Book Nerd Review by Chloe
In the epic sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected.
When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed.
Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.
Soman Chainani has created a spectacular world that Newbery Medal-winning author Ann M. Martin calls, “a fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, and humor that will keep you turning pages until the end.”
Sophie and Agatha’s wish sends them back to the School for Good and Evil where, in the last book they destroyed the Evil School Master. Now the School for Good and Evil is the School for Boys and Girls. Tendos, a used-to-be Prince, who goes to the School for Boys, wants to kill Sophie and Agatha as revenge for ruining the School for Good and Evil. To accomplish this, Tendos proposes a Trial by Tale, a survival challenge between the boys and girls. Here is the catch: If the girls win, the boys will become slaves to the girls. If the boys win, Sophie and Agatha will face a public execution.
All the Princes in the land, however, have a different problem. They want the School for Good and Evil to return. There are several ways in which, this could happen. Agatha is involved in all of them. Sophie wants the School of Boys and Girls to remain, causing a problem for their friendship. Agatha goes the School of Boys in order to put her plan into action, but Sophie has her own plans. In the end, they both get their way. Good with Good, Evil with Evil.
I really liked the addition of the new character Yara. She did not talk, but she added a mysterious element that added to the story. I also enjoyed the part that talked about how you have to climb blonde hair to get to the Schoolmaster’s tower. Also, the butterflies in the cave and Lady Lessa having a baby were funny things to add. Overall, I enjoyed the book as much as the first book. It is a good companion to the first book. It makes a lot more sense if you read the first book because the history of Agatha, Sophie and Tendos is explained. I can’t wait to see if there is a 3rd book!
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The sequel, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List as well.
As a writer and film director, Soman's films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, and the coveted Shasha Grant, awarded by a jury of international film executives.
When he’s not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Now he loses all the time.