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4.0 out of 5 starsNot accurate for the time but a good read.
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2018
Nicely written. I enjoyed Anna as a character and the little additional insights we gained on characters introduced in other stories. But the only thing that I felt was very unrealistic is how easy Anna was with her identity as well as how apparently accepting everyone else was in the book. At the time this story is set, she could not have walked about in men's clothes, been recognized as female, and just ignored or accepted. /Admired. Also, the more modern era Shadowhunter novels stress that the culture is very hide bound and narrow minded. That is why Diana is in the closet and why Alec had such a difficult time coming out. I definitely think this story was clearly written with more modern sensibilities in mind but in doing so it rings very false for the time and the Shadowhunter universe established in the Mortal Instruments. Still, it's a good entry in this series.
3.0 out of 5 starsDiverse Rep, But No Real Character Development
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2018
Yay diverse rep! But man, Anna, you fall in love faster than a Disney character. I wanted to like Anna so much, but she just didn't get enough development over the course of this novella (and can you really be surprised, it's a novella). I cannot wait to see how her character progresses in the actual series. I loved that she learned to just embrace who she was over the course of the novella. She's comfortable in her own skin and despite the fact that the times might not understand, she realizes that it's most important to be herself and that the people that care about her will understand. I loved the rep, even if the story itself felt a little superficial.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat read with strong women characters
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2018
I am definitely a Cassandra Clare fan so it should come as no surprise that I loved this book. It' been wonderful to get to know many of the characters that will appear in her The Last Hours series and of course to see more of the Shadowhunter world through Jem's experiences. I really loved reading about how Anna was challenging gender roles/norms and living life on her own terms. It was also wonderful to read that her parents were supportive of her sexual orientation. It's a great read and I definitely recommend it.
I have read and loved Cassandra Clare books for many years. I don't have a problem with complex relationships. Not a problem but this story was so contrived it was ridiculous. I respect the relationships in the other stories because I love the characters. I feel like this book was as subtle as a sledge hammer. Don't hit the reader over the head with a character's sexuality before they even know the character. This was a terrible story and that had to to with the lackluster writing and the overt superficial treatment of the characters. Shame all around on not meeting the excellence of former stories....
The Infernal Devices is my favorite book series! So I loved that this takes place near that time period and with some of the characters I already love. Anna is unique and I love that her mom and dad support her. This little short could have used a little more action but it was still very intriguing!
This short story features Anna Lightwood. She's the daughter of Gabriel and Cecily. And she has a big secret. She's attracted to women. She's also non binary. I apologize for misusing pronouns. I applaud Clare for introducing a non binary character in a YA book and doing it naturally. It was also just a really good story. Period.
I love how we see Anna and how she faces the challenges of her life head on. She is true to herself in a time period that would shun her even when others are not. Her mother is perfect at loving and her supporting her! My favorite short story of the series so far!
A fun read though a little overdone. I like it when characters are more multifaceted like a real person. That's what I've loved about the shadohunter world, bur this book seemed plain and single layered in comparison to others in the sande world. Still fun, and I loved being too know Anna better.