Review – ‘The Shadowhunter Academy’ by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Robin Wasserman – Simon learns to be the hero that he’s always been

shadowhunter academy series

Format: e-book

Format read: e-book

Rating: 14+ sensual content, some graphic scenes

Genre: Young Adult

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In the ten-book novella series, we follow Simon as he embarks on a journey through the newly reformed Shadowhunter Academy as he tries to get his memories back and get back to the life that he has now forgotten. He meets some new friends at the school, and quickly sees that he may be a hero in their eyes, but doesn’t feel worthy of the title. At least, not yet.

As the series progresses, Simon gets to learn more about himself. He learns that not only he can be a Shadowhunter, but he can be a good one. Like he said, he might have gone to the Academy for Clary and Isabelle, he stayed for himself. He learned that he does have the skills to be a successful Shadowhunter and that he really is that person that his friends remember him as.

There are times when Simon can be unsure of himself, annoyingly so, it causes conflict with his relationship with Clary and Isabelle (especially). His low self-esteem wants him to try and be the person that they remember but they know that he is, whether or not he can remember.

By the 5th book or so, Simon starts to come to the realization that Isabelle loves him for who he is, not some version of himself that he doesn’t think that he is. As the rest of the series progresses, Simon and Isabelle get back to what they were before and they are so cute that it’s hard not to just hate them for the amount of cute that they are. If it was a part of social media it would #RelationshipGoals. They joke around with one another and bring love into the dark world that they know that Shadowhunters have to live in. By the end of the book, I find that I like their relationship more than any other in the series.

While Simon was the focus of the series, he wasn’t the only story that we got to dive into. In fact, we got to dive into many stories. All of the stories that we have come to known (and will know) are brought in as we get to dive deeper into the complex world that Clare has created. We find out the backstory of Teresa, Will, and Jem from The Infernal Devices as they struggle to raise their kids in a time when they weren’t socially accepted. The best addition to the series was Magnus’s and Alec’s relationship. We see them transform into a power couple and best of all, we see them both happy.

Of course there is a twist ending at the end of the series, because she pretty much went the whole series without one. Clare is known for having twists at the best times in her series that leave the fans talking about it for days to come after. This series is no different. At the end of the last novella, something happens that is shocking (but maybe not so much if you paid attention to the detail). Even if you knew what was going to happen, you wished that it wouldn’t. It is one of those kinds of endings.

While the series was short and broken up over most of a year, it did provide us with a lot of information that we can use for the rest of the series as it looks to expand in March. The novella series makes you want more of Simon and his life (especially since he brings a fun way of looking at things) but overall it allows fans a deeper look into the series that we love as we get ready for the next series.

Rating: A+

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You can buy the series on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or iBooks.

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