Review: Carry On




*Taken from Goodreads*

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 sets 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 has been sitting at the top of my TBR for about two years now. So, it finally seemed time to get around to reading it. This being said, I really should have read this right after I finished Fangirl, because it probably would have made more of an impact on me.

The characters in this book were really cute for the most part, Agatha was a bit much but I’ll excuse her due to the majority of the circumstances she was put in (almost murdered for her magic, finding out both the guys she had a thing for were gay, deciding to run away from home, ect). This book was mostly unspectacular though, which left me a little miffed. The story, an obvious parody of Harry Potter for the legions of reviewers who don’t seem to recognize this, was interesting, but seemed much to fast paced to actually make sense. I found it to be much more comical than anything, which could at times be a bit trying. The magic was campy and ridiculous, and the overall plot just seemed a bit thrown together at parts. Everything moved quickly and a lot of the plot twists, such as the Mage being Simon’s father, were easy to call. The continuous jumping between point of views also left less to be desired. Switching every chapter is one thing, but several times in one chapter? Please calm down.

I will also say that Simon Snow is the single most annoying thing on two legs when Baz is not around. The entire first half of the book when you’re mostly just dealing with him and his vague drama with Agatha was exhausting and mostly pointless. The story didn’t seem to start until Baz showed back up and the gayfest could really begin. I was very satisfied with Baz and Simon’s relationship. It developed realistically and kept me attached to the whole story. I was even able to abandon my long held aversion to vampires for the duration of the novel. All in all, this is defiantly something to read right after Fangirl, since they are so interwoven together. Had I read this book two years ago when I first picked up Fangirl I probably would have had a lot more affection for this story and the characters. As it stands, the only real winning part of this work is the male on male love. But hey, that counts for something in my book.


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