Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Released: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
# of Pages: 522 (Hardcover)
Summary: 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 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. 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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Honestly, I was a little nervous going into this book. The reason being that I am definitely NOT used to reading a story with LGBT characters. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against it, I just haven’t ever read a story with a gay couple. With that said, it was a little weird for me to read a book like this one. I did enjoy the story once I got into it though.
The beginning was a little rough. I’d say the first 1/4th of the book was slow for me. Not much happened in the start and I found myself a little bored with the plot. It did start to pick up after that though and I really began enjoying the story.
I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing style, but one thing that bothered me was the closeness to Harry Potter. If you have read Harry Potter and then you read Carry On, you will notice an obvious relation to the Harry Potter world. And by obvious, I mean VERY obvious. It honestly bothered me because in comparison to HP, this was a really cheesy story. It just has a very unoriginal world and plot, because it’s almost identical to the Harry Potter world. And let’s be real, I don’t think anything can compare to Harry Potter, am I right??
Another thing that I didn’t really like about the story was there were parts where the reader was basically assumed to know something. For instance, a couple of the characters would have a conversation about something that had happened to them before Rainbow had began the story. So, the characters were talking about some of their experiences, but it wasn’t written into the book, so it leaves readers confused about what they were discussing.
I honestly hate not knowing something. I don’t like when something is left out in a story, and unfortunately there was more than one thing left out. I loved the characters, but they weren’t as developed as I would have liked them to be. I wish the author would have included more of their backstories so we could get to know the characters and connect them more. I enjoy a story more when I feel like I know a lot about the characters. The more information you have about them, the more real the story feels to you.
There’s also one more thing that I have to complain about. The spells/incantations used to cast the magic in the book were kind of ridiculous. One of the incantations they used was the phrase “Up, up, and away” so they would be able to float/fly. Honestly, it makes the story even cheesier, and it’s hard to take it seriously. To be honest, I cringed multiple times when reading about them casting these spells.
But overall, the story was great. It kept me intrigued most of the time, and I’m glad I picked this book up. I owe a thank you to the members of my amazing book club for voting on this book as our August book of the month. They always pick the best books, and I haven’t been disappointed with any of the books we’ve read yet.
P.S. If you’re interested in this book, I also highly recommend Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because it is also amazing, and you’ll get a little more insight to Simon and Baz from this story, Carry On.
Guest review contributed by Lovely Little Reviews xo. This blogger writes the best reviews possible to help authors get their work in front of readers.