Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Audiobook Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Audio
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Polly Lee
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
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 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.

My Thoughts

This book was so fun!! I got completely lost in it and couldn't seem to get enough. The characters, the story, everything just came together so well! I was lost in the magic and the fairy tale world. I was excited to know what their story would be. What a cool premise!! This book was pure excitement for me. I haven't felt so lost in a world since reading Harry Potter. This was a fantastic start to what is sure to be a series people will fall in love with!

Sophie has wanted to be a princess her whole life. She has prepared for it. She is a firm believer of the rumor that each year two children are taken, one for good, and one for evil. When she gets taken and ends up in the school for evil she thinks there had to have been a mix up. Of course we soon learn that she is not really good and pure. She is in fact selfish, self centered, and not really very nice at all. The thing is, she really thinks that she is. She was a hard character to like personality wise, but I absolutely loved her. She made the story amazing!

Agatha who is boring, drab, and not pretty should have been in the school of evil right? Not a chance. She doesn't fit in with the gorgeous, well mannered princess girls, but her inner good is what makes her beautiful. It's clear from the very beginning that she is right where she belongs in the school for good. I loved that she was always so willing to help people, especially Sophie. Sophie was so mean and insulting to her, but she cares about her. She will always be there for her friend. I really loved Agatha! She was the root of the story for me.

There is of course romance. What kind of fairy tale would it be without one? I would like to say that I liked the love interest, but he was a bit of a shallow jerk at times. I did like him, but I thought that he could have been a little nicer. He has his issues though, so I can see where that stems from. I thought the way the romance was done was absolutely brilliant. I won't really go into it more than that, but it was really great!!

This book was amazing story wise, but what made it even more fabulous was listening to the audio. The narrator captured the characters and the story so well. I was enchanted by the story telling and could not have asked for a better narrator for this particular book. I loved this book, but the audio was the icing on the cake!

Full of action and adventure, this is a must read book. I enjoyed every single second of it. Filled with great characters, and a fantastic setting, this is sure to please! There is a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but it's not so much you want to tear your hair out. I can't wait to see where the story goes next. If you are looking for a great audio, this is one you will want to get, but the physical copy is full of beautiful illustrations also that really enhance the enjoyment. I would recommend this book to anyone!!

39 comments:

  1. This book sounds like its been made for me. I love the sound of everything here, characters to the plot. Even the genre is what if probably read if I found enough of them.

    Lovely review, Amy! Über happy that you enjoyed this one. <33

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    1. This was really so fun for me!! I need to get myself a Hardcover copy of it too. The illustrations are gorgeous. I looked through it at B&N last week.

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  2. I'm glad you loved it so much, Amy. The reviews so far have been so-so and I was beginning to get worried. I am really looking forward to this one, do your positive review has me a little bit excited again.

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    1. I loved that I was able to get so lost in this book. It was one of those books that I looked forward to having even just 10 or 15 minutes here and there to listen to a little more! It was a pretty long audio at almost 14 hours, but I really loved listening to it!

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  3. Oh wow a comparison to how lost you were in Harry Potter, that's high praise! I am always looking for fun MG titles but I tend to stray more towards the contemporary line of things. So happy that you had so much fun with this one!

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    1. I mean, obviously it's hard to live up to HP and nothing ever will, but I had that same feeling of being lost in the world and the magic of it all. It was really a great read!

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  4. Oh I'm so excited for this one! I have a copy to read but not the audio, it sounds like that made it even better. I'm looking forward to picking this one up!

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    1. The narrator did such a fantastic job at capturing the characters. I thought she was a perfect pick for this book. I need to get a hardcover copy of this. The illustrations are awesome and this is one of those books that I anticipate I will want to read with my daughter when she is old enough.

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  5. It really does look fun. Great review :)

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    1. It's been a long time since I had this much fun getting lost in a fantasy world. The audio definitely enhanced my enjoyment, but I know I would have loved it had I actually read it myself too.

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  6. Okay, I covered my eyes to scroll down to your rating (which made typing very awkward) since I'm reading this soon, but I'm thrilled to hear that you loved this! Super excited to start reading it. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I hope you love it! It was really a fun book and the world was great to imagine and envision in my head!

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  7. It's not often that I read books like this, but I'm impressed by how taken you were with the story. That cover is gorgeous. Great review, sweetie!

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    1. This book was just so fun!! It was easy to get lost in the world and there was such a fantastic cast of characters. Whether I liked the particular character or not, I enjoyed them all if that makes any sense.

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  8. Hopin to get this at BEA -- sounds really fun!

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Ohh I hope that they have it there and you can get a copy! It's really fabulous!

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  9. This book sounds so original! I love the whole switch-a-roo with the girl you think will be "good" is in fact evil and vice versa. The cover is definitely pretty but to be honest at first it turned me off. I thought this was a manga because of the style and wasn't really considering it. After reading your review it's officially on the tbr. This one reminds me of WICKED which is a fav of mine! Awesome review!

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    1. I'm glad that I could add to your tbr list lol!! I really think that you would like this one.

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  10. Eep this is exactly the kind of MG novel that I love and I'm hoping to get a copy art BEA--though it's out now so I can get just a copy after if not. It sounds amazing and I have not read a book close to being as compelling as HP so just that intrigues me! Fab review, dollface!

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    1. I'm sure it will be at BEA. OMG and they are making it a movie too. I found that out after I read it and I'm actually quite excited.

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  11. Oooh yay I'm so happy you loved this one so much!! I'm glad that the audio version only made the story better and that Sophie and Agatha reallya dded to the story. I am so happy that Agatha wasn't boring and drag like you expected and actually turned out to be a really strong character. I'm glad that the romance was really great; I need to check this one out soon it looks like such a cute fairytale.

    Fantastic review Amy!

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    1. This was just really a well rounded story and I liked all aspects of it. I didn't feel like it was lacking at all. Though the ending was a little weird. I had to listen to it twice. I can't wait for the next book. The author informed me that the same narrator will be doing the following two audiobooks also which makes me happy!

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  12. Never heard of this book. Sounds exciting. Cool! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. This was so fun! I think you would like it.

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  13. I'm glad you liked this one. It looks like a neat story.

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    1. It was such a fun take on fairy tales. I really enjoyed it. It was hard to explain in the review though. There are so many great things weaved into it like a test of sorts with the best good and evil students and all sorts of other stuff. And of course that their fairy tale is being written as they do things. That was super cool.

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  14. Just started this and it's fan-flippin' tastic, like Harry Potter and Stardust had a baby with lots of female characters.

    Also, I LOVE the narrator. I pretty much want to listen to everything she's narrated, but it's mostly romance novels, and I don't know about that...

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    1. OMG right!!Some narrators are good and fit with the book, but she is phenomenal!! I was so happy when the author told me she was doing the sequels too!!

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  15. Weee, so happy you enjoyed this one SO much Amy :D I can't wait to get my hands on a copy - hopefully at BEA but if not I'll definitely be picking this up soon no matter what!! Awesome review hun

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    1. I loved it so much!! The audio is amazing, but I am getting myself a finished copy too. The illustrations are awesome!! Besides that's a book I need on my shelf.

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  16. Is it me, or does it sound like junior Wicked? I still have my eye on it - lovely review!

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    1. A little bit yeah. It's really fabulous. I think you would really like it.

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