It was fun but I just couldn't get into it. It wasn't until the last 2 chapters that I really felt there was a plot. If you love magic and you love AusIt was fun but I just couldn't get into it. It wasn't until the last 2 chapters that I really felt there was a plot. If you love magic and you love Austen then this is probably the thing for you....more
I enjoyed Carry On, I really did. Just as I've enjoyed every other one of Rainbow Rowell's books that I've read. It was fun, I loved the characters anI enjoyed Carry On, I really did. Just as I've enjoyed every other one of Rainbow Rowell's books that I've read. It was fun, I loved the characters and it brought me back into the kind of Wizarding world I've missed so much. Unfortunately, the problem I felt with Carry On was that it lacked substance. Everything moved along too fast way too easily and came across as though there was no real adversity.
It felt as though the author kept all of the filling and detail of the main story to themselves and was just feeding us a shallow version of the idea. Had the book been longer, covered more and delved deeper into the how's and why's of the structure I feel it would have left much more of an impact.
My biggest pet peeve was the ending battle/defeat of the antagonist. The big bad evil villain was taken care of so quickly and cleanly it felt way too easy, at first I didn't even realize he'd been defeated and had to re-read how it happened.
Also: I get that Simon was obsessed with Baz, but how could he go from obsessively fearing/suspecting him of conniving against him over everything since they were 11 to suddenly falling in love with him so quickly and seemingly out of the blue? It just felt a little forced and not as believable as it could have been.
That being said Carry On was still a good read and I couldn't put it down. I finished the whole thing in one go and was seriously disappointed when I realized I had reached the last page....more
I know Sally Green can do better. I've read Half Bad and Half Wild and fell in love with the author's simple but strong style. Unfortunately, Half LieI know Sally Green can do better. I've read Half Bad and Half Wild and fell in love with the author's simple but strong style. Unfortunately, Half Lies leaves a liiiiiiiiiiittle more than something to be desired.
The events and emotions of the characters come off as extremely flat. Michele could have been absolutely anyone for all the personality she showed through the page. Green had excellent material to work with: a love interest with stakes, an alcoholic father who murdered his mother in-law, deadly rivalries between badass witches, a family sinking into poverty and still reeling in the loss of the mother, magic etc, etc. tons of room to create someone with as much feeling as she did with Nathan. I WANT TO SEE ANGST SALLY, EMOTION, GIVE ME FODDER FOR MY OWN FEELINGS damnit.
Who was Michele? She loved Gabriel (understandable, he's great and he's "gorgeous" and doesn't care when she throws plates at his head), she didn't get a long with her dad (understandable, he's an alcoholic who can't hold down a job and cheated on her mother) but other than that she was basically cardboard. And who the heck was Sam? I get it she "loved" him, he was nice, he was chill, he played guitar and gave her free coffee. Besides that the dude barely had a single line of dialogue/any action in the story. He literally could have been Snoop Dog and you would never have known.
All in all, still Stoked for the next book in the trilogy, still love Sally Green, but was definitely disappointed with this little teaser....more