bookmark_borderWaiting on Wednesday: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

  • Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  • Author: Cassandra Clare
  • Expected Publication Date: November 15th, 2016
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Read more at Goodreads.

Synopsis: The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter is now available in print for the first time with ten brand-new comic illustrations!

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. 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. At least Simon’s 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. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.

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bookmark_borderBook Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight

  • Original Title: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • Edition: Hardcover, 698 pages
  • Published: March 8, 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Characters: Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Goodreads

Description: In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

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bookmark_borderShadowhunters Not-Quite-A-Review Review

Let me start by saying that I love The Mortal Instruments books, The Infernal Devices, and pretty much anything slightly related to the beloved Shadowhunters world. Although I wasn’t in love with The Mortal Instruments movie, I was still disappointed that we wouldn’t get to see the rest of the books come to life (and hey, the Twilight movies got infinitely better after that first monstrosity). So, when it was announced that there was a TV show, I was thrilled!

On that note, I’ll start with the characters I love, most notably, Simon Lewis! I didn’t think that anyone would be able to live up to Robert Sheehan (because I loved him so much from Misfits), but Alberto Rosende really brings the same humor and energy that makes Simon such a great character to screen. I can without a doubt say that he is the best thing about this show so far. Next up, Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum are so perfect. They both have such a great presence on screen. Though we’ve seen little of Malec so far, I can’t wait until these two really make magic together.

I’m also a fan of the changes they have made to the show. They’re minor changes overall, but enough to make it interesting to those of us who have read the books and watched the movie. I also appreciate that, so far, Clary isn’t the worst. She’s actually focused on finding her mother and not being a horrible person–completely different and so far more likeable than book Clary in my opinion.

However, I’m not a huge fan of the actress who plays Clary, Katherine McNamara. I don’t feel that she’s ever really projecting the right emotions for whatever scene she’s shooting, and her dialogue delivery just seems flat or monotonous every time. And Dominic Sherwood is gorgeous, obviously, but he’s not my cup of Jace. He’s good at brooding and looking like a deliciously perfect, well-trained demon killing machine, but he’s not sarcastic and witty like Jace in the books.

Continuing on the acting derailment, the chemistry between Clary and Jace is non-existent right now. I would be okay with that and them falling in love slower than they do in the book, but other characters have mentioned their so-called obvious infatuation with each other, and I’m just sitting here like, “Where?”

Honestly, I could go on and on about things I love and hate about this show, but I’ll end it here. I really am on the fence about how much I actually like the show versus how much I’m only interested because I’m already invested in the Shadowhunters universe. For now, I’ll be continuing to watch it as long as it’s on the air. It’s not great, but it’s good enough.

How do you all feel about Shadowhunters now after watching several episodes?