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Impatiently Waiting For: The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani

HarperCollins To Be Published July 21, 2015 400 Pages
HarperCollins
To Be Published July 21, 2015
400 Pages

“In the epic conclusion to Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story.

As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.

But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.” -Goodreads

Fairy Tale Book Review: A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani

HarperCollins Published April 15, 2014 453 Pages
HarperCollins
Published April 15, 2014
453 Pages

If you haven’t read book one or checked out my review for it; click HERE

Agatha and Sophie are back home but Agatha isn’t happy with the ending she chose. So she makes a wish that causes the girls to go back to The School for Good and Evil only things have changed drastically and Sophie’s life is at stake.

Evil is no longer the enemy of Good and Princes are no longer needed for a happy ending. Agatha and Sophie now must try to restore peace without damaging everything they fought for.

The interesting this about book two was it felt more of a feminist book. The entire issue throughout the book was Agatha didn’t want to lose her best friend at the same time she wanted to be with her prince (ya know the one she denied the final kiss).

I felt that indirectly this book was about female empowerment and how women can do without men HOWEVER there are a bit of a issue when you actually want a man around. But beyond that the book picked up right where it left off and it didn’t stall on the action UNTIL they ladies got back to school. At that point things got very complicated and very boring.

I have two issues with the book it was long and there was a lot of back and forth with who is the real enemy. But overall, I loved the ending and actually pretty excited to read the third book. 4.5 Pickles

 

What Tanya Wants: April 2014

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple: A girl hiding out after her mother’s day. Secrets that go deeper than witchcraft are reveled.

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout: Mean girl disappears with her best friend and has the case of amnesia. Best friend is still missing but mean girl isn’t sure she wants her memories back.

A World Without Princes (The School of Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani: Good and evil are no longer enemies. However, war is coming. (SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!)

Far From You by Tess Sharpe: A recovering drug addict must find the truth about her best friend’s murder.

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige: Dorothy took over Oz and went crazy with power. It is up to one girl to change that story.

The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jennifer Swann Downey: Two kids stumble upon the librarians secret . . . they are ninjas part of a secret society (Children’s book).

Year in Review: Series

I have over 260 books in the year of 2013! I’m extremely proud of myself considering last year I only read 86. But I digress.  Today is the last day of 2013 and I wanted (like so many others) to take the time and reflect and break down my loves and love nots.

 Love

I loved the imagery, the  suspense and the realistic characters of these books.  Yes, there are two maybe three missing from this list but these are the ones that immediately came to mind when I sat down and began to write.

Each of these authors created stories from old stories or themes and created something new.  It showed passion, fire and love. These are series are highly recommended.

Love Not

I hate the fact that these series made the list because they had so much potential. But the biggest flaw to all of these books was characters. These characters were either selfish, bratty, and/or boring.

But this wasn’t the only issue with these books. The stories were undeveloped, lacked personality, and flare. They were a struggle to get through and showed no hope for the second book or third book.

BEWARE! the pretty titles and covers.

Love, Tanya

Fairy Tale Book Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Two reasons why this book completely threw me off. Its predictable but not completely as such and not to seem sexist this fairy tale was written by a man.

Before you get all the defensive let me give my review and then plea my case :)

        Harper Collins   Published May 14, 2013             488 Pages
Harper Collins
Published May 14, 2013
488 Pages

Best friends Sophia and Agatha live in a town in which fairy tales are real. The story goes two children are kidnapped and taken to the School for Good or the School of Evil in order to become the villain, the prince, or the princess of a fairy tale. Sophia wants to be kidnapped. She is unhappy with her life at home and plus she is the most beautiful and should be trained to be a princess at the School for Good. Agatha doesn’t believe a word of it but being dressed in all black and not caring what she looks like she would be fitted for the School for Evil.

However, when both of the girls enter the beginnings of this fairy tale you find out that Agatha is placed at the School for Good and Sophia is at the School of Evil. Sophia and Agatha think this is a mistake and they need to simply switch places and all is good. Things aren’t that easy for the ladies and they need to find out who they truly are and how their fairy tale ends.

This book was amazing. The storyline took me by my surprise because there were something that were very expected however, I believe the author wrote it that way to drag into the story so he can prove you wrong. I also loved the fact that although there was an underline to the some of the old fairy tales but it didn’t completely make the story. This is a new fairy tale on its own.

I also liked the fact that it showed the obsession girls have with not only a happy ending but making sure there is a prince in the story. Sophia and Agatha were perfect. I honestly can’t complain or find anything to complain about because they each played their part very well.

I didn’t like the prince . . .  annoying. ANNOYING!

What is not an issue but it didn’t need to be that way . . .  was the length of the book. I didn’t feel the story was dragged out but I wouldn’t have complained if the book was shorter.

Overall, the book gets a perfect score 10 out of 10. Now I was surprised because the author was male because most modern fairy tales are written by women. When I picked up this book or any book there is no attention to what the author looks likes. It is just by chance I looked up this goodreads account.

Anyway perfect book must read. Do I think there needs to be a book two? No, I do not. But I will read it.