Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | Review


Genre: YA , Fantasy 
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Book
Publication Date: October 8th
Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe. Simon can't even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can't stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you're the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything.

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.


Carry On is the story that anyone who read Rowell's previous YA novel , Fangirl will remember as the fanfiction that Cath wrote. It's a strange concept and I wasn't sure whether I would like it that much but I almost completely forgot that Simon Snow was even vaguely related to Cath , Levi and the Fangirl story.

Simon knows that he has to save magic but he doesn't believe he has the power to do so. Another obstacle is his roommate and enemy Baz. I loved every part of their relationship but one of the most interesting elements was that they both think that in the end one of them will have to kill the other.

In this book you read from the point of view of most of the main characters but also people that Simon doesn't speak to , including ghosts! There was a secret revealed in someone's POV but Simon never found out and I feel like it was better that way but it felt like we were let in on the secret. There were many really great elements like that.

The romance in this book was wonderful. It was everything you could expect from Rainbow Rowell with the happy sighs and smiles! The fantasy and world was really great as well and I hope Rowell writes some more fantasy! 


Carry On was a phenomenal read for me! It was definitely one of my favourite books of the year. I'd recommend it to any fantasy or contemporary lovers because it's a perfect mix of the two.

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