The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they 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 amongst 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…?
AAAAHHHHHHH EPICCCCCCCC FANGIRLING!!!!!! I don’t think i’ll be able to convey my exact feelings so most of it is in gif but still….HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!! i don’t really like middle grade but this??? This is the most unique and thrilling book i’ve ever read- well one of them anyway. The idea and world building is totally genius and the character build up to their respective good/bad was epic.
So basically this book is about two polar opposite girls who are best friends. Sophie, is vain and has wanted her whole life to be captured by the School Master and be taken to the school for Good where she’ll learn to smile, play the damsel in distress and meet her prince. Agatha on the other hand is avoided by everyone because she’s always in black and gives off a repulsive aura. So when Sophie is happily being captured, Agatha runs after her to save her and is whisked away to the land beyond their little village. Unfortunately, everything does not go as planned when Sophie goes to the school for Evil while Agatha ends up in the school for Good where everything is pink and sparkly. Both girls think it’s a mistake but the reader knows it isn’t; the book deals with their struggles and adjustments and discovering their true nature.
I hated Sophie but she made an endearing and remarkable villain! I loved Agatha’s difference from the other princesses and how slowly both girls realize that they’ve been in the right schools all along! The classes were so well imagined i found myself hoping i would attend that school!!!!!! We’ve even got a little bit of hunger games action in there since as a class test the Nevers (Evil students) and the Evers (Good students) have to survive in the woods till dawn while battling each other and avoiding traps planted by the faculty. Then there was Tedros-he was Arthur’s son and Sophie is infatuated with him but then he realised his true love is Agatha and and and and EVERYTHING IS JUST PERFECT ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!!
IF I’D KNOWN HOW AWESOME THIS BOOK WAS I’D BE LIKE THIS AT THE COUNTER.
Sophie was just EVIL!!! did i mention she’s the coolest evil i’ve ever heard of??
we’ve also got a little of a knight in shining armour
I really don’t know what else to say about this book except pick it up NOW!!The ending is bittersweet (thank god i have the sequel already!!!) and action packed throughout-not just a few pages but a whole lot of nail-biting, pen tapping and lip biting action awaits you! This book will make you laugh, cry and grip you so hard that you won’t stop reading it!!!