Review and Giveaway – The School for Good and Evil

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.

Good Luck!!!

***we were sent a copy of the two books to review by Harper Collin’s but all thoughts and opinions are our own***


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17 thoughts on “Review and Giveaway – The School for Good and Evil”

  1. I would love to enter! The book sounds so interesting! I would want to be a princess and go to the school for good because there is already enough bad! We need more good! :)

  2. I went to a Welsh medium primary school, but an English high school. I found it so hard having to read out loud in English because I was so much slower than a lot of others :( anyway this book sounds great, my little sister’s 9 and always looking for new books to read, I know the ages is 10+ but I think she would manage :) #binkylinky

  3. I would love to be a witch and go to a magical school! Very much enjoyed all the harry potter books and love the good/evil battle! My little girl T would love to read this book, she a little book worm like me!

  4. I think I’d like to be a witch. Way more fun! I’d love to win a copy of this book, even though it would clearly be me reading it, not Potato (as he’s only 2!)
    Thanks for linking up with #BinkyLinky

  5. aaa we were sent these books to review too, my daughter is the opposite to yours and she is a fast reader, took her about a week to read both and she loved them, she keeps pestering me to find out when the next book is out!! thanks so much for linking up with #ReadWithMe I have tweeted and pinned this post x

    1. Thank you for such a lovely linky, its a great idea! Isn’t it funny how different we all are? I have readers of varying speeds, from flying through a book in a few hours like me, to those more leisurely readers like LM.

  6. This sounds like a really interesting book. I’d quite like to read it myself! #readwithme ps I’d definitely go to the school of witches and wizards…think of what you could do with all the magic you learned!

  7. It is great that she loves to read and is absorbed in the book, the swear word bit made me laugh! my two are too young for this but it sounds like an interesting story. #pocolo

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