Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
My Rating: ✦✦✦✦✦
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
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.
This book is WONDERFUL. I’d like to start off by saying that I’m not that fast of a reader. I’m not horribly slow but I usually cant get through a book in a day or 2, especially one this large, but I did it in 24 hours. I am not exaggerating when I say I couldn’t put this down, it just kept reeling me back.
Rowell does fantasy amazingly, and I really hope she does another similar genre book. If you aren’t a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell books like Fangirl and/or Eleanor & Park, I think you can still like this. It has that little hint of Rowell’s speciality at writing conversation and relationships, but she really knows how to write a good world of fantasy. I also think you’d like this if you enjoy Harry Potter, very similar world.
First off, Simon and Baz have, probably, one of my top 3 favourite book relationships of all time. I could not get enough of them. I laughed so many times in this book whenever Baz realized he’s in WAY too deep. Adorable. Also, the characters in general are great. I loved Penny, and both Simon and Baz a lot. I wish there was a bit more of Penny-centered storyline, but the book was already long enough.
Although the first 100 ish pages were a little slow, I really did enjoy how she built up the conflict, and you suddenly over time notice all the little connections and things start to come together and make sense. The multiple point-of-views really helped this as well. I find its common with more than one POV in books that its easy to loose track of the storyline and it can get the reader confused, but I feel in Carry On the POV changes were position perfectly and did help understand more of what was happening. It was really nice being able to see both Baz and Simon’s POV of their relationship!
I’d also like to confess my love for the names of the spells. Rainbow wrote those so hilariously that they kept me entertained the whole way through. The whole idea of using song lyrics was amazing
I really hope there is a sequel coming, I want more of Simon and Baz ASAP. Please Rainbow, I am begging you!
“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I’d wake up every morning and think, ‘This will end in flames.”