Simon Snow is having a weird life. His return to magic school is stranger than usual, because he's feeling distant from his girlfriend, the headmaster is avoiding him, and his sullen vampire roommate is missing - and no one seems especially worried about it. Magic, mystery, romance, and a search for identity are combined in this fanfiction novel.
This book is the first in the Simon Snow series.
Some people adamantly deny that this book is fanfiction, and the author's page refers to it as canon instead - but if your author page has an explanation about whether a book is fanfiction or canon, you can see how people might decide otherwise, particularly if the book heavily mirrors one of the bestselling series of all time.
I picked up this book solely because I knew of the author, but I knew nothing about the story. As I read it, I found it hard to get over element after element borrowed from Harry Potter, spliced with a dash of angsty Edward from Twilight. There's a brainy female best friend who's always up for adventure, a headmaster who takes an unusual interest in the protagonist - who is known as the "chosen one" at the magical boarding school, a shady wealthy family set up to be villains against all that is good and right, and a number of other comparisons. However, this book clearly targets older readers, with a focus on mature relationships over action and adventure. The writing has some gorgeous detail and self-deprecating humor, and is likely to appeal to romance fans.
"I'm not asking anybody what I should wear when I leave. I'm 18. I'll dress myself.
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