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I tend to not be too fond of bind ups. Maybe because I feel when I finish one story, it's over & I can close the book and move on to the next (at least, I think that's how my mind see's it), so, I tend to get a bit bored with bind ups fairly quickly. Chances are, I will read this book and eventually pick up another to read when I need a break from this one. Just to have something a little new to read/listen to.
As always, when it comes to Cassandra Clare books, I need to have an audio to go with it because many times, her stories are drawn out and, I don't know what it is, there is just something about her books that I just can't seem to stay focused on, although I do like them and her characters. I think it's more her characters than it is the actual stories. Maybe? I don't know.
I do like Magnus, but I think my favorite "side character" is Simon. So, I can't wait to get to those novellas/bind up. I read this one first because (1)I just wanted to make sure I got it out the way (2)I wasn't quite sure if there would be spoilers in the Shadowhunters Academy Novellas (I don't think there are, but I wanted to make sure and be on the "safe side") :-)
|I'm honestly really glad that I finally got around to finishing this book. I remember loving Magnus as a character when I initially read The Mortal Instruments series, and I was so excited to see that there was a collection of short stories centered around him. His life is too interesting to be left a total mystery.
Some of the stories were definitely better than others. Regardless, I still enjoyed reading all of them. I enjoyed seeing him as his own individual character, rather than just playing the role I was used to in the main series. Honestly, I was just happy to see more of his past after how mysterious he was in the series. It's one thing to know that he's lived a long and exciting life, but it's another thing to read it (and have it in his POV).
I also actually really enjoyed seeing all of his past relationships he's had throughout his life, and how each and every person was important to him in some way. Even his non-romantic relationships were fun and interesting. I especially love his friendships with both Ragnor and Catarina, and how they were with him throughout everything. It's nice to see how this wide variety of characters has shaped him over the years.
All in all, this was a really enjoyable read, and I think it succeeded in pulling me out of my reading slump (which is quite the task). I would definitely recommend it to people who liked Magnus as a character, or even if you're simply curious about his backstory. I definitely wasn't disappointed.
This review was taken from my Goodreads.