Mortal Instruments build up:

I can’t believe I haven’t seen anyone do this! Well since there are three days until the release of The City of Bones movie, I thought I’d do a special post each day! Each post will be bigger and better, especially the one on the release date!

Today’s post is going to be a review of…Shadow Hunters and Downworlders!

Shadow Hunters and Downworlders: A Reader edited by Cassandra Clare

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

Publication date: January 29th 2013

Publisher: SmartPop

Number of pages: 198

Series: N/A

Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley

Goodreads synopsis:

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

My review:

Put it this way, I had no idea what to rate this. In fact, I still don’t know. I liked something but really didn’t like others.

The things I liked:

– It was FANTASTIC to be taken back into the world of City of Bones.It kind of served partially as a memory jogger.
– The way the authors who wrote an essay for the book talked about the world as if it really existed. They spoke passionately and made it seem…real.
– Some of the authors mentioned things I hadn’t noticed while reading the books. It made me think about some topics I hadn’t even given a second thought to before.
– It was really really interesting. I learnt new things about a couple of authors and the Mortal Instruments series.

What I didn’t really like:

– I found this book to be so, so boring. If I could have I probably would have read this in sections rather than all at once. But on a kindle it is a bit difficult to do so and I read this as part of a blog challenge readathon, so I was on a time limit.

The boring factor was the downfall for me. A couple of essays were just a little too long and I lost interest very quickly.

But I have had an idea that I would like to stick to: to read a book by every author in the book. I enjoy quite a few, my favourite was probably the last essay. Really funny.

I would recommend this to fans of The Mortal Instruments series – a perfect way to get back in the Mortal Instruments world before the movie is released.


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Goodreads Cassandra Clare Bio:

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.





Arcs finished – 7

Total pages – not sure until one book is released

Just finished – Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

Currently reading – When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love)

Up next – Sia



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