Title: Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free


Happy Teen Tech Week! This week’s app is a great example of technology and books coming together.

Cassandra Clare writes books about a race of’  demon hunters called Shadowhunters. She currently has two series with equally compelling ensemble casts: The Mortal Instruments which takes place in a contemporary urban fantasy setting, and The Infernal Devices which is set in a slightly steampunky nineteenth century. I’m getting pretty excited about her upcoming releases. Clockwork Princess, the third and final installment of The Infernal Devices trilogy’  is coming to a library or bookstore near you this Tuesday, March 19. The City of Bones movie opens in theaters this summer, on August 23. And City of Heavenly Fire,’  the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments is due to be released next year. Clare will continue to write about Shadowhunters in forthcoming series The Dark Artifices.

Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters app is a fandom aggregator for your mobile device. Read exclusive content (currently the prologue of Clockwork Princess), stay up to date on book and movie news, watch videos, look at fan art, and read Clare’s social networking feeds, where she is generous with answers to fan questions. I have never seen an app for fandom updates; it seems like a great idea. The fan community surrounding Cassandra Clare’s work is an active one.’  An app seems like a logical addition- one stop shopping for all things Shadowhunters, right in your pocket. Shopping is literally available as well. On each book’s page there is a link you can click to buy a copy of the book.

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If you or the teens you serve like Shadowhunters, check out this app and join the excitement. If Shadowhunters are not your favorite, what fandom would you like an app for? I wonder if we’ll be seeing one soon.

Look out for confusion regarding this iOS game of the same name. While the game splits it into two words,’  Clare’s Shadowhunters are one word.

My only complaint is that sometimes content from other sites, particularly Tumblr, doesn’t load properly. Maybe it’s my Internet connection…

For more app recommendations, check out the YALSA App of the Week Archive. If you have an app you think we should review, let us know!

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