By Rainbow Rowell
This is a fun, not-too-complicated fantasy series with lots of banter and plenty of the unexpected.
Recommended Age Level: 13+
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.
This was a fun book! I liked the magic and the fantasy elements – they were easy to understand and didn't take much effort to keep up with. I also liked that the chapters were told from the perspectives of multiple different characters, considering you get a much better idea of what is going on in the story when you get information from many different standpoints. Penny was definitely my favorite character – she was fierce, unafraid to speak her mind, and somehow always got everyone else out of the trouble they were constantly in. This isn't a book or series that I'm likely to revisit (it just wasn't my favorite), but give it a shot – maybe you'll love it!
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