Author: Rainbow Rowell
Series: Simon Snow, #1
Length: 13.5 hours
Narrator: Euan Morton
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Original Publication Date: 2015
Genre(s): Young adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Simon Snow is the Chosen One. Or, that’s what everybody’s always telling him, anyway. He’s terrible with magic. But he’s been prophesied, they say, and he’s the only one who can stop the Insidious Humdrum, a magic-eating monster. And then there’s Baz, his nemesis, possibly vampiric roommate at Watford, who is missing. Is he plotting against Simon per usual, or is he in danger? And on top of all that, Simon’s girlfriend breaks up with him, and his mentor seems to be avoiding him. Simon really can’t catch a break…
Here I am, thinking I’m so over fantasy novels, and especially over silly YA tropes like hate-to-love romances…and then I read Carry On. Boy, was I wrong.
Carry On is told in first-person POV with alternating perspectives. I’m just going to go ahead and start with my one dislike of the book: I didn’t enjoy the perspectives of any character other than Simon or Baz. Penelope, Agatha, Lucy, the mage… I know their perspectives are necessary. I know they give us full-circle knowledge. BUT I JUST WANTED TO SEE SIMON AND BAZ. I JUST WANTED TO INDULGE IN THEIR SEXUAL TENSION. THAT’S ALL I’M HERE FOR. I’m so in love with them. Again, totally understand the necessity of the other perspectives, I just found them slower and less interesting than Simon and Baz.
Simon and Baz are the reason this novel shines. The story pulls from Harry Potter in a lot of ways, but it’s totally different in both plot and writing. It’s got a different feel to it. And the characters are what really set it apart, and what makes this book so amazing. Simon Snow is supposedly the hero of the story, but I quite disliked him at first. And then obviously Baz was supposed to be the asshole, but I loved him. And in the end, I loved them both, for all their flaws but especially for their hearts. Also they are a power couple and I would die for them.
Penelope and Agatha are two of the other main characters. I really liked Penelope, even when I thought she was being annoying. I wasn’t a fan of Agatha, though. I don’t think many people are. I didn’t hate her, I just found her to be boring. But, I mean, who doesn’t pale in comparison to Simon and Baz?
I am a huge Rainbow Rowell fan. I’ve read many of her books and have had Carry On sitting on my TBR ever since I first real Fangirl in college. I truly didn’t think I’d love it as much as I did. This book is so wonderful and fun and CUTE. I mean, holy hell, when Baz says “Simon Snow is alive, and I’m hopelessly in love with him,” I swear I fell to the floor and grinned while sobbing. I love these characters to death. I flew through this story and am already dying to read the sequel next.
Carry on, Alyssa…to the next book ASAP.