Wednesday, April 27, 2016
#Book #Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
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.
I want to say 4.5 out of 5, because I'm trying to be a rational person here, and the logical side of my brain says this book isn't perfect. But I'm so *^%#%^ emotional over it right now I don't feel like I can be so clear-headed. The beginning was slow--nothing is really fun until Baz shows up in Chapter 29, and it was bewildering trying to figure out the connection between this book and Fangirl (if you don't know what is going on, your first thought will likely be "Cheap Harry Potter Knockoff") but by the time I figured out who was falling in love with who, I was totally hooked. I binged it to the end and then I spent the morning crying and eating chocolate like someone dumped me. I recommend the audiobook, as everything is more fun with cute British boy accents, but reading the book was nice too (yes, I bought the hardcover and the audiobook--STOP JUDGING ME).
Bottomline--Four words: Simon and Baz forever.