Carry On

Rainbow Rowell

Rowell, Rainbow; Carry On
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: 6-Oct-2015
Date Finished: 29-Jan-2016
Format: hardcover
Pages: 522
Series:  —
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
ISBN: 9781250049551
Source: my shelves
Rating:4 stars

“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


The best way I can describe my consumption of this book is this, “As [I]read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” (Green, TFIOS) Carry On was a wonderful story once I got past the slow beginning, it took me months to get past the first 100 pages and then only a couple of days to wrap it up.

I love the character from this story, although Simon can be a bit dense. Simon and Baz’s relationship is definitely squeal-worthy. I absolutely love their dynamic. At the beginning of the novel I was hesitant about the language, but the more I read, the more entertaining and fitting it seemed. I had many laughs throughout the book, but most notably when we are briefly introduced to the character that has a magical belt buckle, as opposed to a magic wand and has to thrust his hips when he wants to cast a spell.

Overall it was a cute love story with an interesting ending. What irked me is that there were so many loose ends for a novel that is definitely a stand-alone. There was so much that the characters should have found out, particular that Simon should have found out (at least I feel so).

 Who do you like more, baz or Simon?


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