Review: Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow) by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Any Way the Wind Blows

Series: Simon Snow

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Rated: YA

Genre: Fantasy


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.

If there’s one thing I hate more than sequels, it’s goodbyes. I don’t like them in reality, I don’t like them in my fiction. I need more of Simon and Baz and Penelope. (Also Shepard)

I was kind of disappointed to see that they were back in the UK? I know that sounds weird but, I kind of was. Also, this was the book that actually made me like Agatha, because I’ll be honest in the first two books I was not the biggest fan and found her so wishy-washy.

There is some recovery and healing in this book without it being over the top or happily wrapped up in a package with nothing else left to resolve. This had a hopeful ending, an ending that made me, as a reader realize that even when things are over.

The cultlike atmosphere of the new Chosen One in this book was absolutely bonkers, and luckily in a good way.

There were great family and found family feels in this book and all in all it was very fulfilling to me. It is not perfect, b any means and communication will apparently always be a problem for Baz and Simon but I can only hope in the future that wherever they are, they’re happy and have learned to show their love even further.

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