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Audio Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra ClareTales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
Narrator: Chris Wood, Devon Bostick, Jack Falahee, Ki Hong Li, Luke Pasqualino, Nico Mirallegro, Sam Heughan
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on November 15th, 2016
Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Fantasy, Occult & Supernatural, Young Adult
Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
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three-half-stars

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.

So, I love Simon.  I’ve loved Simon since book one when he was the only one not swayed under Jace’s charm.  I cried when he became a vampire.  I cried again when he became human.  So when I heard that Tales from the Shadowhunter Acadamy was coming out starring him, I was ecstatic!  I mean, how could I not be?  Simon was one of my favorite characters in the series.

And I loved the supporting characters, especially George (poor, poor George), Simon’s roommate while he was at the Academy.  I loved watching Simon slowly growing into himself again since his memories were erased.  I loved watching him piece together his love for his friends and especially Izzy again.

What I wasn’t as crazy about was the amount of “flashbacks” this book had.  Sure, they always related to the lessons the Shadowhunters-in-Training were learning that week.  And yes, it brought up several characters the readers were familiar with if they’ve read any of the previous books.  It also helped explain things like how Valentine took power, but I felt it drew away from the new characters that Clare was building.

Overall, I enjoyed the stories.  I loved that Simon finally got his own book.  I am definitely looking forward to maybe seeing Simon Loveless popping up in some of Cassandra Clare’s other works.

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old.

Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and which later inspired her current pen name).


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