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 starts 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 – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.
First things first, I’m a HUGE Rainbow Rowell fan. I LOVE her! and her books! I have read a lot of her books and they never disappoint me. Carry On was mentioned in Rowell’s Fan Girl book about Cath and her obsession with Simon. It’s a great book too!
I freakin’ loved this book! Are there similarities to Harry Potter? Yeah, a little but really the only thing I find that’s similar is the magic aspect. Simon and Harry and so different, and their stories as well, that I’m not sure why people got their panties in a twist over it.
What’s great about Simon is that he is unmistakingly lost. He has no clue what’s going on more than anyone else. His wand doesn’t work properly, and when he gets angry or upset he explodes so much magic it knocks him out. He’s the most powerful wizard of his time but he can’t control any of his magic. It’s kind of sad and funny all at once. Simon is so clueless and it’s absolutely lovely. It makes you love him more.
Then there’s Baz. A vampire. Simon is so obsessed with him that he follows him around everywhere to make sure he’s not up to something. Baz goes missing for the first 6 weeks of school and Simon almost loses his mind- he tells people it’s because he knows Baz is up to something, plotting to kill him, but really you get a sense that it’s something more.
Much, much more…
The chapters go between the characters- it’s mostly Simon’s tale but you get POV’s from Baz, The Mage, Lucy, Baz’s mom, and Penny. Usually I don’t like this but you get a lot more info with this style. The WHOLE story- especially about how The Mage became a lunatic and who Simon’s parents are.
One of the most entertaining things I found in the book, and I need to mention, are the spells. I mean it’s hilarious how spells are created- songs, nursery rhymes, random sayings. It’s brilliant, it really is, but silly all at the same time.
I think one of the great things about this book is that it has a diverse amount of characters from different backgrounds. It also has lots of KISSING. Between Simon and Baz. And let me tell you, although you are warned in the synopsis about kissing you’re not expecting Simon and Baz. But man, it’s so good. Simon doesn’t even know if he’s gay but there that boy is kissing the mess out of Baz- who he supposedly hates and is destined to kill him. It’s so great. I mean, I really hope there’s more stories about these two (get on that, will you Rainbow dear?).
5 out of 5 stars!
If I had a top 10 list of books (and I do) I would have to do some serious rearranging so I could add Carry On to it.