Sunday, March 22, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook (Amazon | Audible)
Narrator: Polly Lee
Length: 13 hours & 46 minutes
Release Date: May 14, 2013
At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon 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 among 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 and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

OVERALL, I really enjoyed the story. The world was rich and vivid and unique. I didn't feel like it was something I had experienced before. Most importantly, the characters were complex and interesting. 

The schoolmaster made no mistake; Sophie and Agatha were exactly where they belong. Sophie was vain, careless, and quite evil. She was motivated by nothing good. Her whole reasoning for thinking she was good that beauty equalled goodness pretty much explains it all. I mean, how evil do you have to be to have a golden goose choose to lose their magic rather than help you?

Agatha is a different story. She things she's bad because she's ugly. I was annoyed by the fact that so much of the book was centered around Sophie, who I pretty much came to loathe by the end of the book. But then again, when you realize that this was her fairytale and not Sophie's

Thank god Tedros had some depth. He played his part as a prince, but in end, he just wanted something real. Something worth fighting for. What is interesting is that Tedros doesn't dislike Agatha because she's unattractive; he does because she acts like a bitch. But in his heart, and grudgingly Agatha's, they were drawn to each other.

I absolutely loved the last part of the book from the Circus to the big reveal. Which I'm not going to spoil. If there was ever a definition for, "beauty is only skin deep", it's this book.

Fantastic start to the series, and I can't wait to see where it goes!

POLLY LEE did a fantastic job narrating this book. She captured the essence of the characters perfectly, especially Hester and Sophie. 

“I’m not a princess!” she snapped, fixing her collar.
“If you say so,” the prince said, eyes drifting downward.Agatha followed them to her gashed legs, waterfalls of brilliant blood. She saw blood blurring— Tedros smiled.
“One . . . two . . . three . . .”She fainted in his arms.
“Definitely a princess,” he said.”

Agatha wondered what these girls' souls would wish for. Depth, perhaps.

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