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.
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.
This is a stunning book that I am absolutely in love with and have not been able to stop thinking about since I read it before Christmas. I am in love with Simon and Baz and the whole group. Penelope was honestly a babe and I am in love with her. Basically there is just a whole lotta love going around and I am so grateful I finally decided to read this masterpiece of a book. Rainbow Rowell has such a talent with words and I really really want her to write another fantasy book. I would read the heck outta that. Just you try and stop me.
Everyone says that this book is basically a Harry Potter rip off and honestly I don’t really see it. Yes it has taken elements from Harry Potter such as the gang of mates, how it’s British (cause Hogwarts is actually in Scotland soo…) and with the whole evil thing that they have to beat. But it puts such a twist on all of those things. From the Insidious Humdrum being Simon himself which kinda shows that sometimes our own worst enemies are ourselves (which I can 100% get on board with). The magical school which is different to Hogwarts which is a massive castle, not a kinda small collection of buildings which Simon’s school is. And the way that the magicians in Carry On integrate themselves with society and are pretty much just normal people but with magic, whereas the witches and wizards in Harry Potter remove themselves from that and make sure that they are separate. Like yes the ‘muggles’ in Carry On don’t know about magic and aren’t necessarily allowed to but it’s still more integrated than in Harry Potter where there’s a whole ministry to make sure the muggles never find out anything. The gang of mates thing was so much better done as well. There were realistic issues that they overcame in a good, reasonable manner. They took knew people in well and I just found it a lot more realistic than the Golden Trio in Harry Potter. But maybe that was just me.
The Numpties were so great. I loved them so much. I think that maybe that’s because I can relate to them so much. Like honestly I would do anything for a bit of warmth. And I’m pretty blind. So like they’re me all over. I gotta say. I’m cold as I write this, so I don’t know what that tells you.
This book was so incredible. It took me about 3 days to read it (when I was meant to be revising) and I just wish I could read it for the first time all over again. When Simon and Baz kissed for the first time I think I squealed out loud if I remember correctly. It just brought me so much joy. I’m sad I didn’t read it sooner. Then I could have had that joy in my life for longer.
The whole world of Simon Snow was just so incredibly detailed. Rowell didn’t leave a single thing out. I felt like I was there and I love it when that happens. That is my favourite reading experience and so far from the books she has written that I’ve read she manages it everytime. The only other books of her’s I have read are Fangirl which I think I read in less than 12 hours and that is not a small book so I think that says a lot. Also the short one she put out for world book day. I think that took me an hour. Her writing is just so wonderful and now that I think back on it I think I was sat on the floor when I read all three of these. I guess her books demand being read on the floor. Huh. Who knew. I loved how she took is across so much of the country and included the National Trust, which pretty much never happens. I found it so amusing and such a lovely detail. Also Baz’s entire family. Like seriously. Such an English family. I loved them so much. I kinda wish they were my family. Especially his aunt, I loved her so much. So, so much.
I think I actually just love Baz. His entire personality I can just relate to and I absolutely adored his POV. It was just fantastic. And it gave such a wonderful insight into him. Gah!! If Baz was real I reckon we would be besties. And I would not be unhappy about it. I think he would hate it, but then what doesn’t he hate?
Obviously this book gets 5/5 stars. And it’s an all time favourite. I think I will be re-reading the heck out of this. Just try and stop me. It’s going to become another ACOMAS/WAR. I constantly just pick those up and read my favourite parts out of them just because. I would highly recommend this book. It brought me so much joy and I think that if fantasy is your thing then go for it. Please. You will not regret it.