Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Day 6 ~ 400+ Pages ~ Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy b y Cassandra Clare

Its time for day 6 of the Great New Reads Challenge, books that are 400 pages are more.
This one makes the grade with 655 pages! I had mixed feelings about this book. First off
it is more of a collection of stories that are tied together by the fact that Simon is at the
Shadowhunter Academy and hearing the stories for the first time. I've actually had
this one sitting in my TBR pile for a while but didn't pick it up until I finished Chains of Gold.
I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't just read the other novel.
Which was the best from the series I've read in a while.


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.

My Take:
This novel meets us up with Simon who has lost his memory of the
shadow world. Magnus has helped him out the best he could but
 Simon is still pretty clueless about everything, and everyone. In a
 quest to get his old memories back and prove himself he enrolls in
the Shadowhunter Academy. Each chapter starts with Simon and
 what is going on with him but then delves into some type of
flashback storyline. Each chapter could almost be read as
individual pieces. Some of the stories were interesting.
It was nice to get some back story on characters like the Inquisitor or

meet James for the first time. Other chapters were just ok and I
felt like the Simon plot line dragged a little bit. I still enjoyed
the book but as far as a collection of stories I enjoyed the
Magnus Bane Chronicles more. But I do love Magnus so I might be biased.

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  1. I've only read one of Cassandra Clare's books and man are there so many for this series! I'm actually going to try and read through them all this summer, we'll see!

  2. This book vaguely reminded of the movie "Total Recall" which I loved. Plus, since vampires are supposed to live for centuries, imagine the author can weave tons of backstories ! Oh, the possibilities! :)