Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff || When you shake up Hogwarts + Assassin’s Creed!

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 429 pages, Hardcover
Published: August 11th, 2016 by Harper Collins
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.


This book was seriously SO. FREAKING. AWESOME!! I finally picked it up in July because the release of Godsgrave was coming near and I couldn’t wait to see what the fuss was all about. Oh, damn, I sooo understood because this book took me in for such a ride that I’ll never forget in this lifetime! But my order of Godsgrave got delayed and I’m dyiiiiing!! I need to know what happens next so bad!

“Never Flinch.’ A cold whisper in her ear. ‘Never fear. And never, ever forget.’ The girl nodded slowly. Exhaled the hope inside.

Mia Covere moves forward with only one aim in her mind. Her need to avenge her family keeps her going and there’s only one place which can train her for the mission she wants to accomplish, that is the Red Church. But reaching there is a big hurdle to begin with and being a student there is a whole other nightmare. Mia realises the ultimate challenge when not only she has to use her her mind but her heart comes on the line as well.

A Kickass Plot!

Nevernight was an awesome combination of assassination, kickassery and romance! Although I had read a number of reviews for this book, the overall idea for this book was still very vague to me, so I mostly went in knowing nothing. This book definitely had a slow beginning and the pace slowly picks up (at the rate that you’ll not be able to breathe during the last couple of chapters!) once she arrives at the Red Church. And once the actual journey starts, you know you are in for the ride. Mia has always wanted to learn the art of assassination and who could better teach her than the Red Church, she has heard various tales from her master and yearned to be a part of it because it would be the only be she would be finally able to take back what she lost long ago.

“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.”

This book was such an interesting read. The plot was unique and it never failed to surprise me throughout the book. Mia had an usual ability to manipulate shadows which was a pretty interesting aspect and as a character, she was neither perfect nor strong but she did not fail to make her mark. She was seriously so god damn awesome! And I really freaking enjoyed Mister Kindly though sometimes it gave me off vibes, well we’ll get to see more of that in the next book.

Intriguing Characters!

“If her face were a puzzle, most would put it back in the box, unfinished.”

This book had an abundant of characters which provided more layers to the plot. I enjoyed Mia’s friendship Tric, Ash and Charlotta though I didn’t like Jessamine and her brother much. The romance between Tric and Mia developed a little all of a sudden but I had no complaints. None at all. And most of all, I loved the fact that each and every one of these characters were unpredictable as hell and it kept me guessing throughout the book.

Mind-boggling twists and turns!

Things really sped up once the actual competition began at the Red Church. The masters were pretty creative, especially Aalea was cunning as hell and it was clear that each of them assigned their task after putting many thoughts to it, they were creative like them but dangerous as well and my heart was really beating fast whenever one of my beloved characters stood in the face of grave danger because that was available in abundance. The twists and turns never stopped coming! I also enjoyed the character of Lord Cassius and I really wished I had got to see more of him.

“Sometimes weakness is a weapon. If you’re smart enough to use it.”

I think I was a bit reluctant to pick up Nevernight in the first place because one thing was common in multiple reviews I had read, the writing style. And when I started this book, I could relate. The writing was really hard to get into, sometimes I had to stop and clear my head before I proceeded but I only had this problem in the beginning, as I read along, I didn’t realise when this problem had gone away and I was breezing through the book in no time. In the end, I ended up loving pretty much everything, including the writing style.

Overall

Nevernight was a fantastic read! The plot was intriguing as well as the characters which kept my interest throughout the book. I couldn’t keep this book down. I enjoyed the action and the romance and I sooo can’t wait for Godgrave!! I seriously hope my copy arrives soon. My patience is wearing veeery thin!!!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Did you love it or did it felt flat for you? Or are you still waiting to read this book?

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Review: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia || Where everything was so freaking relatable!

Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mental health, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 405 pages, Ebook
Published: May 30th, 2017 by Greenwillow Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.

Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. Features illustrations by the author throughout. Perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, this is the second novel by the acclaimed author of Made You Up.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


This book was so serious freaking relatable, in so many ways. Although some parts were predictable yet this book did not fail to surprise me in numerous ways and I enjoyed the ride throughout the book!

In real life, Eliza is a shy and quiet teen who mostly prefers staying in her room rather than going out but online, she is a sensation. Eliza is the anonymous creator of a successful web comic known as Monstrous Sea. Her life shakes up a little when a new guy joins her school who she surprisingly finds a huge fan of her comic. But when her anonymous life clashes with the real one, will Eliza be able to bring back sanity in her life?

Relatable characters!

I seriously freaking loved this book so much! The plot of Eliza and Her Monsters was refreshing although a bit predictable but I loved how everything was executed. Eliza is a pretty famous person online being the creator of a successful web comic in contrast to her real life. Eliza simply loves creating and her comic, Monstrous Sea is read by people all over the world.

“I made Monstrous Sea because it’s the story I wanted. I wanted a story like it, and I couldn’t find one, so I created it myself.”

And it’s not limited to that, there are fan-fictions and even merchandise in accord of her comic. But to avoid being too anxious about everything, being anonymous helped a lot. I sooo could understand that.

Adorable romance!

I really enjoyed how the story took its turn when Wallace enrolls in Eliza’s school. Things start changing for her, especially after she finds out he is a huge fan of her comics. Wallace also has selective mutism, another great rep! Anyway, he is such an adorable character, a perfect combo of a nerd and jock! And I loved his passion for writing.

“You found me in a constellation.”

Eliza and Wallace’s friendship starts off awkwardly but turns into something beautiful. They truly understood each other and balanced each other out. The romance as predicted was really adorable too!!

Positive Internet rep!

And, hands off to the internet rep in this book! Many parents, including mine, don’t agree that internet friends are real friends. They don’t even have an idea how much wrong they are. I found my freaking best friend on the internet, someone who understands me more than my real life friends but try telling my parents that! And this front was so much relatable because Eliza’s parents pretty much think the same way but they didn’t realise how much precious her online relationships were. I LOOOVED the relationship Eliza had with her online group which included Emmy and Max and the three of them were of different age groups, it really showed how age didn’t really matter when it comes to friendship. Also, the representation of parents was reeeally done well. I could relate so freaking much. Again. And I really loved that although they didn’t totally understand Eliza and they promised to try and that’s what counts the most.

Mental Illness represented right!

During the last quarter of the book when Eliza’s life exploded after her real identity got revealed, it really did a number on her. Kudos to the accurate representation of anxiety in this book. It’s really well done.

“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt.
The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It’s always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and lets it run wild. even when I know it’s coming, I can’t stop it.”

I thought the revelation was going to be pretty soon in the book as it’s given in the blurb but it happens pretty much during the end. Anyway, although things got too much for her, she was still brave and I admired that so much. It took a lot of courage after what she did next and I was cheering for her till the very end. She couldn’t have done it all without the support of her friends, family and Wallace. The ending didn’t fail to bring a smile on my face.

Overall

Eliza and Her Monsters was a pretty awesome read. The plot although predictable was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I loved the romance between Eliza and Wallace and I really wanted more! The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Did you enjoy it or is it still in your tbr?

Review: A Veil of Shadows by Michael W. Garza || Where my adventure knew no bounds

Title: A Veil of  Shadows
Author: Michael W. Garza
Series: The Shadow Gate Chronicles, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, [Middle-Grade]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 229 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: September 22nd, 2017 by NeverHaven Press
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A desperate search leads to a new world.

Naomi and Gavin are on the run. Having narrowly escaped Azzmon’s clutches, they find themselves hunted by Malick, another Shade Lord. He has amassed an army of foul creatures, and the city-state of Tarravale stands on the brink of chaos. Naomi’s ability to open Shadow Gates makes her an alluring target, and the Shade Lord will stop at nothing to possess her. The children must find a way to escape before their new world is buried in an unwinnable war.


Like the first book in this series, this book was also pretty fun to read. Full of adventure and action, there’s never a dull moment. You can read my review of book 1: The Last Shadow Gate, here.

Gavin and Naomi discovered a whole new world which they enter through the Shadow Gate. But that world was not devoid of evils. Having escaped once, they are being once again chased by another Shade Lord, Malick. Alone and afraid, they are finally surprised to find one ounce of hope in the midst of everything but will that be enough for them to finally return home?

The story picks up right where it left off. Gavin and Naomi manage to escape the clutches of Azzmon, although being betrayed does not sit well with Gavin despite Naomi’s way of understanding things differently. The siblings only want one thing, that is to go back home but this world has a whole other plan for them. The first capture was the ultimate surprise. When they were first caught, I was afraid for them but then it definitely was bittersweet *spoiler*because they were finally reunited with their great-grandfather who was stuck in that world for ages*End of Spoiler* but I was really happy for Gavin and Naomi but that was just the start of their new adventure.

Soon enough, they are running from yet another enemy, a.k.a Malick and he has plans of his own. The trio has to face a number of complications and hurdles on their way to the Shadow gate which is the only way they will be able to return home. The pages are lined with action and something or the other kept happening. But everything felt a bit too repetitive for me, I wanted something new to surprise me which didn’t happen.

Anyway, I enjoyed the characters. I loved Gavin and I cherished the bond between him and Naomi. They both cared about each other so much. But those serpent like creatures were definitely scary as well as the Noctright. They kinda reminded me of the Pterodactyl, just scarier because it was hybrid of sorts. This book ended on a hopeful note and I definitely want to see how it all ends.

Overall, A Veil of Shadows was a good read though somewhat predictable. The plot was executed neatly and I enjoyed the character growth. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout the book. I really hope the next book manages to surprise me more!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Are you interested in reading it?

Review: The Infinite Sea & The Last Star by Rick Yancey || Where things boiled down to an underwhelming end

Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave trilogy, book 2
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Thriller, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 300 pages, Paperback
Published: September 16th, 2014 by Penguin Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.


Like I already said in my review of The Selection trilogy, I really want to try and finish the full series that I already own and I was in the mood for some alien drama and hence picked it up! This book picked up from where The 5th Wave had ended. The gang has no idea what happened to Evan and they are trying to stay as low key as possible but it is it ever possible in a world plagued by monsters?

I really enjoyed The 5th Wave and though I already had this book, I really wanted to read the whole series together, so I waited a bit for The Last Star to come out but I was disheartened by the reviews and hence I didn’t pick it up then. But my mood finally stroke and I ended up binge reading book 2 and 3 together. The Infinite Sea started off slow and it kinda mostly stayed stagnant like that but the book was not devoid of actions. Like the previous book, this book is also narrated in multiple POVs but this book is dominated by Ringer’s POVs and surprisingly I didn’t mind that much because I actually enjoyed the story from her view too but wanted more from Cassie’s too.

“When you look death in the eye and death blinks first, nothing seems impossible.”

Anyway, the action kept me engaged throughout the book. Ringer is not someone to sit back and see what happens, so naturally, she embarked an adventure on her own which was pretty interesting and exciting to read about. Poundcake’s backstory really made me sad but he indeed was a brave little guy. A few new characters are also introduced in this book but Razor was the one who intrigued me the most. The one thing I hated the most was Sam’s change of attitude. Like seriously! It gave me a whiplash! His sister did everything for him and instead of being a little thankful and happy she is not dead, he does the complete opposite. Sam went on from being my favourite character to my most hated.

*Spoilery* Over, The Infinite Sea was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and the new POVs were pretty interesting to read. And I also got to seeeeee Evan!! I was seriously worried about him and when he and Cassie were finally reunited, I was happy as hell! *End of Spoiler*

Recommend it?

Yes.


Title: The Last Star
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave trilogy, book 3
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Thriller, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 338 pages, Paperback
Published: May 24th, 2016 by Penguin Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


Everything boiled down to the last book. I was seriously so afraid to start this book but I needed to know the answers as well, I needed to know how everything ended. And I did enjoy this book but unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations.

The 2nd book really set up the pace for this book and things started on an exciting note. Everything was much more chaotic which made the plot confusing at times. This book mostly had Cassie and Ringer’s POV and I enjoyed them both. They both were such badass characters and although they didn’t see eye to eye on most of the things but they were mature enough to side together when it came down to the actual enemy. My hatred for Sam increased in this book. Seriously, how could he treat his own sister like that? Nonetheless, I liked Ben (and I was freaking right who he ended up with in the end!!) but I didn’t care for him as much as Evan and I wish I had got to see more of him and Cassie together.

“Love is forever. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be love.
The world is beautiful. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be the world.”

But I wanted more from the plot. It was like they were moving but still kind of stuck like in book 2. Though the last part was interesting enough to keep me glued to the pages. I enjoyed the actions the most in the book but unfortunately, the plot twist was not as shocking because it was already spoiled for me but I still enjoyed the execution. But the ending! I did not see it coming. Not from far far away! Why?!! Why the hell did it happen that way? When I actually read that part I had to recheck if I was reading it right because it happened all of a sudden! And I was not ready for it.

Overall, The Last Star, although an enjoyable read was underwhelming. The loose ends were tied I did enjoy the overall story but I wanted more and I was not satisfied how everything ended.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you completed this series yet? What did you think about this trilogy?

Review: Boomerang Boyfriend by Chris Cannon || Enjoyable but same old, same old

Title: Boomerang Boyfriend
Author: Chris Cannon
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 201 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: September 11th, 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Working with her best friend’s brother at Betty’s Burgers, free-spirited Delia starts to see Jack in a new light. Not only has Jack-the-Jerk turned into a hottie, he’s even acting like a nice guy, who rescues dogs and knows how she likes her coffee. But if Jack is into her, then why is he keeping her a secret? Of course, if her best friend doesn’t approve, Delia could lose the only family she’s ever known.

Seeing Delia in her retro waitress uniform throws Jack’s world out of whack. She’s always been just another pain in the butt little sister…not a datable female. But she’s rockin’ the Pie Princess tiara, and even her hot-pink striped hair is sexy. What’s that about? He needs to get his head on straight because artsy, funky Delia and her nonconformist ways don’t fit in his safe and ordered world.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains kisses that make the world fall away and snarky humor that may cause you to LOL in public places.


Guys. *huge pause* I think I am getting over Contemporary YA (and dystopia too). *sad face* Because lately, I haven’t read any book in that genre that I reaaaally enjoyed. Anyway, back to this review, Boomerang Boyfriend was definitely an enjoyable read though were some aspects that bothered me.

Delia and Jack have always been at the opposite ends of each other. Jack has always seen her as his sister’s annoying best friend and Delia too saw Jack the same way until she begins to work in the same place as Jack’s where she finally gets to see a whole different side of him. Both of them feel the chemistry between them but they are both afraid to take a step forward. Will they be ever able to have something real?

The plot of Boomerang Boyfriend, although enjoyable was too predictable. Delia and Zoe have been friends forever and she has been a part of that family for as long as Jack remembers. Delia has mostly seen the jerk version of Jack but when she starts working as the Pastry Princess where Jack works as well, they both begin to see each other in a different light. Their perspective towards each other change.

I liked Delia’s character but sometimes her attitude bothered me, especially towards Aiden. It felt like just because he wasn’t interested in her, she treated him poorly, even after knowing the truth. He truly trusted her and she did keep that trust but still, I was bothered by the fact how she simply blamed him and didn’t try to understand his situation. I dunno, it felt weird. Anyway, Jack was a really sweet guy but he really took his time in deciding what he wanted and kept running away! And his over-reaction towards Delia’s secret of Aiden’s showed how he didn’t trust her, it felt too much at times though I was glad when he managed to make up to her, I enjoyed the chemistry between those two. Though again, Zoe’s reaction was too much when she learned about their relationship. :-/ Anyway, I enjoyed how the everything was wrapped up at the end.

Overall, Boomerang Boyfriend was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and I liked the romance between Jack and Delia. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Are you looking forward to it?

Review: The Elite & The One by Kiera Cass || Where I finally bid goodbye to this series

Title: The Elite and The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, book 2 and 3
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 323 pages, Paperback
Published: April 23rd, 2013 and June 5th, 2014 by HarperTeen respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Elite:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever- and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

The One:

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.


I read the first book in this series back in 2015 and since then the whole series has been collecting dust on my shelf and this year and I really wanted to finish all the unread books/full series from my shelf, so my finally picked this up. Honestly, I’m just glad I’m finished off with this series because it has been one of the most disappointing ones. Anyway, you can read my review of The Selection, here.

“Love is beautiful fear.” 

When America came to participate in the Selections, her heart wasn’t truly in the competition but it was before she came to know Maxon. Now her heart is torn between him and her first love, Aspen who’s a soldier in the palace. The competition’s getting more fierce day by day and then there are the rebel attacks which are getting frequent as well. And when she realises the truth which changes her whole course, which path will America choose?

The Selection failed to make a mark on me because it was way too predictable though it had some good moments. Thr rebel attacks were one of the most interesting aspects of that book and I was really looking forward to more of it but there was seriously nothing in The Elite. Frankly, I didn’t quite understand the purpose of this book. I didn’t hate America like I have read so many reviews but her indecisiveness really irritated me. There is at least some point where one understands what one’s heart truly craves but America couldn’t till the very end of the last book. Seriously! It felt like she was close to deciding whom she wanted but the very next minute she was running away from that. Anyway, the plot doesn’t move anywhere in the 2nd book, it mostly swayed back and forth on the same point. I just wish this book would have more substance than the frustrating romance.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. 

It was only ever yours to break anyway.”

The One was definitely better than The Elite. This book did focus on the rebel sub-plot but just not as much as I would have loved. America’s indecisiveness continued in this book too and by this time, I had kinda already stopped caring but it was still infuriating. Maxon was such a sweet guy and when she asked for space, he gave her that but when Maxon asked for the same thing, she felt hurt and betrayed. Dude, why? She was pretty much doing the same thing behind his back, I didn’t know why she acted like a hypocrite.

Anyway, I didn’t really like Aspen anymore than I did in book 1. He kept appearing wherever I least wanted him to!! Celeste’s character gave me a whiplash but I definitely enjoyed her character but the thing with Kriss was kinda all of a sudden and oh well, it was all weird. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the plot twist but it was kinda already ruined for me and hence didn’t have much impact on me. Though the ending part made me emotional and with everything going on, I was really afraid at one point but the ending was definitely the saving grace of this whole trilogy, all the loose ends were wrapped up everything finally fell into place. And thank freaking goodness, the choosing ceremony finally happened!

“But even now I know this isn't a fairy tale. 
I know that we'll have hard times, confusing times. 
I know that things won't always happen the way we want them to and that we'll have to work to remember that we chose this. 
It won't be perfect, not all the time.

This isn't happily ever after.

It's so much more than that.” 

Overall, The Elite and The One were an okay read. The plot was predictable but neatly executed. These two books were definitely a fast read and the pace was even throughout the two books. I didn’t want to read book 4 after finishing this trilogy and it ended here for me.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what do you think about this series? Is it one of your favourites or did you not enjoy it as much as you had hoped?

Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell || Where my feelings turned into a mushy gushy mess!

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBT, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page count and format: 517 pages, Paperback
Published: October 8th, 2015 by Macmillan
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (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 Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…


This book was my 3rd Rainbow Rowell read and I looooved it so freaking much!! Though I wish I would have bought this book a little later because the new cover is sooo amazing and beautiful!! You would already know this if you have read Fangirl, Carry On originally started as fanfiction by the protagonist Cath in Fangirl and I enjoyed the snippets of the story so much while reading that book and I was so freaking excited when this came out as whole story instead (not anyway related to Fangirl). Anyhooo, this book was really a ride I won’t ever forget!

Simon Snow has to deal with a lot being the chosen one and everything becomes more chaotic in his life with his girlfriend breaks up with him and he realises he has feelings for his enemy, Baz! And then there’s the Humdrum who has been after Simon since forever and his mentor has been keen on avoiding him for the last few months. With everything going on, how will Simon face the ultimate challenge when he comes face to face with the truth?

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This book was a blast! I think I decided to pick it up later because of the similarities with Harry Potter. And I could see why other reviewers were saying so but I only felt that only felt during the beginning of the book because a whole new story develops as the plot proceeds. Though I definitely have to say it’s a book heaven for Drarry shippers! Anyway, let’s come back to the plot! Simon Snow is the chosen one, destined to be the greatest mage of all times and the one to be able to defeat the Humdrum. But his life isn’t that simple, although he is the chosen one he is not able to control his magic and he sometimes just “blows off” when things become too hard to handle. This book definitely started off strong and managed to keep my interest throughout the book.

Simon is just an adorable mushy character and I loved him to death! Although Baz, his roommate who he doubted was a vampire and he was his mortal enemy, still Simon was worried sick when he didn’t show up when the term started. I was so giddy with excitement, I could see how much he cared for Baz with realising it himself. The only complaint I have is that I really wished Baz would have shown up much earlier, it would have been awesome to see more of their bantering it was really hilarious at times and laced with humour. 

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Carry On was divided into multiple POVs, though it mostly consisted of Simon’s voice, it was pretty interesting to read other POVs too, especially Baz’s though I really didn’t understand the need to include Agatha’s POV because her chapters were bland and boring just like her personality. Her sudden crush on Baz and then suddenly realising he was bad and childish, I didn’t quite understand her change of feelings. Simon’s obsession, well not quite obsession but the thing he had with Agatha was quite weird too because it was so clear they didn’t have any true feelings for each other but were just together because it was perfect in everybody’s eyes and Simon’s urge to have Agatha back in her life was extremely weird. Again. That’s the only time I wanted to shake him hard enough until those thoughts flew out of his pretty brain. Though I think it was because he saw things the same way as everybody else and did not realise his true need until he got out of that relationship and began to see things differently with the help of a certain someone. *Ahem!*

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On the other hand, Penelope was a great character. She reminded me of Hermione and she was quite fun to read about, I loved the friendship she shared with Simon and from the very start, you get the feeling that it’s a kind of friendship that lasts a lifetime, maybe even more. Anyway, Baz’s chapter were the ones I loved the most! He had a wicked sense of humour and for the first time, I didn’t feel irritated when he was doing the exact opposite of what he was feeling because I understood where he was coming from and gosh ALL THE FEELS!! I was silently cheering when they finally started working together to solve a particular case and thus, the actual journey between them started. The chemistry between them was GAAAH!!! Too much, too good! And when they finally kissed, my feelings were everywhere, I had to re-read that particular page a couple to times to make sure it was really happening because it caught me off-guard, I definitely hadn’t expected that to happen but OMG, it was just sooo good!

The plot twist was another thing which caught me off-caught and it was definitely was one of the wow factors of this book because yep, did not see that coming either! I really loved how the entire thing with the Humdrum was executed, it definitely made things more intriguing. Also, the thing with the mage and Lucy’s POV were interesting enough to keep me glued to the pages. But the spells stuff was quite silly though, I would have enjoyed that part more if there was a different yet a unique aspect to that part. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed how the things were tied in the end, although it was a little bitter sweet, I was completely satisfied with the ending!

Overall, Carry On was a freaking fantastic read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I soooo loved the romance between Simon and Baz which left me wanting for more. The writing was quirky and fun to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I really needed this book in my life, I seriously didn’t think I would enjoy it this much but it was so worth it!

Recommend it?

YES!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think? Did you love it or was it just meh for you? Or is it still waiting in your tbr?