Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review:The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
In the epic conclusion to Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story.
As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.
But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.
Readers around the world are eagerly awaiting the third book in The School for Good and Evil series, The Last Ever After. This extraordinary conclusion delivers more action, adventure, laughter, romance and fairy tale twists and turns than you could ever dream of!

MY TAKE:
It's kinda funny because even though the main characters irritated me throughout the book, I still enjoyed the story.

In The Last Ever After, Agatha and Tedros realize that for their Ever After to come true, they need Sophie with them. However, when they return to the world they left behind, they learn that their choices had dire consequences and all this is leading to a final showdown that cannot end well for everyone.

This was a really good ending to the trilogy. The plot twists, some predictable and others unexpected, brought a satisfying end to Agatha and Sophie's story. I actually thought that maybe there would be a do-over of some sort and the ending would be as if nothing had ever happened. As dark as the story was, I think the actual ending was better. It would have been a disservice to all the wonderful characters if there had been a corny, magical solution to the story.

I loved the secondary characters in this trilogy. Well, the young ones and Merlin, at least. I wish I could say the same about Agatha, Sophia and Tedros. I understand that their flaws are there to show their complexity and character development, but because of it, I spent almost the entire book irritated at one or all of them. Tedros was immature and pompous at the start, but thankfully he stepped up. Agatha annoyed me at times. She showed that she actually was smart, like when she faced the barrier, but then she'd revert to being whiny, naive and insecure, and it just rubbed me the wrong way. Sophie, however, was the worst for me throughout most of the book. She was just horrible. That part wherein she tried to steal Tedros again? It angered me. I have no patience for people who try to ruin other people's relationships and/or try to steal one of them for him/herself. I was convinced that nothing Sophie did after that would redeem her in my eyes, but amazingly enough, I actually liked her in the end.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are brilliant plot twists.
  2. There are likable secondary characters.
  3. It's the perfect ending to the series.

THE BAD:

  1. The main characters can be irritating sometimes.

READ IT IF:

  1. You liked the other books in the series.
  2. You like complex characters.
  3. You like villains that are able to redeem themselves.

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