Shadowhunters | 655 Pages | 2016
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★★
- Hero: Simon has leveled up
- Friendship: OMG GEORGE!
- Steaminess: Izzy girl, you keep your man!
- Brutality: MY HEART IS IN PIECES
Pairs Well With
Dorm room moonshine
I listened to the audio of this beastly book and I cannot recommend it enough. As someone who is not great at listening to audio books I can tell you that this one is engaging. I never found myself falling asleep or having to replay pieces.
Each story within is read by a different narrator and all of them are excellent. This does mean that some accents change which can be annoying, but for the most part, I loved them all.
Now, I am not a Simon Lewis fan. He annoyed me in The Mortal Instruments so I was not thrilled about reading a book starring Simon. But i’m so glad that I went ahead and read this! You get so many other characters, flashbacks and exciting details so there is no reason to be worried about too much Simon.
I loved the flashbacks to the Chain of Gold characters’ time at the Academy. This was really great background since I was getting ready to read COG. James and Matthew’s parabatai relationship and hints at James’s secret love. Plus, we see Christopher blowing things up and making Ragnor’s life hell. it was hilarious and I needed that in my life.
In the present, we get to see Simon and George become great friends and OMG I love George Lovelace! He is adorable and hunky scottsman that I needed in my life. Plus, what a solid and hilarious friend to have your back. I don’t think I would live with the rats for Simon… Even though he really grew on me.
If you are interested in the Izzy and Simon ship, then you will not be disappointed. Weaved throughout the book, but by no means the focal point, is Simon and Izzy’s journey back to each other. It’s really cute actually. I love Izzy so watching her deal with Simon’s lost memories was sad, but I just like her as a character.
This isn’t required reading, but I do suggest it if you are going all in on a Shadowhunters read. Lots of details from these stories are referred to in the series books so it’s helpful to have that information. Luckily, you can just break it up chronologically and weave them into your read if you want to…
Have you read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy? Let me know what you thought in the comments!