Friday, 16 May 2014

The School for Good & Evil Book review no.9

the school for good and evil
The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one
I just happened to find this on the shelf of the charity shop I volunteer in, (when I say ‘just happened’ what I actually mean is that during my morning of tidying, displaying, dusting smelling  the books this one jumped into my hands)
If you are a fan of Gregory McGuire (of Wicked fame) you will love this I’m sure, it’s an alternative fairy tale with more than one twist and I loved it. Two very different girls (who reminded me of Elphaba & Glinda from Wicked) are whisked off to The School for good and Evil which is like a Hogwarts for all things fairy tale. And heaven forbid if you fail.
I new nothing of this book before I read it, and have since found this trailer on you tube which if I had seen it would have made me read it sooner.
I hear there is a second book which I will definitely read.
I’m thinking a movie?


  1. I love your post, I definitely want to check it out.

  2. Anything that's like a fairy tale I love to read. Another one for my list.