In the epic next chapter of 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.
Readers around the world are eagerly awaiting the third book in The School for Good and Evil series, The Last Ever After. This extraordinary new journey delivers more action, adventure, laughter, romance and fairy tale twists and turns than you could ever dream of!
I don’t read a lot of middle grade but I do love the School of Good and Evil series because the author seems to push the boundaries and help preteens to understand some important topics about love, life and friendship. After highly enjoying the first two books I was excited to finally sit down with this hefty third book.
I have to say I was a little bored with this book from the beginning. This novel is about 650ish pages and you sure do feel the length while reading this one. I really didn’t like where the characters were at in the start of this one. It felt like Agatha and Tedros were stuck together in an ending they didn’t like. Actually it felt like they didn’t even care about each other one bit. Plus it also felt like Sophie was struggling with the choices that she made in the end of the second book. Her relationship with the school master felt very off and the themes that the author included almost made it seem like Sophie was in an abusive relationship. I have always liked how Chainani has pushed the boundaries in this series but I felt like this was going a little too far this time.
Aside from how the two couples were getting along with each other there was just a lot of journey time in this book. The book was mostly just everyone slogging through the woods to get from one place to another and then getting one piece of the journey done just so they could slog on to the next landing point. I felt like none of the characters were getting along here and it made all of the relationships feel cheap. No one wanted to be friends and pretty much all of the relationships were suffering so badly that you wondered how on earth they would all remain together in the end.
The part that I enjoyed the most about this novel was actually the part about Sophie and Agatha’s mothers, which was only one chapter of this long book. By the end of the big battle scene in this novel I still felt like the three main characters were not getting along and I just really struggled with where everything had gone in this. I know one of the themes this time around was to question happily ever afters but in the end no one seemed happy at all.