Title: A World Without Princes
Series: The School For Good And Evil, #2
Author: Soman Chainani
Published: HarperCollins, April 2014
Source: received a copy from publisher
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In the epic sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected.
When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed.
Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.
Soman Chainani has created a spectacular world that Newbery Medal-winning author Ann M. Martin calls, “a fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, and humor that will keep you turning pages until the end.”
After the defeat of the School Master, Sophie and Agatha thought their lives would be back to normal. But everything changed when they each made a wish. Could they still remain good friends and live their happily ever after?
I loved book one, The School for Good and Evil, and so I was eager to find out what might be going on in this installment. It was still a lot of fun reading about Sophie, Agatha and their friends but because things were grimmer in this book, I felt a bit uneasy as the girls struggled to stay true to their heartfelt desires. The bond of friendship was not as strong as they once believed and it was sad but indisputably engrossing to see what the girls picked this time around to make up for the emptiness that they each felt after the victory they had in book one.
Both Sophie and Agatha learned a different side about themselves in this installment. What I loved about this series was that the characters didn’t immediately become a better or worse version of themselves whenever they faced a new challenge. They didn’t just overcome obstacles on the outside. They had inner demons that they must fight and their characters gradually grew and changed through some quiet, self-reflective moments. They might not learn from their mistakes right away but I guess this just made them more real and human to me. And while the story structure was very similar to that of book one, I enjoyed the new spin on trial and adversity – there were quite a few tough moments and I liked that a new villain was introduced to make things even more complicated for the girls.
The story wasn’t purely plot-driven. There were moments where human vices were mocked through humor and I was pleasantly surprised by some of the raw, witty sentiments expressed by the characters. The ending felt a bit rushed and I was left frustrated as I still had a bunch of questions in my mind unanswered. Bet I’ll just have to wait till the next installment comes out. *sigh*