I’m finally sitting down to write my review for Carry On. Just in time for the release of Wayward Son, my most anticipated book of the year. This review will be a mix of regular review and audiobook review, since I listened and read it, and both experiences were different from each other.
Carry On (Simon Snow #1) by Rainbow Rowell
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.
Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
In February of last year (2018) I listened to the audiobook of Carry On and was enchanted – that’s probably the best word to describe it. The narration was impeccable, British accents are my faves, and I loved how well Carry On’s audiobook was done.
But let’s back up a little.
Contrary to many readers, I don’t like Rainbow Rowell’s contemporary reads. After I finished Carry On, which was my first book by her, I tried to read Fangirl, and didn’t get further than a chapter or two, I was uninspired if I’m honest. So, I decided that I’ll stick with Carry On, which was one of my favorite books that year, and leave it at that.
Carry On, was such gem. I loved the balance of YA, fantasy, smart and witty writing and adorable characters – it had everything I love about this genre. And falling in love with Simon and Baz was the easiest thing I ever done. Just look at them…. they are the cutest. I’m a big fan of great LGBTQ couples, and Simon and Baz, like Andrew and Neil and Damen and Laurent – are my favorites by a long shot.
Fanart thanks to dancingwdinosaurs
I had the BEST time listening to the audio.
And it’s one of my highest recommendations in regards to overall enjoyment. There is a reason why I can’t wait to listen to the sequel. I already pre-ordered the audiobook AND ordered a hardcover too – oh boy, choices!!!!
Now, for my reread I decided to read the book. It takes less time than an audiobook, and I already had the paperback on my shelf. Interestingly enough, there was a difference in how I experienced the book the second time around. Even though I was still as into the story as the first time, I started to skip POV’s especially Lucy’s and the Mage’s. The book has tons of POV’s, Simon and Baz, their friends Penelope and Agatha – those are some of the most important. And because I was mostly interested in the interaction between Baz and Simon, I skipped and skimmed at times – BAD CORINA!!!
The overall story was as cute and adorable as it was last year, nothing changed. Although I missed the British narration, and Baz’s sarcastic wit, the story still pulled me in the same way as before. What I’m saying is, that I was SPOILED by the audiobook. And that if an audiobook is excellent it adds to the overall experience, and Carry On was a fantastic on audio, that’s why it was a 5 star book for me.
Carry On – Rainbow Rowellr5