Carry On with this series, Rainbow Rowell, WE ARE LOVING THIS.
Title: Wayward Son
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Source: Raincoast Books for review
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.
So I haven’t read Carry On yet, but when I got the opportunity to review Wayward Son I couldn’t pass it up!! I’ve been hearing all the hype and had to check it out for myself. A quick (and very thorough) Wikipedia read on the summary of Carry On and I was caught up and ready to go!
And then totally blown away.
I sat on my couch and plowed through this entire book in basically one sitting.
Even though I hadn’t read the first book, I instantly connected with the characters and felt like I had known them for ages.
I loved the premise for this book… after the hero wins and he villain dies and they find love, why would we assume all their problems are over? A lot of the problems are just beginning.
The tension between Baz and Simon was so emotional and wonderful. They want to be together so much but they both have so much baggage. They don’t communicate (ugh) so they’re constantly second guessing each other’s every touch. Will they?? Won’t they??
The shenanigans Simon, Baz and Penelope get into are pretty awesome/crazy/funny/bizarre.
A Renaissance Faire, a Stonehenge replica made of vehicles, a trip to the Hoover Dam, and beautiful Las Vegas are just a few of the stops they make on this epic road trip of all road trips. And there are some very steamy kisses. And of course they nearly die. Multiple times. And there’s a dragon. Lots of saving each other going on.
I was surprised at how much new information they learned about how magic works (or doesn’t work) in America. Did they not learn about this stuff at their school in England?? Also (I don’t think this is a spoiler) Baz learns some more about being a vampire. It’s pretty fascinating and it seems like it’s going to be really important for him going forward.
Of course there’s a dang cliffhanger at the end and it looks like they’re off again to save the world.
This was a quick, fun, exciting adventure to cozy up with on a chilly day. I can’t wait for the next one!!