“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 “Why?” “Because we match.”
Place: Watford School of Magicks
Love Triangle: 4/5
Tension : 4/5
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.
Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters. (Goodreads)
My Opinion: (No Spoilers!)
While reading Fangirl I couldn’t wait for the “Carry On” excerpts. I just loved Simon and Baz way more than the Fangirl plot. Their world was enchanting and it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter, a homosexual Harry, but nonetheless. But I have to admit sometimes the Harry Potter vibes were a bit too much for me. I mean, Rainbow Rowell designed a beautiful world and complex characters and she wouldn’t have needed the Harry Potter backup for her story to be good. I would have loved it even more if it wouldn’t have reminded me of anything else. Where we come to the next negative point on my list: Why is there only one book in this series? I would have needed way more Snow and Baz in my life!! Way more! Not because the book wasn’t well written, or I minded that we dove into it in the eight year BUT because I loved it so much I never wanted to leave again!
Now to the characters. Simon is insecure, clumsy and one-minded sometimes and I loved him for that. He does all the silly stuff all of us would do, and he is super insecure about his sexuality. I liked that about him, because it made him feel real to me. What i did not like, was that he somehow seemed arrogant sometimes with the whole “I am the Chosen One”, biggest mage of all time – babbling. But well who cares, maybe I just am more like Baz and he was always annoyed by that 😀 The mysterious, sensitive and hot Baz. How much I love him, I can’t even describe. He had some Draco Malfoy vibes on him, the little bad guy with his hidden good character – yes I was always a sucker for that.
All in all this book surprised me from the beginning on and I even shed some tears in the end. It was great as a standalone novel but would have been amazing and epic as a series 🙂
Simon Snow ist der mächtigste Zauberer, den die Welt der Magie je hervorgebracht hat. Wäre da nur nicht die Tatsache, dass Simon völlig unfähig ist, seine magischen Kräfte zu steuern. Aber dafür ist ja Watford da, das Zaubererinternat. Für Simons Zimmergenossen Baz – Vampir aus angesehener Familie und Simon in freundlichem Hass zugetan – ist er, der Auserwählte, eine wahre Fehlbesetzung. Am liebsten würde Baz den Magie sprühenden Simon mit seinen spitzen Zähnen ein für alle Mal erledigen. Doch dazu kommt es nicht, vorerst zumindest. Denn die verfeindeten Jungs tun sich zusammen, um gemeinsam mit ihrer blitzgescheiten Schulkameradin Penelope den Mord an Baz’ Mutter aufzuklären. Für Simon beginnt eine Achterbahn der Gefühle. Und die Welt der Zauberer steht fortan nicht nur in Liebesdingen Kopf.