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.
2015 was the year I finally delved into Rainbow Rowell’s books and I ended the year dying to get my hands on Carry On. My favourite part of Rowell’s Fangirl had to be the fan-fiction sections with Simon and Baz, I knew before even finishing Fangirl I had to read Carry On as soon as humanly possible. Sadly, that meant having to wait till 2016.
Carry On is my first completed read of the year (go me!) and I completely adored it. Going into the book I was informed that it gets better after Book 1, as it admittedly was a bit slow. But that said I felt like the first section of Carry On was a perfect set up for the rest of the book. Like Simon I kept wondering when Baz was going to make his grand entrance and let the hi-jinks between these two roommates/ frenemies resume.
As far as the characters go I’m sure you can guess my favourite, Baz obviously, I did quite like the others. I found Simon to be oddly likable despite being mildly whiny and annoying. Penelope was a solid sidekick character and then there’s Agatha.. needless to say I found her to be an easily forgettable character.
By the end of the book I found myself wanting more Simon and Baz.. like I don’t know.. maybe a second book? 😛 I wouldn’t say no to that! Basically I just need more Baz is that too much to ask?!
Overall Carry On was a solid start to the year and I can’t wait to see what else the year holds for more great reads. I would have had this review up sooner (and it probably would have been better written) had I not gotten sick yesterday and spent most of it sleeping.