Book: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis: Simon Snow is the worst chosen who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might 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.
Review (Spoiler Free): I loved this book. It has the perfect mixture of humor, romance, action, and conversation. The characters are all so written so well, you just can’t help falling in love with them. This book was so much like Harry Potter, but Carry On is so unique.
Characters: I can scream about these characters for days. I don’t like to play favorites but Baz. Everyone was so well written. They were very refreshing because they were different from characters I have read before. Rainbow Rowell is incredible in
Penny was so amazing. She didn’t fade to the background. Penny also wasn’t unappreciated for what she did and her part in the story. Her friendship and love for Simon was so true and wonderful. She wouldn’t let him go through anything alone.
Baz was written so well. Baz was so independent to me. He upheld and was proud of his family, but Baz chose his own way. He wrote his own story. At first glance you might label him as bad, he isn’t entirely. He’s just like a human who sometimes makes mistakes.
The most human heroine I have ever read about is Simon. Simon is supposed to be “The Chosen One” yet he has so much trouble with magic. He constantly doubts himself. At times he can be very selfish, but in the end he does what’s right. We get to watch as his focus changes and he learns. I also love that Simon understands he can’t do stuff alone. He admits that Penny has helped him through tough situations.
Plot: This story was so perfect to me. There was still a ton left out at the end. The entire world was a little confusing, we didn’t get much on the world. I would of liked more on the magic and its rules. It took a while to get into the story. A lot of info dumping right at the beginning probably caused that.
The whole story was very entertaining. Going through the last year with Simon was fun. I liked that it wasn’t new to him and he already knew the school so we didn’t have to wait for him to catch up on that. I liked that it kept my attention. I was so invested in the story that I didn’t notice time passing or turning the pages. It was wonderful to just lose myself in a book.
Writing Style: Rainbow Rowell is amazing at entertaining plots and creating characters that are so different. I loved the different point of views. When we get to look into the thoughts of characters I become so much more attached and involved. Her writing is so smooth and easy to read. It isn’t confusing or hard to understand. I did read the UK edition so words were spelled differently so that was confusing for me.
Overall I loved this book. It was so easy to lose yourself in the story. This definitely ended too soon.