Characters at the fairy-tale-themed Ever After High boarding school struggle with identity issues as they prepare to either accept or reject their intended fates; following their destinies means retracing their famous parents' footsteps. Prince Charming's son ponders the expectations he faces; Pinocchio's daughter wants to make her own decisions. One character, the Raven Queen, is particularly conflicted because her planned future involves becoming evil. (Not all characters are particularly noble -- Goldilocks' daughter, for example, is searching for perfection.)
Registration can be a bit frustrating. Kids may need to try a few names before finding an available option, and the site seems to randomly log users out at times. Some sections also load a bit slowly (or not at all -- a "Sorry, an error occurred while processing your request" message appeared on several recent tries).
The site places a pretty strong emphasis on stuff: User activity is rewarded with gold charms, which kids can spend on dorm room furniture and other goods, and Ever After High doll purchases are only a click away. However, for a product-promotion site, the content could feel a lot more advertorial than it does, which is a nice surprise. The site could use a few more activities; the webisode library has a decent amount of videos, but kids may burn through the two games and other options fairly quickly. If they do, though, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Ever After High's games provide a bit of reading practice, and kids also will find out if they can make the grade on some investigative work. Kids who visit the site may not be poised to become princesses, but some will undoubtedly identify with the characters' struggles.