Review: A World Without Princes

Witches and princesses reside at the School for Girls, where they’ve been inspired to live a life without princes, while Tedros and the boys are camping in Evil’s old towers. A war is brewing between the schools, but can Agatha and Sophie restore the peace? Can Sophie stay good with Tedros on the hunt? And whose heart does Agatha’s belong to—her best friend or her prince?

After the twist of an ending in The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are back home like they wished. Since they are the first two kids to ever come back from the School, they’re regarded as heroes in their home-world. But after one of them unintentionally makes a wish, they find themselves back at the School for Good and Evil, only it’s different now. So different, in fact, that it’s not even the same school anymore.

It’s the School for Girls and The School for Boys.

Princes are no longer needed in this world. Sophie and Agatha realized they didn’t need one at the end of the last book, but they didn’t realize how it would affect the world where fairy tales are born. While the girls are taking reign of this new independence, the boys and princes from the classic stories are angry. Angry enough to want to get rid of Sophie once and for all and restore order.

As for the characters, I feel pretty much the same about them. I love Agatha and feel for her throughout this book because she’s confused about having her happily ever after with her best friend, like she intended, or if she wants more with Tedros. Feelings are hard, and that’s something that Sophie tries to control about Agatha because she lost out on the prince and does actually want to remain Good. Tedros is doing the same thing – pressuring Agatha to choose. While I feel bad that he was scorned at the end of the first book, I think both he and Sophie needed to lay off Agatha a bit and try to be more understanding.

“It’s the problem with fairy tales. From far away, they seem so perfect. But up close, they’re just as complicated as real life.”
― Soman Chainani, A World Without Princes

I think that’s what I enjoyed about this book the most was the torn feeling of choosing between a best friend and a possible boyfriend. It’s something so common in relationships because you have to split your time with your friends and significant other. Though sometimes one or the other will make you choose who is more important, and that’s what Agatha has to face in this book. I love how the author threw in this very relatable situation. It makes this “fairy tale” more relatable to the audience. Again, feelings are hard!

This book ended with another great surprise ending that I felt like I should’ve seen coming but I didn’t. I’m going to blame my kitten for that one because he’s very distracting. But what an ending! I’m definitely excited to pick up the next book soon!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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