Middle Grade Monday: The School for Good and Evil by Shoman Chainani


Middle Grade Monday is a weekly post where I’m gonna talk about one MG book every monday. If you love MG books as much as I do, feel free to participate to spread the love of middle-grade books. You just have to choose one book that you’ve read or the one in your TBR and tell us a little bit about the book, and don’t forget to link back to me!


My choice for this week’s Middle Grade Monday is the book I adore so much years ago but I never continue reading the second book because I was reading the translated book. Not that I didn’t like reading translated book, they are fine, but I just feel more comfortable reading books in their original language so that I couldn’t miss a thing.

I finally had the chance to buy the english copy of the first book so I could re read it and start collecting the books, I think there are already 4 books in the series so I really need to catch up fast!

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16248113 (1)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…?
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I read this book maybe three years ago but I still remember how I loved this book so much. This book has this unique plot where two ordinary kids (one good kid and one bad kid) will be swept away to a magic school to learn magic stuff, and they will graduate as a Prince/Princess or Wizard/Witch as characters for a ‘literal’ children fairytale! The story is getting interesting when Sophie, the supposed be a good kid, is dumped to the school of evil, while Agatha, the supposed to be a bad kid, is in the school for good.

The worldbuilding is like most stories with magic school, nothing new, but still so fun to read. I would never get tired of any kind of magic school! The characters are well written and three dimensional.

I might forget one or three things because I read this a long time ago, but I will re-read it as soon as my english copy arrived! In the meantime, please read the reviews at Goodreads and I’m sure you’ll be adding it to your TBR!

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Middle Grade Monday: The Legend of Greg by Chris Rylander

Hey lovelies!! I’m back with Middle Grade Monday!!


Middle Grade Monday is a weekly post where I’m gonna talk about one MG book every monday. If you love MG books as much as I do, feel free to participate to spread the love of middle-grade books. You just have to choose one book that you’ve read or the one in your TBR and tell us a little bit about the book, and don’t forget to link back to me!


I just finished this book yesterday and I thought it’d be fun to share it with you all!

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36750064 (1)Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He’s got a friend–that’s right, just one–at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn’t ordinary . . . he’s actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf!

He discovers the truth the day his dad brings home a gross new tea–one that awakens bizarre abilities in Greg. Then a murderous Bro-Troll kidnaps his dad and Greg is whisked away to the Underground, where Dwarves have lived for centuries right beneath the subways of Chicago.

With the help of some awesome new friends and a talking ax, Greg learns all about the history of the Dwarves, which has been marked with tales of epic failure since the dawn of time. However, the return of the magic they once wielded means big changes are afoot, escalating tensions with the Dwarves’ sworn enemy: the Elves.

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It’s thursday, and it’s a bad day for Greg, he’s been attacked by a bear and chase by birds. Well he’s a Belmont afterall, his family has been cursed to have bad luck every thursday. But later he found out that the curse is not exactly a family curse, all dwarves has to suffer the same fate. That’s right, Greg Belmont is a dwarf. He didn’t know until his father is taken away by a mountain troll and he has to move to underground city of dwarves.

What I love most about this book is the characters, Greg, despite being a dwarf, is a very normal kid with normal teenager issues. He’s not afraid to stand up for something he believe is wrong, he’s not the bravest kid but he got a killer determination to keep going. He’s brutally honest (although it’s a very common trait for dwarves), and never let bullies drag him down. He’s such a funny and a really confident kid. The worldbuilding is a little off for me but I love the details about the Dwarves history! The pacing is on and off, the start is so good but I got bored in the middle of the book.

It’s a really fun read though, I laughed so hard at the jokes and the puns, and it’s quite adventurous! I might read the sequel!!

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Middle Grade Monday: Granted by John David Anderson

I can’t believe it’s Middle Grade Monday Already! In case you missed my last week announcement about this, I decided to make this weekly post where I’m gonna talk about one MG book every monday.

If you love MG books as much as I do, feel free to participate to spread the love of middle-grade books. You just have to choose one book that you’ve read or the one in your TBR and tell us a little bit about the book, and don’t forget to link back to me!

And today I want to talk to you a little bit about a MG fantasy book that I’ve read a couple of months ago.

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35068662Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for. But even so, there is someone out there who hears it. 

In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy—she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day.

It’s the work of the Granters that generates the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do, and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes gets granted.

Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment.

And she’s about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.

lineOphelia, an ambitious and perfectionist little fairy, have finally given her first mission, her first wish to grant. She prepared for this moment for her entire life, but the journey she’s about to take is not as easy as it seems. Ophelia was faced with so many obstacles in her journey, she was forced to get out of her comfort zone, and surprisingly made an unusual friendship.

I love Anderson’s writing, it’s perfect for middle grade. Simple, enjoyable, and easy to understand. It’s full of pun and humorous line.

It’s so hard not to love this book, the friendship, the charactersa and the adventure are very well written!

I actually have written a review about this book, it you’re interested in reading it, you can click this link!

 

 

Middle-Grade Monday: Otherwood by Pete Hautman

You guys probably know that I love middle-grade books so much and I feel like there aren’t many readers who love to read MG books. So I decided to make this weekly post where I’m gonna talk about one MG book every monday.

I don’t know if there’s such a thing as Middle-Grade Monday but I think it’ll be so much fun! So yeah, here goes nothing!

If you love MG books as much as I do, feel free to participate to spread the love of middle-grade books. You just have to choose one book that you’ve read or the one in your TBR and tell us a little bit about the book, and don’t forget to link back to me!

I recently finished Otherwood by Pete Hautman, if you followed me on twitter you must have known that I rave about this book for God knows how many times!

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“Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world.” Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics or how he used to say ghosts haunted their overgrown golf course.

But then one day, after Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, spend countless afternoons in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that reality-splitting moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say start to make a lot more sense.

This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth, and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.

lineWell this is gonna be like other MG fantasy books I’ve ever read, or so I thought! And I’m so shook that it was not!! It was not, at all! I finished this in less than 5 hours and that’s the fastest I finished a book since forever!

The writing is so beautiful, this is my first ever Pete Hautman book and I’m in love with his writing style. The plot is full of twists and turns, I can’t even predict where the story would led me. The theme is actually pretty common but I rarely see the theme in MG books, there are some dark topics which I think aren’t suitable for middle graders but it’s not the main focus. The chemistry and friendship between the two MCs are to die for and total goals!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t share the full review yet because this book is gonna be released in September! So my full review will be posted close to the release date! I really recommend you to pick up this book because this book is amazingly unique!

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Do you have a favorite middle-grade books? What do you love the most about MG books?

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