I loved that this collection of stories not only filled in information from the other novels that we did not get but went back in history through told stories to give the readers more background on other characters. The ending was one I did not expect and I liked that I was surprised. I love that she continues to find ways to develop the characters and introduce new ones!
My scale is 1-5. 1 being poor/low and 5 being great/high.
Age Group: Middle Grade and Up
I feel the major storyline was not, but the romance was.
Mythology/Creatures: Vampires, werewolves, warlocks, demons, mundanes, fae, and angels.
It was angsty. Almost too much to my liking as a reader. I think it is a perfect balance for the younger readers. I will applaud the fluff though. Love Simon and Isabelle together.
I felt that this story was not mysterious to me. It was more suspenseful.
Like I stated above almost too much for me. Some readers love a lot of angst. If you are one of those types then you will love this book.
The suspense all for me was if and how Simon will do at ascension. I wanted to know if he would survive or come out with extra abilities.
Character Development: ★★★★★
Beautiful and amazing characters that come to life outside of the pages. This is the first time I ever loved a set of characters so much that I bought an app to make a web of all the characters and how they connect through the series/books.
Heck yes! I was the first to put a hold on the new series that follows Magnus and Alec (The Red Scrolls of Magic) through my library. So excited to read about their adventures!
The dialogue of these stories is always painfully unrealistic and lacking the wittiness of Simon, but the ending was very emotionally impactful.
Just finished this collection of short stories and I loved it. Simon is one of my favorite characters in the series and reading about him and all of the people I love felt like coming home. Thank you Cassandra Clare for bringing these characters to life and for Simon's sense of humor!
Simon is my second favorite in the series. I cried when we "lost" him in the "original series". This book just makes me love Simon so much more. Now he can officially be part of the team. He is going to keep kicking butt and taking names with his one and only parabatai Clary. While changing how the Nephilim see the downworlders.
loved all of the stories as Simon tries to become who he was. cried at the last story, but was also happy ,too.
All the stories in this book take place in 2008/2009. That's a fact. The year in "City of Glass" was 2007 and the year is mentioned in this book at least once (I'm 99% sure. I don't have to book beside me right now to check.) This is something the authors should have remembered, because at least some of the details in the stories are not possible within 2008/2009. The one that made me realize this was when Simon mentioned that Clary got him "The Sandman: Overture" (or "Sandman Overture", same thing) even though that wasn't published as a collection until 2015 and the comics didn't start coming out until October 2013. Since I don't feel like reading through all the stories again to look for mistakes, I'm going to assume that this is one that somehow slipped past the editor because s/he isn't as much of a nerd as me.
I enjoyed this book so much that I simply couldn't put it down! Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy fills in many of the gaps between the last Mortal Instruments book and the first Dark Artifices book. I highly recommend this one for all fans of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter world.
No additional stories in this collection, so if you read the individual parts as they came out, you don't need to pick this up unless you want to check out the one-page comic done for each story by series-regular illustrator Cassandra Jean. Those are pretty sweet.
This series of short stories is a bit of a mixed bag. The overarching link is that it is all suppose to be related to Simon's time at the academy but some of the stories have absolutely nothing to do with that. There is some tales with good character development interest (e.g. Born to Endless Night and Angels Twice Descending). However there are some of the stories that don't make any sense and seem to not even fit within the world that Cassandra Clare has made (e.g. Nothing but Shadows).
In general I would say it is worth a read but not worth buying. I would also just skim through the stories that have nothing to do with Simon.
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