By: Rainbow Rowell
Published: October 6th 2015
Published by: Macmillian
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
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.
Carry On was one of my favourite reads of 2015. Based on the fictional story that Cath loves in Fangirl (also by Rainbow Rowell), Carry On was the story of Simon Snow who is one of the chosen ones. The magical aspects play a slight parody on the widely popular Harry Potter one. However, once you past the first two hundred pages or so, the story really becomes its own with its amazing characters which is why I give Carry On a 5 out of 5 stars.
Yes, there are many aspects that do make it cringe-worthy at the beginning that make it seem like a play on Harry Potter. Yes, they go to a magical school which also doubles as a fancy castle. Yes, Simon feels like a mix of Ron and Harry; yes, Penelope is kind of totally like Hermione; and yes, Draco is Baz. Oh wait I meant the other way around. Okay, there are definitely many aspects of which seem like a Harry Potter book. But then again, once past the two hundred mark, things really start to take off as its own story. I don’t want to say much more than that otherwise I would end up spoiling it, but please at least try to make it past the 200 mark if you are trying to decide to throw it against the wall for being too similar to Harry Potter.
What I really loved about this book was the romance. As always, Rowell is always able to write a good fluffy romance that had me rooting for them since the beginning. Simon and Baz were no different. I don’t think I’ve ever read a boy romance in YA fiction and boy, was this a good one to start with. I mean I had read fanfiction (*no shame*) but they were hopelessly hot and cute. Baz with his pent up feelings, and Simon was so innocent and didn’t know what he was doing omg. I loved it so muchhh!
“I let myself slip away… Just to stay sane. Just to get through it.
And when I felt myself slipping too far, I held on to the one thing I’m
always sure of – Blue eyes. Bronze curls. The fact that Simon Snow is
the most powerful magician alive. That nothing can hurt him, not even
me. That Simon Snow is alive. And I’m hopelessly in love with him.”