Title: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 529 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

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.

The Review

Carry On is the story of Simon and Baz who were first mentioned in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. In Carry On, Rowell has given them a full story in their own rights rather than being the fan fiction that it was presented as previously.

If I am totally honest, it took a while for me to get into Carry On. I think because I knew it was a story based on the fictional fan fiction (whew, this could get confusing) I think I kept myself separated from it, I didn’t allow myself to fall for the characters too much. Equally, the story is told from multi-perspective which I think allowed me to stop myself getting too attached. I think that because the setting and the back story had a lot of similarities to another wizarding world I was able to keep myself at a distance. However, Carry On is an epic sized novel and gives you time to change your mind. Before long I was fully invested in Baz and Simon’s story.

What I really loved is that Rowell put herself completely outside of the world she knows. This is a very British book – curry, rich tea biscuits, tea. It is all very British and Rowell did really well to convey that level of reality in a fantasy YA novel.

Reading Carry On has made me really eager to read the sequel Wayward Son.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is available now.

For more information regarding Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) please visit www.rainbowrowell.com.

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 480 Pages

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

The Blurb

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

The Review

Cath is your typical 18 year old girl starting college – except she is terrified. She has always had her twin sister, Wren to fall back on. She is the confident one with the social skills that Cath has fallen back on. But now Wren has decided she wants to spread her wings and not to be constantly seen as part of the twin duo anymore and Cath is devastated. Cath has to figure out who she is without her sister’s help.

I love Rainbow Rowell’s books. There has not been one that I have read that I have been disappointed in. She has a brilliant voice for YA fiction. Fangirl is another fantastic example. It I a coming of age novel – my favourite kind – about self discovery and it accurately shows the realities of attending college and the mental strain it can put on people and also the how difficult it can be to find your place.

I really sympathise with Cath. She just seemed like she was spinning so many plates that the entire emotional crash was inevitable. Besides issues of mental health and anxiety, Rowell presents a whole host of other issues for us to bask in such as first love, family disconnect, alcoholism, abandonment. Fangirl really is a multidimensional novel.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is available now.

For more information regarding Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) please visit www.rainbowrowell.com.

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Almost MidnightTitle: Kindred Spirits

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 77 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful gift edition containing two wintery short storiesdecorated throughout for the first time with gorgeous black and white illustrations by Simini Blocker.

Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

The Review

Kindred Spirits is a charming short story of a misplaced meet cute and a love of Star Wars. It follows the three day queue to see the latest Star Wars movie and the beourgeoning relationship between Elena and Gabe.

This is an adorably cute story about two people bonding over something that they both love. I think with any kind of fandom meeting people who share your love can go one of two ways. The first being that you bond so freaking hard it is like you have been besties for life or you become competitive over who is the bigger fan.

There is a little mix of both in this lovely little story and a big bunch of charm thrown in too. The force is strong in this one!

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3 Stars

Almost MidnightTitle: Midnights

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 50 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful gift edition containing two wintery short storiesdecorated throughout for the first time with gorgeous black and white illustrations by Simini Blocker.

Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

The Review

Ok, if there is a cuter short story about young love over the New Year period then I have never read it; I have read Midnights by Rainbow Rowell though and I bloody loved it!

The story is about Mags and Noel who are destined to be with each other. They are so in love with each other but neither has worked up the courage to say so. Sure there are signs but nerves stop both of them following through. But surely a New Year’s kiss is on the cards…

I really enjoyed this sweet short story. I was adorable and it made my heart swoon. It is a real skill that Rowell has that she managed to do that in only 50 pages. Kudos Rainbow Rowell.

Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is available as part of the Almost Midnight collection now.

For more information regarding Rainbow Rowell (@RainbowRowell) please visit www.rainbowrowell.com.

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4 Stars

AttachmentsTitle: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 323 Pages

Publisher: Orion Publising

The Blurb

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

The Review

Why, oh why, has it taken me four years to read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell?

Confession time. I have all of her books but have only actually read Eleanor & Park. I loved Eleanor & Park so it makes absolutely no sense as to why I haven’t hoovered all over her books.

Well no more my bookish friends! 2018 will be the year I read the rest because I can now add Attachments to the list of Rainbow Rowell books that I love.

In attachments we meet Lincoln. He is I his late twenties and feeling a little lost, like life hasn’t done what it was supposed to do. He has moved home after drifting around for a bit and is essentially trying to figure out his next move which happens to be an internet security officer at a news paper.

Cue Beth. Beth and her best friend Jennifer both work at the newspaper and send emails to each other all the time which are not in regulation with company policy. Lincoln knows this because he is in charge of reading them. He falls in love with Beth’s words and, as the title goes, forms an attachment with what could be.

The story is one long meet cute. We are desperate for these two characters to meet, realise that they are perfect for each other and fall in love but Rowell cleverly keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the novel hoping that they will but she also gives you the satisfying “and more” that some writers either forget to o or allow your own imaginations run away with themselves. Personally, I prefer the writer to guide me so for that reason I applaud Rainbow Rowell.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is available now.

For more information regarding Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) please visit www.rainbowrowell.com.

For more information regarding Orion Publishing (@orionbooks) please visit www.orionbooks.co.uk.

35 Stars