A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani

October 25, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Humor, YA 4 ★★★★

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman ChainaniA World without Princes by Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil #2
Published by HarperCollins on April 15th 2014
Number of Pages: 433
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Humor, Middle Grade, Romance
Source: Library
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon

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.

I loved how we never really knew for sure whether or not it was Agatha or Sophie who had made a wish and re-opened their fairytale until the end of the book. Agatha was blamed for most of the book, but Sophie had made a wish at her mother’s grave, so for me at least, it could have gone either way as to who was to blame.

In the first book, I liked both Agatha and Sophie, but Agatha was a firmer favorite. In this book? I ended up liking/connecting with Sophie more. She made a few bad mistakes, but tried to hold onto being Good as long as she could. Agatha on the other hand was too quick to believe that Sophie was going Evil again. Even though she had good reasons to believe it, it was a big turn around from the first book where Agatha refused to believe Sophie was Evil even when it was staring her in the face.

The world turning upside down and going Girls against Boys was a fun twist. I liked reading about how the Princes had been kicked out of kingdoms, and the new classes at the School for Girls. This was just as tongue-in-cheek as the first books picking on Beauty = Good and Ugly = Evil. So if you didn’t see the humor and jokes in that, you may not see it in the Girls verses Boys in this book either.

Once we learned about the new Dean’s past, a lot of things about the way she acted made even more sense. And her spying butterflies were an interesting touch.

Tedros made me want to smack him on more than one occasion. It was understandable given what he knew as truth and his past. But it didn’t make me want to smack him any less. And I didn’t care for the end of the book at all. I did however guess the secret of the red-haired girl who everyone says can’t speak. Not the entire secret mind you, but the major part. That didn’t lessen the surprise once it came out in full.

If you liked the first book, you should read this one. If you haven’t read the series at all yet, you need to do so!


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4 Responses to “A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani”

  1. Ashana Lian .

    GREAAAAT review!! There are NOT ENOUGH reviews on this series and I can’t praise it enough. (Have you read the last book yet? If you liked the first two, you’ll LOVE it.)
    What you touched on in this post was the same thing I love about the series in general – how the plot twists and turns and things that characters were sure of they now doubt and vice versa. It really keeps you hanging on til the very end. Thanks for sharing! It was great to read your thoughts on it.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Thank you! Sorry for the slow reply, I haven’t had internet since October 22nd. I just got it back tonight.

      I have not read the 3rd book yet, it’s in my holds list at the library and supposedly I will have it soon. I can’t wait to see how it measures up to the first two!

    • SilvaraWilde

      Finally have internet back! Now to play catch-up with comments… *laughs*

      I’m waiting on book 3 from the library. I’m really hoping it’s as good as the first two, but from all the happy comments and “you MUST read this series!” I’ve been hearing, I expect good things.

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