A few times I came across people saying that they started reading Harry Potter from the third or fourth book and I always wondered what that’s like. NA few times I came across people saying that they started reading Harry Potter from the third or fourth book and I always wondered what that’s like. Now I know. Carry On isn’t as complex as Harry Potter so it’s easier to understand but when you start reading it, you feel like you’re reading a sequel to a book that doesn’t exist. Which I guess you kind of are. After all, Carry On started as a fictional series of books that the main character of Rowell’s book Fangirl loves. Carry On is very obviously inspired by Harry Potter to the point where I sometimes felt like I was reading a fanfiction story… to be more precise, a Drarry fanfiction story.
At first I found the book a bit boring, Simon wasn’t that interesting to me, Penny was obviously Hermione, I don’t understand what the point of Agatha and Simon’s relationship even was, but then Baz showed up and made everything more fun, the way ‘kinda evil’ characters usually do. The book gives us some clues about things that happened before, usually attacks on Simon, but we don’t really get many details. Sometimes characters say things that would probably make more sense if we had more context for them. So the relationship between Simon and Baz could have been more realistic if we knew more about their past. This way, Simon’s feelings seem to come out of nowhere.
Carry On still has enough originality in it to not seem like a total rip-off. One of my favorite things about the world of Carry On is the way magic works. Magic words are basically phrases that normal people use a lot, like “Up, up and away” and even “Can’t Touch This”. So those phrases have a lot of power in them and magicians use them for spells.
The book can be quite cheesy at times and there are too many pop culture references, but if you liked Fangirl, you should give this book a shot simply because of how much fun it is....more
Allison is one of my favorite female characters ever. She's so badass and strong. She can take care of herself and that's sadly rare in YA books.
I loAllison is one of my favorite female characters ever. She's so badass and strong. She can take care of herself and that's sadly rare in YA books.
I loved the first half of this book. Especially the conversations between Allison and Kanin. Kanin teaches Allison pretty much everything about vampires. I wish he was around for a bit longer. I was glad to find out that animal blood is not enough for vampires to survive, so they can't say "I'm good, I don't drink from humans." Allison has some struggles with The Hunger, but I never felt like it's REALLY difficult for her to control herself.
I hated Stick. Holy shit, what a coward. I understand being scared, but this guy can't handle ANYTHING. He's the most annoying character in the book. The second most annoying is Ruth.
About halfway through the book, Allison joins a group of humans who are looking for a city called Eden. There she meets Zeke, Jeb and Ruth. Zeke is the love interest, Ruth is a bitch and I don't know what to think of Jeb.
When I was reading the book and Kanin showed up, I thought for sure that he's the love interest. Apparently I was wrong. But hey, maybe that changes in the next book! The actual love interest is Zeke. He's really nice person. But the chemistry between him and Allison is nonexistent. The Allison/Zeke/Ruth love triangle was boring and unnecessary. The book was better without high school drama.
Like I said, I loved the first half of this book. The world building, descriptions of vampire cities, rabids (they're frightening as fuck), the way humans live and most of all Kanin - it was AWESOME. Compared to that, the second half was disappointing and kinda messy. But I liked the ending.
I have no idea if I'll keep reading the series. Maybe if somebody tells me that Kanin comes back. ...more
The main character is a teenage girl, Alice, who is probably one of the worst characters ever. She obviously doesn't like her 'best friend' Jane (andThe main character is a teenage girl, Alice, who is probably one of the worst characters ever. She obviously doesn't like her 'best friend' Jane (and who would, she’s even worse than Alice), but for some strange reason they’re still best friends. At the beginning of the book she out with Jane, they get attacked and then (how predictable) a mysterious guy shows up and saves Alice (Jane doesn't need saving, because she already run away or something). The three of them go for a coffee. Jane and the waitress are all over the guy (Jack), but (of course), he only has eyes for Alice (this scene really reminded me of a similar scene in Twilight).
"There was something about him that made me trust him implicitly."
She hears him laugh: "Somehow, it warmed me through and through, and I realized that I would trust him with anything."
"But sitting here, in the booth with him, nothing had ever felt more natural or safe. This was where I was supposed to be."
So they start hanging out more and more, and everyone he meets is in love with him except for Alice. Because she’s SPECIAL. She figures out that he’s different, but doesn't know how, exactly. There’s a scene where she slices herself and he gets weird. How shocking!
"What exactly are you saying?" Jack narrowed his eyes at me, but there was a brightness to them. He was hoping I would figure it out. "You were bit, but there’s hardly a wound, and-and you have like super human strength and… everything in the whole world wants to have sex with you and… you don’t have a temperature!" I spouted. Biting my lip, I didn't look at him. I was trying to figure it all out, but none of it made sense. I could feel him looking at me, but I just couldn't put the puzzle together. "So?" Jack asked encouragingly. "So…" I threw my arms up in the air, feeling completely exasperated. "I don’t know! You’re a werewolf!"
The only character that was a little bit interesting was Peter. He’s another vampire, Jack’s brother. I liked his backstory. What I didn't like is Alice’s ridiculous "OMG, I can’t think of anything else when he’s around" reaction. And she wants him to bite her, because, er, I don’t know. I never really understood Alice. But if Peter doesn't want to, there’s always Jack. It seemed to me sometimes that she doesn't really care which one she ends up with. As long as he’s a hot vampire, she’s happy. Between Jack and Peter, I was rooting for Peter. But than I realized, if he 'won', he would have to spend the rest of his eternal life with Alice. Why would I want the poor guy to end up with her? She would bore him to death.
There are more books in the series, but there’s no way I’m reading them....more