Any Way The Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

by Hope Hanson
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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 Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.

–from the inside flap of Any Way The Wind Blows
5 star review
Rating: 4.5/5

Finally, I found the time to read and can now review Any Way The Wind Blows! This was one of my most anticipated reads of this year; after the way Wayward Son ended, how could it not be? And I am so happy to say that I’m nowhere near disappointed with how this trilogy’s finale turned out.

But keep reading my review of Any Way The Wind Blows to find out more about why I loved this book!


To start with, let’s talk about the plot. I loved how much focus on emotions this book had; of course, Wayward Son had a lot of that, too, but I feel that the tones were different. Really, that came from the fact that the character dealt with their emotions in different ways in this third book. Both books dealt with the trials and tribulations of moving on and coping after “The End;” but, as the description promised, Any Way The Wind Blows focused more on catharsis and moving forward.

Obviously, I loved it.

On a broader note, though, I enjoyed the different threads of plot in this book so much. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect for the storyline going in, but I loved what Rowell came up with. Certain parts of the plot had plenty of excitement to balance out the heavier, emotional moments; it was just the perfect mixture.

Though, that’s not to say that that portion of the plot consisted solely of action and excitement. A lot of what happened contributed a lot to some important themes of the book and did an excellent job of bringing things full circle in the most perfect way.

As for the characters, considering I loved all the emotional elements in the storyline, it shouldn’t be surprising that I loved the way Rowell presented them in this installment. I mean, I already loved them from the previous books. But I liked the further development Rowell gave them, and the ways they progressed over the course of the story. Not just individually, but also in their relationships with one another. (Unsurprisingly, the different relationships were some of my favorite parts of this book.)

TL,DR Recommendation

In short, I highly recommend reading this one. (Or, if you haven’t read the first two books yet, I strongly encourage you to go and get yourself a copy of Carry On!) It was a wholly satisfactory read that was equal parts exciting and emotional; I absolutely loved it, and I’m sure you will, too.

If you do read this or if you already have, leave a comment down below and let me know your thoughts. I always love to talk about books, especially when it comes to my favorites. Additionally, if you enjoyed this review of Any Way The Wind Blows, you can use the Book Reviews tab above to access my full library of reviews. There, you’ll find plenty of other amazing books I recommend reading!

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