Friday, December 14, 2012

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader Edited by Cassandra Clare Review

Expected Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Smartpop

Format: ARC
Page Count: 198 pages
Source: NetGalley

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.

Authors Who Contributed:
Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman

What I thought: 

First off, I like to thank NetGalley for sending me an ARC of Shadowhunters and Downworlders.

Many authors contributed to this reader like Cassandra Clare , Holly Black , Kate Milford , Diana Peterfreund, Sara Ryan , Scott Tracey,Robin Wasserman, Kendare Blake, Gwenda Bond, Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Caine, Sarah Cross, Kami Garcia, Michelle Hodkin, and Kelly Link. What I love is that this is a genius idea. As a reader, we get to see different perspectives from many authors and they interpret their own thoughts and meaning in it.

I didn't expect to like Shadowhunters and Downworlders at all because I have a hatred towards essays. I am happy to say that I was blown away how good this was. You get a great look at the Mortal Instruments series which really helps you understand Cassandra Clare's books.

All of the essays in this Reader are very entertaining to read. I love most of them but particularly my favorite essay was,"Simon Lewis: Jewish, Vampire, Hero." This was written by Michelle Hodkin and I have read her books and she is one of my favorite authors. Michelle Hodkin's input on Simon was very interesting and funny. This essay brings up about Judaism and the history of Vampires.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a must get for all fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices. Go read Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Also, this actually helped me ease the panic for the upcoming books. If you can't wait for CP2 or CoHF then read this. Trust me, you won't regret it.


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