The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainini
Genre: Fairy Tale (Retelling?)
Published by: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback (and it’s signed, and I didn’t even know???)
Series: A World Without Princes (#2)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Author | Amazon
This is one of my favourite books. Ever After. I’m reading the series again to set myself up for the third and final book ‘The Last Ever After’ and, boy, was I glad I made that decision. This is a five star book. It’s genius, and filled with all of my favourite things! Ahh, I’m just a huge fangirl for this trilogy! So, here are my reasons for loving TSFGAE sooooo much:
Agatha and Sophie’s relationship is perfect because it’s not perfect. They get jealous, they have fights and feuds and fall outs. They misunderstand each other, but still believe in their friendship and how Good it is. Their connection is strong, no matter how
2.) Good Versus Evil
As this was a re-read, I felt I truly appreciated what made Agatha and Sophie good and evil. Agatha is definitely a princess, with her golden heart but dark exterior, while Sophie holds witchy qualities because her beauty, and kindness, is only skin deep. She’s manipulative and angry. Everything these characters do is somehow relevant to their true nature and I understood their motives and desires on another level the second time around.
Plus, I love it when books have some kind of psychological debate about the goodness of humanity. Is anyone truly good or evil, or do we each have the ability to be both? It was well explored in TSFGAE
There’s nothing I love more than a boarding school setting. My favourite parts of Harry Potter, and The Gallagher Girls series were always the classroom scenes, and getting to see what wizards and spies are taught. The same goes for TSFGAE – I loved the Uglification classes, or the Princess lessons. Having a boarding school setting allows the reader to be totally immersed in the world, with no outside influence, and I think that worked extremely well for this fairy tale.
4.) The Genre
Fairy tale retellings are my FAVOURITE type of book to read. I adore when authors flip the script and write something completely unexpected. Because Agatha and Sophie create a new fairy tale, there was no way to guess what was going to happen next, but I loved the subtle nods to other fairy tales and their integration into the story. Psst, I also love it when princes are removed from the story. Girl power!
So, there you go! If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you do! It’s full of amazing female protagonists and real life drama in a fairy tale world!