Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow was born with a great destiny ahead of him. Great, but not pleasant. Burdened by his title of The Chose One, Simon enters his final year at the Watford School of Magiks with a sense that his destiny may be fast approaching. It’s believed he will defeat the Humdrum, a monster devouring power from the magical atmosphere. With the help of his friends, and a few enemies, Simon seeks to unravel the dark mysteries surrounding Watford and the Magical World.
Also by Rainbow Rowell: Fangirl
Initially, I was skeptical of the book. Partly because of its resemblance to the Harry Potter series, which is near and dear to my heart. But after finding out the parallels were intentional, and that it was written with fan fiction in mind, I dove right in. It’s a long read, but has a nice balance of plot twists and predictability. It’s length is also offset by the shifting POVs, which I found made the read more fast-paced. The characters are wonderfully diverse and three dimensional. (My personal favorite is Ebb, the gentle if not overly emotion goatherd.) It’s not a book for everyone, but I would recommend it to lovers of Rainbow Rowell, fanfiction, and modern YA fantasy.