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.
I went into this book thinking that this would be some lame Harry Potter rip off. It wasn’t, really. It started off similar and then it changed, a lot. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot and the setting.
The characters weren’t that bad. I could tell that this was based on Potter/Malfoy but it branched off into a whole new direction. I really liked the way that the characters developed over the course of the book (except Agatha, I hated Agatha). I also really enjoyed the way that the characters talked and interacted. All in all, I really enjoyed the characters and their humor, except Agatha.
Baz was the most interesting character in the book. He was the one who taught us the most about the magic, whether he was the one describing it or he was doing something that someone else had to explain. I also enjoyed his perspective on life and his love/hate relationship with our hero, Simon Snow. He was really funny and he acted like he cared about some of the characters, Snow included. I really enjoyed his witty dialogue and the fact that he had annoying Snow down to an art form. He is the perfect morally grey character, in any book.
The plot was intriguing to me from the start. I wanted to see where Rainbow Rowell took the characters while not stealing too much from Harry Potter. I could catch the references but it was very unique. There were a lot of plot twists that constantly kept me on my toes. I loved the way that the information was revealed, to the other characters, I could figure it out by reading the character POVs closely. I can’t really describe much else about the plot without spoiling it, so I’ll just move on.
The setting was very well written and I could easily imagine myself adventuring with the characters and watching them grow up and become closer than ever. I also really enjoyed Baz’s house and was smiling when I learned he played the violin. I can’t wait to see what happens to the crew in the next book, and anyone who has read Carry On knows what I’m talking about.
This book was definitely not what I thought it would be. I highly recommend it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons