Carry On review

Carry OnCarry On review

Rating: Four stars

This book had a lot of hype. And when I say a lot what I mean is it was what everyone was talking about in the book community. Now for myself, I waited a bit before going into it. First it was because I thought it was a YA like Fangirl (which I still haven’t read) so I was a bit skeptical. But as the reviews started to be published I saw that it was not at all like that. Sure it’s still a YA but it’s a YA that makes fun of Harry Potter and Twilight, basically the best sellers of YA.

Who was I to say no to that?

I must first explain why it appealed to me the second I acknowledged that. For Twilight it’s going to be very short. I absolutely hated it. And I did try to read it. Oh boy I did and I still think it was a loss of my time.….  For Harry Potter, well, I tend to keep my opinion to myself because I am cared of Harry’s fan. But wait! I did not “hate” Harry Potter, in fact I loved the first four books, and I HATED Harry, the chosen one.

This being said, you might understand better why I loved Carry On.

This book is heavily influenced by those two series. But, in a good way, by that I mean it did not ‘copy’ them but used their flaws to make it a good adventure. By flaws I mean R. Rowell used every ‘stupid’ or ‘naïve’ even ‘romantic’ aspects of these books and made fun of them. But not in a very harsh way, I mean she used references in a comical tone which I found great.

The plot was very past paced and it works with flash backs to tell us what happened before and how it all unfold in the story later. Basically Simon Snow has to face the Humdrum who is destroying the magic world while wizards are divided because of the Mage’s(the headmaster of the school) reforms.

Yeah, the story is much like Harry Potter’s. Simon Snow is the chosen one in his wizarding world. He has two friends Penny and Agatha and a sworn enemy Blaz. See where I was saying they were alike? Well, I must say, the world was a bit less developed. And it’s the only bad point I found in this book, the world needed more development.

But! Where the book lost in world building it gain it characterization. Seriously the characters were so much better than in Harry Potter or Twilight. Because they had depth and one could see that because the story is divided into their different point of views which makes the story even more interesting. And the relationships are more developed especially how they see the Mage or even the love stories they were not full of good feelings like Hermione and Ron or Harry and Ginny (I hated that couple, why, why why???!!!).

Also I think I heard somewhere that this book was meant to be a fanfiction of Harry Potter for Fangirl.  That actually made me think, because I did write some fanfictions and I read some that were really great, so perhaps that if authors changed just a few things like in Carry On it might be great novels. But that’s beside the point.

Oh did I mention the dragon? 😉

Finally if you were taken back by the bazillions reference to Harry Potter in my review, read the book you’ll understand why. But don’t do it as a hard core Harry Potter fan, keep an open mind. And if you lived on a rock for your entire life and never heard of Harry before, don’t worry your life is not over, but you can still read this book but do tell how you saw it because it is full of references ^^.

My Salinger Year review

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(sorry for the image quality….. watercolor and my camera are at war at the moment, we might reach a peace settlement for the next review xD)

My Salinger Year review:

Rating: five stars 😀

I am not one to read contemporary fiction, mostly because it bores me to death. Well, I gladly broke that rule for this book.

I have to say that I never plan on buying this book, it was given to me. First I thought ‘ugh contemporary….’ But I always give a chance to every book I own. So I started this book with no real expectations.

And it turned out great.

It is the autobiographical memoirs of Joanna Rakoff when she was working for the Agency, an editing house intermediate. She has the job of assisting the boss while answering letters from J.D.Salinger fans and sometimes reading some manuscripts.

I was very interested in her experience since I myself would like to work for an editing house. But even if you don’t want to, I think you can still commiserate with the characters.

Joanna is in that period of life when you are an adult but not sure where you are fitting in. This time frame when you are going through motions and starting to realize that maybe everything around you is wrong and you need a change.

I think that year was important for the character as a transitional year, a year to know what you want and perhaps found yourself. It may sound a bit cheesy but it is the simplest way to put it down.

It is very short but it has a big impact, by this I don’t mean its life changing, but it gets you emotional and you might think, ‘hey I actually know what she is going through’. I believe anyone can relate to what is happening in this book even without the whole bookish background that I loved.

Of course I couldn’t talk about this book without saying a word on Salinger. I never read any of his books. There I said it. I knew about them because of the whole John Lennon thing but I never tried. I guess I was curious but I always remembered it was a trigger for acting out. And we’re all scared of acting out. But enough about that. In this book J.D. Salinger has a central place without being here all the time and I think that’s great. It represents the weight of literature on your life or of certain authors, something everyone can relate to.