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Book Review: Carry On

Monday, August 22, 2016

WARNING SPOILERS

"Go on, then," he says. "Carry on, Simon." - (Tyrannus Basilton [Baz] Grimm-Pitch) Rainbow Rowell, Carry On.

August 22, 2016

Oh my Mage.

So here's the thing. When I first heard of this story, I had no idea it existed in "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell and I am sort of glad that I chose to read this before I started "Fangirl" which I also bought today along with a bunch of others. I instantly fell in love with the character of Simon Snow and then...I met Mr. Grimm-Pitch. Baz is a lot like Draco Malfoy and I think that is why I love him so much. The book is a loose parody on the Harry Potter series and yet, I have a completely different view on it as I do on the HP series. For one, there is an LGBT romance and I love it! Ya'll know of my love for Malec and in a sense, Simon and BAz remind me of them. Well, actually they remind me of Drarry (Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy) which I never shipped to be honest.



Simon Snow is the "Chosen One" and he is considered the most powerful mage in their world. Then there is his roommate/sworn enemy/ vampire who doesn't actually hate him. When Baz doesn't return to Watford, their magic school, Simon is worried because as Baz is a Grimm-Pitch he could be out plotting against him. Baz's family has been trying to remove the Mage from power for many years, but Simon is his heir and admires the Mage.

This of course causes a lot of heat between the two boys. Then in the middle are their two friends...well more like Simon's friends. There is Penelope Bunce a spunky young magician who has a nact for disobeying the rules and getting pulled into sticky situations with Simon. Then we have Agatha Wellbelove, a beautiful and smart girl who just so happens to be Simon's girlfriend, but who also has a thing for Baz...but little does she know, our grumpy little vampire has a secret.

You see, Baz is gay and is sort of in love with...well Simon. Yep, that's right. Baz is hopelessly in love with a boy he doesn't think he can ever have and if that isn't heart breaking then I don't know what is. Since they met when they were eleven years old, Baz has seen Simon as more than just a roommate and never has ever wanted to end him. He always thought Simon would end him instead.

I love their relationship and the kissing scene is just so good. It is probably one of the best chapters I have read in a long time. I'll let you read that on your own and experience the goodness of it. But, of course like most teenage boys who want to keep up their image, which is really stupid by the way, they keep their "soft moments" between themselves and I really like that. I have always loved the idea of a secret romance and when they still fight and tell each other off, it's even better because the next moment, Simon has him by the back of his neck and they are back at it.

There is this part in which Baz and Simon are just lying by the fireplace in Baz's bedroom and they are just being so damn domestic and I love it. They are just talking about anything and then they just look at each other and share a beautiful moment. I also really like how Rowell doesn't really focus on them being gay. Sure Baz makes a lot of jokes about his "queerness" and how his father accepts him being a vampire more than him liking men, but when it comes to Simon's "title", It doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that Simon is in love with Baz and that he doesn't see him as a monster and I think that is so important and so beautiful.

This only the second book I've read by Rainbow Rowell and I can honestly say that she is by far my favourite author when it comes to understanding how the teenage mind works. Like, honestly, most
teens curse like sailors (at least the ones I know do) and they let their hormones control their minds. For example, each time it is in Baz's POV, it's pretty much all thoughts about Simon's hair or his moles or even the way he sleeps. I just LOVE IT. Then we have Simon Snow whose thoughts are a jumbled mess. Mostly he thinks about Baz, Agatha, food (especially cherry scones), The Mage, and Baz...again. I just think writes it so well and I can really relate to it.

Then we have the Humdrum. The Insidious Humdrum is the main antagonist in the book. He or it is an entity that basically is sucking up all the magic and nobody knows how to stop him, well nobody but Simon. It is prophesied that he will be able to defeat this creature and with the help of his friends that is what he intends to do. Over the course of the book there is a lot that happens and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the relationships, the adventure, the heart-break and overall the story line. I thought it was a bit cheesy when I first read the synopsis, but I was so wrong. It was such a complex book and full of life that I recommend it to anyone a fan of Rainbow Rowell or Harry Potter or just good books honestly. It will make you cry, laugh, squeal, smile and frown...that is the mark of an excellent novel. 5/5 stars for this one! I am off to read "Fangirl"!

Happy Reading

- Haley

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