This is a review of:
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
A Young Adult Fantasy standalone
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor 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 roommate 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 savor 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.
By this point after 3 books by Rowell, I can say that I’ve seen the bad, the good and now the in between.
Carry On started well, with its resemblance to Harry Potter made me warm up to the story and be interested. As well as how likable and down-to-earth these characters were, especially how the dynamic between the group of friends added to the story.
Baz’s pursuit for his mom’s killer is what interested me the most. I really wanted that mystery wrapped up sooner than it’s done. I don’t mind the concentration of romance however, it took the focus for me from the mystery.
I loved Baz and Penelope the most. Baz’s for his interesting character and Penelope for her honesty. I think these two are what I’ll remember about this book.