Buttons Book Reviews

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Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell — October 18, 2018

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

downloadSimon 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.

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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

Book Rating: th (14)

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell — August 12, 2018

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

15745753Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

This book was so sweet!! I read it and then I reread it so that I wouldn’t have to return it to the library. Everything between Eleanor and Park was so sweet and so so real. I laughed and I cried and it was amazing!!! I wish that I could go to the bookstore and buy this, but that would be a waste of money. All of the characters were amazingly realistic, as was the plot and the setting. If you want to read more of my thoughts then you should read the rest of my review.

The characters were so sweet!!! None of them deserved what they got and it broke my heart when I learned what was happening to them. That was when I started crying and couldn’t stop. I loved how the characters changed over the time period of the book. They helped each other and transformed everyone around them into better people. I really liked all of them and wish them happiness.

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My favorite character was Park. He started off being my least favorite character but then I grew to like him as I got to know him better. He was the right person for Eleanor and I ship them with all of my heart. Park also does what he feels is right for him, even if it annoys the people around him. I enjoyed the loyalty that he feels to Eleanor and wish that the ending had been different. I think that Park’s relationship with his father was very well done. All I want to do is give him a big hug.

The plot was, as usual with contemporaries, very character based. It seemed very realistic to me, but I haven’t lived through half of the things that they have. I appreciated the way that the bullying was portrayed in this book, one of the many many times I cried while reading this book. I loved Eleanor and Park gradually came to love each other and it wasn’t insta-love (I hate that trope). Writing a book like this takes a lot of talent and if reading two books of Ms. Rowell’s hadn’t already hooked me on her writing this one did.

The setting was amazing!!! The characters didn’t really go anywhere so the setting was really descriptive. Park’s house made me want a waterbed. All of the places that the characters traveled were very descriptive and they made me never want to be in the situation that Eleanor was in. I wish that there was a sequel to this book, badly, preferably years in the future. The way that the backstory was revealed was genius. Absolute genius. I loved this book and I hope that we get a sequel, sometime in the future.

All in all, I loved this book and cannot wait to read more of Ms. Rowell’s books. I highly recommend it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)