23 June 2014

The School for Good and Evil; Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such promise here: the "good" child versus the "evil" child showing that outward appearances aren't what they seem, it's what's inside that matters. Except we know from the start that Sophie and Agatha don't fall into the categories the village thinks they do (or should), so there's no real surprise which school they're attached to. Nor is there any surprise at how Sophie and Agatha react to their circumstances once at the school. Still, younger readers will enjoy seeing both get what they deserve.

The idea that these children end up in their own fairy tale could have played a much larger role, but once again we have the whole "oh, it's a series so let's pad the action, and then pad it again" problem. Had that not happened, had there been some editorial shears applied, this could have been a five-star.

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