Thursday, April 10, 2014

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani - Paul's Pre-reading

**I was provided an eARC of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review**

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Title: A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2)
Author: Soman Chainani
Year Published: 2014

Upcoming Release Date: Tuesday April 15, 2014

My REVIEW of The School for Good and Evil #1
My PRE-READING of The School for Good and Evil #1

Synopsis: When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed.

Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.

Why?: I really enjoyed the first book. It played with so many cliches and norms of good and evil as well as fairy tales in general. It looks like this one will be dealing with stereotypes of boys and girls. I'm excited to see what happens to Agatha and Sophie.   

Expectations: I'm expecting a fun middle-grade novel about two "good" girls trying to stay "good" and figure out what even "good" is. This book may replace those "good"s with "girl" though. I'm expecting Chainani to turn some tropes on their heads. 

Judging a book by its cover: I love this cover. The parallels to the first novel's cover are so cool. I like that the two protagonists have switched the swans they stand behind. There's also the added prince between them. And the darkness of this cover and the blue butterflies intrigue me. 


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