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Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow Trilogy, 3) Hardcover – July 6, 2021
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Praise for the Simon Snow trilogy:
"At last! A sequel to Carry On...every bit as fine as the first...overall excellence of a book in which every vista pleases and every character delights. Carefully plotted, the book is a classic page-turner right to the open ending which, o frabjous day, promises a sequel to the sequel! One can hardly wait." ―Booklist (Starred Review) on Wayward Son
"Rowell imbues her magic with awe and spectacle. It's a powerful, politically minded allegory about sexual, ethnic and class identity - with a heady shot of teenage lust." ―New York Times Book Review on Carry On
"It’s a brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story about teenagers who can’t be neatly sorted into houses, coping with stress and loss and the confusion of just trying to be who they are. It’s as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside." ―Time Magazine on Carry On
"Full of heart and humor, this fantastical tale is a worthy addition to the wizarding-school genre." ―People Magazine on Carry On
"Carry On is the fantasy book I didn’t know I’d been waiting for for years...Rowell’s mystery, magic, and political intrigue is the sexiest love story I’ve read in a long time." ―Julie Beck, for The Atlantic
"The funny, wised-up dialogue, the tumultuous, sweet, and sexy love story―is grade-A Rowell...almost impossible to put down." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Carry On
"Stock up on copies―this one begs to be reread." ―Booklist (starred review) on Carry On
"With rock-solid worldbuilding, a sweet and believable romance subplot, and satisfying ending, Carry On is a monumentally enjoyable reading experience. Hand this to fans of Rowell, Harry Potter, love stories, and magic." ―School Library Journal (starred review)
"Carry On is a triumph. Thrilling and sexy, funny and shocking, deeply moving and very, very magical. Trust me, you have never, ever seen a wizard school like this." ―Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians trilogy
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- Publisher : Wednesday Books (July 6, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250254337
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250254337
- Reading age : 15 - 18 years
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.41 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.69 x 1.83 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To say I was eagerly anticipating the release of this novel would be a massive understatement. I loved the first two books in this series, and Simon and Baz are some of my favorite characters I've ever read. The first novel was a fun deconstruction of the Chosen One story. The second story was not what I expected but turned out to be a really interesting look into the psyche of someone who loses everything they've ever known. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like it that explored what happens to the Chosen One once he's fulfilled his role and is no longer 'chosen' anymore. So, I was excited to see what the finale of the narrative had in store, and, for the most part, the book lived up to my expectations.
The pace of the book was lightning fast. I never really wanted to put it down, and the overall plot was interesting and kept me hooked. There was a lot going on because each of the main characters had their own subplots that sort of came together in the very end. They were all enjoyable to varying degrees and seemed focused on a central theme for all the characters: identifying who they were and what that means for their life moving forward. For the most part, I enjoyed getting the multiple POVs throughout the story, but there were times I think it was used a bit too much. For example, one chapter had multiple POV changes during the same scene, which created some confusion in keeping up with the dialogue because I couldn't remember whose POV it was to know who was talking at times.
All of the characters really shined in this book and exhibited quite a bit of growth and change from where they were at the start of the novel. Simon was still struggling with determining who he was after losing all of his magic and spent most of the book on a journey of figuring out his identity. His hardships and growth were compelling to read, and the book's exploration of his sexual orientation and his struggle to attach a label to himself were great representation for people still unsure of how to define themselves. Baz spent a good bit of the story coming to terms with some of the bad things he did in the name of his family, and Penelope learned how to color outside the lines a bit by breaking more rules than ever and being more independent from Simon. Agatha also grew to find her place in the world now that she is no longer the girlfriend of the Chosen One who is always getting kidnapped. Overall, all their stories were engaging, but I did miss having the entire gang together. They spent most of the book on their individual journeys, which resulted in a loss of the spark their interactions as a group gave the two previous books.
The main plot of the book about the arrival of new Chosen Ones was interesting and created a great dilemma for Simon. It also acted as a good reflection of some current political affairs with its focus on conspiracy theories and leaders who promise salvation and restoration of former glory but instead bring nothing but lies and deceit. Although, I can't make up my mind if the ending was somewhat repetitive or just a great mirror of the first story to bookend the series. The ending also left quite a few things unanswered and felt a bit rushed. I would have liked more time to see what Simon does with the information he learns at the end of the book, and the book never answered what got amplified within him from the spell.
The best part of this book was undoubtedly the relationship between Simon and Baz. The writing does a great job of conveying how difficult it was for the characters, especially Simon, to build intimacy and connection. The book also shows excellent examples of how consent works within a relationship, and I was happy to see it explored in such depth. ***MAJOR SPOILER***They really were great together, which I was happy about after how horrible they were together in the last book. The first part of this book continued their relationship problems from the last novel with the rest of the book focusing on how they overcome them. If I have one major complaint, I think the first part of this book should have actually been the ending of the second book. It would have made some of the turnabout in their relationship seem less sudden and drastic, especially if their was a slight time gap between the two stories. Despite this flaw, the growth of their relationship in this book was a joy to read and made me happy for them.
Overall, I enjoyed this book just as much as I expected. The relationship between Baz and Simon was front and center while also giving each individual character an interesting arc of growth. I still have some questions and think some things could have been done differently to improve the story. But I'm sure I will re-read this book and the entire series over and over again. Therefore, I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars.
Update: I reread this book, and then listened to it as an audiobook, and I feel I was unfair to it. It is a deeply moving story and a don't miss for fans of the first two books in the series. Also, the characters did discuss the NowNext a little bit. But the lack of resolution so frustrating. It raised as many questions as it answered. It just does not feel like the final book in a trilogy.
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Aww the third book in the series and definitely better than the second but the first is still my favourite. I must say I love Baz and Simon so much, I will read this just for them, they're adorable. You want them to be endgame. The plot was interesting and I liked the dynamic between Penny and Shepherd. The ending was really good though I had figured out who Lucy was earlier in the series. A brilliant series and I still want more Simon and Baz.
Loads of fun scenes, some really really nice relationship moments. It's not at all what the marketing led me to believe it was (again - WS had the same problem), but its really really enjoyable.
She read this book in 2 days as she needed to know how things would end.
She will probably re read them all again now.