Rise of the School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani #bookreview #MG #fairytale

The battle between Good and Evil begins.

Two brothers.

One Good.

One Evil.

Together they watch over the Endless Woods.

Together they choose the students for the School for Good and Evil.

Together they train them, teach them, prepare them for their fate.

Then, something happens.

Something unexpected.

Something powerful.

Something that will change everything and everyone.

Who will survive?

Who will rule the School?

The journey starts here. Every step is filled with magic, surprises, and daring deeds that test courage, loyalty, and who you really are. But they only lead you to the very beginning of the adventures that are THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL.

When I requested this from NetGalley, I didn’t realize there were seven books in the series and this is a prequel. Technically I guess it could be read as a standalone, but I’d have preferred to read the other books first to fully understand this world. Other reviews I’ve seen also recommend it.

Twin brothers Rafal and Rhian are headmasters for evil and good sections respectively at a prestigious boarding school where heroes and vilains are trained and taught. They also watch over the Endless Woods. As long as the twins love each other, good and evil are in balance. Previous students of the school are recognizable names – Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White – but this prequel features Aladdin and Captain Hook (James). The school masters are certain Aladdin is destined for Rafal’s school of evil, but when he’s dropped off at Rhian’s school of good, their world goes askew and the adventure begins.

The brothers’ relationship is challenged when feelings of betrayal, jealousy, and mistrust enter the equation. Add in a competition, pirates, and a bungled genie-granted wish, and you have a fun MG read. Although I enjoyed this book, I know I’d have appreciated it more if I’d read the others in the series, and it looks like a Netflix movie is coming. I know I’ll be watching.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

31 thoughts on “Rise of the School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani #bookreview #MG #fairytale

    1. It’s funny, Aladdin always thought he’d wind up at the evil school, but then he’s dropped off at the good side and questions his whole identity, lol. I think this will be a fun Netflix series.


  1. It certainly sounds creative! I’m curious to learn this may turn into a Netflix movie. I probably won’t pick it up, but you did capture my interest. Thanks for the review, Teri. BTW, I hope to finish The Insurgent today. 😀

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    1. It’s like walking a tightrope, Jan, lol. The relationship between the brothers fascinated me – one good and one evil, but they still loved each other and kept balance in the world.


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