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.
The first thing I want to talk about is why I didn't give this book a full 5 star rating. My issue with this book was that it took me a long time to get into it. I felt like the first 200 pages were really slow and almost boring. I was just waiting for something, anything to happen. I enjoyed learning about the characters during those pages, but it didn't draw me in like I was hoping it would. However, Rainbow is an incredible writer so after that first chunk of the book, I was hooked.
I thought Rainbow created such an interesting world. Her take on magic was charming and hilarious. Rainbow did a great job tackling the fantasy genre in this novel. The world building in this book was fantastic, and I would actually still love to learn more about it. I liked how Rainbow's world reminded me of Harry Potter, but yet, it was so different from Harry Potter.
My three favorite characters in this book were Simon, Baz, and Penelope. They were all such unique and colorful characters. I loved learning about each of them. I thought the three of them created such an interesting and fun dynamic in the book.
Speaking of Simon and Baz, I SHIP THEM SO MUCH. I have never squealed in delight, laughed, or swooned so much while reading a book before. I don't know what it is about Simon and Baz, but I just ship them so much that it actually hurts my heart and soul to think about them. I think about them all the time now. They have literally consumed my life.
"You were the sun, and I was crashing into you."
This book just proves, yet again, that Rainbow is a fantastic writer. I have loved all of her books, and this book is definitely one of my favorite books she has written. I will continue to tell people to read her books until the day I die.
GO AND READ THIS BOOK.