The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

Genres: Childrens, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: July 21st, 2015

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Of all the tales in all the kingdoms in all the Woods, you had to walk into mine.”

In the thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, Agatha is forced to face not only villains old a new, but one of the most powerful evil witches of all, her best friend Sophie. Both girls thought that they had found their Ever After, Agatha and Tedros in Galvadon, and Sophie stuck with the School Master. Their book has other ideas. Their story won’t close, and without new stories, the world of magic and fairytales is dying. It’s up to Agatha and Sophie to find their real Ever Afters and close their story before it’s too late.

Despite being a children’s novel and having quite a few faults, The Last Ever After is a joy to read. It’s hard to be critical on such a whimsical adventure that brings fairy tale characters old and new into a fun school setting. The character development is a little lacking, particularly with Sophie who seems to swing wildly from one end of the spectrum to the other, but at least they avoid the “strong” female characters trope. Both girls are allowed to be weak, vulnerable and real without being pathetic and useless.

It’s refreshing to see a book that writes the love of friendship as importantly as romance. That true love doesn’t have to be kisses, and that the person who understands you best doesn’t have to be your partner. As well, the romance is very well written for a children’s novel. Tedros and Agatha are far from perfect together, but it makes their relationship far more lovable. An excellent story about overcoming outward appearances, finding true love, and that happily ever after isn’t always so easy.

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