Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, General
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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 acomplete 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.
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I have been enamored with Rainbow Rowell since I first read Eleanor & Park in 2013. I have read her previous four books but her two YA’s have been my favorites. Oh Fangirl, how I loved thee…So when I heard Rowell was writing a book based off of the fanfic in Fangirl, I think I may have squeed aloud. Carry On is the magical tale of Simon Snow, the chosen one and his friends and the roommate who hates him. Fighting against the Insidious Humdrum, Simon finds that what he has been told of his powers may not be true. He will need to let go of everything and everyone he has known to get out of the final battle alive. I have seen Carry On compared to Harry Potter fanfic, and it is magic teen saving the world; but it is ever so good. Carry On is inventive, it takes the teen needs to save the world with magic story to a new level. Mixing a romance sub-plot that is not seen frequently in YA novels (M/M) with witty sidekicks and a broody main character, Carry On is a great take on a familiar story. The world building was fantastic and the pacing was strong; although the ending seemed a bit rushed to me (but probably because I didn’t want it to end). Rainbow Rowell is the kind of author who could make the back of a cereal box interesting, so fanfic or no, Carry On is a winner.
Favorite lines – “The Greatest Mage is our only hope now. But our greatest mage is fundamentally flawed. Cracked. Broken. Simon Snow is that mage; I know it. Nothing like him has ever walked our earth. But Simon Snow—my Simon—still can’t bear his power. He still can’t control it. He’s the only vessel big enough to hold it, but he is cracked. He is compromised. He is … Just a boy.”
Biggest cliche – Almost everything and that only made it better!
Have you read Carry On, or added it to your TBR?