Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson & Robin Wasserman Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 paws
Synopsis: In Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, we follow Simon Lewis and his fellow new recruits in their journey to ascension now that the Shadowhunter Academy has reopened. Simon faces many challenges; including being a former vampire, saving the world but not being able to remember it and slime-covered dormitory walls. Through these ten short stories, we see Simon trying find his new self as well as some old favorites exploring a bit of their past.
“They shared a small moment of bizarre, companionable silence -the boy who’d forgotten everything about his history, and the boy who’d never known it.”
Okay so, I loved these short stories. It’s been a few years since I’ve read a Cassandra Clare book and it was so great getting back into her world. It took me forever to get to this and now I can finally move on to The Dark Artifices!!
It was so great getting to hear Simon’s story and see him and Izzy work through his memory loss and his feeling of living two different lives. Simon has always been a favorite of mine, from his nerdiness to his humor to his unexpected, but completely warranted, leadership and sense of righteousness. Simon truly shined here, not as the geeky sidekick, but as the star he is.
It was also so fun to check in on other storylines like those of Helen and Mark Blackthorn and Julian and Emma (who I’ll finally get to read about in Lady Midnight – yay!!) And, of course, Magnus and Alec. This couple…just yes. I can’t wait to see what happens next with them after the new development in this book.
The flashback scenes were an awesome addition to the story. While Robert Lightwood isn’t my favorite character, it was interesting to read more of his backstory. We were able learn who he is and how that compares to what he thinks of himself. Also, James Herondale. He is my precious little baby and I will protect him at all costs. I cannot wait for Chain of Gold to come out (March 3rd 2020, where you at??) so the hole in Herondale-loving heart can be filled again. And of course I’ll ALWAYS take more Will Herondale in my life. ♥
Now, things are going to get sad.
That ending though…my heart actually broke. I didn’t see it coming until seconds before it happened. I had this realization and thought wow, Cassandra, you’re really gonna do this to me huh? and yup, she went and did it. She soothed me into a false sense of security, filled my heart up to max capacity, then ripped it out and threw it into a fire (not to be dramatic or anything). Did I really think I’d read a Shadowhunters book that was all happiness and good times? How naive of me.
This was an amazing compilation of stories in one of my favorite worlds, but it wasn’t a 5 star read for me because I felt like it was somewhat difficult to tell how much time had passed between stories. This made the timeline a bit confusing for me. Not enough that I was completely lost, but I felt that it took me until halfway through a story for some hint to tell me where in time I actually was.
In summary, I will be reading every book Cassandra Clare writes, this emotional rollercoaster just doesn’t get old.