carry on (new edition)

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.

Just to make it clear: you do NOT have to read Fangirl before picking up Carry On, but I definitely recommend it. It gives a nice, little extra somethin somethin to the story.

Anyway.

I gotta be honest; Carry On has a lot of similarities to Harry Potter. The whole Chosen One thing, the Slytherin-esque arch-nemesis, mysterious uber-powerful villain, headmaster who becomes a sort of fatherly figure… BUT, sticking to the candor, the characters were so lovable and relatable that I didn’t even care.
I was way more invested in the characters than in the actual plot, but that wasn’t a necessarily bad thing? This book could’ve been 400 pages longer and I would’ve still kept on reading as long as the characters kept on bantering. I loved them all (although Agatha really, REALLY annoyed me) and I’ve added them to my horde of adoptive fictional children.
And as always, I’ve acquired a new ship to obsess over! Ladies and gents, may I present to you the most adorable and shriek-inducing pairing to ever exist: SNOWBAZ. I’ve fully accepted that I am going to forever be Snowbaz trash. I just…love them…SO….MUCH… (and y’all, Chapters 61 and 62 could’ve lasted forever and I would’ve been the happiest reader alive).
Penelope, Simon and Baz all have special places in my heart. Penelope is my soul-sister, Simon is an absolutely lovable dork and Baz…oh, Baz. I love them all, but Baz has an extra, EXTRA special spot. I just can’t resist the whole trope of a suave anti-hero who uses snark to cover up a long-suffering mind. He lets everyone think the worst of him?? To protect secrets?? My poor heart can’t handle this sort of thing (he is also such a drama queen, I love it).
The ending was bitter-sweet, but still conclusive enough that it didn’t wear too much at my soul. All in all, I actually really enjoyed this (so much so that I’ve already re-read it. Twice.) 4 stars!

P.S. The old cover was already aesthetically pleasing, but MERLIN’S BEARD if I am not in love with this new cover! Kevin Wada just has a way of capturing characters that blows my mind. He also made some character banners for Six of Crows (by Leigh Bardugo)(aka QUEEN) and I would trade an eye and a leg for a chance at getting one of those.

 

 

 

 

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