Hi everyone! I know I’ve not posted in a while (oops) but I’ve just read this book it’s honestly my new favourite! Totally not biased… but give this a read and see what you think x
Name: Carry on: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Song: Heroes by David Bowie
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One whose ever been Chosen.
That’s what Simon’s roommate says. Baz may be evil and infuriating and possibly a vampire, but he’s probably right. Not even the Head Mage knows why he was chosen. Half the time his wand is broken and none of his spells work, the other half he’s setting something on fire. To add to that, his girlfriend broke up with him and there’s a magik-sucking demon running around wearing his face.
Now it’s Simon’s last year at Watford, the school for magikals, and Baz didn’t even bother to turn up. And while his missing roommate may not be high up on Simon’s priorities compared to defeating a magik-devouring devil, Simon may find out that he needs Baz more than he knows…
Oh. My. God. I don’t really care if I sound like Janice from Friends – this book is amazing! It’s got everything; from magic and monsters to love and friendships. Rainbow Rowell has created a whole other universe within this book and I love how much though is put into every little thing. There are so many details within everything – like how all the spells are songs or nursery rhymes and there is literally a fight section where characters are yelling Bohemian Rhapsody and blowing each other up. I can dig that.
Here’s a bit of backstory. In 2013, Rainbow Rowell wrote a book called ‘Fangirl’ about a girl called Cath who was obsessed with fan fiction (makes sense) about a wizard called Simon Snow. Recognise him? Anyway, in 2015 Rowell released Carry On about Simon and his adventures at Watford – but she’s never confirmed whether or not its supposed to be written by Cath. I think it’s more her take on the characters she first invented in Fangirl… or an entire book of epic wizard fan fiction. Another reason why this book is so amazing. A few months ago Rainbow Rowell released ‘Wayward Son’, the second book in this Simon Snow trilogy. I read it in about 2 days (they were a very antisocial few days) and I can’t say it’s as good as Carry On but you really learnt a lot more about the World of Mages and Baz and Simon’s backstories. AND THERE’S GOING TO BE A THIRD BOOK!! The release date hasn’t been confirmed yet but I am going to be camping outside bookshops whenever it does.
My rant is nearly over, but I just have to say Carry On is 100% worth your time. It’s a funny, cute, original take on a world of magic, complete with so many plot twists and emotional scenes. It has just as much kissing as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell novel, but far more monsters.
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