The School for Good and Evil is a novel by Soman Chainani. It is aimed at girls aged 10+, so when I was asked by Harper Collins to review a copy LM was so impressed when I told her she was the one who’d able to read this and help out! I have to be honest though, she is a reaaaally slow reader so I have been waiting ages to actually finish writing this post :) To be fair, going to a Welsh medium school, she has only been reading English for four years, so I’ll let her off!
Ever since the book arrived she has mostly been found like this:
So what is this book all about?
In LM’s own word’s, with spoilers removed:
“It’s about a place where every four years two children get stolen and taken to this school. There is really two schools, one for good and one for evil. The two girls who get taken are best friends. Sophie thinks that she is going to the school for good because she wants to be a princess. She thinks the other girl, Agatha is going to be the witch. But it didn’t go quite to plan!”
What was good about the book?
“I liked how things don’t turn out like you think. You read and read expecting one thing to happen then all of a sudden something completely the opposite does!”
“It was also cool because it’s like fairytales, but for big kids. There’s lot’s of adventure.”
What was bad about the book?
“Nothing was really bad, but sometimes it got a bit confusing because a lot of the time, when they are talking, people kept interrupting each other and the person talking kept changing. But it didn’t really tell you that someone else was talking or who it was, so I had to keep going back and figure it out.”
“There was also two swear words!” at this point she went fishing through the book because she wouldn’t say the words. Turns out there is a ‘Donkey’s ass’ and a ‘crap’ in there. I guess there may be a cultural divide where these are accepted words for youngsters in the US. I’m not bothered they are in there, although they are not words that my kids are allowed to use, not in front of us parents anyway!
If you have girls in this age range who love a good fantasy or fairytale you can buy the book from Amazon LM really can’t recommend it enough and has already got all her friends hooked, even a couple of the boys!
We were pleasantly surprised that we were also sent a copy of the second book in the series ‘The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes. You can check out the trailer for it below:
LM is so excited to read the next book, hopefully it won’t take her quite so long and I’ll be able to let you know how she liked that one too As for now, my two 13 year olds and myself are battling out who will be next to get to read it!
***UPDATE: The giveaway has ended, the winner is Elaine Livingstone. Congratulations Elaine :)***
Now for the giveaway!!!
If you would like to win a copy of this novel, all you need to do is reply below and let us know if you would want to be a prince/princess and go to the school for good or a witch/wizard and go to the school for evil and why!
Entries are only open to UK residents and will close on Friday 27th, when all the names will be put into a hat and chosen at random by LM herself. Please pass this on to anyone who would be interested.
***we were sent a copy of the two books to review by Harper Collin’s but all thoughts and opinions are our own***