Their Fairy Tale Ending

The Last Ever After

by Soman Chainani

Source: Harper Collins

In the riveting third installment of the New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil series, everything old is new again, as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their fairy tale.

Former best friends Sophie and Agatha thought their ending was sealed when they went their separate ways, but their storybook is about to be rewritten—and this time theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the forces of Good are in deathly peril. Will Agatha and Sophie be able to work together to save them? Will they find their way to being friends again? And will their new ending be the last Ever After they’ve been searching for?

Soman Chainani delivers action, adventure, laughter, romance, and more twists than ever before in this extraordinary chapter of his epic series.

My Insights

Agatha and Sophie think they have their happily ever afters sorted. Well, they’ve thought that at the end of book one and two, but we all knew they weren’t happy. Agatha and Tedros are out of the honeymoon stage, and Sophie’s had to accept her evil heart and her evil love. But their fairy tale is called ‘The Tale of Agatha and Sophie’, right? It wouldn’t be the end if they weren’t together, so, we’re  into their story which is basically 600 pages of normally fairy tale school  with a few zombie villains for good measure.  I was extremely pleased at the ending of the story.

Tedros, I love his relationship with Agatha. I love that everything felt more fragile and vulnerable in this book: they were learning to love each other beyond appearances and actually open up after a very hard past. Each of them have things which burden them, but in the end they’re so Made For Each Other! Sophie has always “okay” for me. I think, like Agatha, , I’ve never been able to hate her no matter how evil she becomes. Sophie is a true witch, we’ve known that since book one. She breaks the ugly stereotype but the truth is, she still struggles with her true self. Reading about her thoughts and worries was insightful, and after three books, I felt I truly understood her character. Out of everyone, I think she’s grown the most. Agatha, despite her first book hiccups, was always destined to be good, but Sophie presented a grey area of moral intention. Did she ever have the potential for good? The introduction of old fairy tale characters like sweet Cinderella was an excellent part of the book. It’s fairy tale characters and stories like you’ve never heard them before. Who knew Cindy loved her step sisters, and that Jack  fell in love with Briar Rose?

If you haven’t read this series, read it. If you love fairy tales, handsome princes, witches, friendship, conflicts, battles, love stories, boarding schools, magic, mayhem and all things good and evil, this is definitely you’re book.

Rating: 5/5

Reviews:

Good has won every fairy-tale contest with Evil for centuries, but a dark sorcerer’s scheme to turn the tables comes to fruition in this ponderous closer. — Kirkus

Ultimately, this novel is so much FUN, and there is so much good stuff within these admittedly abundant pages to make it all worth it. The Final Ever After is bloody, and sweet, and morbidly funny. It’s true to its own heart, and it gives us a fitting (FINAL) final ever after for characters we’ve grown to know and love over the course of the trilogy. — The Book Smugglers

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