| BOOK REVIEW | TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTERS ACADEMY BY CASSANDRA CLARE

Tales From The Shadowhunter AcademyTales From The Shadowhunter Academy
authors : Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman
Genres : Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication : November 15th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Since the bind up hasn’t been released yet, I bought all the novellas. But it’s easier to review it that way ! It takes place after City Of Heavenly Fire. It will spoil you if you haven’t read the last TMI’s book.

Goodreads’ synopsis : Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. 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. At least Simon’s 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. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.

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As I said for The Bane Chronicles, it’s pretty difficult to review novellas. I really enjoyed the Tales From The shadowhunter Academy. It was great to read about Simon as the main character, and to learn what happened to him after City Of Heavenly Fire !
Simon is a character that I really appreciate ; he is funny, quirky and I really like his geek side !

Divided we stand,’ Simon thought, his stubborn biceps refusing to bulge. ‘United we do push-ups.

It was great to witness how much he has evolved. From a confused mundane to a skilled and more self confident young man !
That’s one of the things I really enjoyed about these novellas : being able to see how much Simon is growing ! Simon 2.0 haha ! Even without his memories, he is still the Simon we know, funny, sarcastic and always trying his best to do what’s right.

I also enjoyed the cameos from TMI’s characters. I’m not gonna say too much about these because well, spoilers, but I was really glad to read about them again !
It also introduced some new characters. I hope we’ll get to see them in a future book !

Moreover, these novellas are really well introducing Lady Midnight. I am not saying that it’s mandatory to read these before Lady Midnight, far from it ! But some of these novellas are dealing with the Blackthorns and I think it’s great to read a little more about them, to learn about their background, to what happened to them between TMI and Lady Midnight.

Now for the rating :

  • Welcome to the shadowhunter academy : 4 stars
  • The last Herondale : 3 stars
  • The whitechapel fiend : 4 stars
  • Nothing but shadows : 5 stars
  • The evil we love : 4.5 stars
  • Pale kings and princes : 4 stars
  • Bitter of tongue : 4 stars
  • The fiery trial : 5 stars
  • Born to endless night : 5 stars
  • Angels twice descending : 5 stars

Overall, I gave it 4.75 stars !

5 stars

Wow it has been a long time since I posted a book review ! I am currently reading Lady Midnight, hopefully I’ll finish it this week end !

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About the authors

Cassandra clareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts..

Sarah Rees BrennanSarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistful.livejournal.com, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

Maureen JohnsonMaureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls’ Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen’s characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.

robin wassermanRobin Wasserman is the author of the novel GIRLS ON FIRE. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several short story anthologies. A recent MacDowell Colony fellow, she is also the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten novels for young adults and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “| BOOK REVIEW | TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTERS ACADEMY BY CASSANDRA CLARE

  1. I still haven’t read any of the short stories, but I will when I get the chance to buy the print version 😀 Your rating of the stories makes me so hopeful … not that I ever doubted Cassie!

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