My first book by Rainbow Rowell: the war between good and evil driven by very cute and very magical teenagers

Carry On (Simon Snow, #1)Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 and rounding up to 4 stars.

Refreshing. Easy to read and even if simple in the writing (and I mean simple in good way, just the absence of flourish) it contains a great force and personality. It’s different because Simon’s voice is. Sarcastic and funny but also lonely. Special.

The humor fits mine perfectly and I smiled a lot. I even laughed out loud. Humor related it’s delicious.

The romantic element of the story is very cute. And sweet. And kind of sexy. Because we, as readers, find sexiness in the most random places and here two kisses had that effect on me. They talked louder than any explicit scene.
So yeah, it is, mostly, a good enemies to lovers with two great characters overflowing sarcasm and charm. They got me from the beginning.

The mystery is a good one. Yes, it’s not the ultimate thriller and you see things coming from a mile but it’s very well driven, in intrigue and in the way it’s narrated: various POV letting us know the character’s progress, the new discoveries in the different lines of investigation. And in the top of all the mystery, all the magic, all the war between good and evil we have some teenagers dealing with adolescence, love, heartbreak, the need to fit, the need to be the best, the need to be accepted. Perfectly mixed, in my opinion.

Is it Harry Potter’s style? Yes, undoubtedly but because there is magic, wands, spells, chosen ones... but Carry On has also vampires, dragons... and a sense of humor to praise.

Recommended! And even if it’s the first book of two, it can be read as standalone.

Este libro está traducido al español y se llama Moriré besando a Simon Snow (no me funciona el «insert book», lo siento, en cuanto pueda pego el link directo). Me he leído las dos versiones y he disfrutado las dos casi por igual (raro, rarísimo, que yo soy muy fan de los originales), así que lo recomiendo una barbaridad para aquellos que disfrutan de la magia, la fantasía y personajes jóvenes y maravillosos como protagonistas.


July 21, 2018 A.K.A the first attempt: I’m putting this one on hold for a little bit. I’ll wait to be in the mood to fully enjoy the story.

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