I know I haven’t reviewed much at all but I did recently read a book I LOVED and want to share it with you!
Here’s what it’s about-
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?
I heard good things about it so when I found it on sale I went ahead and got it. It’s a middle grade fantasy but I personally would recommend it to all ages and genders. I loved it.
The story starts out with the beautiful Sophie, spending her days waiting to be stolen away to be a princess in the school for good. Sophie needs to do good deeds to be good enough for the school of good so she befriend Agatha. The “ugly witch” who lives right next to the graveyard. Sophie spends her days “helping Agatha” while Agatha doesn’t feel like Sophie is helping anyone at all but comes to love Sophie as her only friend.
The story leads the girls to the school of good and evil and from there the girls have to figure out what TRULY makes you a good person and what makes you evil. With all the good girls being beautiful and all the evil girls being ugly they think that’s that; Sophie is good and Agatha is evil, but life is never that simple and the girls have to find out who they really are and what they mean to each other.
The MORALS in this story made it for me. I mean it talks about vanity, judging people based on looks, looking deeper inside a person, what girls are meant to be, what boys are meant to be, what friendship is, what’s more important a friend or a relationship? What if that relationship gives you everything you always wanted? Sacrifice, and love and all these different coming of age themes that just blew my mind.
AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT A MAN WROTE THIS SERIES??? This BLOWS my mind because this book talks about how girls don’t ALWAYS need to depend on a knight or prince to save them, they are perfectly capable. AGATHA is a QUEEN in my eyes. I LOVED her character so much. She really is an amazing character. All the characters have uniques voices and they don’t run together for me at all which I also very much appreciated. This book gives me hope for the male race. I mean let’s face it we’ve all met some creepy, asshole men in our lives that changed us and made us question if any of them are decent. I love Soman for writing this even more because he is male and in a way he’s telling boys and girls everywhere to never judge a book by it’s cover. I will definitely be passing on this series to my son when the time comes. If I ever have a daughter I’ll be passing it on to her too. I will also be buying it as my go-to book gift for middle grade aged girls because GIRLPOWER!
All in all I highly recommend it and I truly enjoyed it and I’m currently reading book #2 and it’s already has themes again with awesome morals. Oh and I forgot to mention that these lessons and morals are woven nicely in the package of a fairytale, fantasy story and they aren’t preachy at all. He lets his characters make plenty of mistakes and learn from them or not…
So in conclusion, I’d go buy it or borrow it from your library or a friend ifs was you and I totally think they make awesome gifts as well.
Hope you enjoyed my review- Bookish Mom