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I (TJ) was given Tales from Shadowhunter Academy for Christmas so i have prepared a review for you 🙂
Author(s): Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
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.
I didn’t know what to think when i heard a book about Simon was coming out. On one hand there was Simon(!!!) but on the other hand i wasn’t sure if it would be weird reading about Jace and Clary and the others as brief side characters. It turns out that-as always- it was brilliant. I didn’t realise how much i missed human Simon from the first books (although i also miss vampire Simon). Simon is funny and smart and brings an element of normalcy to the shadowhunter world- even if he’s training to be a shadowhunter.It made me so happy Cassie continued on the original story, while i love the dark artifices the characters of the Mortal Instruments will always be my favourite. Although the stories are written by several different authors the writing flows very well and you can’t tell at all. The book has a tendency to dwell on stories of the past but they are still interesting and a good read, there are also several surprise ‘guest lecturers’ that appear at the academy. I really enjoyed this book and i am (not so) patiently awaiting Cassie’s next book.
Characters: Simon- is as always hilariously nerdy, uncoordinated, funny and endearing. His complete normalcy and humanness make an interesting contrast to the academy and the shadowhunter world. Also Simon is going through a sort of identity crisis as he’s trying to regain his memories and it makes the reading incredibly entertaining. As always this book made me wish Simon was my best friend and when i finished it, made me depressed the characters weren’t real.
George Lovelace- So i know Simon Clary are pretty much fated to be parabatai but Simon and George being parabatai would make my day, or if things don’t work out between Simon and Izzy I would most definitely ship George and Simon (someone please write a fanfiction about this). George reminds me of a cross between Magnus and Will Herondale, in other words he is an incredibly beautiful, funny, joyful Welshman.
Izzy- Do i really need words to describe how awesome Izzy is?
There are so many other surprising characters that i love. There is the feisty mundane Marisol who winds up Jon Cartwright (who acts like one of the obsessive pure blood families from Harry Potter) which makes my day. Julie and Beatriz are also mentioned who you see in the Dark Artifices, which made me happy 🙂
Plot: Since this book is a series of novellas not just one big story it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how i feel about the book. There were some novellas where i disliked the plot and others were i couldn’t stop turning the pages. I loved that we got to hear about the circle and Tessa and Will and even their kids(!). the Plot was really good and cleared up a lot of the backstories and plot holes that i’ve always wondered about.
Thankyou Cassandra Clare for blessing us with even more of the shadowhunter world to fall in love with.
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