Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Posted January 19, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter AcademyTales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on November 15th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 672
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

Holy molly she’s at it again. If you’re a fan of the Shadowhunter world, I am not kidding when I say this was seriously SO GOOD! As per usual, books I love get something short and sweet: here go’s!

This collection of short stories was literally EVERYTHING a die hard Cassandra Clare fan could have wanted. Clare, along with her fellow author helpers, gives her darling readers Simon’s journey through the Shadowhunter Academy along with SO MANY AMAZING mini back stories of the characters we already love. (hint hint HINT: there is a story with a certain Herondale and Ms. Gray that features their children. Papa Herondale ladies and gentlemen!) I just about combust. I read this is probably three sittings, it’s massive, and full of some many feels and little cinnamon roll sweet hearts Clare fans kill for. Everything about this collection was perfect, I have zero complaints! If I was already dying for Lord of Shadows, being back in the shadowhunter world has only lit a hotter fire under my fangirl belly. If you’re looking to open and book and feel like you’ve come home. Go. Pick. IT. UP!

five-stars
Lizzie
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City of Glass [Mini Review]

Posted October 22, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

City of Glass [Mini Review]City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 24th 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 541
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE]
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To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic
Pages: 541
Published By: Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 24, 2009
Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile, 2015 Reading Challenge

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To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.
(Goodreads)

“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

“And I’m supposed to sit by while you date boys and fall in love with someone else, get married…?” His voice tightened. “And meanwhile, I’ll die a bit more every day, watching.”

“I am a man,” he told her, “and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.”

This is the book I was WAITING and NEEDING to get to within this series. I am SO happy about this book it isn’t even funny! Things wrapped up very nicely with all of the characters. I was so happy to see Jocelyn back. I was so happy to FINALLY see Clary and Jace together because YOU ARE NOT SIBLINGS, morons! I can’t believe it took until book 3 for them to get together.

There were a few things that I had predicted and I was right. I loved Izzy even more in this book. And Simon grew on me even more as well. And let me tell you, I am TOTALLY shipping the whole Alec and Magnus thing that is happening! 🙂

I feel like this totally could have been a trilogy, and I believe it was originally intended to be. This book totally left me completed. But now that Clary and Jace are together. I am STOKED to find out what happens with them in the next 3 books! It is going to be SO AWESOME to see them together for more than a few pages! 🙂

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read City of Glass? Or any other of Cassie’s books? What did you think of them? Who is as excited about Lady Midnight as I am??!!? I mean, have you seen that cover?! TAKE A FREAKING LOOK AT IT! Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
five-stars
Stephanie
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City of Ashes [Mini Review]

City of Ashes [Mini Review]

Posted October 13, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

“Well, I’m not kissing the mundane,” said Jace. “I’d rather stay down here and rot.” “That does it,” said Jace. “I’m going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year.” “Why” Isabelle said. “So you can look up ‘fun.’ I’m not sure you know what it means.” No, I’m just a very naughty boy. […]

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City of Bones [Review]

City of Bones [Review]

Posted July 20, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 5 Comments

“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?” Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.” …”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.” “Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.” “Is this the part where you start […]

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