Review: CARRY ON // smol gays, strange spells and witty insults GALORE

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Title: Carry On
Series: Simon Snow book #1
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Page count: 522
Date published: 6 October 2015
Genre: Young Adult urban fantasy

Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
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Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

This book is pure genius and I am Rainbow Rowell trash. I’m #SnowBaz trash but we’ll get to that essay later

Can I marry this book?? Or at least live in it??
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  • As I mentioned: PURE GENIUS
  • I love what she did with this story
  • I loved the satire
  • I can’t even
  • I love my gullible and idiot children aka Simon Snow and Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch
  • See?? SATIRE!!!
  • I just,,
  • It’s so funny
  • And I love her twist on the HP world
  • And the twilight references? Oh my gosh SO FUNNY
  • This whole book made me SNORT
  • THE BANTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • And I love the Britishness of it. SO GOOD
  • I just love it all okay

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SIMON FREAKING SNOW! He’s the most ridiculous, stammering boy ever and I ADORE HIM. He’s such an idiot and I LOVE IT!!
I also love Baz Pitch for loving him. I love him anyways, brooding queer Baz. But like, I’ll gush about them later.These spells. I actually can’t deal. They’re literally nursery rhymes. I’m WHEEZING. Rainbow is truly a genius. But I also really liked how she created her spells. How you can control magic. I found it fascinating, it’s so unique, even though Simon’s magic confused me. How he poured it from him? Like it’s cool, but also wait what??
I do not like Agatha. She’s so ANNOYING. Can we just not?

Also, I always thought something was up with that Humdrum (which also GENIUS NAME). And the Mage was also suspicious. I loved all the mysteries we had in this book. And with Baz’s mum, AHHHH. Like, I was definitely not thinking that he’d (Mage) actually be behind it. But I also love that he was. Such a good twist.
That Humdrum scares me. And he scares Simon. Which scares me. With the red ball. CREEPY AF.

I just want to read this book over and over and over again now. Can I have Wayward son?? Also, I’m MAD that I checked Goodreads expecting to find one BUT THERE’S NO RELEASE DATE?!?! Now I never know when we’ll get it in 2019! UN-FREAKING-FAIR!

I need to talk about Baz and Simon. It was obviously clear that Simon was obsessed with Baz, not because he was scared of him. And I LOVED that the second Baz came back he’d admitted that he’s hopelessly in love with Simon, the terrible magician. I. LOVE. IT!!! I love it so much my heart can’t contain. Baz Pitch is amazing and don’t you ever think you don’t mean anything to smol Simon, him worrying over you for like 2 months when you didn’t show up clearly says something. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I CANNOT!! I love the scene at the fireplace and afterwards and Simon’s just muttering rubbish and Baz doesn’t want to listen to his ramblings. Ahh Simon, ily bby. I loved the scene in the Chapel and the one at the dance with Simon’s tail. Baz is amazing and MY FAVOURITE. Okay, I think my essay is long enough.

Can you tell I’m a #SnowBaz shipper?? Well, I am!!!
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4 thoughts on “Review: CARRY ON // smol gays, strange spells and witty insults GALORE

  1. YAY!!! I’m so glad you liked it! Yes, the spells!! I loved how she used the magic – I mean, just imagine having to remember all those lines!
    My favourite characters ARE Simon and Baz I just love them so so much. LIke every time Simon was like ‘blah blah Baz conspiring’ all I heard in my head was just Simon going ‘please please date me’ and that was just the best.
    Stop it! You’re making me want my copy and I’m NOWHERE near home!

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