A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: School for Good and Evil (Book 2)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 15, 2014)
Genre: Fantasy/fairy tales
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Magic and romance battle each other in this much anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The School for Good and Evil. Best friends Sophie and Agatha return to the spectacular world where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. Together, they have the strength to face unseen enemies and new threats. But what will happen when they are torn apart?
About the Author:
Soman Chainani’s first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been on ABA’s National Indie Bestseller List for 12 weeks, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios.
The sequel, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List as well.
As a writer and film director, Soman’s films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, and the coveted Shasha Grant, awarded by a jury of international film executives.
When he’s not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Now he loses all the time.
Like the first book, A World Without Princes starts off slowly, building
the setting and characters. I didn’t like this book quite as much as
the first one, but it was still very good. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
In an unguarded moment, Agatha’s heart makes a wish that brings her and
Sophie to the doors of the School for Good. Only now, it’s the School
for Girls and all the boys have been banished to the School for Boys.
Strange events take place as Agatha and Sophie’s friendship is tested
again and again. Their friendship, motives, and actions are intricately woven into a beautiful story where the reader isn’t sure which way is up. Soman Chainani has once again written a captivating novel that kept me reading to the very end.
Many parts of this book were similar to the first one, but everything
happened much differently. I liked the differences, and I especially
liked the ending because it was so bittersweet. This story isn’t as deep or
insightful as the first, but it’s still a very entertaining read and has some deeper aspects if you are willing to look for them. Kids
and adults alike will love this series.
Content: Violence, but I consider this a clean book.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.