By: Melanie | December 28, 2012 | (2) Comments

Title: Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader
Author: Cassandra Clare and the following contributing authors: 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
Publisher: SmartPop
Series: Companion book of The Mortal Instruments
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Pages: 256 (paperback)
How I Got the Book: Digital ARC from Publisher through 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.


Chocolate, its irrestable and just delicious, but too much is just horrid. That’s a bit like this book…

Wow…hold your horses Clare! Why on world is there another book about Shadowhunters? Don’t get me wrong, The Mortal Instruments is breathtaking. However, this is getting to dragged on. Naturally, TMI started off with only three books. City of Bones, Ashes and Glass. I instantly fell in love with them and found out there was three more for the ‘extended series’ and one of the, City of Heavenly Fire is still due to come out in 2014. *dies* This delay is probably due to the fact that there is a prequel series. The Infernal devices, which I am about to be starting soon, consists of different characters but still contains the same world. Hmmm.. well, I don’t know about you but this is starting to get a bit booooring. Apparently not to Clare, because here comes the sequel, The Dark Artifices. You’d think Clare would stop there, but now, in my hands is an eBook of one of her companion books.

This book is, well not exactly what I was expecting. It contains essays of other authors, so sort of like an anthology. I was instantly bored within the first few pages, it had plain boring thoughts and opinions that seemed restricted and short out. Sorry, but this was unreadable. End of story.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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2 Responses to Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

  1. Dabin Han says:

    I feel like Clare’s dragging out the story, too. She should have ended with the three books inTMI. It was the perfect ending! Now she’s just beating at a dead horse.

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