Simon Snow trilogy: Is it worth the read?

I finally read all the three books in the Simon Snow trilogy by Rainbow Rowell!

I have been seeing everyone rave about Carry On for many years now and decided it was time for me to pick it up.

BOOK 1: CARRY ON

Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 528
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: July 19, 2019

Synopsis of Carry On

Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling Fangirl, 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.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything.

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 starts 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 – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

My thoughts on Carry On:

This is an urban fantasy book set in a magical school called Watford. I knew this was a fanfiction of Harry Potter and was expecting a lot of similarities between the two but this book stands on its own. I admit I didn’t have high hopes for this book but I ended up loving this book way more than I thought I would. This book is my new guilty pleasure! I loved this book so much!

Carry On is a cute, fluffy enemies-to-lovers story between Simon and Baz. Simon is the ‘chosen one’ and he suspects Baz is a vampire. They have been at each other’s throat since first year of school. But of course, Baz is in love with him! I felt so giddy and elated while seeing him pine secretly for Simon Snow.

I absolutely loved Simon and Baz. They were so adorable and I couldn’t get enough of them! Penelope was essentially the Hermoine Granger type and I loved her character as well. She is so unapologetically herself.

The plot was also interesting and kept me at the edge of my seat. The ending caught me off guard and I appreciate the book for it.

In conclusion, I am obsessed with this book! This book is so precious! Must protect Simon and Baz at all costs.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

BOOK 2: WAYWARD SON

Wayward Son
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 356
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: September 24, 2020

Synopsis of Wayward Son

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.

My Thoughts on Wayward Son

This book wasn’t as great as the first one. This book is basically a road trip and a lot of things go wrong in this trip. This book is a whirlwind of adventure! But I felt as if this book lacked the magic it had in the first book. Something was definitely missing in this book and I cannot pinpoint what. Maybe there was less romance between Simon and Baz in this one, I don’t know. But I could feel a lack of communication between the two. I wished they would just talk and sort their feelings, but they didn’t.

Despite a lackluster story, I obviously loved Simon, Baz, and Penelope so much! They are such adorable characters and I am becoming so fond of them!

And did one ended on a cliffhanger!! Diving into the third book right away!

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

BOOK 3: ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS

Any Way The Wind Blows
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 579
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021

Synopsis of Any Way The Wind Blows

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward.

For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages — and if he doesn’t, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she’s smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn’t sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.

This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest.

Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.

My Thoughts on Any Way The Wind Blows

This is the third and final installment in the series and I must say it was a satisfying conclusion! I am happy with how things wrapped up. It was satisfying and I have no complaints.

The thing I loved the most about this whole series are the characters, especially Simon, Baz, and Penelope. I got so attached to the characters and I ended up caring deeply for them. They are just way too precious. Must protect them at all costs!

I loved Simon and Baz’s relationship. Their relationship wasn’t smooth at all. Both of them were dealing with their own issues and glad they figured it all out. I just want the best for my boys. Things also spicy between them (FINALLY) and I was here for everything!

Things wrapped up in a satisfying way and I am very grateful for that. All the characters got what they deserved and more.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, I love this trilogy. Carry On is my favourite from the series but all the books are amazing! This series is quite hyped and I can say it is worth the hype.

I would highly recommend this series of you want to read about magic, amazing friendships, and gay love!

My Overall Rating of Simon Snow Trilogy: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you for reading my review! Hope you will enjoy this series as much as I did.

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