And so I ended up doing the Ice Bucket Challenge on my 16th birthday. Happy Labor Day everyone!
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1)
by Soman Chainani
"Where else would storybooks come from?"
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars)
Synopsis: The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
This book was hugely engaging. From the moment I started the first page I could just not put it down. (Which is a very unfortunate thing to happen while in school.) Even now I can’t wait to find out what happens next- so thank goodness for sequels.
I didn’t so much fall in love with the characters in this book, it was more that I became oddly fascinated with them and their strange exploits. I came to like them, sure, but not because they were like-able characters. But they are very well thought out characters who end up getting a lot of development throughout the course of one book.
The plot of this book moved very fast and was full of mystery. It was really great and deceptively complex. All in all I thought this was a very well written, engaging middle grade book.
Anyways- who doesn’t love a good fairytail?
I was tagged by hemlockandbelladonna for this challenge. (Here’s their post) The challenge, (as I understand it) is to list ten books that have influenced your life in some way. You’re not supposed to explain it, or spend too much time on it. At the end you can tag ten friends that you think should do the challenge.
I will be counting whole series as a single book, because it is just too hard to pick a single book from a series.
(And if you don’t want to do it I don’t care- I just thought I’d tag people)
Jack Blank Adventure by Matt Myklusch
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Jack Blank is an orphan, abandoned from birth at bleak, dreary swampland St Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost. Covertly reading old comic books is Jack’s only solace, until a real Robo-Zombie attacks and emissary Jazen whisks him to a secret island country “the Imagine Nation”. But the super-heroes fear him as a threat.
Recommended by tamaraniac
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