Book Review – Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry on

‘Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.’ (Goodreads) (522 pages, October 6th, 2015, St. Martin’s Griffin)

This book was amazing. I couldn’t let it go. It was funny, quirky, adorable, but still action-packed and full of magic. It’s a typical Rainbow Rowell book, with a touch of magic. There are a lot of similarities with the Harry Potter books, but she doesn’t want to hide that either. If you’ve read Fangirl, you know that Cath writes fanfiction about her favorite book of all time ‘Carry On’. This book is Rainbow Rowells take on the story of Simon and Baz.

It’s exactly how I pictured it. The world building was amazing. I felt right at home in this world, and the magic system was just recognizable, but still a bit different. The way they make spells with words is just remarkable and represents Rainbow Rowells love for words. I have to say that I saw a little bit of the ending coming. At a certain point there was a thing Penelope said where I thought exactly what would happen in the end and what the problem exactly was. This didn’t take away anything from the story for me. I still enjoyed every bit of it.

I loved Simon and Baz’s relationship. They were snappy and cursing and kind of obsessed with each other, without them knowing it. It was a sweet story, but still so much more than I expected. And I do believe that this is a story that will get deeper and give more information each time you read it.

out of 5 stars…

xoxo

BBL.

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