[NOTE: This review DOES NOT contain any spoilers. It is meant to act as a reference if you are planning to read the book, and want a foreword on it.]
Author: Rainbow Rowell.
Release date: 6 October 2015.
Point of View(s): Simon, Penelope, Agatha, Baz, The Mage (and others).
Synopsis: 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 Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…
I did not have any intention to read this book, mostly because I heard that it was kind of a teenage love story, and I am not into that genre. But a friend recently told me that it included fantasy, and was kind of a Harry Potter spin-off. Deciding to give it a try, I borrowed it from my school library (with only a week left before the summer hols) and had to finish it really quick. Turns out, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be.
Although the starting was pretty slow, but things started getting interesting in the second part, when Baz arrives. Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is a bit slow, sometimes too slow but that did not stop me from putting down the book. She has a unique skill of making the readers attached to the characters, and building up enough suspense for the reader to demand to know how it is going to end. I swooned on the romance, something I never have done before while reading ANY love story. It was heartwarming.
“The Insidious Humdrum is the greatest threat the World of Mages has ever faced. He’s powerful, he’s pervasive. Fighting him is like fighting off sleep when you’re long past the edge of exhaustion.”
The Humdrum is basically Lord Voldemort of the novel. Going into any further details would spoil the story, so I’l just leave it there.
The end of Book 1 had me swooning and ecstatic, it was something I did not expect at all. Let’s just say that Baz gave me a lot of Draco Malfoy vibes (but in a good, non-Death Eater way). The friendship between Simon and Penelope truly warmed my heart.
Being an intense Potterhead, I would not ask anybody to compare this with Harry Potter, as it is supposedly a parody/spin-off, but if you are into romance and fantasy and you want to relive the Harry Potter memories then I would definitely recommend this book. It is funny, and the ending has a very feel-good, romantic vibe.
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