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Book Review: Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 579 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 6, 2021
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Spoilers for Wayward Son

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.

This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest.

Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.

I have been putting off of reading Any Way the Wind Blows since my preorder arrived few months ago. I absolutely loved Carry On (you can read my review here) but Wayward Son was such a disappointment for me. You can read my review here.

“I know I’ll never love anyone like I love Baz. I know he’s the love of my life. Of all my lives.”

Simon never felt like the Chosen one but now that he’s not one he doesn’t know what to do. I felt so bad for him. Everything changed for him from the moment he turned against Mage. It was right thing to do but it was the moment he started losing and didn’t stop. Baz felt like something he was dragging on his way down.

Baz was all Snow had left but he was also a reminder of everything he has lost– who he was. His match. Someone who might someday deserve him. I like that realizing how broken he is and how much he hurt Baz made him want to change. Snow didn’t only loose his magic but also his purpose and the will to try because why do it just to loose more?

Baz has more pressing problems than Snow being a bad boyfriend but he’s trying to be patient. He doesn’t want to loose Simon and he actually liked him turning on him for comfort and I think that’s sweet. Simon is and always have been all Baz wants and he wants Snow to have everything he wants.

I love the fact that Simon believes in reincarnation (taught by the Mage) and that in every life Baz is the love of his life. It’s like he believes that they’re soulmates. Baz and him are the truest and biggest love. I’m glad we finally got more happy moments from the two and not just angsty stuff. Simon was finally doing something besides letting Baz down. I missed the parts where Simon made Baz laugh and just enjoy himself.

I loved reading about Simon and Baz’s relationship but I also liked Penelope and Shepard’s romance. It was so sweet how Penelope was the first person to give him hope and she never really gave up on him even when she wanted to.

I still don’t care about Agatha but at least I didn’t feel like skipping her POV when she had scenes with Niamh.

I liked the kind of mystery about this new Chosen one but I also wish we had learned about other so called chosen ones. I’m so grateful Simon finally found out about his heritance.

All in all Any Way the Wind Blows is what I wanted Wayward Son to be. I just loved everything about Snowbaz in this book. They were great together, even hunting together. I love how supportive they were each other. I know some people were disappointed this book didn’t have things from the last book like vampire gang but I didn’t really care. I enjoyed learning more about vampires in the last book. At least I don’t remember them explaining the difference of eating people and animals before.

5 stars

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