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Audiobook Reviews: Carry On & Heartless

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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.

4/5

I’m late to the party on this particular book, but better late than never, right?

I’ll admit that I was hesitant with this one. I’ve read Fangirl, and I knew it was basically a rip off of Harry Potter, and I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about that. Plus, as it was a fan fiction in Fangirl, I was a little worried how it would read, because I generally don’t like books that feel like something I could read for free online.

But this was so much fun. I loved how it had it’s own voice, rather than just sounding like a Harry Potter fan fiction, and I really enjoyed the characters and how everything worked throughout the book. It was a crazy adventure that stopped just short of being ridiculous, and had some really amazing moments.

My one major complaint was that it does feel like you’re coming in late into the series, and I wanted more background and history about all the characters and the plot. It felt a little thin in terms of world building, and I felt like it needed a bit more padding to not feel like you’re starting in the middle of a series.

All in all, this was a really fun book and I’m glad that I finally got around to it. If you enjoy Harry Potter-style books that aren’t just remakes, magic schools, or snarky characters, you should definitely check out Carry On!

Find Carry On on Book Depository

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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

4/5

I had loved the Lunar Chronicles, and so I was a little hesitant to go into this one. I didn’t know if it would be able to live up to that, and Alice and Wonderland has always been hit or miss for me in the past. But when the opportunity came up to listen to the audiobook, I figured I should give it a go.

This definitely lives up to the standard that Meyer set with her Lunar Chronicles. It was a fun story, and the way the whole thing progressed was brilliantly done – I wouldn’t have predicted how things would turn out at the end when I first started the book. There are so many great moments throughout the story, and I loved all the characters and how they interacted. The only thing I wasn’t really big on was that I found the change in Cath’s character towards the end to be a bit over the top, but it did work well with the story.

All in all, this was a really fun book, and a great look into what the deal might have been with the Queen of Hearts. If you enjoy Alice in Wonderland style stories, unique characters, and lots of drama, you should definitely check out Heartless!

Buy Heartless on Book Depository

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