“Best friends Sophie and Agatha are back in Gavaldon, living out their Happily Ever After, but Agatha is missing her prince. In a moment of weakness she makes a wish, which once more opens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. Agatha and Sophie are sucked back into the world they escaped from – but everything has changed.
War is brewing between the School for Girls and the School for Boys. Can this Ever After end happily for anyone?”
It’s swiftly becoming a tradition that after every batch of exams, I pick a fun, frivolous book and dig into it so as soon as this landed on my desk from the lovely people at Harper Collins, I knew I wanted to save it.
It was a good choice.
Soman Chainani has taken one of the oldest genres in the world and given it a very original new direction. In the first book, readers are introduced to the Schools of Good and Evil where students are trained for the fairy tales they will live out. The second instalment is just as creative, dealing with the aftermath of a visit Sophie and Agatha, two ‘readers’ from outside the magical world who shook up plenty of old traditions and even broke one of the key rules of fairy tales: Princesses and Witches cannot be friends.
Now I know you’re probably questioning why I’m reading a children’s book at the age of 19 but the truth is I love them. They are my guilty pleasure. They are delightfully easy to read, incredibly imaginative and the perfect way to de-stress! After months of dissecting some very complex (and some very dull) narratives, The School for Good and Evil was exactly what I needed to remind me that reading is something I enjoy, rather than something I do begrudgingly because my lecturer told me to. As such, this book gets a double recommendation from me: buy it for your kids and then steal it off them to enjoy yourself! Be warned though, it is extremely difficult to put down. The dark circles around my eyes are testament to that.
Excuse me while I go find concealer,