Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: October 6, 2015
“He’s a book full of footnotes brought to life. He’s a jacket made of elbow patches.”
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 sets 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.
I’ve been a fan of Rainbow Rowell for as long as I can remember. I have read all of her books before this was published. I’m a little hesitant to read this book because it deals with LGBT characters and it is Rainbow Rowell’s first take on fantasy. But after reading More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, I have been looking for more LGBT books and I thought this would be perfect.
Honestly, I don’t like the first quarter of the book. I am not a fan of Simon and his voice. I’m having a hard time distinguishing his points of view from Agatha and Penelope. But after Baz came in the picture, I am hooked on the book. It’s not perfect, it has some plot holes and all that. But considering that it is Rainbow Rowell’s first take in the fantasy genre, it is good and addicting.
I just wished that Rainbow published this first or I have read this first before reading Fangirl. To be honest, I skipped the Simon Snow part in Fangirl. But after reading this book, it makes me want to reread Fangirl and dive into Simon and Baz’s world through the eyes of Cath.
Highly recommending this to people who loves fantasy, LGBT, and quick reads.