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Neferet's Curse

(House of Night Novellas #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  10,652 ratings  ·  666 reviews
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 cen ...more
Hardcover, 147 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 1st 2013)
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Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mar 19, 2012 marked it as to-read
I really can't wait for this one, loved dragons oath and lenobia's vow but Neferet's story will be really interesting to read, and might explain why she is so evil.

Sophia Triad
Neferet was the villain in most of the House of Night books. She was ruthless and thirsty for absolute power. But she wasn't always like this.
Long time ago, she was just a girl who was looking for love and protection after her mother's death.
Long time ago, she was called Emily and she was scared of her father. She was hoping that a protector would take her away from the suffocating home and her sick father.

But alas...
Only when she was strong enough, she managed to win. She, herself was her wa
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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Miss Susan
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Man you know what's super frustrating? When a book just misses doing something that would be genuinely interesting and provide much needed critical commentary on earlier books of the series.

See here's the thing. This book is meant to be Neferet's backstory, the cause of her evil and a sympathy for the devil argument all in one. One of the major characterization lines it develops is her desire to control her life in the face of awful unrelenting victimization (view spoiler)
Jody Mena
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A very heart-rending and telling look into the villain's past. This book has made Neferet my favorite character in the House of Night series. Before now, she has been rather a painfully 2-dimensional and cliche specimen of villainy, though there have been hints now and then of some traumatic horror in her past. Now after reading this, I find myself almost admiring Neferet. She was courageous and cunning, and has the will, wit and self-control to survive in spite of being bound by so many convent ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

Wow, you ever wonder why Neferet became they way she is? This definitely tells you why. Her story was beyond emotional and heart wrenching. Life growing up for her was hard and she pushed through some horrific things. One’s that most people don’t ever recover from, but it is what made her the callous, malicious leader she is. There were some times I found myself wincing at the events that took place, but now I completely understand her. Betrayal by someone who is supposed to protect you is the u
Mar 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
Finally! The one back story that I've actually cared about since this whole series began. Hope that they actually manage to make it decent but.....we'll see.

(Side note: "She's always been beautiful"?! What is up with the focus on beauty in these books. In the synopsis for Lenobia's Vow it said that Lenobia was curse with extreme beauty!!! Come on people!!!)

(Second side note: DAMN that cover is freaking gorgeous!!!)
Jessica | Booked J
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
House of Night Novellas:
Dragon's Oath: ★★★★☆
Lenobia's Vow: ★★★★★
Neferet's Curse: ★★★★★
Kalona's Fall: ★★★☆☆

Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J.

Like with Lenobia's Vow I knew I was going to love Neferet's Curse. A lot. I think, at this point, it's safe to assume that I read the prequel novels exclusively for their stories. (Of course, I'm exceptionally late in getting to them. For some reason they've just been sitting on my shelves for literal years. Better late tha
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Alec John
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I feel really bad for Neferet now.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
First let me put this disclaimer before I get bombarded with angry replies about my knowledge of the series or whatever... I've been reading this series from the beginning and yes I acknowledge that the authors made some very huge leaps from the original description of Neferet's upbrining from an earlier book to this one. Yes there is a 5 year miscalculation about the death of her mother as well as the details of her abuse. Here's the thing...that passage was written well over 6 years ago if not ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen
Dragon's Oath and Lenobia's Vow are actually pretty good. I think everyone was looking forward to Neferet's back story, however it is terrible. Even though it was so short it was too long, if that makes sense. Details were too long but the development of the characters was way too short. I didn't have enough time to feel much for Emily at all and I didn't really feel that her father was developed as an evil character very well at all. Yes he was a drunk, yes he made her come home and do stuff bu ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Neferet's Curse was a great addition to the miniseries of House of Night novellas. Not only did it provide excellent background on the character we've all come to love-hate, Neferet, or as she's known in this book, Emily Wheiler, but it also illustrated wonderful character development. It illuminated the change between the lonely, scared girl in the beginning of the book to the strong, and slightly mad, woman in the end. While it did lag a bit in some parts, Neferet's Curse was a great look back ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these books up to about book 9 i think then i found them to be a bit long winded but the start of them was a good read.
Emily Ross
I definitely found this much more engaging than the other House of Nights novellas, but it just misses something. It certainly explains Neferet and why she turned out the way she did, but it just lacks a bit of emotional connectivity which makes it hard to connect with Neferet.

Edit: Having just read Marked, Neferet says that her mother died when she was 10 and she was Marked at 15. This novella did not read as though 5 years had passed. It felt like it occurred over the course of 6 months. They
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Actually 3.5 round up because it's House of Night
(review to come soon)
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
A Prisoner of Her Own Family
Neferet’s Curse
Rating: 3.5/5

Summary: When Emily Wheiler’s mother dies in childbirth, her world is changed. She spends months grieving and only escapes its clutches due to her Father’s orders. Emily must take over as the Lady of Wheiler House, which is not something she really wants to do. Reluctantly, she does and her life is consumed with duties as she is isolated from her friends. Emily’s Father begins to be more controlling and will only allow her out when he is ac
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, young-adult
[audio review] This latest HON novella tells the story of Emily Wheiler, the girl who will one day be Neferet. Everything changes for Emily when her mother dies. Trying to take on her mother's duties isn't the easiest and neither is dealing with her cruel father. She eventually is Marked and is accepted at the House of Night in Chicago. The revenge she sets out to enact will ultimately put her on a dangerous path.

I'm sure this goes for other readers of the series... but Neferet is not my favorit
Yasmin ✨
''And I am not Emily. I am Neferet.''

This was nice! At first, it didn't really feel like it was Neferet I was reading about, but as the story progressed, Emily started to change in Neferet in a very subtle way (which I loved).

Neferet has always annoyed me in House of Night. Especially in the last couple of books, she's been quite hysterical and the way she behaves just annoyed the hell out of me. Her past is very interesting though, and in Revealed (it was Revealed, right?) we already got some
Dark Matter
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This review was written by Evie Kendal for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine.

Neferet’s Curse by PC & Kristen Castt is a novella intended to provide a backstory for the High Priestess, Neferet, who was the House of Night series protagonist Zoey Redbird’s first vampyre mentor. It is written as a series of journal entries from 1893 by the 16-year-old still-human, Emily Wheiler, beginning shortly after
Lilly TM
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Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Cool backstory. Still an evil, emotionally manipulative, murderous bitch.

There is such a huge difference between Emily wanting to kill the man who'd raped her and betrayed her trust... and literally all of the shit that Neferet did throughout the entire HON main series.

Up until the second to last chapter, it was easy for me to forget that this sweet girl would end up being the walking dumpster fire of a villain that is Neferet.
But then, Cast just started dropping all of this “foreshadowing” s
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book, although difficult for me to read due to triggers, gives an incredible look into Neferet before she became a vampyre. It tells her story of how she chooses to be the way she is because she will no longer let anyone control her. I relate heavily to this, and although Neferet and I have taken our end experiences in opposite directions, it is the need to deal with the pain of betrayal and hurt that is highly relatable. Another very well written novella. Seeing different sides of all thes ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
As much as I hate the original series, I really like background storys. So this was ok. Pretty good if you compare to the HoN series. Pretty good turn on the "main villain". You don't know wether to hate her because of... Spoilers. Or feel sorry for her, because obvious reasons. ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I really enjoyed this novella. I loved finding out Neferet's back story and why she had always been so independent and relying on only herself, as she had to in order to survive as a good young woman. I found myself actually have some sympathy for her. ...more
Not the best novella... mostly because I just didn't like the content of this book... I see why Neferet is not a very pleasant person though.... ...more
Angie Hammad
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Love.. Always Love.." ...more
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the House of Night series only.
This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.

An uncomfortable tale of abuse and misplaced revenge.
I must admit of all the novellas, this was the one I was most looking forward to. Neferet has been the antagonist throughout the entire House of Night series, and apart from her need for power there seemed to be little explanation about her motivations for going to the ‘dark side’, especially as she seemed to have plenty of power before she became a consort to darkness.

Told through
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of the House of Night series for while now. After ten books, I felt as though the magic that had once drawn me into this series is fading. It was just the same formula over and over and over again. It gets tiresome after a while.

However, I previously read the past two HoN novellas and I KNEW I had to read Neferet's Curse, not only because it's a part of the HoN, but also because it's about Neferet as a young girl and how she became who she is. Back stories are just one of the a
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