Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman

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Book Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Author(s): Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman
Release Date: November 15th, 2016
Reading Format: Hardcover
Rating: ☆☆☆☆¹/₂

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.


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So, yes, I have read most of these short stories in eBook form, but sadly I couldn’t get to all ten of them at the time because it was just too expensive. That said, I was beyond excited to find out they would be released as a bind up. Reading this gigantic book was like returning home from a very long vacation. It was just so relaxing to be in a setting that you are familiar with.

I loved learning more about the Shadow World while turning each page and, most of all, see Simon become a Shadowhunter in the end. I had the biggest grin on y face when I finished reading the last page, no joke.

Unfortunately, there were some characters that got on my nerves. I found myself rolling my eyes at the little things they would say, but that is normal, right? We all have that one side character who just plainly annoys you for no reason at all.

Overall, the entire book was enjoyable. I still can’t believe I finished it at 1 a.m. That has never happened since my high school days.

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