Carry On: A Novel

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.

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Reviewed: 2021-04-07

Carry On follows the story of both Simon Snow and Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch, aka Baz in their final year of the Watford School of Magicks. There’s a crazy, magick sucking enemy running around England and Simon Snow is the supposed “chosen one” who needs to defeat it. The only problem is, Snow can barely hold his wand correctly to conjure up magick the way he’s supposed to. With the help of his best friend Penny, and his vampire roommate, can Simon Snow save the magick in England?

The beginning of this book dragged a bit for me and it took me a minute to get into it before I was devouring the pages as quickly as I could. It was understandable as Rowell was setting up this crazy, magical world. I did feel a little bit left out when Simon was mentioning all the battles and stories from before. Like, man, I wanted to see (read) about it!

Did it remind me a bit of Harry Potter - yes. But I think, because of how popular that world is, any kind of school for magic will be connected to Hogwarts. Though there were quite a few similarities between Harry and Simon, I was able to disconnect the two pretty quickly.

Once Baz was introduced the book picked up paced and I really got into it. The banter between the characters was fun and I enjoyed the interactions. Some characters did fall a little flat though and seemed to only be there to help move the characters along to what they needed, but I didn’t feel it was anything terrible.

Is this my favorite Rainbow Rowell book? No. Will I still read the next book in the series (and the one after that)? Obviously, yes. I will read anything and everything that Rowell will write, I love her so much. This is a good book to escape from the craziness that’s going on in the world right now though. I’m going to read the second book as soon as I can get my hands on it.

Reviewed: 2015-11-21

THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE NOVEL! it is amazing and packed with twists and turns and so many feelings.

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