This is the third book to The School For Good and Evil series. I was thought to be the final book but it turn out there is a fourth book coming in July 2017.
***This review will contain spoilers for the first two books in the series***
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!
Oh my goodness this series. I am very conflicted about how I feel about this final book. TBH it put me into a bit of a reading slump yet I still enjoyed many parts of it. So I’ll divide this review into cons and pros.
My biggest complaint about this entire series is that it goes on for too long – it’s repetitive. In this final book there’s still a lot of Sophie complaining about wanting her Ever After and wanting the boy, whereas Agatha still constantly tries to convince Sophie that as long as they’re together, she can be good. This stuff happened so much in the second book and it just started to get annoying with it happening all over again in the third book. So be ready for the same conflicts all over again: boys/true love, who’s good and who’s evil, can friendship last, and the like. The same pettiness become irksome.
Another thing I didn’t like (which I also noticed in the second book) is that the story almost seems like it’s comprised of two narrative structures: rising action – climax – falling action, then more rising action – climax – falling action. With this formula being the exact same in the second and third books, the third book became quite predictable in it’s early stages.
My final complaint is that the climax of the story was not as exciting as I had hoped. With this book being 655 pages, I had expected more payoff to the build-up. It wasn’t terrible, just not as great, exciting or unexpected as I had hoped.
I was just a bit too repetitive and reminiscent of the past two book and dragged on for too long because of it.
I loved how this book finally opened up and introduced us to the world outside of Gavaldon and the school. Exploring the world and different places in the woods was quite exciting.
I also loved how new characters – who we all know and love/hate – are introduced into this story. It really brought the story back to it’s magical fairytale roots and made me smile.
Perhaps the best part about this book is finally, after two books, learning about the secrets of Sophie and Agatha’s parents. It was not predictable at all which made me so happy, and the story was just detailed enough to satisfy my interest. FINALLY!
And lastly, I know I said that the climax wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped, but the falling action definitely did meet my expectations. Chainani created a very satisfying ending that disavowed vanity and the need to for traditional fairytale endings. This ending was so satisfying and conclusive that I’m actually really surprised that there’s going to be a fourth book in the series…
Overall I wasn’t rushing through the book or super giddy when it was over. It was more like, “alright, it’s over”. This series started out super strong with the first book and slowly declined. I would say it’s still worth reading the whole series just for the ending, just don’t expect the second two books to be as great as the first one.
I was thinking about giving this 3 stars but that seems too hight. On the other hand, 2.5 stars sounds super low!
Rating: 2.75/5 Stars