Quests for Glory, Soman Chainani – ARC Book Review

Hello Humans! Another book review rears it’s head as the year continues on at a pace. I’ve reviewed some of the other books in this series in the past and I was delighted to be approved to read the latest in the series Quests for Glory in advance of publication so I could tell you all what I thought.

Goodreads Summary:

If Good and Evil can’t find a way to work together, neither side will survive.

With every end comes a new beginning in the fourth installment of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil series, Quests for Glory. Join Sophie, Agatha, Tedros, and the other students as they begin a new era in the Endless Woods—The Camelot Years—where Evers and Nevers alike must move beyond the bounds of school and into the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives.

The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever.

For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them…

Find Quests for Glory on Goodreads

These books are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. Not that you should ever feel guilty about reading. But what I mean by that is that even though I rationally know I shouldn’t perhaps enjoy them I still do…

They are at their heart very silly – evil queens who insist everyone go to parties and build foam pits and the like – which is what I enjoy about them. This book has a fair amount of that silliness in it and so I did have fun reading it.

However.

I feel like four (quite long) books of trying to explain that life isn’t always black and white or good vs evil – that things are more complicated than that, may be a bit too much. I’m a little bit tired of the same story just in different settings with a slightly different set of characters.

Which is tricky because I do like these characters, though Sophie can get a little wearing at times, it is the host of side characters that really make these stories however, and they don’t feel like they get as much ‘screen time’ in this one.

Again, I’m conflicted about this because I really did have a great time reading it, but as soon as I come to review it I see a lot of flaws, but I probably would read it again. It’s a bit like my favourite christmas film The Holiday. I know it’s absolute nonsense and there’s a lot wrong with it but I love to watch it anyway.

If you want something that is not particularly difficult to read and you enjoyed the first few books in this series then I think you will enjoy this. If you haven’t read the first few I would recommend starting there rather than jumping in with this one.

My rating: 3/5 stars

Publishing 11th January!

I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What say you? Do you have any somewhat confusing book loves? Let me know in the comments below!

J

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