I’d like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
(Disclaimer: I am SO sorry I haven’t been very active in the past few weeks. School just started and I’ve been really stressed out and stuck in a bit of a reading slump. To make up for it, here’s a review of one of my all time favorite books!)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Pub 6 October 2015)
A #1 New York Times-bestseller
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 starts 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 – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.
This book caught my eye after reading Rowell’s Fangirl, whichwas the inspiration for Carry On, the fanfic that the main character, Cath, writes throughout the story. I had also seen many positive reviews of it on social media.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It took me a while to actually start reading it, but when I did, I devoured it in one night.
Carry On has plenty of cheer and action. I ADORE the idea of using well-known phrases to create magic. The characters are allvery well-fleshed out and lovable whilst still being realistic.
I appreciate the greatly-needed queer representation in YA fiction (and I’m also now a shipper of SnowBaz.)
I have seen other reviews comparing this book(and possibly calling it a clone to) Harry Potter, which some factors are, but at the same time, the story is is different.
The pacing is a bit too slow while introducing the characters and then a bit too rushed, but it works out it the end.
Would I recommend? All in all, Carry On is a magical story filled with surprises and lots of British references. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Harry Potter or fantasy YA.