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Book Review

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

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.

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.


I loved Fangirl when I first picked it up and was so excited to know that Rainbow Rowell was expanding Simon and Baz’s world into a book it its own. Unfortunately when the book came out, I must have picked it up and been distracted as my Goodreads claims I started reading it in 2016. With a very small Spike around then reading was scarce and I barely had enough brain power to pick up a book, so that might explain why I only got 75 pages in.

Picking it up this time though, I could barely put it down! I loved every page and was quickly kicking myself for not reading it sooner!
Baz and Simon were not friends in the majority of this book. It was very much set, at the beginning anyway, in the time period where Simon was convinced Baz was trying to kill him. But the relationship grows and becomes something incredible and I loved seeing them bloom. I love that you get things from both of their points of view, because Baz is a bit messed up – who wouldn’t be as the only magician vampire around. He comes across as a bit of an ass towards iron and others, but when you start getting his side of things it’s easy to love him.

The adventures that they go on in this book and the world of magic that Rainbow Rowell crafts is fun. Its not really the serious fantasy that you usually find and I think that’s because it is meant to be fan fiction. For those of you who don’t know, Carry On is the fan fiction that Cath from Fangirl writes. Of course this hurts my head when I think about it, because basically Carry On is a fan fiction of a Harry Potter type world, which has been made into its own book because obviously Rainbow Rowell loved the characters too much to let them go. And I can totally understand why. There are Harry Potter-esque references in it too and I loved it for that.

I cannot wait to read Wayward Son, which I believe is the second in a series – so we have even more to enjoy! Thankfully Wayward Son is on my shelf just waiting to be read and I won’t be reading that over the course of 4 years!

Carry On was published in 2016 by Pan MacMillan. My copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Sorry it took so long!

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