Review ~ Carry On

Posted January 25, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 44 Comments

Review ~ Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 6th 2015
Pages: 522
Format: ebook
Source: Library
Goodreads
4 Stars

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 sets 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 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.

Review

Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors ever. I started with Eleanor & Park and devoured everything else she has written. Attachments is my favorite book by the way. But Fangirl was a close second. In Fangirl Cath wrote fan fiction about Simon Snow. So there would be little excerpts of her writings in the book. Carry On is Rowell’s take on Simon Snow’s story.

For those who don’t know, Simon Snow is kind of like Harry Potter – in the whole magical wizard school type thing. I can’t vouch for that specifically because I haven’t read Harry Potter 🙂 I can say I was nervous as hell about Carry On. For two reasons:

– I wasn’t sure Rowell would be able to write a story like this with magical elements and what not. I didn’t feel like it matched with her other books.

– I didn’t really like the Simon Snow parts in Fangirl. I thought they were boring and skimmed if nit skipped them.

So yeah I was nervous. And to be honest through the first like 40% I was thinking this is ok but nothing great. I was seriously dumb to doubt her though. It really picked up after that and I was so hooked.

Carry On was pretty awesome and here is why:

THE CHARACTERS

Simon Snow is a bumbling mess of a magician. However, he means well, tries hard and is a good friend. Speaking of friends I loved Penelope. She is a know it all, kind of bossy and someone who will risk everything to help Simon. The there is Baz. Love Baz. Cocky and super talented from a very prominent family. Plus, you know he is a VAMPIRE!

THE WORLD

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew there would be magicians and a school. But I loved there were other things like vampires (yay Baz!), werewolves and other crazy creatures. The magical school was fun but I was also glad we got to travel a bit around England to some other places.

THE STORIES

The mystery of the Humdrum (the bad guy) was interesting and fun. Not only that but there is a second mystery about who killed Baz’s mother years ago. But my favorite part you guys – the romance. It was classic hate to love and it was AMAZING!

Even though it is on the longer side, over 500 pages, I didn’t really feel that it felt that long or moved too slow, especially when it really got into it. My only complaint was there were a lot of perspectives. So many of the characters got chapters. Some were really short and some only had a couple throughout the book. I think I could have done without some of them.

If you like Rainbow Rowell this is a must. Even if you didn’t like the Simon Snow parts in Fangirl (like me) I would still give it a try.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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44 responses to “Review ~ Carry On

  1. I disliked the Simon Snow parts in Fangirl too and after a while started skipping them. So I was a bit nervous about this one myself but I need to get to it after all the raving reviews. You know how I feel about hate to love romances. 🙂 And the villain and the backstory sound really interesting too. I think this is available as an audio so I might do that since it’s such a long read!
    Lovely review, Grace!
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  2. I got this one from my Secret Sister and I’m excited to read it. Like you, I wasn’t crazy about the Simon and Baz parts of Fangirl, but I thought it was mostly because I was just getting little snippets of the story and it took me out of the “main” story too much. I did like the idea behind it, so I’m thinking I’ll enjoy this one!
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  3. I’m sad to admit that I too skipped the fan-fiction parts in Fangirl. I didn’t really engage in them and I thought they kind of slowed the story down. When I heard she was doing this I was a bit skeptical and I still don’t know if I’m going to read it however , its good the know that it is an enjoyable book. Maybe if it have one of those lazy days it might be a great read. I’m glad it exceeded your expectations!!
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  4. So glad you enjoyed this one! I seem to be hit and miss with Rowell (which hurts my heart to say). I LOVED Eleanor & Park and Attachments. They were the first two I read by her and they remain my favorites. E&P – just So Many Feels. Oh, that book, and those characters, just killed me. And Attachments – is there a better “feel good” book? I think I read the whole thing with a smile on my face. 🙂 Then came Fangirl. And everyone gushed over it and loved it and related to Cath and loved the fan-fic and on and on. And me… it was good-not-great. I just couldn’t relate to Cath. She frustrated me to no end and I spent a lot of the book annoyed with her. Not a good sign. LOL And the fan-fic sections? I admit it, I skimmed. When Carry On was first announced I knew right away that I just didn’t have any interest. I love hearing all the rave reviews about this one (I think Rowell is an incredible story teller) but it’s just one of those that doesn’t raise a smidgen of interest for me. But I love that this one clicked for you after a certain point and that the relationship in particular was such a hit!
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  5. Great review! I have been meaning to read this for a while (I love Rainbow Rowell so much!), but I was nervous to start it for the same reasons you stated. Especially as a huge Harry Potter fan… However, I’m much more excited to read it now after your review!
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  6. I bought this when it came out (I had just read Fangirl and LOVED it) and I still need to read it. haha I’m glad you liked this since you weren’t sure. I personally liked the Simon Snow parts in Fangirl (and I like how he’s a lot like Harry Potter) so I’m pretty sure I’ll love Carry On. Just need to read it ASAP.

    The only other Rainbow book I’ve read is Attachments, which I also really loved!

    -Lauren
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  7. I’ve been unsure about starting Carry On for a while now, because despite LOVING Fangirl I wasn’t so sure how I would like Simon’s story. I think I’m going to give it a go though because of your review!
    Glad to hear you enjoyed it and thanks for your honest opinions on the book!
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  8. I’ve only read Landline, but I have E&P, Attachments, and Fangirl all loaded on my Kindle! I hope I can find some time this year to read them! I’m really glad you enjoyed this one, so I’ll go ahead and to my Rowell list too! I love HP, so I think I’ll probably really enjoy this one!
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