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Reviewer: E (I haven’t posted in forever, sorry)
This was an epic fantasy book with a lot of stuff going on. It’s a little bit of an add-on to Ms. Rowell’s Fangirl, so if you’ve read that then know that this is the fanfiction that Cath writes.
It’s about a magical boarding school where children learn to become wizards and witches…oh, wait. Hm, we’ve read that, haven’t we? Yes, the mirroring of our dear Harry Potter and his years at Hogwarts were intentional, but sometimes they just seemed like a bit much. Anyway, it’s about Simon Snow. And…now that I think of it, the plotline isn’t really clear. It’s more of a mash of events that don’t really connect. He is the Chosen One and he fights creatures? I know it sounds really lame but I can’t think of a clear storyline.
As is expected of Ms. Rowell, the writing is quite enticing. But not as much as I had hoped. Some of it was just not exciting. I unfortunately found myself skimming. Some parts I was on the edge of my seat, the top of the roller coaster, and then the roller coaster took a spiraling plummet.
The characters: I wasn’t too big a fan of either Simon or Baz, the two main characters. They weren’t very likeable, and they were both like, “We hate each other so much,” and then they were like, “Oh, we have such a great relationship.” Me: ???
Looking back on this review, it makes it seem like I hated this book. But I really didn’t, it’s just two things. One, I have read all of Rainbow Rowell’s other books and loved them all, and this one fell flat for me. Two, I’m really not a fantasy person. So all in all, this book just wasn’t for me. 3.5/5 stars.