Book Review: Carry On

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Plot: It’s Simon Snow’s last year at Watford, a school that specialises in magic. But there is an enemy out there draining magic and only Simon has the power to be able to stop him. It would help if he knew what he was doing.

Then there is the issue of Baz, his arch-nemesis and room-mate. When Baz doesn’t turn up for school, Simon senses an evil plot. And when Baz does show up, things just become more complicated than they’ve ever been during their years of fighting. As they say, there is a fine line between love and hate.

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Quote: `He lifts it towards his mouth, and I kick his shin.

“Anathema!” he says.

“I’m not trying to hurt you; I’m trying to protect you from your own disgusting manners. The room won’t blame me this time, you oaf.”

 

Opinion: Fangirl is one of my all-time favourite books. I was nervous about reading Carry On because I was afraid it wouldn’t compare and I would be disappointed. Needless to say, I was wrong. This has been one of the best books I have read for a long time. Maybe it is the fanfiction writer in me appreciating how this story came about, but I do not think I have ever squealed (out loud) so much while reading a book.

The plot is great fun with just enough tension to make you concerned for the characters. Magic is being drained, dead spots appearing where it cannot be used. And the villain behind it is wearing the face of an eleven-year-old Simon Snow, the hero of the story who has explosive magic. Backing him up are friends and foes alike and the complicated and changing relationships add a whole new element to the plot. I grinned, laughed and squealed like a fifteen-year-old again when I read this book.

The characters are fantastic. Simon may be the most powerful mage alive, but he has no idea what he is doing and isn’t afraid to admit it. Baz is a vampire, but has kept it hidden for years, along with his true feelings about his nemesis. Penelope has the answers to everything, although even she didn’t see the changing relationship between Simon and Baz. And Agatha is the catalyst for the relationships despite not doing much else.

Carry On somehow captured all the emotions that I needed. The character development was great, as was the change in relationship. Apart from when the characters were trying to be cliché, none of it read as false but instead a realistic development of emotions that come with growing up and coming of age. When both Simon and Baz begin to understand what is happening, I sat there reading with the biggest grin on my face.

It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book as thoroughly as I did this one. If you enjoyed Fangirl or after a story that will leave you with a grin on your face, then I thoroughly recommend this!

Amazon | Waterstones

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