Book: Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader By 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, Kelly Link
Genre: YA Urban fantasy
Series: Companion to The Mortal Instruments
Acquired: Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument 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 eachpiece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.
I'm new to the TMI world. I just read all of Clare's books in July. I thoroughly enjoyed them all, so when I saw this book on Netgalley I definitely wanted to read it. I wanted to learn more about this world, and with all the amazing authors pitching in, it had to be amazing! I've done very few companion books, because the few I have read from other series just weren't for me, but curiosity on this one won out. I'm glad that I did read it. This wasn't just a bunch of boring essays thrown in a book. They were all really informative and written in a fun, light way. Thank goodness!
Kami Garcia's essay, Why the Best Friend Never Gets the Girl, is one you don't want to miss. I love the references shes uses from John Hughes films. Those really made me enjoy it. Anytime you bring up Pretty in Pink, I'm interested. ;) I also enjoyed the essay about Simon from Michelle Hodkin, Simon Lewis: Jewish, Vampire, Hero. You learn a lot of interesting tidbits about Judiasm and the history of vampires. If you are a huge fan of Jace you will especially enjoy Diana Peterfreund's essay Sharper than a Seraph Blade. You get to dig deeper into his character and what makes him tick!
You can tell that this book took a good bit of research and love of this world. I would definitely recommend it for any fan of this series to add to their collection.