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Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2)

Simon Snow defeated the big baddie. Now he’s sitting on the couch.

When Simon decides to break up with his boyfriend Baz, his good friend Penny decides that the three of them should all go to America. On their road-trip, they encounter vampires, and other feisty creatures who are determined to ruin Simon, Baz, and Penny’s holiday. To make matters worse, Agatha is in some serious trouble.

With Wayward Son, there’s plenty of magic, kissing, character growth, and adventure.

Note: This is a bit of a badger of a review to write, because I don’t want to spoil any major plot points. I’ll do my best to avoid any major spoilers.


The Magic

What I love about the magic in this particular universe is how well it operates. With a phrase or a song, or even sometimes a word, you can alter the world around you. It’s very clever, and surprisingly flexible.

*starts singing “Amazing Grace”*

The Kissing

There’s a wonderful chapter–I won’t tell you which one–where Simon and Baz make out in a truck bed. It’s sexy, sweet, and yanks at your heartstrings. It only makes me love this couple even more.

The Character Growth

Simon: He must navigate a world in which he’s not longer the Chosen One or a mage. But he does have wings and a tail. And he can still fight.

Baz: He must confront more vampires in America. That’s all I can say about that one.

Penny: She wants to venture to America to see her boyfriend Micha. She ends up finding more than she expected.

Agatha: She’s living in America, left her wand at home in England, and has made friends with a girl named Ginger. She’s very into “leveling up.” Whatever that means.

The Adventure

The main plot of this second book is for our three main characters to go on a road trip across a little bit of America. There’s driving, action, and lots of clever humor. You can practically feel the wind blowing in your hair in the convertible.


Overall, this story was fantastic. I can’t wait to read the third book in the series (or is it just a trilogy?) Any Way the Wind Blows. (This is a a very fun reference to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”)

If you love magic, books that remind you a little of Harry Potter, and adventure, the Simon Snow series is for you.

The first two books Carry On and Wayward Son remind me of something. Oh, yes.

Thanks for reading,
Meghan B.

By Meghan B.

Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog! Despite being 29, I haven't lost my sense of child-like wonder for the world around me. I've been making up stories my whole life: My imaginative play with toys as a child has grown up with me, maturing into my imaginative wordplay with fantasy and sci-fi prose as well as free-verse poetry. I thrive on creating something with my hands and with my mind, using either my pen or my keyboard. When I'm not reading, writing, or knitting (or realistically, working), I'm watching Netflix, gaming, or hanging out with the people I love most: my friends, my family, or my boyfriend.

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