Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (#1-10) by Cassandra Clare

22428828Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pub Date: November 15, 2016
Format: Kobo eBook
Pages: 672
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: ★★★
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Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas (together in one edition for the first time) Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

My review:

“She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest.”

Where do I begin? This book (a compilation of five novellas) takes us back to a time long before Celaena is brought into the glass castle to fight for her “freedom”. It was quite nice getting to see how Adarlan’s Assassin came to be who she is today. Some novellas were slower than others (“The Assassin and the Underworld” was my favourite) and frankly, much longer than they needed to be, but I was still grateful that there was more of this world to read about. I needed somethinganythingto hold me over until the release of Empire of Storms. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a little more about her childhood in Terrasen.

In the other books, Celaena is painted to be quite merciless when it comes to her occupation. These novellas paint a completely different picture. Each novella is a portrait of her humanity. They show her compassion, wit, dignity, strength, and vulnerabilities. After reading these, I’m not quite sure why we’re forced to believe that she’s always been ruthless. If anything, I feel like she’s forever been a hero with a rebel heart. She’s always tried to do good, no matter the circumstance. I liked seeing this side of her.

More importantly, we finally get to read about how Celaena and Sam fell in love. These two alone make the book a must-read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Throne of Glass. It’s so nice finally getting to read about the little adventures that are hinted at throughout the TOG series. It’s like the final pieces of the puzzle coming together.

★★★★ (4 stars) because of my dear, dear Sam. My heart hurts for you.


Book Review: Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Destroy Me tells the events between Shatter Me and Unravel Me from Warner’s point of view. Even though Juliette shot him in order to escape, Warner can’t stop thinking about her—and he’ll do anything to get her back. But when the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment arrives, he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner cannot allow.

Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective and bridges the gap between Unravel Me and Ignite Me. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam’s more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.

My review:

“I’ve never read anything like this before. I’ve never read anything that could speak directly to my bones.”

That awkward moment when Warner’s thoughts seem to be just as annoyingly “purple prose” as Juliette’s. Ew. Don’t do that, Warner.

This was kind of disappointing. I waited a week after finishing the trilogy before I let myself read this, thinking that the words from Warner’s P.O.V. would be very satisfying. It wasn’t. It was predictable. And I didn’t even get the sense of his character. It was like reading Juliette’s thoughts but with a swapped gender role. It was literally a regurgitation from the scenes in Unravel Me/Ignite Me. Oh, and I should mention that I did not care for Adam’s P.O.V. at all. No interest whatsoever. It was bad.

Let’s not forget about Juliette’s annoying journal/diary thing. It is everything I hated about the series when I first started reading it. The repetition repetition repetition and distracting confusing sentences that were crossed out altogether. All in all, it was like sad poetry. And I did not want to read sad poetry. I wanted to read a dystopian-ish YA novel.

Still, I will give this ★★ (2.5 stars). I wanted a little more of Warner, and I got it. It’s just not the parts of him I thought I’d be getting. I think I should have went into this book with lower expectations.