on October 6th 2015
Genres: Magical Fantasy, Romance
Reaction upon Reading: I need more!
“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”
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.
“Just when you think you’re having a scene without Simon, he drops in to remind you that everyone else is a supporting character in his catastrophe.”
- Rowell doesn’t treat you as if you are a dumb reader
- There is no back and forth between what we need to know about Watford, it is straight into the guts of the story!
- We don’t need to recap the previous seven years to get an understanding of these characters
- I can see how you some readers may initially think this is merely a spin off of Harry Potter
- I thought this for the first 20% of the book
- Simon Snow is a much darker and snarkier ‘chosen one’
- Multiple Perspectives
- How do I feel about them?
- Seriously one of my favourite elements of writing
- The element of suspense and mystery Rowell is able to maintain throughout the whole book
- Having read Fangirl we already know that “Simon and Baz” are a “thing”…but who is going to initiate this “thing” and when is it going to happen?!
- Simon is the ultimate anti-hero
- You can’t help but root for him.
- Each character becomes more complex as the novel progresses
- Which is refreshing to read a multiple perspective where every character is crucial to the plot line
- The pacing was perfect
- I was never bored or frustrated once – I almost devoured the book in one sitting – the only reason I didn’t was because it was 5am when I put it down and I thought I should maybe have a little bit of sleep.
- I loved the similarities this has with Harry Potter, but I would say it runs parallel to it and is not a direct copy (like many believe)
- The spells are silly and at times downright hilarious
- The chosen one is ‘broken and damaged’
- Where there vampires in Harry Potter? Nope and I just love Baz!
- That the Simon Snow series is not real
- Agatha was kind of annoying – Who wants to run away from Simon Snow and the world of magic? Silly girl.
“It’s like being a fairy named Mary,” he goes on. “Or a vampire named Gampire,” I say. “Gampire isn’t even a proper name, Snow. You’re terrible at this game.”
This is my third Rainbow Rowell book and it is hands down my favourite! I was so nervous to read this because so many people love it and I always find books fall short of the hype. This did not!
It was so refreshing, I felt an immediate connection with these magical characters. I just loved everything. My overall feelings are happiness and glee.
If I could draw then this book would be the inspiration for all my bookish drawings. I want to draw the characters, the settings, the events, the quotes…Oh I want to be able to draw so badly. I spent a few hours on Tumblr and Pinterest looking at peoples amazing artwork inspired by the book. Jealousy was high during those few hours.
This is a book I am going to recommend to all my friends. Thank you Rainbow Rowell you are fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
Do you need to read Fangirl first, in order to understand Carry On? No absolutely not!
Should you read Fangirl first before reading Carry On? Yes…You should be going to do that now!
“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I’d wake up every morning and think, ‘This will end in flames.”
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