Review: The Last Ever After

 Presidential Rating: awardsawardsawardsawards

Date Read: 19 August 2016

Favorite character: Hester, Anadil, Dot (the conven basically) and Lady Lesso… Can you see a pattern here?

Summary:

In the epic next chapter of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story.

As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.

But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.

Readers around the world are eagerly awaiting the third book in The School for Good and Evil series, The Last Ever After. This extraordinary new journey delivers more action, adventure, laughter, romance and fairy tale twists and turns than you could ever dream of!

Summary from Goodreads.

Verdict:

The concept for the Last Ever After is superb, make no doubt about it. Sophie and Agatha’s friendship once again has a different twist to it and this time, something deeper than what has been shown in the first book and established in the second book. Still however, I felt overwhelmed reading new information shoved into my head in the third book. It seemed to me as if all these notes and ideas were crammed in the last part instead of being evenly distributed in the entire series. Take for example, it is revealed (spoiler alert!) that Stephan actually has better affection toward Agatha but I could not recall it being mentioned in the first two books. Probably I have to read the books again and find hints here and there but as it is, I can’t afford to do that anymore (given my clamoring TBR list).

At last, Agatha and Tedro’s affection for each other has been justified in this book. It turns out it is not just the hormones of adolescence affecting them but something much deeper. I always need to remember that the series is all about 15-year-old kids trying their hands on friendship and love that last for ever after.

Goodbye Cinderella. To every sense of the word. For those who have read the novel, you know what I mean. For those who haven’t, prepare yourself for a completely different Cinderella, someone who’s too Good she is willing to trade places with her step-sisters, the kind you’ll hate so much you don’t want to read her name on a page but you’ll end up loving and missing at the end of a chapter.

I do like the little scenes between Lancelot and Guinevere. And although I will never love Merlin-and I might be the only one who doesn’t – I have learned to love his taciturnity and how he has managed to boost everyone’s confidence, not the Dumbledore kind but let’s not start talking about amazing wizards because I am certainly going to lose.

My biggest concern in this book is Sophie’s inconsistent language. There are times when she gives hifalutin speeches to the point I consider her a philosopher but there are also countless moments when I see her as a complete dunderhead.

Nonetheless, despite certain issues regarding consistency of characters, I have to say the series has been an easy read for me and the fact that it has given a different take on fairy tales is a plus.

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