Neferet’s Curse: A House of Night Novella
Searching for a captivating read this summer? Look no further than Neferet’s Curse by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. This novella is a spin-off from the House of Night series explaining the backstory of the High Priestess Neferet. This book only alludes to the House of Night series and is a stand-alone for anyone to enjoy.
Summary and Review
Let me first say that I finished this book within a few hours. Unfortunately, this book is only 146 pages, and I wished it was 500! From beginning to end, I was completely engaged and enthralled with the story of sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler.
After her mother dies, Emily is thrust into the role of Lady of the House and companion to her creepy father who cannot let go of the memory of his wife. At first, Emily is pleased and excited to have her father paying special attention to her; however, she soon realizes that this affection is unsettling and uncomfortable as her father seems to have replaced his wife with his young daughter.
Her father becomes extremely possessive and controlling of Emily and she is locked in a nightmare that she wants to escape as soon as possible. The escape she desires comes in the form of Arthur, a handsome and young suitor determined to take Emily away from all the evil in her house. Emily’s father becomes more dangerous and threatens to take away everything she holds dear.
It only took me a few hours to finish this book, but I loved every minute of it. The character development for Emily is impressive considering the shortness of the story. She is a relevant and relatable character even though the time period is set in 1893. I became attached to her at the end of this book and wished I could have kept reading about her new adventure in the House of Night.
It is interesting to note that in the House of Night series, Emily, now known as Neferet, is a villain. This novella provides readers with an in-depth look into a character that is written as one-dimensional in the series.
Author Bio: Jacqui Grande is an aide for Atherton Library. She loves reading fantasy, paranormal, and historical young adult fiction.