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In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages -- and if he doesn't, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she's smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn't sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough. Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet. This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest. Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.


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In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages -- and if he doesn't, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she's smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn't sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough. Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet. This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest. Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.

30 review for Any Way the Wind Blows

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    Someone tweeted at Rainbow Rowell, asking “on a scale of 1 to 10, how romantic will AWTWB be?” and she replied with something like “61”. After the rampant miscommunication in Wayward Son… I am here to happily announce that she did not lie !! Not only did Simon and Baz get to experience happiness together, but Penny, Shepard and Agatha also got their fair share of romance. “I thought we had the sort of love that you can’t set down or walk away from. An undying fire. The love that you hear about Someone tweeted at Rainbow Rowell, asking “on a scale of 1 to 10, how romantic will AWTWB be?” and she replied with something like “61”. After the rampant miscommunication in Wayward Son… I am here to happily announce that she did not lie !! Not only did Simon and Baz get to experience happiness together, but Penny, Shepard and Agatha also got their fair share of romance. “I thought we had the sort of love that you can’t set down or walk away from. An undying fire. The love that you hear about in the old stories.” As the final book in the greatly beloved Simon Snow trilogy, Any Way the Wind Blows had big shoes to fill. While I do think this installment showcased the best character development of the three, I also think it suffered from the weakest plot. (Yes, this is coming from me, miss “I don’t need a good plot if I love the characters enough”) After Wayward Son, I was looking forward to further exploration into the world of vampire gangs and river spirits and pretty much anything that took place in that book. Instead, most of what happened in America is scrapped as everyone gets back to Watford, replaced by something entirely new. Don’t get me wrong, the storyline in AWTWB isn’t bad by any means. It kept me really entertained. It was just hard not to notice how big of a book this is, and how not a lot happened plot-wise in comparison. Relationship-wise is a different story; if you’re reading solely for Simon and Baz and their romance, I’m sure you’ll be very happy with this book. Above all else, the entire cast got their fairytale endings, so who would I be to ask for more? “I know I'll never love anyone like I love Baz. I know he's the love of my life. Of all my lives.” 03/07/19 At this point SnowBaz is my life source, my soul food and my happiness. Let them be happy, Rowell, I beg you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    enqi ☁️✨ (hiatus due to college)

    i never ever thought carry on would get a sequel and now it's a trilogy (!!!!!) i never ever thought carry on would get a sequel and now it's a trilogy (!!!!!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    after wayward son, please let this entire book be rainbow rowell putting snowbaz's relationship in rice. after wayward son, please let this entire book be rainbow rowell putting snowbaz's relationship in rice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Avery TheLibrariansDaughter

    a little disappointed this one isn't called "there'll be peace when you are done" a little disappointed this one isn't called "there'll be peace when you are done"

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fish

    I will be back to write a full review later when my full rage has set in. Im back with my full review, SPOILERS AHEAD, but I don’t recommend reading anyway so I’d say read this anyway. I think the thing that made me the most frustrated when reading this book, was how utterly pointless it was in the first place. They never talk about the events of the second book, or about the vampire gangs, and they never tell anyone about it either. So why did it exist in the first place, my first thought was “o I will be back to write a full review later when my full rage has set in. Im back with my full review, SPOILERS AHEAD, but I don’t recommend reading anyway so I’d say read this anyway. I think the thing that made me the most frustrated when reading this book, was how utterly pointless it was in the first place. They never talk about the events of the second book, or about the vampire gangs, and they never tell anyone about it either. So why did it exist in the first place, my first thought was “oh to introduce Shepard into the plot” but as much as I love Shepard, he does absolutely nothing for this book. He gets his problem solved. He just serves as a stand in for Penny to distract herself from Simon, so that Simon and Baz can…I don’t know, have almost-sex in the most inappropriate places? Rainbow created something I like to call, The Simon and Baz Problem. Where she made it almost impossible for them to stay together. I was expecting for them to break up, what I wasn’t expecting was for them to dump eachother and then GET BACK TOGETHER TWENTY PAGES LATER. At that point what has changed? Why even breakup in the first place? And I know, it’s Simon realizing he has to “actually try” in his relationship with Baz, but did this issue really need to take up the first 200 pages?? Especially if their breakup is essentially IRRELEVANT. Pretty much everyone’s losing their shit for the first 250 pages, to the point where it’s not even fun anymore, you’re just watching them all fall apart. Another big problem I had was how out of character a lot of these interactions felt. You’re telling me Simon couldn’t even bring himself to hold Baz’s hand in the second book, but now he’s trying to dry hump him in the Watford library? Good god. They’re both just weirdly out of character, and also very…I don’t know how to phrase this…pervy? I did not need to read as much smut as I did, especially because half the time it was confusing as hell. They would be in the middle of a sweet and romantic moment and I’d go “that is so sweet I- and one of them has their dicks out again, great…” THIS HAPPENS MULTIPLE TIMES. I really was rooting for this third book, I was so excited for it, but it just feels so random and disconnected with itself. Every single character is doing their own thing and not communicating, but I’d argue that the character interactions and everyone working together, were the best part of Carry On. And even though this was supposed to be the “final book” there was a lot of unanswered questions, and a lame ending. I’m just so upset because it feels like there didn’t even need to be a second or third book. Any Way The Wind Blows finally gets good at around the 300 mark, but what am I gonna tell people “yeah, just stick it out for two thirds of the book, I promise it’s worth it” all the good stuff happens at the end, and the main villain in the third book, is just a carbon copy of The Mage. I don’t know, maybe that was the point? I just wish I didn’t spend so much time being made to read about Simon and Baz’s weird kinks, Christ. I’m so disappointed, I felt really represented by Simon in Carry on, now what am I gonna say, yeah I relate to the guy whose constantly trying to chew the hell out of his boyfriend? I know they had to touch on Simons issues with intimacy issues, but they did it in such a sexual way, and it’s frankly weird that only Simon and Baz got this treatment. Anyway, I doubt anyone’s read all this, I’ll see you in two years when she says she’s making a fourth book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    peachygirl

    I'd have signed a marriage contract with a demon for Rainbow to have gotten these two married but I'm pretty happy with this ending too. I'd have signed a marriage contract with a demon for Rainbow to have gotten these two married but I'm pretty happy with this ending too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    kippen (uponthepages)

    i hope this is 500 pages long

  8. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    OMG!!! OH JEEZ!!! DAMN!!! AKDFLASDJFASKDFJASKFDJA! THERE'S GOING TO BE A THIRD BOOK!?? A. THIRD. BOOK!!!!!! __/\__/\__/\___/\___/\_________________ P.S: I really thought the next book would be named "There'll be peace" No more Kansas as it seems. *sniff* XD OMG!!! OH JEEZ!!! DAMN!!! AKDFLASDJFASKDFJASKFDJA! THERE'S GOING TO BE A THIRD BOOK!?? A. THIRD. BOOK!!!!!! __/\__/\__/\___/\___/\_________________ P.S: I really thought the next book would be named "There'll be peace" No more Kansas as it seems. *sniff* XD

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    4.5 THANK FUCKING GOD RTC

  10. 5 out of 5

    em

    SIMON HAD A SWORD AGAIN I REPEAT SIMON HAS A SWORD AGAIN THIS IS NOT A DRILL

  11. 4 out of 5

    literarylesbian

    Rainbow is a shit person, so no real rating

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nataliya

    Ahhh, the silly angst turned up to eleven. “I just want to be with you,” I say. “And this is where we are now. I’m a broken-down mess, and you’re a rat-drinking monster.” This series started as a fluffy wizarding school archenemies-turned-lovers fanfic-cubed that was my guilty pleasure, went on an angsty detour through middle America and now came to the angst-filled conclusion that has me a bit torn. Because no matter how much I love Baz (and tolerate Simon), I could not overlook the flaws. Ahhh, the silly angst turned up to eleven. “I just want to be with you,” I say. “And this is where we are now. I’m a broken-down mess, and you’re a rat-drinking monster.” This series started as a fluffy wizarding school archenemies-turned-lovers fanfic-cubed that was my guilty pleasure, went on an angsty detour through middle America and now came to the angst-filled conclusion that has me a bit torn. Because no matter how much I love Baz (and tolerate Simon), I could not overlook the flaws. I liked the world Rowell created in the first book, with the deconstruction of the usual Chosen One story, with interesting magic system, and class clashes between the old wealthy families and revolutionary bloodthirsty reformers, the wrongs and rights intermixed in the world outside of the usual paradigms set firmly by Harry Potter standards, the glimpses of arrogance of magicians who seem to ignore or actively oppress those magical beings different from them. I found the world of the second book interesting as well, with the glimpse of magical craziness and differences in the US, with introduction of more vampires with their plans for domination, and more threats to magic, and different magical creatures highlighting the shortsightedness and narrowness of the society that became familiar to us from the original story. But book 3 left all those plot threads hanging, choosing to focus on the relationships almost exclusively, with the “main” plot of the book resultantly anemic (and not because it was sucked dry by vampires!), the new villain lacking any substantial malice (being named Smith Smith-Richards sounds like a weird stutter), and the resolution happening almost as an afterthought, with what seems to be an attempt to draw parallels to the resolution of the first story. “I thought maybe Snow didn’t want to share a bed with me because he was afraid I’d bite him in my sleep. But apparently that’s fine! Bloodletting is fine—intimacy is the real taboo!” It seems that the point of this book instead was to explore further and solve Simon/Baz relationship struggles — those that come from a combination of PTSD, depression, poor communication, and a boatload of emotional immaturity (yes, that’s Simon I’m talking about. Baz is a godsend to boyfriendhood). In this book Simon finally learns to communicate in words rather than growls and learns to discuss problems instead of running from them. (He also apparently develops a strange fetish for biting — a bit funny since he’s NOT the vampire one in this relationship — and adopts crying and panic attacks as a foreplay tactic). “I’m not lying! I don’t mind comforting you, Simon. Or holding you. I don’t mind giving you what you need, whatever it is you need. I prefer it to you pushing me away. Or ignoring me.” I look up at him. “But you could date anyone you want. You could date everyone you want. And none of them would start bloody crying during foreplay.” Baz shrugs. “You don’t always cry … Sometimes you go glassy-eyed and nonresponsive.” But the relationship struggles, interspersed with sudden need to find coupling up happily-ever-after for more peripheral characters (no singles are left standing by the end of this story!) and have everyone indulge in unhealthy amount of saliva-swapping managed to sideline and eventually completely bury the plot and any hanging plot threads under the weight of young hormones. “We haven’t talked about it yet—the fact that there are vampires trying to steal magic, and vampires running cities. None of us have talked about any of it since we got away from them.” Yeah, you guys were too busy kissing, biting and not having sex. Yes, I’m glad that emotional scars and PTSD and depression are not swept under the rug, but after the 100th scene of kissing/biting/freaking out and not having sex I need a bit more plot and resolutions. Declarations of love would be fine punctuating the plot, but here it’s plot occasionally punctuating angsty love, and plot threads have no room to grow or develop or be resolved. With Simon/Baz angst completely overwhelming the book — all 500+ pages of it — all the side characters arcs are kinda there, barely intersecting with each other, giving it strangely disjointed feel. About 400,000,000 pages of Baz/Simon scenes could have been cut and condensed to allow the plot to show up. Keep it raw, keep it emotional, but spare us the bajillion reiteration of the same scenes. “In the early days after the Mage was gone, when I was still having video calls with that American therapist, she used to tell me to break life into bites you can swallow.” Oh dear, is that biting/swallowing metaphor the reason for your sudden biting obsession, Simon??? I kept wanting those two to talk about their feelings I’m the first two books. You gotta be careful what you wish for — by page 800,000,000 of talking about feelings I wanted them to shut up, go back to lovesick glaring and get on with the rest of the plot. ———— This is supposedly the final book in the trilogy that needs to be followed by a *proper* final book, where angsty issues have been solved and we can get some resolution to the actual plot points — American vampires, mages’ prejuduces against other magical species, the results of rolling back Mage’s reforms, the dead spots, British vampires and their role in society, Simon’s magic, and so on. There needs to be more, not only happily-ever-afters for everyone*. * Especially Agatha. There’s no point to her story. And that goats bit was ridiculous. Really. ———— The saving grace of this book for me, as always, was Baz Grimm-Pitch who holds my heart in his weirdly devoted long-suffering fashionista snarky snootiness barely hiding his heart of gold and helping me even through irritated frustration feel those warm fuzzies that won my heart in the first place. I still think that the audio narrator Euan Morton creates a perfect Baz. And I still like the silly humor that manages to pop up between the angst. Maybe I’ll go reread Carry On to bring back the warm fuzzies, and pretend it ended there. It worked nicely as a standalone. Not every book needs to spawn itself into a trilogy. ————— I’m sad to give this only 2.5 stars, with no amount of Baz fangirly love saving it. But I’ll definitely read book 4 if Rowell decides to *properly* wrap up this trilogy. ———— My review of “Carry On”: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... My review of “Wayward Son”: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lidia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i am crying ----- well. i finally FINALLY read this and. eh. that's all i can say. its not that this book is a //bad book// i just feel like it was pointless and that makes me very sad. i LOVE carry on. my favorite thing about it was how lightheaded and easy to read it was, and obviously the tone changes in the two following books. i do love the idea of exploring the chosen one's life once he's lost everything, once he isnt needed anymore. its something new and very interesting, but it wasnt execute i am crying ----- well. i finally FINALLY read this and. eh. that's all i can say. its not that this book is a //bad book// i just feel like it was pointless and that makes me very sad. i LOVE carry on. my favorite thing about it was how lightheaded and easy to read it was, and obviously the tone changes in the two following books. i do love the idea of exploring the chosen one's life once he's lost everything, once he isnt needed anymore. its something new and very interesting, but it wasnt executed properly. maybe Rowell should've focused on simon's feelings and self-exploration instead of making up a storyline that was lacking in so many ways. im gonna start with agatha because what the FUCK happened to her 😭😭😭 she was so insignificant to the story. you could write her off and NOTHING would change, the actual plot wouldn't be affected at all. was she with penny in any scene of the book? i think they didn't interact at all. she met with simon twice, and once with baz... im sad that the lesbian character ended up being the most useless one, and im also heartbroken because i found her so intriguing in the previous books when she rejected the magickal world. she ends up linked to it here, working for it. im not sure how i feel about that yet. penny.... god im so upset because my FAVORITE thing about the two previous books was the friendship dynamics. on the first installment, i loved her relationship with simon. on the second one, with baz. that time baz cast a family spell on her and it WORKED? best scene of book 2. here, rowell sent her off on a side plotline just so she could have baz and simon trying to fuck every 10 pages. we didnt get to see the three together until what? page 300 of 500??? surprisingly, i didnt dislike her dynamic with shepard, even though it will always annoy me how authors seem to think EVERYONE needs to end up in a relationship (even fiona lmao). their relatioship was fun and light-hearted and easy to read!!! i thought shepard would bore the hell out of me but he ended up growing on me. that being said, they didn't need a whole side plot that would take up half of the book. and simon and baz... don't get me wrong, i love their scenes together. i just wish rowell wouldn't have turned simon's struggles with relationships and intimacy into something so inherently sexual. it always came down to that. it was so frustrating. surprisingly, i liked simon more than baz in this book. i think, for once, he's the character that i liked most because he feels the most human. maybe that's why im so sad, he deserved better. also, his family issues??? "resolved" in the last 5 pages? he DEFINITELY deserved better. i could complain about a lot more, but im getting tired of typing. i won't even waste my time on the villain because he isn't worth it. a disappointment. [edit on 04/09/21] I REMEMBERED SOMETHING ELSE.... the way baz and simon broke up just to get back together THE VERY NEXT DAY??? at first, i was excited because I thought they could TRULY use some time for themselves. simon had so many things to figure out, not only about relationships but about himself as a non-magikal human being... i wanted them to end up together, of course, but it just felt rushed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    I don't understand... are we NOT getting any more books after this one??? How can that be, when this doesn't feel even slightly finished??? I'm deeply confused. I don't understand... are we NOT getting any more books after this one??? How can that be, when this doesn't feel even slightly finished??? I'm deeply confused.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    remember that day and a half of being terrified this wouldn’t be a thing hahahaha ___________________________________ @ that review saying baz/simon’s relationship needed to be put into a bowl of rice… SHE FUCKING DID IT GUYS initial thoughts: - this was absolutely everything I thought Wayward Son was going to be but because WS was like *that* I didn’t believe this would happen - it was so so funny! - I’m so happy that this was how I wanted it to be and so sad there are no more books coming (but… com remember that day and a half of being terrified this wouldn’t be a thing hahahaha ___________________________________ @ that review saying baz/simon’s relationship needed to be put into a bowl of rice… SHE FUCKING DID IT GUYS initial thoughts: - this was absolutely everything I thought Wayward Son was going to be but because WS was like *that* I didn’t believe this would happen - it was so so funny! - I’m so happy that this was how I wanted it to be and so sad there are no more books coming (but… come on, Agatha and Niamh spin off?????) brb, now having a crisis at the fact that I first read CO when I was 13 and now it’s over 🙃🙃 Updated thoughts: Going into this I wanted to see Simon (and Baz) recover and heal…. possibly to the point where I was getting increasingly emotionally dependent on whether or not this happened (oops- but also this is one of few books I’ve read about trauma recovery that I can relate to *a lot*). I didn’t really know how the recovery would happen and I also didn’t want to think about it too much in case it didn’t. I LOVED this book so much because it did happen!!! THERE WAS COMMUNICATION AND HEALING, BUT REALISTICALLY DONE!!! I’m seeing a few reviews saying it felt unfinished- in my opinion for it to be a realistic portrayal of healing nobody couldn’t have ended this completely okay. And I think now that what I should have wanted from AWTWB (and what I did get) was the fulfilment that everyone isn’t 100% okay but at least they’re not 0% okay either, recovery is a non linear process and they are on it. Baz’s last line at the end of the book is one of my favourites and though I was surprised and haven’t quite figured out why the epilogue was just Agatha, I thought that…. - simon understanding the harsh reality of his circumstances - simon sharing them with baz …was the perfect end to the book because it shows that Simon is understanding what has happened to him, is learning how to cope healthily with the trauma, and recovery isn’t all rosy- all SUCH important points. ANYWAY I guess this is what happens when none of my friends read the book on release day so I’m just left to think about this by myself until someone eventually gets around to it

  16. 4 out of 5

    ✨F✨

    I'm not sure how this happened but CROWLEY!!!!!! *screams in Snowbaz*. me: *haven't even get to read Wayward Son yet.* also me: WHEN IS SOON? for the scones, I need answers. Update: just been thinking about this all day and I thought some weird theories... 1. The fact that “Any way the wind blows” is the final sentence on bohemian rhapsody means this is the final book? 2. This means that at some point someone is going to use the spell to take back to life somebody?? since that song was used for that I'm not sure how this happened but CROWLEY!!!!!! *screams in Snowbaz*. me: *haven't even get to read Wayward Son yet.* also me: WHEN IS SOON? for the scones, I need answers. Update: just been thinking about this all day and I thought some weird theories... 1. The fact that “Any way the wind blows” is the final sentence on bohemian rhapsody means this is the final book? 2. This means that at some point someone is going to use the spell to take back to life somebody?? since that song was used for that, we learn this at the end of Carry On. 3. What does it mean that the background is all grey and smokey and I see no Baz anywhere (? That scares me a bit, but I live for drama so just ignore me

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 Stars Holy Wow. This was beyond good, beyond great, beyond excellent... it was completely magical & full of adventure and danger and Simon always running straight into it without thinking about repercussions (or thinking about anything else besides stopping evil in whatever form... it kind of is amazing how, at first, he has no idea hes driving Baz MAD with worry... aaand with lust and love and all the things. 😉 But omggggg when they get on the same page things are just... every Star Rating: —> 5 Stars Holy Wow. This was beyond good, beyond great, beyond excellent... it was completely magical & full of adventure and danger and Simon always running straight into it without thinking about repercussions (or thinking about anything else besides stopping evil in whatever form... it kind of is amazing how, at first, he has no idea hes driving Baz MAD with worry... aaand with lust and love and all the things. 😉 But omggggg when they get on the same page things are just... everything i've ever wanted for all of the characters!!!! Ahhh what a fun freakin' ride & a crazy ass new villain & just SO MUCH CARRY ON FUN! _______________ EDIT: ALSO I FORGOT... THAT TITLE! QUEEN LYRICS!!!! UGH *SWOONS* Queen is one of my favorite bands of ALL TIME. This is one of my favorite SONGS of ALL TIME. Ugh I need to have a chat with Rainbow Rowell about music. It’s official. British classic rock is SO MUCH BETTER than American. And I live in America; it’s just fact. #sorrynotsorry OMFG I DIDNT REALIZE THE 3RD BOOK WAS ALREADY ANNOUNCED! DEAD!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Snjez

    4.5 stars This was a great conclusion to the series. Not perfect, but I still loved most of it. It gave me everything I wished for after finishing book 2. The story was fun and entertaining and really sweet at times. I loved Simon and Baz and I was very happy with how everything turned out for them in the end. Penelope was great, as usual. Agatha was just being Agatha, I guess. At least her character is consistent throughout the series. I also really enjoyed what some of the side characters broug 4.5 stars This was a great conclusion to the series. Not perfect, but I still loved most of it. It gave me everything I wished for after finishing book 2. The story was fun and entertaining and really sweet at times. I loved Simon and Baz and I was very happy with how everything turned out for them in the end. Penelope was great, as usual. Agatha was just being Agatha, I guess. At least her character is consistent throughout the series. I also really enjoyed what some of the side characters brought to the story. I listened to the audiobook and really liked it. I'm glad that the narrator is the same for the entire series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Riley Anderson

    Oh my freaking goodness! Thank you Rainbow for not making us sit too long without confirming there will be a 3rd book. Update: It is impossible to express how much this book series means to me. A part of me truly thinks these books were written specifically for me. The first one found me in the midst of severe health problems when I couldn’t leave my bed. The second one came out right after I had moved away from home to go to university. During probably one of the loneliest times in my life. This Oh my freaking goodness! Thank you Rainbow for not making us sit too long without confirming there will be a 3rd book. Update: It is impossible to express how much this book series means to me. A part of me truly thinks these books were written specifically for me. The first one found me in the midst of severe health problems when I couldn’t leave my bed. The second one came out right after I had moved away from home to go to university. During probably one of the loneliest times in my life. This last one has come out once again after I’ve moved away from home to a different state after graduating. Each of these books seemed to come right when I needed them most. I love these characters with all my heart and am seriously contemplating naming my children after them. Thank you Rainbow Rowell for gifting the world these books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vany

    Edit: WE HAVE A COVER! LOOK AT SIMONS LUSCIOUS HAIR AND BAZ LOOKS SO GOOD IN HIS SUIT !!!! IS THIS REAL?????? MORE SIMON AND BAZ AFTER JUST GETTING MORE SIMON AND BAZ?!???

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    who do I have to bribe in order to get my hands on this book?? who do I have to bribe in order to get my hands on this book??

  22. 5 out of 5

    brenda ☾

    It pains me to rate this book two stars, but I can't justify any other rating. The obvious fact: Carry On should have been a standalone. The first book was funny and more like a satire, just an amusing read. The second book was not bad, at least in my opinion. It wasn't anything groundbreaking, but hey, it was still a fun read. But was this book necessary? No. But I can't ignore that this series has no real plot or character development. Any Way the Wind Blows has almost 600 PAGES and it was just so b It pains me to rate this book two stars, but I can't justify any other rating. The obvious fact: Carry On should have been a standalone. The first book was funny and more like a satire, just an amusing read. The second book was not bad, at least in my opinion. It wasn't anything groundbreaking, but hey, it was still a fun read. But was this book necessary? No. But I can't ignore that this series has no real plot or character development. Any Way the Wind Blows has almost 600 PAGES and it was just so boring. The characters I once loved annoyed me and it felt like they had the exact same problems and struggles they endured in the other two books. It was almost like a bad Telenovela. So far my biggest disappointment this year.

  23. 5 out of 5

    sri ⁷

    currently it's 3:19 am and i am bawling my eyes out this book has its flaws, i will admit that I am completely,absolutely, disgustingly biased. this book made me happy, made me sob, made me scream my lungs out and it's everything i wanted this book to be. goodbye I'm going to camp on tumblr and cry over SnowBaz for the rest of my life currently it's 3:19 am and i am bawling my eyes out this book has its flaws, i will admit that I am completely,absolutely, disgustingly biased. this book made me happy, made me sob, made me scream my lungs out and it's everything i wanted this book to be. goodbye I'm going to camp on tumblr and cry over SnowBaz for the rest of my life

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    do you ever think about how beautiful Baz Pitch is

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teal

    If, like me, you read book 2 and thought "Eh, maybe I should just think of book 1 as a standalone" — I have good news! This conclusion to the trilogy makes the bit of a letdown that was Wayward Son all worthwhile. AND THEN SOME. Our MCs finally grow up! I despaired of them for a while, and at one point was ready to send every character in the book to rehab -- rehab for Chronic Noncommunication Syndrome, in which they would all be forced to use their words. Grrrr. So I was occasionally a wee bit If, like me, you read book 2 and thought "Eh, maybe I should just think of book 1 as a standalone" — I have good news! This conclusion to the trilogy makes the bit of a letdown that was Wayward Son all worthwhile. AND THEN SOME. Our MCs finally grow up! I despaired of them for a while, and at one point was ready to send every character in the book to rehab -- rehab for Chronic Noncommunication Syndrome, in which they would all be forced to use their words. Grrrr. So I was occasionally a wee bit doubtful early on, especially when it looked as if Simon & Baz were spinning their wheels, stuck in the same-old same-old. BUT! My frustration was short-lived, and we finally get to see what they can be when they get their acts together. It was fun, it was touching, it was exciting, it was romantic, it was strange, it was hilarious. Which I could honestly say of the book as a whole, not just the Simon & Baz Show. Penelope Bunch realizes that she can be — and has repeatedly been — wrong. Agatha, who's always been so unlikeable yet so perfect for the story, continues to be both. Someone we met in book 2 gets to be a POV character here, and they are delightful. And Simon struggles mightily to learn how to be a person. Not a weapon, not a warrior, not The Chosen One, not an abandoned and outrageously neglected child, not magickal or non-magickal... just a person. It's not easy. In fact, it's brutal. But his journey is what made me finally appreciate the author continuing the story beyond the otherwise satisfying ending of book 1. No one who'd lived Simon's life could just dive into a Happily Ever After. The psychological truth of his struggle resonated powerfully with me. I've read Carry On many times. And I will read it AGAIN. This book is a conclusion worthy of it. So, for my next reread, I have the whole trilogy to look forward to. I can't tell you how tempted I am to begin that reread right now this very instant. Oh, and I made so many highlights. Let me share some... "I just want to be with you," I say. "And this is where we are now. I'm a broken-down mess, and you're a rat-drinking monster." ~~~ "Stop feeling sorry for yourself, Snow. You're not allowed to feel sorry for yourself as long as you get to have me." ~~~ It's always easier to make a decision when your back's against the wall, and there's a knife at your throat. No time to think, just do. Grab the thing you need. Grab the thing you want. Steal the kiss. I'd live like that all the time if I could. I'd make all my decisions jumping out of second-story windows. ~~~ I get lost fast when we're kissing. I want more of it. All of it. I want the lethal dose. ~~~ And (view spoiler)[ "You... love me?" "Snow nods. "Yeah, he says, "of course." Like it's obvious. It isn't obvious. It has not been obvious. "You never said," I say. "Haven't I?" "No." He frowns. "I thought — I mean... I've killed so many things for you." (hide spoiler)] ~~~ In conclusion: I laughed (literally), I cried (literally), and I am extremely sorry the story is over. Could we please have more, Rainbow Rowell?

  26. 5 out of 5

    hayaat ♥

    look, another reason to live!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ishika

    Who’s good, who’s bad—it’s all about which side of the wand you’re standing on. And who you’re trying to protect. The one and only reason I started reading this book was SNOWBAZ. Before starting this book I had already made up my mind that if I don't get enough Snowbaz moments I would dnf it without hesitation. But as you can see here I am. I won't say that I loved this book but it wasn't that bad. "I can only confront a limited number of my mistakes at once— there are too many for me to cope wit Who’s good, who’s bad—it’s all about which side of the wand you’re standing on. And who you’re trying to protect. The one and only reason I started reading this book was SNOWBAZ. Before starting this book I had already made up my mind that if I don't get enough Snowbaz moments I would dnf it without hesitation. But as you can see here I am. I won't say that I loved this book but it wasn't that bad. "I can only confront a limited number of my mistakes at once— there are too many for me to cope with concurrently.” In this book we see that someone else is trying to take the "CHOSEN ONE" title which Simon previously held in Carry On. And the thing is that some of the characters from Simon, Baz and Penny's family believe in the "CHOOSEN ONE". New family dramas emerge in this book. A new character Niamh is introduced (whom I didn't like very much). The plot was just okay-ish. "I know I'll never love anyone like I love Baz. I know he's the love of my life. Of all my lives.” Let's talk about our love interests from this book. While reading this book it felt like Rainbow Rowell tried very hard to give each and every character an enemies to lovers love story. But believe me when I say the only pairing I loved was of Baz and Simon(of course). I already predicted in Wayward Son (which was kind of obvious) that Penny and Shepard were going to be a thing. And Agatha was given a new romantic interest just for the "Happily Ever After". But that's what I felt. I thought we had the sort of love that you can't set down or walk away from. An undying fire. The love you hear about in the old stories. No one told Simon Snow the old stories.” Like I said before the only reason I read (and ig everyone I read) this book was because of SNOWBAZ. The cuteness Aghhh! I wanted to scream after every Snowbaz moment. My inner fangirl-self came out after every Simon/Baz pov chapters. At one point in the book they honestly brought tears to my eyes. Is this his midlife crisis? Joining a cult? Other people our age are coming out as bisexual or getting into Normal-style bread-making. (I would prefer either—or both.)” Now there was a lot of character development in this book. Simon tried very hard to save his relationship with Baz (which he took for granted before). Penelope tried to be less annoying though I still don't like her very much. Shepard acted exactly like the Shepard from Wayward Son (the book which I don't count in the Simon Snow series. I have accepted that it's a duology). Agatha was like the Agatha from Carry On (wasn't expecting much from her). And Baz needs no development because he was/is/will always be the best. Can I get someone like Lady Ruth in my life please? Am I the only person who could eat cakes for the rest of my life (though I don't think it would be much long because of the sugar)? (3.5 stars rounded off to 4)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    if anything happens to the trio, we riot okay??

  29. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    I'm halfway through the book and it's already the best book in this series - it makes me smile so much. Love all the interactions between Simon and Baz, and Penelope and Shepard - SO GOOD!!!!! Also for everyone who hasn't read this series yet, check out the audiobooks, the narration is amazing, the books actually comes to live because of it. ___________________________________ FULL REVIEW What can I say, I’m in love with this series. I listened to the audiobook of Carry On in February of 2018 and fel I'm halfway through the book and it's already the best book in this series - it makes me smile so much. Love all the interactions between Simon and Baz, and Penelope and Shepard - SO GOOD!!!!! Also for everyone who hasn't read this series yet, check out the audiobooks, the narration is amazing, the books actually comes to live because of it. ___________________________________ FULL REVIEW What can I say, I’m in love with this series. I listened to the audiobook of Carry On in February of 2018 and fell immediately in love with Simon and Baz, and also Penelope. Loved the narration, the voices, and the friendships. Then came Wayward Son. It wasn’t the sequel I expected but I still enjoyed the banter, and the friendships, just needed more Simon and Baz. Which I finally got with ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!! It deserves all the stars!!! Reason why it’s one of my FIVE STAR BOOKS of 2021!!!! From the banter, to the characters, to the friendships, but most of all because of Simon and Baz – these two are the cherry on top of everything. ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS was fabulous! Better than I ever could have imagined or hoped for. The banter between Baz and Simon was perfection. And Penelope and Shepard were the icing on the cake. I was smiling like a lunatic at times. Honestly, the audiobook made me so damn happy. I rewinded parts just to make sure I got every nuance and didn’t miss a thing. The book made me laugh. I love it when an audiobook makes me laugh out loud. Also loved it when Simon and Baz really started talking. When they were on the same page, and really opened up and talked about their doubts and hopes. These two were SO GOOD together!!!! And Penelope and Shepard are now my second favourite YA couple. They were the cutest!!! Penelope is so my kind of a gal. Love her! What can I say that hasn’t already been said? This is the book that WAYWARD SON should have been. And in the end, we can easily pretend WAYWARD SON has never existed, because the author rarely even mentions their road trip in this book. But thanks to WAYWARD SON we got Shepard and I really don’t want to miss out on him and Penelope. Loved the book, loved the ending, loved everything about this book. But most of all I love that we got more than just CARRY ON. This couple needed more than one book, and I’m ecstatic the author felt the same. So if you love audiobooks you must listen to this series. It’s one of these audiobooks that actually enhances a book, and makes it even better. The characters came to live thanks to an amazing narration. Also, British accents, what can I say 😀 I’m in love with British accents. ___________________________________ You can find me on my blog and on Bookstagram

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Since I am the CEO of everything related to Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch, a self-imposed title that you can totally feel free to steal from me, I felt like it was my duty to read this last book in the Simon Snow series, even though I wasn't particularly blown away by the previous novel. I could not have cared less about the Smith's storyline, but I was glad to see that it was used as a subplot and not the main focus of the book. What really drives this novel forward are the characters and this i Since I am the CEO of everything related to Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch, a self-imposed title that you can totally feel free to steal from me, I felt like it was my duty to read this last book in the Simon Snow series, even though I wasn't particularly blown away by the previous novel. I could not have cared less about the Smith's storyline, but I was glad to see that it was used as a subplot and not the main focus of the book. What really drives this novel forward are the characters and this is a positive aspect in my book. I really appreciated how Baz and Simon started to communicate and actually talk to each other, it was very mature of them and they both definitely needed that. There's obviously still work to do, both in their relationship and personal lives, but I was happy to see them on the right track. They really did share some very sweet and meaningful moments in the pages of this novel and I swooned because how lovely they were. Also because Baz is my weakness and that sassy boy must be protected at all costs, when it comes to him I have literally no self-control whatsoever. Penelope and Shepard were cute and even though everything regarding them happened very quickly, I still enjoyed reading about them. Overall it was a very nice conclusion to a much-beloved series!

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