Mini-Reviews: Carry On & Our Dark Duet // Adventures that you can’t put down


Merry Christmas everyone!

To be honest, during this time of the year, I fall off the everything wagon: The reading wagon, the writing wagon, the healthy-eating wagon, even the pole-dancing wagon. All my hobbies are on the back burner because there is less time (however, MUCH more food.) BUT I am making an effort to keep up with my blog posts at the very least :’)

Today I want to tell you guys about two books that I’ve wanted to read for the longest time, and finally had!!! I was not disappointed!


From the Back Cover:

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 starts 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.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters

What I liked:

  • Characters that make you care: Simon, who is sweet and kind-hearted. Bad, who is sarcastic and cautious. And Penny, who is logical and talented.
  • Incredible chemistry between the characters. I absolutely loved the tension between Simon and Baz.
  • Amazing dialogue.
  • Interesting concept of magic: words are power. For example, “up up and away” or “into thin air” are common sayings that have impact as spells.
  • Steady pacing that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
  • Enough plot twists to keep you satisfied about the ending.

What I didn’t like:

  • Not much.
  • Agatha, Simon’s ex-girlfriend, who is indecisive and plays the “damsel in distress” role. She makes some witty remarks which maybe redeems her?

The Bottom Line: 4/5 stars

If you love fantasy stories with amazing character development and a romantic touch, Carry On is a must-read!



From the Back Cover


Kate Harker isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it. August Flynn once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.


Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons. Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

What I liked:

  • Main characters who kick butt and break your heart at the same time. I love August, who has changed and matured since This Savage Song. I also love Kate, who is a strong, independent, and awesomely badass.
  • Secondary characters who are very cool, such as Ilsa and Soro (a new Sunai).
  • THAT ENDING (is all I’m going to say).

What I didn’t like:

  • There are numerous secondary characters. Although they seem to have interesting stories, they are not given the chance to develop throughout the novel.
  • August and Kate are great friends and perhaps more, however they do not spend as much time together as I would’ve liked. They are mostly out there doing their own thing. Then again this is coming from an avid contemporary reader 😛
  • As much as I love aspects of this world, I feel like more could be done to develop the Chaos Eater and explain how it works in the grand scheme of things.

The Bottom Line: 3.5/5 stars

If you love This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet will not disappoint. Be prepared for the story to steal your heart (and then break it.)



How do you celebrate Christmas? Do you tend to fall off the wagon at this time of the year? How do you balance blogging and reading with Christmas activities? Do you like Christmas or are you a Grinch?

(To be honest, I am a bit of Grinch. Bah humbug!)

21 Replies to “Mini-Reviews: Carry On & Our Dark Duet // Adventures that you can’t put down”

  1. Hahaha, I am a bit of a Grinch as well, yay! 😛 That being said, I hope you will have lovely Chistmas celebrations, Sophie ❤
    I loved your reviews! I have read This savage song, s you know, and am eager to read the sequel and really curious to see what happens next. So glad you enjoyed it so much! 🙂

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    1. Glad to hear that I am not the only grinch haha :’) I think I like Christmas in general however it is stressful in terms of Christmas shopping and all the socializing that had to go on :’)
      Thank you Marie!! I will have to read your review for This Savage Song! Hope that you will enjoy Our Dark Duet 🙂

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  2. Merry Christmas! I tend to fall off the wagon at this time of year too 😉 I’m so glad you liked Carry On- the chemistry between Baz and Simon really was amazing! The ending of Dark Duet was amazing, though I also thought there were a few too many secondary characters and perhaps not enough space to develop them. Great mini reviews!

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  3. I love Carry On too and I totally get your dislike for Agatha. I really liked This Savage Song. I hope I like Our Dark Duet.
    I’m a Grinch. I just stay at home and do whatever I want to do. I’m not really a person that “celebrates”😂😂😂

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    1. That’s great that you loved Carry On as well. If you liked This Savage Song, I think you will also like Our Dark Duet. It is just as awesome, if not even better than the first book, in my opinion 🙂
      I love peace & quiet and staying at home 🙂 Glad to meet someone who thinks the same way 🙂

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  4. I’ve fallen a bit off the wagon myself towards the end of this year. I’m just saying it’s part of the transition from one year into the next and accepting it! 😀
    Great reviews for both of these books Sophie. I am so so so glad you loved Carry On, it’s one of my all-time faves and the book I read when I just want a good story the pass the time. Simon and Baz are incredible characters, and yes I loved the chemistry between them as well. 🙂
    Our Dark Duet is also a fave of mine (I’m sorry this one wasn’t as good for you). It was a good ending to the duology but that ending right? I’m still not over it.
    Great post, and again great reviews! 😀 ❤

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    1. Hi Beth ❤ Ah I am glad that I am not the only one who falls off the wagon at this time of the year. One of these days I will get back onto my feet :')
      Yes Carry On was such an addictive read for me. I loved every moment of reading this book! Simon and Baz are such an adorable couple ❤ 🙂 I am so glad that I finally read this book – thank you for egging me on all this time 🙂
      I am also not over the ending to Our Dark Duet. I loved it and I feel that it was a good way to end the book, however, it is sad in a way.
      Thank you Beth ❤ Have a happy New Year!

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      1. Ha, no definitely not. 🙂 Part of me feels it’s just one of those things that comes hand in hand with the end of the year.
        That’s all right, I’m just glad the book lived up to the hype for you. Then again this is a great book so I don’t think there was much worry that it wouldn’t you know? 🙂
        Yeah definitely a bittersweet ending, but at the same time it feels like it could never have ended another way you know?
        Thanks so much Sophie! 😀 ❤

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      2. It is awesome when a book lives up to the hype. Other ones I think of are Illuminae and Harry Potter. No matter how many people say that these are good books, it doesn’t make them any more likely to disappoint, does it? 🙂

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