Friday, March 7, 2014

The Friday 56: The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani

"The Friday 56" is a weekly event, hosted by Freda's Voice:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to Freda's Voice's Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

My Pick This Week: 

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Witches, Magic, Magic Boarding School
Release DateMay 14, 2013
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1)

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.

As she wiggled from the ropes, Sophie craned her neck up and had her first full view of the room. Once upon a time it might have been a nice, cosy suite before someone set it on fire. The brick walls were burnt to cinders. Black and brown scorch marks ripped across the ceiling, an the floor was buried beneath an inch of ash. Even the furniture looked toasted. Bur as her eyes searched, Sophie realized there was a bigger problem with the room.    
"Where's the mirror?" she gasped.
~pg. 56

It's been a while since I've read a middle grade book, but I'm loving this one. The concept was just too good to pass up! Plus, I'm a sucker for Magic Boarding School books.

It's definitely a light read, but it's been humorous and enjoyable.

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  1. Sounds very descriptive and intriguing! I like that!

    Happy weekend!

    1. Haven't gotten very far, but I've liked what I've read so far. The book does contain lots of imagery, which is nice for fantasy world building.

  2. This one sounds the look of your blog! And thanks for visiting mine.

    1. Thank you so much; I love my baby (my blog)!

      I'm on Chapter 5, and this book had been really entertaining with good-pacing and it's quite funny.

  3. Sounds great. I still read middle grade sometimes and always enjoy them. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Checking yours out.

  4. I love getting in touch with my inner child, so I'd probably love this series! I'd definitely pick it up after reading the Friday 56. I really like your blog's name and banner! Too cute!

    Linking from Freda's Voice,
    Ricki Jill

    1. Oh, thanks so much! So far, the book has been really entertaining and full of sarcasm, which I love.

      Thanks so much for checking out my blog!