Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare Review

Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Author(s): Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

I've made no secret about just how much I love Cassandra Clare and her books. My love affair began with City of Bones, and has only grown since. She's one of my favorite authors, and frankly, I would follow her anywhere, as long as she continues to crank out such promising, powerful stories. And I have to admit that I have a bit of a bias when it comes to this book--I've been eagerly looking forward to it since I've known of its existence. I'm a Shadowhunter, through and through, and these characters feel like one of my families, if that makes any sense.

Tales from the Shadowhunter takes place after the Mortal Instruments series ends. But each story expands on a certain time in the existing universe of the previous novels. (And that's all I'm going to say, because I don't want to give anything away for my readers that haven't read it yet!) These stories fill in the gaps left by the Mortal Instruments series, and honestly, I loved every one of them. There wasn't a time during this book that I wasn't laughing hysterically. This book felt like coming home, and as such, it has become one of my favorite books of the last year. It was just so much fun!

It also really made me happy that Clare collaborated with other bestselling authors that I love: Sarah Rees Brennan, the author of the bestselling The Demon's Lexicon series, Maureen Johnson, author of Thirteen Envelopes, and Robin Wasserman, author of the runaway hit, the Skinned trilogy. I loved how each author brought their own unique, individual flair to Clare's world. It really expanded a lot of things for me. It was so satisfying. And that ending! All the ugly crying! I really loved that, too, even though it was really bittersweet. The bottom line: A collection of short stories that take place after the bestselling Mortal Instruments series, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy was so much fun! One of my favorite books of 2016! Next on deck: Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing by Jennifer Weiner!

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