Rainbow Rowell writing fantasy? Let’s read it, why not?
Going to Watford to study magic? Why not?
To be honest, I was intrigued by Simon and Baz when I read Fangirl a while ago. When I saw that Rowell was going to write a fantasy novel about Simon and Baz, I was excited. I bought this book as soon as it came out, but I waited until now to read it. I had high expectations, but I’m kind of disappointed by this book. I liked it, don’t get me wrong. There were a few things that I didn’t enjoyed that much, but there were others that I really liked.
I enjoy books with magic, and of course I enjoyed that part in this book. What I didn’t enjoyed about magic was the spells names. Even though I laugh, because I found some of them funny, they annoyed me. I don’t even know why, but I was really annoyed by them. I did liked that we had a “chosen one” who was supposed to be the most powerful mage of all times, but I couldn’t stand The Mage’s obsession with magic. Well, since I read the truth about the Mage and Lucy, I thought “this man is nuts”. I wasn’t wrong. I found his obsession a little bit excessive, and I didn’t enjoyed that at all.
The plot? What can I say about it? Well, I liked the Humdrum. When these kids figure out the truth about the Humdrum I was impressed. I think it was good how The Humdrum was created, why he looks like Simon and how he keeps getting more powerful. All the time Rowell make us think that the Humdrum is the villain, but honestly, for me it wasn’t. LONG LIVE THE HUMDRUM AND LET’S KILL THE MAGE. Don’t pay attention to that, I just wanted to write that. Anyway, as I said, I liked the Humdrum and all about it. However, I think the plot was kind of flat, and the characters were going in circles (while investigating) in almost the entire book.
There were some characters that I liked, but there were some I didn’t. Of course I liked Simon, Penny, Lucy, Aunt Fiona and my favorite, Baz (to be honest, they’re my squad). As I said before, I didn’t liked the Mage, but also, I didn’t liked Agatha. For me, she was a selfish girl. You know, the kind of girl who only thinks of herself. She had these amazing friends, but she decided to be a brat and not helping them. When I was reading the last few chapters, I was so mad at her. OH MY GOD, your friend is about to die and you’re going to run away? With friends like her, who needs enemies, right? About the romance, I don’t have a lot to say. I was glad Simon and Agatha broke up. I liked that Baz was in love with Simon, but for me, the romance wasn’t an important part in this book.
Overall, this was a good book, but for me it didn’t lived up the hype that surrounds it. I saw many people re-reading this book like crazies, so I thought it was going to be a masterpiece, but it isn’t (again, for me it isn’t). I do enjoy Rowell’s writing; it is easy to read and easy to follow. It keeps you intrigued all the time. I’ve read two books by her before, and I really enjoyed them. Even though I didn’t enjoyed this as much as I thought I would, doesn’t mean I won’t read more books by her. So Rowell, what’s your next project?
As always, if you’ve read this book, tell me your thoughts about it in the comments down below. I hope you all enjoy this review. Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, xoxo.