Review: Carry On

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Carry On

Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genres: romance, fantasy, YA, Lgbt
Rating: ****

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Image1Simon 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.

Image2This is the first Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read, I’ve never read Fangirl. I’m not sure how that affects my review but it seemed both saying.

I picked this up mainly because I’d seen it billed as pretty much Harry/ Draco fanfic. Weirdly the Harry Potter similarities are probably the part I had the most trouble with, that and the weird catchphrase spell-casting which actually grew on me. The first third or so of the book felt weirdly paced, references to previous years/stories dumped in that didn’t feel like natural backstory. That, together with the HP parallels kept jarring me out of the story.

As the book hit the midway point, the plot hit its stride and the characters seemed to come into their own — this is were I really began to enjoy the story. I loved Simon and Baz – they were clearly the stars of the show -both individually and together and Penelope was a great on Hermione’s character. I felt like Agatha was quite underused, never really filling a purpose and her personality seemed oddly inconsistent.

I really loved the ending, that losing his magic and becoming ‘normal’ wasn’t treated as a huge tragedy. I wasn’t sure how to rate this one, but I really enjoyed the latter half and would happy read a sequel so I’m going with 4.

 

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