Books, Review

Blogmas Day 6: Review Carry On – Rainbow Rowell


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.

For those of you who have read Fangirl and liked it, go ahead and read this book. You’ll love it.
For those who either didn’t like Fangirl very much or who simply haven’t read it, let me tell you a bit about this book.

In Fangirl we have a girl who is obsessed with a book series and who loves to write fan fiction about it. You get little snippets from her story and they tell you a bit about the world and the characters but other than that, it doesn’t really give you any information. So you don’t have to have read Fangirl to read this!!!

Carry On follows a boy called Simon Snow. He has magical abilities but they don’t really co-operate most of the time. He goes to a special, magic school where he trains these abilities because he has to use them to fight the big, bad, dark presence in the magical world. Sound familiar? Well, maybe that’s because the whole premise is based on Harry Potter. But just to be clear, that’s not a bad thing! There are enough differences to make the story interesting.

Carry On is supposed to be the final book in the series so you sort of leap into a story of which the biggest part has already been told, this is just the conclusion.

I’m not going to go into the story itself because I don’t want to spoil it. I have heard a lot of people say that it’s a fantasy story written as a contemporary one and I would have to agree. It’s very, very sweet so if you don’t like the sugary stuff, you’d better stay away or your teeth will hurt.

I liked this book when I read it but it’s not something that really stuck with me. It’s very fast and easy to read. The many references to Harry Potter made me smile. The romance is excellent and dear god, I might have fallen in love with Baz. But I could never give this book full marks because it relies so heavily on Harry Potter to get the story across.

And although a lot of people seem to like the way the magic spells worked, I found them cringe worthy. I understand the reasoning behind them and I think it’s a great idea but the spells that were used… no it just didn’t sit well with me. It’s probably just me, so don’t let it keep you from reading the book.

Do you want a book that will give you all the warm fuzzies? Then this book was made for you!






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