Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2), ends 11/5

"So let me get this straight," Hester glared, straddling a gilded sink next to Anadil, both in their saggy black Nevers' tunics. "Tedros wants to kill Sophie. Sophie wants to kill Tedros. And unless you find an ending with one of them now, everyone in this school dies."

Agatha nodded weakly, leaning against one of Honor Tower's ivory bathroom stalls, fitted with a sapphire toilet and tub. She never thought she'd be so happy to see two witches in her life.

A World Without Princes is the follow-up to The School for Good and Evil, which I reviewed in August 2013, and is the second of three books, the last of which will be out soon. In that review, I called it a mashup of The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter series, and this book follows that vein as well.

Official synopsis:

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.”


This book definitely shatters stereotypes. The school for Nevers and the school for Evers has been changed here, so that there's a School of Boys and a School for Girls instead. The girls love Agatha and Sophie, because they've shown them how independent they can be; the boys hate them, because a good majority of them are now homeless in the forest. Sophie and Agatha somehow magically return to the fairytale land, and they must deal with the havoc they've (inadvertently) wreaked. 

I'd recommend reading the first novel before reading this one, although it's not a must. A lot of history from the first book is discussed, but of course not in as much detail as it was in the first book. This novel is also very long (about 450+ pages) but also very interesting, in that it seems to combine elements from a lot of popular book series; I'd say it's most closely related to Harry Potter, and perhaps can fill that void for some people, but it's also more violent than that and has other things going on, as well. 

The first book is being made into a movie - I think the release date is 2016 - so stay tuned for that too.

3.5 stars out of 5.
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And book #2 also has an epic book trailer!

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. I have two copies of this book to give away - if you are international, you will receive an e-copy, and if you live in the U.S., you will receive a hardcover copy.

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, November 5th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified via email the next day, and must respond within 24 hours, or an alternate winner(s) will be chosen.

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