Title: Carry On Author: Rainbow Rowell Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance First published: October 6th 2015 Finished reading: November 6th 2015 Pages: 522
“What you are is a fucking tragedy, Simon Snow. You literally couldn’t be a bigger mess.”
He tries to kiss me, but I pull back- “And you like that?”
“I love it.” He says
“Because we match.”
I have been looking forward to Carry On ever since finishing Fangirl back in April, so when I finally got my copy I just had to read it straight away. And now I’ve finished it, I can say this novel by Rainbow Rowell is everything I’ve hoped for and more. I already know it will appear on my 2015 favorites list and it’s my new Rowell favorite as well. When I was reading Carry On I was having the same feelings as the first time I read the Harry Potter series when I was younger, and I can guarantee that is a huge compliment! Somehow this story is just magical and I fell in love with its main characters… The prose, the plot, the characters: it just works perfectly together. I know this sounds a lot like fangirling and I admit it’s really hard to properly describe my feelings for this novel, but I guess it’s just THAT good. If you like the genre and enjoy the way Rainbow Rowell writes, I’m sure you will love this one as well. Baz and Simon will win over your heart!
Simon Snow is the chosen one, but he doesn’t exactly feel or act like one. He has a hard time keeping his magic under control and using his wand in general, something his roommate Baz keeps reminding him. Baz might actually be evil, possibly even a vampire and is probably both his worst enemy and might be alright at the same time… Needless to say things have become pretty tense between them over the years, until Baz doesn’t show up on the first day of their last year at the Watford School Of Magicks. Simon wonders what he’s planning next and on top of that he has his hands full with a magic-eating monster that wears Simon’s face. Not forgetting his girlfriend broke up with him and his mentor is avoiding him… In short: he is a complete mess. Will Simon be able to make things right like he is supposed to?
I know not everyone will enjoy Carry On, but I cannot say enough how brilliant this story is. I fell in love with the characters (especially Baz and Simon), the prose is great and I really enjoyed the plot as well. Rainbow Rowell was able to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and I already know I will reread Carry On many times in the future. It’s one of those books that if it manages to put you under its spell you just cannot get enough of it. More than recommended if you like the genre!
I’m about 60% into The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle and while it’s not a mindblowing read, the general plot is interesting enough for me to keep reading. I will probably end up finishing it later today… I still haven’t continued with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; not because I’m not enjoying it, but there are a few other books I want to finish first before fully commiting to this giant.
WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
Three books and a novella this week; not bad at all… * The first is The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings; an excellent prequel novella that gives the perfect introduction to the story and will convince you to read the rest of the series.
* Next up is Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, a novel that kept popping up at my TBR lists and finally decided to pick up. Not a bad read, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it either…
* I then decided to read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey since it was the last title on my October TBR I hadn’t started yet. I know other people love this series, but I wasn’t convinced by the sequel either.
* After two mediocre reads, I wanted something good and decided to pick up the Anna sequel Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. While not as good as the first book, this one is still really good!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As soon as I finish The Valentine Circle, I will either start Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo or Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Basically I’m superexcited to read both and I will be having a hard time deciding which one to pick up first. I also want to read Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling since it’s nominated for the Goodreads Choice awards… And my new TBR jar pick is Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.
FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Readingand showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Another week, another month, and yet again I’ve added more titles to my already exploding TBR list… Below you can find a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page.