Thursday, July 5, 2018

Book Review: Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, & Robin Wasserman

Release Date: November 15, 2016
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
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"Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices."

My Thoughts:

I have finally decided it is time to catch up on the Shadowhunter books because I adore the Shadowhunter world and I am really mad at myself for falling so behind. So on a mission I went to read all of the novellas in the Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy. I enjoyed these novellas a lot more so than The Bane Chronicles and some of them really hit me right in the feels.

Welcome To Shadowhunter Academy: Simon is as awesome as ever. Didn’t realize how much I missed these characters. Also, George Lovelace stole my heart.

The Lost Herondale: This one was SO good. I’m getting ready to smack some arrogant Shadowhunters upside the head though. They need to remember Simon saved ALL their asses and be a smidge nicer. Although the short mention of Will Herondale had me missing him so much.

The Whitechapel Fiend: OH MAN. This one is BY FAR my favorite of all the novellas I’ve read to date. IT HAD WILL AND TESSA AND JEM AND JACE ALL IN ONE STORY. It gave me everything my Shadowhunter loving heart ever desired. I also loved the Jack the Ripper tie in and little James with his spoon. This novella was perfect.

Nothing But Shadows: Those Herondale boys know how to steal your heart. And damn that Will Herondale is forever charming and I love his use of every excuse to see the Silent Brothers. I loved James Herondale and loved Michael Fairchild and I am DYING for their series even more now.

The Evil We Love: This wasn’t my favorite of the novellas but it was very interesting getting an inside look at the Circle and how everyone fell in with Valentine. Also some super interesting revelations about Robert Lightwood. The thing I did really enjoy about this one though was the Simon and Izzy stuff.

Pale Kings And Princes: The ending to this one was a little bit heartbreaking. Loved all the Simon and Izzy feels though.

Bitter Of Tongue: What the Clave did to Mark Blackthorn is horrendous. This was a bit heartbreaking but it also had some really sweet moments. Forever love Izzy.

The Fiery Trial: I loved the developments in this one. And loved seeing Jem! When he mentioned Will my heart shattered. I’m getting to the end of these novellas and I’m super sad.

Born To Endless Night: My heart has grown three sizes reading this book. There was so much to love. So much Magnus and Alec. And so many of my other faves. GAHH I’m so sad it’s almost the end.

Angels Twice Descending: HOW DARE YOU?!?! My heart hurts so so much. But it was so nice to see these novellas come to a close.

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