It is time to dive back into one of my favourite worlds! Yep, I am reading another Shadowhunter novel! Whoop whoop! Today it is all about Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson And Robin Wasserman. Since this isn’t a novel but is a collection of short stories I will be review it in my usual anthology story (small wrap up review for the whole book with mini reviews for each individual story). so, without further ado, let’s do this!
I loved this book. I am so glad that I have finally read it. I loved getting to see inside the Academy and to witness what has been happening to my precious children since City Of Heavenly Fire concluded. i enjoyed every single story in this anthology, which is incredibly rare for me. I will admit that there were two stories that I wasn’t a massive fan off, but even those two I still enjoyed. My favourites from this collection where The Whitechapel Fiend, Nothing But Shadows, Bitter Of Tongue and my favourite, Born To Endless Night. This book made me laugh, it made me cry (more than I would care to admit) and it has made me so very excited to finally pick up Lady Midnight.
5 out of 5
Welcome To Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
God I love Simon. I really enjoyed this little opening story. I wasn’t sure how the whole Simon amnesia, ascending storyline was going to be handled but I really like the way that it was. Admittedly the Sizzy scene nearly broke me, but as a whole I really enjoyed it. I like that despite everything, Shadowhunter are still kind of dicks.
4.5 out of 5
The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
This was a bit of a mixed story for me. I liked bits of it and disliked others. I really like watching Simon figuring out who he is and who he wants to be, I love seeing him standing up for what he believes in. But at the same time I not a big fan of the Sizzy element. I mean, come on. If you have got Isabelle Lightwood willing to wait for you, my good, you do everything you can to get back to her! But besides that, I enjoyed this story. although I do now have a mildly terrifying mental image of two Jace’s in a room together lol.
4 out of 5
The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
First off, I fucking love Jace. I always forget what are sarcastic, egotistical, little prick he is and I love him for it. I just love the fact that he despite everything, he is still trying to fuck with Simon. But, moving past the amazingness that is Jace Herondale, I loved this story. I was not prepared for it but my god. My little Will and Tessa and Jem and I just can’t. I love that this story wasn’t just someone telling the story, like Catarina in the last one, but it was the story. it felt like I was back in The Infernal Devices. I just can’t even describe to you how much I loved going back to London. I also loved the storyline. I have always found Jack The Ripper fascinating and I love this version of his story.
5 out of 5
Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
And again I am in love with this story. like the previous one, you are being told a story from the past, but the narrative is from the characters from the time. This time, James Herondale. And I loved it. they story was darker and more twisted then any so far, but it worked. I loved seeing the parallels between now and then. And this whole story has just made me really excited for The Last Hours.
5 out of 5
The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
Okay, I didn’t love this one. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. I enjoyed the Sizzy moments and the whole demon storyline, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Robert story. firstly, I just don’t like him and this story did not help my dislike. And secondly, it didn’t feel entirely necessary. Yes, it gave a bit of additional context to the Circle (although it wasn’t anything ground breaking) and yes, it did hold an important message for the students, but, I am not entirely sure that it was needed and I don’t think we needed some of what was there. I think this story would have worked just as well, if not better, if we were just told the story briefly and then had the Izzy parallel. (I also am not sure how I feel about having three flashback stories like this in a row)
3 out of 5
Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
What are you doing to me Clare! My god. One second this story had my crying out in outrage, the next I was swooning and then I was just breaking. Such a rollercoaster of emotions in this story. this story in particular is really showing me how this book bridges the gap between City Of Heavenly Fire and Lady Midnight. The injustice and the prejudice and all of it is so clearly building up beneath the surface. I am now itching to read Lady Midnight. On the flip side Sizzy!
5 out of 5
Bitter Of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
I’m not crying, your crying! Dear god, this story was determined to break me. Those poor, poor Blackthorns. They have just been through so much and still have so far left to go. Reading this story has made me realise how much The Dark Artifices is going to kill me. I spent the whole time reading this story fighting back tears. My heart was just breaking for Mark and Helen and Julian and Emma and that whole, shattered family.
5 out of 5
The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
Okay, so I have missed feelings about this one. The main storyline, it’s obvious. from the second that we learnt that Simon was going to ascend, we knew that this would happen. So it kind of felt a bit unnecessary to go into so much detail about it. we knew that it would happen. I did love that Magnus, Catarina and Jem literally just drugged Simon and Clary. That feels very Magnus. And I did like seeing Julian and Emma becoming Parabatai, especially considering that I vaguely know some of the Dark Artifices storylines so things made sense to me. But overall, I’m not 100% sure that this story was needed. I enjoyed it, but was it necessary?
3.5 out of 5
Born To Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
I have no words. So much cute in one story! Malec and Clace and Sizzy and little Max and, my heart cannot handle it. love it, love it, love it! My favourite story in this book! Even beating The Whitechapel Fiend!
5 out of 5
Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
Damn it Clare! You made me cry again! Which is completely ridiculous as I knew what happened in this story (I accidently read a spoiler about it literally months ago). I knew what was coming, I was expecting it, I was prepared for it, and yet I still ended up sobbing. Happy tears for the good, for my precious Simon, for his new being and his old, and sad tears for all that was lost.
5 out of 5
And there we go. That was my review for Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy. Have you read this book? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.