Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1-5) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1-5) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1-5)

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 642

Source: TBR Pile

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.


Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1)

4 out of 5 stars

This was kind of hard for me to get into right away, because I didn’t remember what had happened in the previous books! It took me about halfway through this novella to actually remember that Simon had lost his memory because of the demon encounter in City of Heavenly Fire. It’s cute to see how he first reacts to the characters he knows and loves again, though. He’s so in love with Isabelle, but he doesn’t realize it yet. She comes to the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris to see him, and it’s so good. Wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve laughed/giggled while reading a book, but Cassandra Clare never fails to make it happen.

Simon is so… nerdy cool, and I forgot that because it’s been awhile since I’ve read about The Mortal Instruments characters. I can’t wait for him to become the “awesome Shadowhunter” he vowed to become, and I am so excited for him to gain his memory back. One of my favorite parts of this novella was when he was remembering what Isabelle’s eyes looked like up close. They are one of my favorite ships, so I’m all about the Sizzy feels. He loves her so much. He keeps remembering little things about her, and he tells her that he won’t be the Simon she fell in love with, and she leaves, but she won’t give up on him. She’ll wait for him, I know it. Simon is one of my favorite characters, so I can’t wait to read the rest of these novellas.

 

The Lost Herondale (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #2)

5 out of 5 stars

I knew that I was going to like this one just by reading the title. I’m a sucker for the Herondale family, so hearing more about distant relatives was very cool. So, if I’m not mistaken, Tobias Herondale was Will’s younger brother. So he must have been perfect because Will. I mean, come on. I’m starting to remember more about the series already, and am grasping some of the little connections. I really loved that Catarina told Simon about Tobias and his real story. I also really loved that Clary came to visit Simon at the Shadowhunter Academy in Idris. She misses him, and she loves him, and she just wants him to have the life that will be best for him even though it might mean she loses her best friend. It’s so heartbreakingly sad but happy at the same time. I have conflicting emotions regarding this novella series thus far. I really like George, Simon’s roommate. He seems really cool, and he also cares about Simon. He’s also Scottish, muscular, handsome, and likes reading. Can’t get better than that.

 

The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3)

5 out of 5 stars

I love being in the Shadowhunter world again. It’s my favorite series, and it’s just making me so happy to be reading about my favorite characters again. This one has been my favorite so far because most of it was a story about Will, Tessa, Cecily, and Gabriel. I love my Shadowhunters from London, and love seeing them in their element. This story was cool because it was a short retelling of Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper, in this story, was just a demon attacking women rather than a man killing them. It was a very cool take on this “classic” story. I love seeing Will oh my gosh. Favorite book boyfriend of all time. I also loved that Jace got to talk to Tessa about being a Herondale; it was so precious how happy he was at the end. And now my suspicions that Isabelle will stick around for Simon have become true. He writes her a letter and it’s so cute because it’s so Simon. I love this novella series.

 

Nothing but Shadows (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #4)

4 out of 5 stars

This novella was about James Herondale, the son of Will and Tessa, through his experience while in The Shadowhunter Academy. Almost the whole novella was told as a flashback/story from Catarina Loss to Simon. Simon just wants to have his memories back, and he wants his friends back, but he has new friends at the Academy. It’s such a hard decision, but I know he’ll make the right one. I’m kind of surprised that this novella series isn’t about Simon more. It’s mostly just been flashbacks to previous Shadowhunters. It’s nice, but is not what I was expecting. I’m still really liking George, even though I know they couldn’t be parabatai because of certain circumstances. I hope that Simon and George are still friends after this whole series is over. Oh my gosh George could come up in Lord of Shadows. So exciting. Woah, realization. Nothing but Shadows…. Lord of Shadows…. hmm connections?

 

The Evil We Loved (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #5)

4 out of 5 stars

Again, I’m surprised that this is not completely about Simon. I guess the point of novellas is to learn new information about the characters you know and love, but I just want more of Simon’s story. This was about Robert Lightwood, Isabelle and Alec’s dad, and his teenage years when he joined The Circle with Valentine. It was interesting, but it was also sad. Robert is so judgemental of anyone different than him. He got rid of his parabatai because he told him that he loved him. That’s cold considering you’re best friends. I LOVED the ending of this one; Isabelle and Simon are so perfect together. I just want them to be together forever omg. I am really enjoying this book so far, and can’t wait to finish the rest of the novellas.

Series:

Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1)

The Lost Herondale (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #2)

The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3)

Nothing but Shadows (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #4)

The Evil We Loved (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #5)

Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #8-11) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #8-11) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.


What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles #8)

5 out of 5 stars

I love Magnus and Alec together, and this is the story I was most excited for. Malec is my favorite ship from The Mortal Instruments and it’s super nice to see them interacting again. You’ve also never really seen their interactions clearly because of the multiple storylines, but it’s so fun. It’s really great to read about a relationship that is so new and so beautiful. I love Magnus and Alec so much. I love that they’re sweet to each other and that they love one another for who they are. Oh my gosh, it’s just so cute and romantic. Magnus went to all the trouble of imagining what Alec was feeling throughout the short story, and I just can’t handle how cute it was. So much love for them.

 

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9)

4 out of 5 stars

This hasn’t been my favorite story, but I really enjoyed seeing Valentine when he started being who he is. I love seeing Magnus, and I get that this whole book is about him, but it’s cool to see him helping people instead of just being glittery. I also enjoyed seeing Jocelyn and Clary when they were younger. It was just so cute and Tessa was there. Tessa was wearing a shirt that said “William wants a doll.” Yes, it was about being a feminist, but it’s because she hasn’t strayed from Will and it’s just perfect. I love Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices and it’s just… oh my gosh I love them.

 

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10)

5 out 5 stars

I don’t even know what to say about this because it’s been my favorite novella so far. I love Magnus and Alec together and they are my favorite couple from the whole Mortal Instruments series. I loved seeing them interacting on their first date and how perfectly awkward it was. I loved every second of it and I just want a whole book about Magnus and Alec. They make me so happy. I just get a giddy, girly, squealy feeling when I read about them. The kissing scene. My gosh. I just want them to be together forever and ever. I love them and I love their first date story. It’s so fricking cute.

 

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11)

3 out of 5 stars

I did not want to relive that traumatic experience of the situation that is not to be named between Alec and Magnus. I really did not want to deal with that pain again and I’m still not over that part. I literally hated reading that, but it was pretty okay. I love Cassandra Clare and I can’t wait to read Lady Midnight because more Shadowhunters. I GET TO MEET HER IN OMAHA AND IM SO PUMPED. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book overall, and can’t wait to read more from her!

 

Series:

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

The Rise of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

Saving Raphael Santiango (The Bane Chronicles #6)

The Fall of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

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Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #5-7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #5-7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.


 

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. This is the first one that had any real action. Part of the reason that I love Cassandra Clare is because of her amazingly written action scenes, so it was nice to have a little glimpse into one of those. I also really enjoyed the beginning of the story and how it took place on the day of the huge stock market crash. It was cool to see in that time period even if it was tainted with warlocks and vampires. Again, Camille is one of my favorite bad-guys, so it was fun to see her again. I’m excited to read The Fall of Hotel Dumort and see what Camille has to do with it.

 

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6)

4 out of 5 stars

This hasn’t been my favorite so far, but I loved getting to see Raphael. He’s one of my favorite characters because he is so strong-willed in all of his decisions. I had no idea that Magnus had that much to do with saving him, but he definitely did. If it weren’t for Magnus, Raphael would have gone insane and killed a bunch of mundanes in order to get blood, but he didn’t because he had a safe place to be. I love how sassy he is. I’ve also missed the Cassandra Clare sass levels. I’m really excited to continue on with this novella series!

 

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

4 out of 5 stars

I’ve decided that I’m not too keen on the vampires. I never really liked them because they’re so cold. They almost don’t even have emotions anymore, and I get that’s what makes them have a vampiric quality, but I just don’t like it. To me, the lack of emotion makes it somewhat boring to read. I do still like Camille, but I’m confused about the ending of this one. Magnus just has Catarina erase memories from him? Hmm. I don’t know about that.

 

Series:

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

What To Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles #8)

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9)

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10)

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11)

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