Celebrity Picks: Cassandra Clare's Favorite Reads of 2017

Adrian Liang on February 01, 2017

Cassie_Clare_225Cassandra Clare understands the hearts of young adults. Between her Shadowhunter Chronicles—which includes her blockbuster Mortal Instruments series—and the Magisterium series that she cowrites with Holly Black, Clare has unlocked the secrets of teens everywhere struggling with who they are...and, more important, who they can become.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of The City of Bones, Clare's debut novel and the first in her Mortal Instruments series. Fans of the series can now explore the world of the Shadowhunters with new content and new illustrations in a deluxe special edition.

Below, Clare talks about her favorite books of year and why they earned top marks for her, and you can look here for more authors' favorites.

Cassandra Clare's favorite reads of 2017

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The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller - The Art of Starving is a dark tale that weaves together poverty, superhuman powers, toxic masculinity, eating disorders, and the challenges of growing up gay in a small town. It's a gritty look at a young man struggling with a host of demons, ordinary and extraordinary, internal and external. Matt's journey towards self-acceptance is terrifying and revealing all at once. Miller's skill with language illuminates the human darkness he is so adept at depicting.

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Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older - I lived in Brooklyn for years, but it wasn't until I read Shadowshaper that I felt like I'd really returned to Brooklyn, the borough I knew, in a book. Diversity has become such a buzzword that I think we often don’t stop to consider what it really means, and Shadowshaper reminds us of how essential inclusion is to an authentic world and the true representation of a place. Older does a stunning job of making his Brooklyn breathe on the page. Sierra is a great heroine, creating art out of magic and magic out of art. The next book in the trilogy, Shadowhouse Fall, just came out, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho - Sorcerer to the Crown is a stellar romp, bringing together magic, politics and romance in a Regency-era London setting. As a huge historical fiction fan, I love this look at an alternate London, and as a fantasy fan, I love the way Cho brings together supernatural creatures and users of magic from near and far, turning London's stuffy society of magicians on its head. Zacharias Wythe and Prunella Gentleman are exactly who you’d want to spend a lost weekend with, and the book contains perhaps my favorite dragon.

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