Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Book Review: School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Arthur's true love was clearly Merlin which explains that dream I had last night.

A dark and enchanting fantasy adventure perfect for girls who prefer their fairytales with a twist.
Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains.

Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed… 

There's a lot of annoying things in this book, though this might be on purpose. Its just a little dumb at times.

Like Sophie is petty much shallowly evil. Like she either incredibly dumb or just a bad person. Like she refuse her dad marrying another woman after her mother been dead for 5 years because she the woman is "ugly" and gives orphans mirrors.

Evil can't be beautiful which goes completely against several fairy tales. Yes, evil usually turns ugly to match their ugly souls. But Snow White's mother was beautiful at the start so Sophie being beautiful shouldn't count her against being evil.

I guess this meant to be saying something about good and evil but someone beside Agatha should have actually been good. Like no one talked to Agatha because she was "ugly". Also the School for Good, dismissed all the fairy tales where its the Princess that helps the Prince or whatever random guy that shows up. Sometimes, it is the Princess that saves the day. It about fairy tales but just involves the ones everyone half knows from Disney movies.

 It actually kinda good if ignore half the stuff Sophie says. The big Twist were petty obvious and I didn't really buy the "pure" thing. It just wasn't backed up enough.

I'm not sure on the friendship between Sophie and Agatha, it always seems like one of convenience. Sophie drops Agatha like that and I just feel Agatha is just holding on to Sophie as she needs her to get home.

The plot was well thought out and executed well. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Its one of those books that actually quite good when you're reading but not so good in reflection ( so just like Twilight, that's meant in the best possible way).   Its the start of a trilogy and I will eventually read the next book. I recommend this to anyone who likes fairy tales but doesn't mind when they're completely changed.

(Is it just me or are my reviews getting worse. Though in my defence I am currently ill and stressed).

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