I typically like to start my year by reading something by Cassie Clare. (Read: I actually normally just re-read The Mortal Instruments every January. I’m well aware how strange this is).
This year, I opted to reach for the nine Clare novels/novella bind-ups I have on my TBR. I specifically chose now to grab these books because Queen of Air and Darkness recently released.
So, with The Mortal Instruments fresh in my mind, having re-read them yearly since City of Heavenly Fire released in 2014, I decided it was absolutely time to read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I don’t exactly love Simon Lewis like some readers, but I like him enough and was severely dissatisfied with his ending in City of Heavenly Fire.
On Goodreads, I gave rating for each of the ten novellas. Here on the blog, I thought I’d expand more on why I gave those ratings.
Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy: 3.5 🌟🌟🌟💫
I thought this was a strong intro to the tales. I liked being introduced to new characters (that I’m sure will play a part later!) and this did help me remember how much I do like Simon. I was hopeful that as the tales continued that Simon would remember more because it was heartbreaking to read that he really couldn’t remember Clary.
The Lost Herondale: 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The ending to this one literally made me well up with tears (this happens easily… I’m sensitive ok). I really cherish Simon and Clary’s friendship; it definitely ranks high on my list of important friendships in literature. This one left me with questions. Does the lost Herondale become the found Herondale? Does Simon tell anyone the REAL story?
The Whitechapel Fiend: 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I really love Tessa’s storytelling abilities. I love Jace and Simon in this one. It made me so happy to see the direction this story took the tales in. This tale made me feel like the whole book was going to end up a 5.
Nothing But Shadows: 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (my second favorite)
Even when I read TMI, I felt like Simon and Clary were meant to be parabati. Then Simon became a vampire and my spirit was crushed. When I finished TMI, I felt hopeful. We knew Simon was going to head to the Academy to become a Shadowhunter. This story made me feel so happy because, even though we don’t know for sure that Clary and Simon will be parabati, we at least find out that Simon plans to ask her when he Ascends! That’s enough for me! I did feel bad about George’s rejection though… (I adore George!)
The Evil We Love: 3.5🌟🌟🌟💫
This one was tough for me. Couldn’t tell if I hate Robert Lightwood, or if I hate his storytelling. I definitely didn’t love his use of Izzy, but I did love the relationship mending moment between Izzy and Simon.
Pale Kings and Princes: 3.5🌟🌟🌟💫
The ending of this tale was so confusing to me! Did Helen’s mother actually die? I was thrilled that Izzy and Simon worked things out!
Bitter of Tongue: 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Oh hey, Cassie, it’s not like my heart hasn’t been consistently ripped out over the years. Please continue to do this to me. Alright, I KNOW Mark Blackthorn was not in TMI for long, but he was great! I LIKED HIM A LOT. So to see the Wild Hunt version of Mark was absolutely devastating for me.
And don’t even get me started on Helen. GAH!
The Fiery Trial: 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Only two words are needed for this one: true parabati.
Also, Simon and Clary.
Born to Endless Night: 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟(my favorite!)
Since I picked this book up, I was (im)patiently waiting for Malec to appear. This is exactly what I was waiting for. The tributes to Max and Raphael (another favorite character) were so touching. I loved the writing in this one. Hence, my favorite.
Angels Twice Descending: 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Do you want to have your heart stomped on? This one will make you want to tear your heart out and kick yourself for ever being attached to a character. Oh hey, by the way… Cassie could give George RR Martin a run for his money. Good grief. Still a good tale though. This one made me actually reconsider my original opinion of Simon. I started to really like him in this tale.