Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: May 14th, 2013
Series: The School for Good and Evil #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped.
Every four years two children are stolen away from Gavaldon, never to return. Most children fear being taken to the School for Good and Evil. But no Sophie…
She has dreamt all her life of being a princess and believes the school could be her chance.
Her best friend Agatha has other ideas.
When the two girls are taken, things don’t quite go to Sophie’s plan.
Because sometimes, the princess and the witch don’t look like they do in fairytales.
Warning: This review is going to be extra terrible. I finished THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL a month ago but haven’t had time to write reviews until now (stupid exams) so my memory is a bit fuzzy. I may not get all the details of this book right, but I do know that I loved this book.
One of the main appeals of this book was the actual school. I wanted to see what it was like and find out what happens to the children that were taken. It doesn’t take long for the plot to develop and dump the girls in the school. Textbook titles and class names are hilarious and really are the stereotypical thing that you’d expect a school for good or evil to teach. The students themselves are also quite interesting. All the “good” students are princes and princesses who are quite self absorbed and obsessed with fulfilling their assigned roles. Their greatest dreams are being a hero or a defenseless princess waiting for her Prince Charming. They got on my nerves sometimes. The evil students were much more to my liking. They had a surprising amount of compassion and depth, but were seen as ugly. The best thing they could hope or was to be a fantastic villain in a Good’s story and have a not so cheery end.
This brings me to the main characters: Agatha and Sophie. Two polar opposites who are dumped into the schools they think they don’t belong in. But that’s one of the theme’s of the novel I think: you can’t tell a person true characteristics from just appearance and background. It’s their actions, motivations & what’s inside that counts. Sophie was a selfish little girl that used people to get what she thought she deserved because she was beautiful and a ‘princess’. Agatha was kind and compassionate and completely unwilling to go to the school. They had to grow and understand that it’s not always easy to distinguish between good and evil.
Writing wise, this was pretty typical Middle Grade stuff. There were funny moments, some lines that I think were meant to be taken as innuendos (and were. Twas hilarious). The plot moved a little slowly at times, but at the end there’s a fantastic big battle and twists I could barely believe. Also a big cliffhanger.
Romance was the only other thing I’m a bit meh on and the point that’s stopping this from getting 5 stars. I did like reading the romance, it developed slowly and on the side line. My problem was with WHEN the characters realised their feelings. (after a certain spoilery event. I wonder if the relationship would have happened if that even hadn’t…) After the ending, I have no idea how things will develop.
Overall, I really really enjoyed THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL and recommend it highly. The main theme of good and evil is one that I really like reading about and discussing (if you didn’t notice) and the world of this series is really cool. Romance and a plot which was a tad slow at times is the only reason THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL didn’t drag 5 stars out from me.
Sorry for the word vomit…