Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: 6th October 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: ‘Simon Snow is the wort 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. Bazwould be having a field day with all this, if he were here. It’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis couldn’t even bother to show up.

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Review:
If you’ve read Fangirl, also by Rainbow Rowell, you’ll be somewhat familiar with the characters in this book. However the characters from Fangirl aren’t mentioned in this book and it’s not necessary to have read Fangirl before reading this

I found this book fun and enjoyable, it’s become my one of my favourite reads this year. The story focuses on Simon Snow, a wizard and ‘the chosen one’, however his lack of control over his powers results in him being ‘the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen’. Simon Snow is a fresh take on the typical powerful, protagonist type. He’s a powerful wizard yet most of the decisions he makes are to help his friends. I found of the characters and relationships in this book interesting. The friendships are admirable and it was interesting seeing the characters growing closer.

Despite, this book being just over 500 pages, I flew through this book so quickly. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing, her focus on dialogue and how easy her books are to read.

The plot was interesting however predictable in some parts, for example I found it easy to guess the true identity of the villain. The first part of the book was a bit slow and it takes a while for the story to get going, however I was soon hooked There were many cute romantic moments which made me smile. I love the portrayal of Simon and Baz’s relationship. It’s not made into a big deal, it just is. The world is similar to many other magical universes but has some unique elements as well, I love how spells work and the glimpses into the magical politics. The ability wizards possess to easily create spells is intriguing.

I gave this book a deserving five out of five stars, I flew through it and it’s a book I hope to read again at some point.

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