsome, golden boys, make-up kits, and gowns. I couldn't help but find her adorable and endearing, with her snark, sarcasm, and hatred for anything girly. To be honest, even though she may like dark things and whatnot, she was more "Good" than the princesses and princes with their snobby and shallow personalities, and every time she was treated with condescension, I couldn't help but think, "How can these people be Good? If you're really a Good, shouldn't you help others in need?" I was rooting for her from the very beginning, hoping that she'd be able to teach these superficial kids a lesson on how to be a real Good.Sophie… well… Sophie is Sophie and she is NOT Good at all. I couldn't stand this girl. She went from annoying to downright unbearable to absolutely horrible, but even though that's the case, her character development was one of the best I've ever seen. Her development from bad to worse even overpowered that of Agatha's. You'd probably be asking how I've come to this conclusion when she's the "villain" of the two, but it's true! Sophie's desire to be a princess and have her own prince placed her in a lot of trouble, putting a dent not only in her dream to be with Tedros and be a princess, but also in her friendship with Agatha. I couldn't help but hate this girl so much with her antics, but in the end, if you look at the overall context of the story, it would all make sense, and you don't need to like her in order to appreciate her "growth". One thing is for sure, this girl makes the whole reading experience a hellish ride. She was bad, yes, but she was misguided at the same time, and you'll feel sorry for her for it.In the end, though, this book is more than just a story about fairy tales and how they came to be. It's a story of love, magic, and ultimately, friendship. A friendship that goes beyond mere looks, that forgives, that helps and listens; a friendship that looks into each other's hearts and understands despite your faults and misconceptions. Sure, Sophie made me see red. Agatha made me want to cry for her. But the ending… wow. The ending was awesome. The rollercoaster ride of intense emotions was well worth it just for that ending.So, all in all, this book will make you smile, laugh, cry, mad, and will make your heart tight with so many conflicting emotions. I absolutely recommend this to those who'd want an original take on fairy tales and magic, and to those who'd want to read a touching story of friendship.…they kissed, and they lived happily ever after.An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way. Thanks for copy, HarperCollins!P.S. The drawings are preeeeeetty! For best results, right click the images and click Open Image in New Tab, so you'll see it in a higher resolution :D

  • Nima Kohandani
    2019-04-16 17:46

    چهار و نیم از پنجاخیراً واقعاً دارم کتاب های خوبی میخونم! کتاب دیگری که به قفسه ی مورد علاقه هام اضافه شدمن عاشق این کتاب شدم!چقدر دلم تنگ شده بود برای این فضا. فضای کاملاً فانتزی با چارچوب و ساختارهای یک فانتزی کاملاً کلاسیکدر نگاه اول هری پاتری و تقلیدی به نظر میرسه اما اصلا اینطور نیستیک ایده جدید و نابترکیبی خلاقانه از روایتی از قصه های پریان و داستان های کلاسیک عاشقانه دیزنی و یک فانتزی کاملاً جذاببا داستان پردازی خارق العادهگره افکنی های به جا و سوژه های فرعی جذابتوئیست های بسیار خوبو پایانی غافلگیرکننده و کاملاً پیشبینی ناپذیر!از بعد از آشیانه افسانه داستانی با چنین فضای فانتزی نخونده بودم اما این کتاب حداقل چند برابر اون مجموعه، قلمی گیراتر و داستان پردازی قدرتمندتر و روایت پیچیده تری دارهبا احترام

  • Julie Zantopoulos
    2019-04-20 17:31

    This was a super fast and fun read for me. I really enjoyed a bit of a spin in the fairytale world that we know and the origins of some of the fairy tales by seeing the childhood life they could have led. I got so invested in Agatha's growth while simultaneously wanting to drop kick Sophie. So, kudos to the author there! I cried at the gargoyle and gasped at The Beast! I wanted to beat up a fictional character at The Ball...if you've read it you know what I mean for all this! All in all, I was happy to have finally gotten to this book and am excited to finish up the series and see where these girls go. Also...Hort is everything!

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-03-24 00:44

    Kindle daily deal 04Sept17 $1.99 on AmazonOnce upon a time a girl dreamt of being kidnapped….Wait..What? Every four years two children from the village are taken away, whisked off to a school where they learn how to be in a fairy tale. One of the children could end up a hero while the other is destined to be the villain. Sophie is sure that once she is taken she will get to find her prince and her happily ever after. She has even found the girl from the village who she is sure will be her counterpart and befriended her…that’s how good she is. Agatha is sure that Sophie is crazy and there is no such place, let alone why does she have to be the villain.On the outside it makes perfect sense. Sophie is beautiful, blonde, wears pink dresses and can sing while Agatha has straggly black hair, carries dead things in her pockets and lives in a graveyard.“Say I sink to your intelligence level and pretend to believe all this. Why am I going to villain school? Why has everyone elected me the mistress of evil?”“No one says you’re evil Agatha,” Sophie sighed. “You’re just different.”Agatha narrowed her eyes, “Different how?.....” “….For the Create a Tale competition your story ended with Snow White eaten by vultures and Cinderella drowning in a tub.”“I thought it was a better ending.”“You gave me a dead frog for my birthday.”“To remind you we all die and end up rotting underground eaten by maggots, so we should enjoy our birthdays while we have them. I found it thoughtful.”Agatha has never had a friend before Sophie so when a shadow comes to steal her in the middle of the night Agatha tries desperately to save her friend. They are both taken but everything seems to go wrong when Sophie is dropped into the grounds of the School for Evil and Agatha is sent to the school for good. It must be a mistake Sophie is sure she is good, she must meet her Prince, fall in love and get her Happily Ever After. Agatha doesn’t want to be at the school, the only thing she cares about is saving Sophie and getting home. It is all harder than it seems and to survive each must do well in the school they’ve been assigned to or suffer a fate worse than death.In the School for good, Agatha can’t help but notice that the Good might all be beautiful and princesses and sure they are supposed to be courageous and kind but mostly they seem vapid and selfish. All the princesses want is a prince to love. Their biggest goal is to get a prince to ask them to the ball or suffer a fate worse than death. As far as Agatha is concerned“love is something storybooks invented to keep girls busy”In the School for Evil, Sophie is at a loss for why she would have ever been placed there. She is a princess, just look at her. There has been a terrible mistake but she is convinced if she can just get a prince to kiss her everything will be fine.I had such a fun time reading this. It makes fun of itself. Agatha was incredibly likeable from the beginning and Sophie grows on you but it takes a lot of time. Sophie is harder to love because she is probably 75% evil and 25% good. Sometimes she goes a little overboard. I loved the friendship between the two girls and how much Agatha really cared for Sophie and just wanted to go back to the village so they could still be friends.The side characters of the evil school were also a lot of fun, as evil characters are. They are just misunderstood by the other side. They are the children of famous fairy tale villains and sure they’ve had stirring of love before but luckily they’ve been stamped out by their families early.“First time I told my dad I liked a girl, he slathered me in honey and sealed me in a bear den for a night. Haven’t liked one since.” “First time I told my mother I fancied someone, she baked me in an oven for an hour,” Mona agreed, green skin paling. “I never think about boys now.” “First time I liked a boy, my dad killed him.”And of course there is a Prince. Tedros is everything Sophie is sure she wants and deserves. Son to King Arthur he is the most desirable of all the princes. He glistened with a noble sheen as if his blood ran purer than the rest. The stranger took one look at the frowning sword armed boys pulled his own sword and grinned.Forty boys came at him at once but he disarmed each with lightning speed the swords of his classmates piled up beneath his feet as he flicked them away without inflicting a scratch.Sophie gaped bewitchedAgatha hoped he’d impale himself. But no such luck.There were some great classes and challenges that were a good time to read through and I loved the push pull of the friendship between Sophie and Agatha. The ending was a little different than I expected but I really enjoyed the twist at the end. I liked so many of the ideas behind this story and it will be interesting to see where the author took it in the next book which I will of course be reading soon.Recommended for when you want something fun that is more about friendships than romances. Great MG reading.

  • Carol
    2019-04-21 19:27

    ****MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT*******okay don't say I didn't warn you***The School for Good and Evil has a great premise: Sophie desperately wants to get out of the tiny village where she lives. Every four years two children are kidnapped from this village, one Good and one Evil, to go to the School for Good and Evil that prepares them to take their part in fairy tales. Sophie wants to be a princess, and win her prince. While everyone else in the village hides and uglifies their (good) children when the School Master comes a-kidnapping, Sophie plans to entice him to take her.One of Sophie's conscious good deeds is to befriend the ugly and unwanted girl who lives in the cemetary. Agatha only has one friend, one person who values her. When Sophie attempts to get kidnapped, Agatha tries to save her, and they both end up taken by the School Master. But then Sophie ends up in the School for Evil, and Agatha ends up in the School for Good. Both believe they are in the wrong place.All this by pg 41. So far, excellent! What a great idea! And this is why I gave the book 2 stars. And then we have 447 more pages of what happens when they get to the school. Agatha wants to go home. Sophie wants to change schools. And she wants to win a prince of her own (you have to get one to ask you to the Ball. Only the Goods have a ball.) All the Good children are beautiful. Agatha is not, so she doesn't feel she belongs. All the Evil children are ugly, some to the point of serious deformation. Sophie is beautiful, so no one feels she belongs. She is told there are never any mistakes.So, we're going to find in the end that Agatha is really good, and Sophie was only faking being good so she's actually Evil. But that doesn't make sense, because Sophie may not be that good, but that doesn't make her evil. But this would make some kind of sense. What actually happens, doesn't.The equivalence of goodness and beauty is revolting. The objective for the girls, to get the prince of their choice to ask them to the Ball, where they may receive their kiss, is likewise revolting. The adventures that Agatha and Sophie undergo are so over the top, they are hard to follow. But no matter what happens to them, from almost drowning, to being taken to the torture chamber and murdering the torturer, there are never any emotional or physical consequences.Sophie has roommates in her Evil tower room; Agatha has classmates in the Good school, but after 400 pages, there were so undifferentiated, I was still having trouble remembering who was who, with only a very few exceptions. The same went for the teachers. Description doesn't go nearly as far to make a character memorable as behavior. Dot, Hort, Beatrix and Tedros can be told apart. The rest all run together. If a climactic event happens in a story, and in the next line you have to explain what just happened, and why it is important, that is a strong sign that you need to go back to an earlier place (or two) in your story and set it up. When the event occurs, the audience should enjoy it will full understanding as it happens. Agatha is the main character, and yet the final move is given to Sophie. Agatha becoming the most beautiful princess ever, was really revolting. Really? Beauty and goodness are the same thing? And she always was that beautiful and didn't know it? That's just not true. And if there's one thing fiction should never do, it's tell lies. This may sound like a paradox, but the purpose of fiction is to create situations that reveal truths about humanity. If stories say things about people that are not true, then they have no purpose.

  • Hershey
    2019-03-31 20:29

    That was love at first sight.