Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin- Released: October 6, 2015
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: One thing you should know about me is that I am a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read every book she has published and she is without a doubt, one of my favorite authors. While reading Carry On, I couldn’t help but reminisce on the time I first read Fangirl. Returning to another amazingly written Rainbow Rowell story, is just what I needed!
Rainbow’s writing style is so unique! I already felt I knew about a single character just from a few sentences.
Rainbow’s transition from her usual contemporary/realistic stories to fantasy was done so seamlessly and flowed so easily that after reading this book, she can write about any genre and make it work extremely well.
Now onto the world of Watford/Mages! Again, Rainbow’s writing is truly magical and transports you. I honestly felt I was with Simon, Baz, Agatha, and Penelope throughout this whole book.
Another huge part of this book that I was not even aware was going to happen, was multiple POV. Rainbow fully understood each one of her characters and gave them each a unique voice and personality.
Now onto the plot!
I was somewhat unsure of where the plot was going because so much was introduced, like the Humdrum, Baz’s return, Baz/Simon’s relationship, Baz’s mother, and much more. But as the story progressed the plot really melded together.
Everything that Rainbow introduced really came together by the end! With so much that happened, I will get into detail about the ending.
Okay, so it is revealed who Simon’s parents are!!! I was so surprised, that his parents were The Mage and Lucy! It is revealed that they had Simon because The Mage was obsessed with fulfilling an Oracle and finding The Chosen One. It is revealed that the Humdrum is what is left over after Simon has used his magic and with that, he sacrifices his magic into the Humdrum to save everyone!
One Simon gives up his powers, he decides to leave Watford, the place he was always eager to return to! But it all works out in the end, with Simon&Baz together, Penelope living with Simon and Agatha off on her own! Still keeping in touch, they all remain friends!
Overall, this book was spectacular! Everything I wanted and more! Reading about Simon&Baz’s final year was bittersweet, but the being able to go on this journey with them was truly magical!
What did you think of Carry On? 🙂