Book Review: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

Title: A World Without Princes (School of Good and Evil #2)
Author: Soman Chainani
Published: 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Synopsis: After saving themselves and their fellow students from a life pitched against one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home again, living happily ever after. But life isn’t exactly a fairytale. When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending with Prince Tedros, the gates to the School for Good and Evil open once again. But Good and Evil are no longer enemies and Princes and Princesses may not be what they seem, as new bonds form and old ones shatter.

Rating: red-starred-starred-starred-star

I was very glad to be back in this world of good vs evil that Soman Chainani so beautifully crafts. In the first book we focus on Agatha trying to get her best friend Sophie and her back to the real world so they can leave all the nonsense of the School-world behind but Agatha inadvertently falls for Tedros, the Charming Prince that Sophie had sought to begin with. Got it? In the second installment to the trilogy, Chainani has us focus this time on one prevalent question: Can a girl have a boy be her true love but also love her best friend which is one of the most refreshing questions I’ve seen in teen lit.

Agatha finds herself thorn between the love she feels for Tedros and the loyalty she has for Sophie. Sophie and Tedros are absolutely zero help as they both want Agatha essentially for themselves. Which made Tedros and Sophie rather insufferable but Chainani just knows how to bring the amusement especially with Sophie’s POV because she’s just so ridiculously funny.

I did feel that this book was slightly weaker than the first; I felt the plot was…. All over the place, it lagged in certain areas and Sophie was no as entertaining as she was in the first book which is saying a lot. However, the characters are developing and this time instead of Agatha and Tedros spending time together we have Sophie and Tedros having to learn to be friends through adversity. This is a strange yet wonderful love-triangle and I grin as I type this because it’s the most realistic triangle people go through, especially people who have close friend and then fall in love. How do you balance your heart and those people that selfishly pull you both ways?

Despite Agatha being the center of this love triangle between her best friend and a Prince I think Agatha was a bit weak in this installment compared to her strong presence in the first book and for that I gave it ½ a star less but regardless this book set up nicely for the 3rd one. I don’t want to say much plot-wise because 1- it’s crazy and 2- I don’t want to spoil you especially if you’ve not picked up the first book.

I continue to highly praise this series, they are fun and different and I cannot wait to conquer the 655-page chunker that is the final book next month.


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