bitter of tongue; a review

Bitter of Tongue, by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Bitter of Tongue, by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Book 13 of 2016

Bitter of Tongue is a Shadowhunter Academy novella that follows Simon as he is captured by Faeries on a George-led mission while at Shadowhunter Academy.

I found the writing of his particular novella quite odd, and looking back at the other novellas, I’m wondering if I don’t love this particular co-author of Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan. I found that the writing was quite basic juvenile, and the author(s) repeated the character’s name in a matter that felt unnatural; it just wasn’t needed. For example, the reader knows that Simon and George are in a conversation, but the Simon and George both repeatedly used one another’s names while speaking to each other. As my Humber professor taught me, people don’t speak like that normally, so it doesn’t make sense to write conversation like that either. Another basic writing tool that was ignored in this book was the over usage of certain words. For example, the basic word ‘sad’ was used twice within to paragraphs. That may not seem like a big deal, but when it pops up as often as it did, I found myself getting annoyed.

That being said, there were some positives to this novella, one being the growth and development of Simon and George’s friendship. I enjoy the dynamic between the dynamic twosome and they get along like brothers. The two of them crack me up!

Lastly, in this novella readers are reintroduced to Mark Blackthorn from the Mortal Instruments series. I’m assuming his story will remain relevant in Clare’s new series that just came out, The Dark Artifices. I do feel quite bad for Mark- he has been captured and is now a part of the Wild Hunt, seemingly forever in limbo.

Overall, when I read the Shadowhunter novellas, I can’t help but get frustrated by the writing; sometimes it is just so basic. The Mortal Instruments series isn’t basic though, so I think that’s why my expectations were so high for these novellas! It’s a little insulting, because it’s like they were just whipped up without much editing. At the same time, some are better than others, and I’ll read them all regardless because I am so invested in the MI characters.

What do you think? Do you agree?



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