Carry on

Carry on

eBook - 2015
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Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe. Simon can't even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can't stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you're the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story&́#x1b;p0b4sbut far, far more monsters.
Publisher: [United States] : St. Martin's Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781466850545
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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I loved the snarky commentary between the characters in this novel. The cheeky relationship between the characters kept me flying though the pages of this book. It was light and fun, and just generally a great escape into a magical universe. Fan Girl meets Harry Potter in this action packed story about romance, magic, and friendship. Simon Snow is the "Chosen One", in this story, but he's just the worst. Everything just seems to not go is way in the magic world. But, he's got his vampire roommate, Baz, to both taunt and console him as he begrudgingly starts to develop feelings for him.

May 30, 2019

I really love this book. The drama between Baz and Simon is all relatable and Rowell describes a homosexual relationship very well. It's interesting to see how both Baz and Simon grow as characters both in their relationship and in life. The way Rowell pulls the resolution together is slightly confusing but overall, I like the way Simon defeats the Humdrum.

May 07, 2019

I didn't know how much I wanted queer wizard stories until I read this book. Can't wait to read the sequel!

Apr 24, 2019

If you are one of the "Drarry" shipping Potterheads, this is essentially that.
Was decent. I wouldn't read it again, but then I don't really like Harry potter, so.... :P

Mar 03, 2019

All I have to say is what a dang good book. Yes, it's basically Harry Potter. Yes, that's kind of rude to do to Harry. BUT, one book is so much nicer than seven, and it really is a different storyline, so we can feel better about that. Also, just, I love this book. I can't even give a proper book review because I am just so pleased with it.

Feb 19, 2019

Fun and engaging and emotional and delightful. Yes, it's a lot like Harry Potter. But, it's more fun (so much word play and wit!) and the marginalized characters are represented canonically. Like, queer characters are outright queer and not just queer in innuendo, characters of color are described as being characters of color.

Feb 18, 2019

I enjoyed the book. I was a bit apprehensive at first when reading and had to take a couple breaks, but once you get into the middle it gets really good! I read the rest in a day no problem. It made me really interested in what other books Rowell had to offer (: I would recommend! 8.5/10

Feb 15, 2019

I found the HP parallels disorienting at first but this book was a fricking joy. Believe the hype.

Feb 11, 2019

This book is amazing! It's based on Harry Potter but a LOT better, with more diverse, fleshed-out characters. I especially liked that the book offered different perspectives and views on the magic community and other characters.
Unlike in the Harry Potter books there is no plain right and wrong, every character thinks they are doing what is best. Also, Voldemort doesn't really have a motivation, the Mage and the Humdrum, on the other hand, have clear and reasonable incentives.
Also, there are gay characters, which are not present in Harry Potter. And there are two characters who don't want to fight and be part of all the disputes of the magical world.
Then there is also the whole thing about Harry being so self-righteous and conceited. Different perspectives and more thoughts on behalf of the main character make this less of an issue in Carry On.
I can't say that J. K. Rowling was bad at world building, but she definitely wasn't the best. Rainbow Rowell pays a lot more attention to the relationship between magic and non-magic communities, which I found interesting, because J. K. Rowling just used forgetting spells for everything. Not to mention that her books always made people without magic sound stupid and lesser with the exception of Hermione's parents.
Also, Carry On questions the whole 'Chosen One' thing a bit, which makes for a nice break from the whole 'born to be this,' 'born to be that' cliché. And instead of just waving around a stick Simon and the other magicians use WORDS. Also, the whole dragons are actually protected? That was great.
And, last but definitely not least, Carry On has GOATS!!!

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

This surprisingly romantic, lusciously sardonic, magical vampire fantasy gets the blood pumping to my cranky old brittle heart better than most realistic romance stories I've read. Rowell does a superb job showing what it’s like to feel high on love while simultaneously feeling embarrassed by all of the awkward moments of new intimacy. I found myself rooting for the two seemingly mismatched lovers til the end and beyond. Pure joy.

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Jun 27, 2019

Front seat’s for people who haven’t been kidnapped by fucking numpties.

JCLBeckyC Feb 11, 2019

"He probably thinks pixies are a lesser species. Half-sentient, like gnomes and Internet trolls."

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"'Stop talking. This is embarrassing.' 'Do you want me to pull back?' 'No. I want to look at the stars.'"

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"I feel his magic. At first it's a buzz in my fingertips, then a rush of static up my arm. I try not to squirm...The static in my arm settles into a heavy thrum, like electrical sparks catching into flames. The discomfort goes away, even though the licking, flaming feeling gets stronger. This I know what to do with: This is fire...I laugh, and it comes out more good-natured than I mean it to. 'Snow. I think I could cast a sonnet right now'...I'm so full of power, I feel like I can see without opening my eyes. Like I could go nova if I wanted to and have my own galaxy. Is this what it's like to be Simon Snow? To have infinity in your chest pocket?"

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"You can't sit on my bed," I say as he sits on my bed. "And neither can Bunce. My bed reeks of intensity and brownies."

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"I'm still humming with his magic, and it's been hours since he pulled his hand away. He's thrown spells at me before, but this was different. This was like being struck by benevolent lightening. I felt scorched clean. Bottomless. No, that's not right, not bottomless. Centreless. Like I was bigger on the inside. Like I could cast any spell--back up any promise. At first it was as if Snow was giving magic to me. Sending it to me. But then the magic was just there. It was mine, in that moment, everything that was his."

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I'd wake up every morning and think, 'This will end in flames.'" --Baz

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Dec 30, 2017

"And a boy in my arms instead of a girl"

krtupper Jul 23, 2017

"You were the sun, and I was crashing into you."

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Simon Snow in his final year at Watford.


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