2.5 stars---After reading the first and second book in The School for Good and Evil series, I wasn't so sure if I wanted to continue, but I was willing to give the series a few more chances.
I wasn't too disappointed, but I didn't love the third book either. There were just too many twists for my liking, and I felt like the book was a good 200 pages longer than it needed to be. Just when I thought the most annoying characters (Ahem, Sophie) had gotten better in the 2nd book...you guessed it, they got worse in the third. As usual, Tedros was a rash harebrain (PLEASE tell me how to say that in a nice way), and I found myself rolling my eyes whenever he made one of his terrible decisions--like MOUTHING OFF EVERY SINGLE TIME he saw a HUMAN BEING, EVEN HIS OWN GIRLFRIEND. (And THIS guy's supposed to rule a KINGDOM)?
Also, Sophie. (sigh). We all know what she's like. As usual, she was being a vain, self-absorbed, self-loving spotlight hog, and her TALENT (I'm being sarcastic) was shining even more than usual. At first, I thought Sophie had changed too--but clearly I was wrong. She's just so annoyingly selfish that I almost screamed in frustration while reading this book. She makes horrible, misguided decisions (like loving the School Master TWICE, even though he's a sadistic killer.) Sometimes, I feel like she and Tedros are more alike than any of the other characters in the series.
However, there were definitely some good elements. Chainani continues to amaze readers with his lush world-building, and I loved the character descriptions. Hester, Anadil, and Dot were great (as usual), plus our Great Queen Agatha (I'm NOT being sarcastic) has finally ACTUALLY become the queen. Well, almost. She's just so flawed and amazing and...human, I love her as a character.
I really wish two characters hadn't ruined this book for me, but they sort of did. I really would have loved "The Last Ever After" if it hadn't been for Tedros and Sophie. So I might give this series one more chance. P.S.: What's up with Aric being a weird creep? P.P.S.: I know this review doesn't sound like it was written by me, but it's my honest opinion.