Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow: Will this become 7 books and a movie? Please?

Rainbow: Will this become 7 books and a movie? Please?

Sometimes you don’t even realize how much you’ve been missing something until you are lucky enough to have it again.

I’ve really missed new Harry Potter books.
I’ve really missed the magic of Rainbow Rowell, especially the Fangirl kind.
I’ve really missed feeling so compelled to finish a book, that I cast aside my computer, my cell phone, my worries, and my bedtime to finish it.

Carry On was what I had been missing.

Fun, magical, witty, clever, suspenseful – I only wish it were a part of a 7 book series! (plus a movie)

In Carry On, Rainbow explores themes that readers will recognize from her other books:

-Do I have to care what other people think about who I choose to love?
-Must my family’s history and/or wishes determine my destiny?
-What happens when people change and grow away from who you thought they were?
-How responsible am I for others?
-Are things “right” because that is the way things have been in the past?

Yes, this is a teen fantasy book about a Chosen One at a magical British boarding school. But it challenges and plays with the tropes of that genre in really fun ways.

On top of everything I already mentioned, there’s one more thing that really tickled me about Carry On, and that is the literal power of language. Without spoiling things too much, I ADORED the way that magic spells are cast in this particular magical universe. It has a great logic, and allows Rainbow to have fun with language, with lots of winks towards pop culture.

Carry On is hands down my new favorite Rainbow Rowell!

*casts spell* Read it or weep!

Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan ~ vamps, zombies, BFFs

Do we look like we are from a small city in Maine? Um, yes this clubwear was made by LL Bean, can't you tell?

Do we look like we are from a small city in Maine? Um, yes this clubwear was made by LL Bean, can’t you tell?

Good story - Let's hack it and make it great

Good story – Let’s hack it and make it great

Verdict: This book is a light-hearted twist on teen vampire romances without being mean-spirited or satirical. It was a quick read, and while it wasn’t relentlessly silly, it was by nature not all that substantive. With a couple of hacks, this book could have been a bit more polished.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to read a lighter, funnier, yet not sarcastic take on Twilight. Readers who don’t need romance to be the focus of the story, and who may be more interested in friendship dynamics.

Summary: Set in a small city in Maine within an alternate American history, vampires are a fact of life. They generally keep to their own section of town, and there are strict laws in place preventing vampires from draining human blood or turning people into vampires without their consent. Our main character is Mel, a fiercely loyal friend who throughout the novel tries to help her two BFFs with different vampire-related issues. Continue reading