Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday Reviews: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare


Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Rating: Five Stars

Description from Goodreads: 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.

If you're reading this, and you haven't read The Mortal Instruments series, as well as the Infernal Devices series, the door is below. Please see yourself out and come back when you have become an expert on all things Shadowhunter.

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If you HAVE read all of those books, including CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE, then WELCOME. GUESS WHO THIS BOOK IS ABOUT. SIMON FREAKING LEWIS. 

After COHF, I really needed some Simon. It was hard enough having to dive into LADY MIDNIGHT without reading the short stories (curse you ebook-given migraines), so when the book finally came out, I snatched it up, and I couldn't be happier with what I read.

Not only do you get new characters like George Lovelace, but you also get cameos from some of our beloved-- Clace, Malec, Izzy, Wessa, Jessa, IT IS ALL THERE. It's so wonderful.

What's great about this book is that it's short stories, right, but together they're one big story. It starts with Simon's entering the Academy and follows him all the way until his moment of... well, you'll see. 

Each of the plots were intricate and delicate and reading this was almost like watching one of those episodes of your favorite show when the main character gets these flashbacks from their past. Except this time, you're just living them out with the character, and watching as the plot of the whole book is exposed just as the plot for each mini story comes alive.

Cassie writes so beautifully, too. Being immersed back into the Shadowhunter world is literally like no other fandom. The way she weaves the stories like webs and makes you feel things even from the side characters... It's rare, and real, and I can't ever and will never get enough of it.

I have a favorite story, but I will tell you nothing of it. Instead, I want to hear YOUR thoughts. Tell me what you loved, because I loved it all. Tell me everything. Let's fangirl out together.

Happily,
Stephanie


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