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

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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.

What did you think of the series?



Book of the Week – ‘Angels Twice Descending’ by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

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This is the final book of the series and we are going to see what happens to Simon as his training comes to a close. He has been through so much during his training and has learned a lot about the life that was taken from him. Now, he will face a whole mess of new problems and he will once and for all see if he has what it takes to be a Shadowhunter.

Are you going to buy Angels Twice Descending?


Top 5 books coming out in November


#5 – Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

Out: 11/10

In another surprise book by an author, we return back to the Fallen series as we get to see Cam’s point of view as he tries to win back the affections to the only girl he’s ever love, but if he loses he will spend rest of eternity at a special spot in Hell with Lucifer. The whole race against time to make someone fall in love again is a very endearing and interesting topic. We know that Cam is not one to be all about the chocolates and roses so it’s going to be amazing to see a softer side of him.

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#4 – Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Out: 11/17

This is the final book of the series and we are going to see what happens to Simon as his training comes to a close. He has been through so much during his training and has learned a lot about the life that was taken from him. Now, he will face a whole mess of new problems and he will once and for all see if he has what it takes to be a Shadowhunter.

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#3- Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Out: 11/3

In the last book by Fitzpatrick, she stepped up to the plate and knocked a home run in the thriller department. She was able to grab a hold of you right from the beginning and not let you go until you get to the very end. It’s the best kind of page turner because you don’t know which way it’s going to go and this book is certainly going to be no different. We know right off that bat that there is a dark undertone as murder is going to be involved. Be prepared for a long night when this book comes out.

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#2- November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Out: 11/10

If you are a fan of Colleen Hoover then you know that this one is going to be a tear-jerker. She has a way of creating stories that just grab your heart, rip it out of your chest, play volleyball with it, before spiking it to the ground. And the best part is, you keep coming back for more. It’s the best kind of torture and I for one can’t wait to see the creative way she’s breaks us this time.


#1 – Untamed by S.C. Stephens

Out: 11/3

In a surprise move, the author of the NY Times best-selling Thoughtless series announced that she was going to be a doing a novel for the fan favorite Griffin but as a sequel to the series. Some may be a little wary because Griffin is the stereotypical bad-boy rocker but if you’ve read any of the teasers that Stephens has released, you know that it’s going to be so much more. Griffin may have that rough exterior, but he has a soft spot for his girls and his band. You start to feel bad for him and wonder if maybe he gets a bad rap because of his personality. Hopefully we can see him get his moment in the sun.

What book are you most excited to read this month?


Book of the Week – ‘Pale Kings and Princes’ by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

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This is the 6th installment in the Shadowhunter Academy series and the stakes keep rising and rising for Simon and his friends.

Simon is quickly beginning to see that there is more to just being a Shadowhunter then the fame and glory tht Jace seems to make it seem as. The twists and turns in this series continue on as we await for what will surely be an epic conclusion.

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

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Are you going to buy Pale Kings and Princes?

The first two covers of “The Shadowhunter Academy” released


Yesterday, the first two covers of Cassandra Clare’s new e-series were released on Entertainment Weekly’s website. The series was announced in October and that she is going to be writing the series with Sarah Rees Brennan, Robin Wasserman, and Maureen Johnson.

The first book, Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy, will follow Simon as he struggles with who he is in the world as he tries to get back his memories that were taken from him.

Along with the covers was also the first synopsis, which can be read below.

After living as a mundane and a vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy. Simon Lewis has been many things. A mundane. A vampire. A hero. But Simon can’t remember any of that. His memories of adventures with Clary, Isabelle, and the rest of the New York Shadowhunters were erased by a demon, and now Simon is eager to reclaim that part of himself. But will he ever get back the parts of himself that he lost? Does he even want to?

The second novella , The Last Herondale, follows Simon as he continues his training and learns about the rules of being a Shadowhunter. You can read the full synopsis below.

Simon learns about the worst thing a Shadowhunter can do: desert their comrades. In the early 19th century, Tobias Herondale abdandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?

You can preorder the entire series on Amazon, Barnes and Noble (only the first novella), and Amazon UK (just the first two).

Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy is set come out February 17th with The Lost Herondale coming out March 17th.

What do you think of the cover?