Author: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: February 19, 2013
About the Book
The White City, 1893: In turn-of-the-century Chicago, with the World’s Fair bringing bustle and excitement to her home city, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be reveling in her youthful beauty and the excitement around her. But her whole life changed when her mother died, leaving her to be the Lady of Wheiler House. Her father, a powerful bank president, is at the center of an important social hub for the booming young city, and he needs Emily to do everything her mother would have – to be a good hostess and make sure the mansion runs smoothly.
As Emily uneasily tries to replace her mother, she also longs for more… for love and a life of her own. When a handsome young man notices her at one of her father’s parties, it seems that her hopes may finally be coming true. Until her father forbids her to see him – or any other man – and starts revealing a darkly violent side that even he can’t understand.
At last, afraid for her life and with nowhere to turn, Emily is Marked by a vampyre and brought to the Chicago House of Night, where she begins a magickal new life that should allow the wounds from her past to heal. But as she gains strength, and a powerful new name, she carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most.
From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress, Neferet's journey begins in NEFERET'S CURSE...
I really enjoyed reading this novella and getting to know more about Neferet’s life before she was marked for the House of Night. I never thought about what her life was like before her being marked as a fledgling. It gives more to the story and the series now that you have the insight as to why she is the way she is in the series.
Things that I liked: I really enjoyed the cover the of book. I like that she was on the cover as well as the spirals that go with the House of Night markings and the meaning of change in one’s life throughout the series. I really enjoyed reading about Emily’s life before she became Neferet after entering the house of Night.
Things that I didn’t like: This is just something minor, and possibly just me. But I really didn’t like the pictures at the beginning of the “chapters”. I mean they were to serve a purpose and they did, for me it’s just that I felt that you had to really look at the pictures before reading the chapters. Because I would look at them and then read the chapter and then reach the part where the picture was describing and had to go back to the picture to confirm what I was seeing was in fact in the chapter. (Does that make sense?)
Overall: I really enjoyed getting the background story to Emily/Neferet’s story and how she came to be what she is in the series. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is reading the House of Night series.
Until next time, Happy Reading!