‘The School for Good and Evil’ by Soman Chainani

Every four years a magical man known only as the School Master takes two children from the small town of Gavaldon to a school made to create fairy tales. One child is always tagged as good and the other evil. Every four years a single storybook is delivered to the local bookshop with no letter. Nothing. The days after, the store is closed, for the owner to make copies of the book he received. Every once in awhile, when the children read the story books, they’d find a child who was taken four years prior. Sophie had always known she would be whisked away that night, anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her thought she would. Agatha, on the other hand, was Sophie’s best friend, if you can call her that, and the daughter of a ‘witch’. Evil for sure, right?


When both Agatha and Sophie are whisked away, the two best friends are put to the ultimate test. How far can friendship and kindness take you when you are evil in the center of your being? Always have and always will be. Being in a fairy tale is not as fun or easy as imagined. The two friends soon realize the only way to escape a fairy tale, is to live through it till the very end. Such an end isn’t as close as they believe though.


The book teaches such an important lesson that what lies within is what you truly are. The plot never really falls, you are taken on a constant journey of wondering what will happen next. Every character has a backstory connected to each other. The author did meet their goals. The message is clear, each person is different and has a purpose in the fairy tale. Whether it be the villain or the hero, or maybe just a tree that was once a failed student. Who knows?


This book reminds me of the Harry Potter series, and not just because they both are fantasy. People separated into different groups based on what is inside of them. Coming from the world that is basically oblivious to what is going on around them, being whisked into a story they don’t want to complete. The fairy tale isn’t as far off from a prophecy as one might think. Quite the opposite. Neither is set in stone, and both could end happily or in disaster. In other words, the Good could win, or the Evil. You will never know unless you live through it.


I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers. The age group would have to be teenagers in my opinion. Even though this book is fantasy, for sure, romance is mixed in. I, personally, loved this book. I am a sucker for fantasy, and this one pulled me in and didn’t let me go. Like a young girl clutching a book to her chest like her whole life depended on those pages filled with writing. I highly recommend this book to people who are interested!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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