Published: May 14th 2013 by HarperCollinsBook Description
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
I was hesitant to read the book at first because I’m afraid that I won’t like it. But as I read further on… I was mesmerized. The story is affluent and imaginative. It somewhat reminds me of Harry Potter, it’s magical! Also, the illustrations are superb! It’s lively and intricate and it truly depicts the theme.
The story is a fairy-tale like no other. Gavaldon is plague by a mysterious thief, a thief that swiftly kidnaps children. Children that is ever lost and never to be found, unless one reads a story book. Sophie dreams of becoming a princess. She’s primed to be one, pretty and graceful. But does she have a good heart? Agatha, doesn’t like to socialized. She’s reserved and loves everything in black, a quality of a witch. But does the façade tell you who she truly is? Now the story took a warped turn when they found themselves being kidnapped and placed in a school for good and evil. Friendships will be tested and love will be found. Buy a copy now!
The world-building is impressive! The book has a map of the school. It is very well made, colorful and mind-blowing. You get to see first hand the world Soman had created.
The story is also told in third person. Imagine a voice that tells a magical story as you listen and get lost into the world. In my case, I imagined Gandalf’s LOL. Not a drop of boredom there! Soman took his time in describing and explaining the magical world, providing you with vivid imagery that will surely satisfy your imagination. I’ am blown away. Plus the humor is exquisite; there are loads of funny scenes that will tickle you, like these subjects: uglification, henchmen training, animal communication etc… put my old college subjects down to shame. What an interesting curriculum!
What made this book shine are the lessons and realizations. I learned many things about friendship, trust and camaraderie.
The characters are awesome! They are unpredictable in a way that will make you more curious to get to know them more. I also love that there’s character development. From spoiled to giving, timid to outgoing, monotonous to exciting, restraint to freedom...whew!
The characters are diverse also. Sophie has the physical attributes of a princess, gold hair and alabaster skin. But her personality is in reverse, plastic to be exact. Agatha, is the epitome of an emo, in modern world. She hates drama and loves to wear dark colors. Two different girls put in opposing section. Which one is truly good and evil? Also the side characters are awesome! They gave the story a great depth. We have the prince charming, storian, friends and enemies. There is a wide array of personalities!
The love-angle is okay. Not much highlight is given, it was confusing at first. But if you like a conservative romance portrayed innocently then this you will enjoy this book.
Overall, The School for Good and Evil is a nice read! I recommend this book for all ages who seeks adventure and humor.
I give this, 4.5 not quite good and not quiet evil whales.