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Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare 
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1-10
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 655 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 15th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | 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.

I’m glad I decided to re-read these novellas even though the ending hurt me even more than the first time. I think I actually cried more than while reading Clockwork Princess. I also understood some side characters more than the first time. I have been screaming at everyone who has read my The Infernal Devices reviews to read those books for Jem, Tessa and Will but I also want to scream at you guys to read this one.

Talking about The Infernal Devices– there’s a scene with Will and Tessa and about certain Jack the Ripper which is not what you might expect. I also loved to read about James again and how he met his Parabatai. Will of course still wants to call for Jem for every little thing that happens.

“Well, I’m a Lovelace. My family quit Shadowhunting due to laziness in the 1700s.”

George is my favorite character after Will and James Herondale and I didn’t think this re-read could make me love him more but I was wrong. George might look like an athletic (and he actually is one) but he’s also such a sweetie and I just want him to safe forever. Did I mention that he has Scottish accent?

This is the book that first made me love Simon Lewis. I can relate to him, not because he’s a gamer because let’s be honest and I could die even in games made for seven year olds but because he’s a Doctor Who fan and tries to hide his insecurity with jokes. Simon hates to appoint people, so he decides to leave New York and become a Shadowhunter.

“Maybe one day it will be just you and me, my little blueberry.”

The only story I could care less about was about Robert’s past. I didn’t care to read about his past with Valentine or that he was a homophobic even before Alec came out. But besides that I absolutely loved this book; we get not one but two friendship goals and I actually cared about the romances. We didn’t get to see enough Magnus and Alec or Simon and Izzy in the Mortal Instruments, so get to see more of them made me so happy.

5 stars

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare”

  1. Man…I better be mentally prepared when I read this one. I haven’t read anything beyond Mortal Instruments so I’m seriously behind but I can’t wait to get to all the other wonderful books!!!!


  2. I think I stopped reading this series part way through. This was the first series that made me realise I was starting to outgrow YA. But I do agree that Cassandra Claire knows how to get you involved in her characters!


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