Book #1: Carry On
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
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 the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.
I just want to say to Rainbow Rowell: thank you. You are definitely becoming my favorite author with the way you write. It’s magic. Everything about this book was perfect. I didn’t want it to end. At all.
When I closed the book, I definitely pouted for a good while. Simon was my favorite character. I loved that he was so strong while having this internal battle with himself. In a very close second, Baz was the best. Strong, sarcastic, and witty: the perfect combination. Penny was the smart one that could get them out of any situation.
I couldn’t help compare this book with Harry Potter, and I can gladly say that it held it’s own. Carry On was the perfect book. To the people reading this review: I would say to read Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl first. It is about a girl who writes fanfiction based off of a book series about the one and only Simon Snow. This is her fanfiction. It will make more sense. It’s not mandatory, but it might make more sense.
Book #2: Wayward Son
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
The story is supposed to be over.
Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…
So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?
What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…
That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.
They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…
With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It’s another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter.
Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.
The second installment of the Simon Snow series was a fantastic addition to the first. I really enjoyed being able to connect with Penny, Simon and Baz again as I loved them so much in the first book, Carry On.
My favorite thing about Wayward Son was the setting. Watching the three of them take on Western America was hilarious and made me laugh-out-loud multiple times. They get lost and honestly, that probably was my favorite part of this book. I really enjoyed watching them trying to get back to where they needed to be and their dialogue was truly friendship based. How they handled being on foreign land in a crisis is exactly how I would think it would go.
The stories of Penny, Simon and Baz was just another fantastic job done by Rainbow Rowell. I really felt for them, especially for Simon and Baz. You root and root for them to make it through whatever it is that they’re going through and it is definite that Rainbow really pulls on your heart strings. I love when a book can make me feel that type of emotion.
The ending is what got me the most. I was so shocked that there was going to even be a second book. When I reached the end, I actually gasped out loud and could NOT believe my eyes. Any Way the Wind Blows is going to be the third installment of this series and let me just say I cannot wait!