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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Review of "The Fledgling Handbook 101" by PC Cast and Kim Doner

The Fledgling Handbook 101 (House of Night) Alright, I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for the House of Night series.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this review.

Type: Companion Guide, Vampires, Vampire history, House of Night, Nyx, Rites and Rituals, Fill in the blank (sorta)

Why this book?: As I said, I'm a sucker for the House of Night series. I cannot tell you how much I'm looking forward to Awakened which comes out TUESDAY YAY! So until then, I will have to make do with this book =)

About the book: "The Fledgling Handbook 101" is a companion to the House of Night series by PC and Kristin Cast. Filled with information on the rites and rituals used in the House of Night novels, as well as vampire history. Learn about how your body is changing from human to Vampyre via the same book given to each new fledgling at the House of Night.

I was hoping to get a little more interesting extras in the book, maybe some talk about Zoey and her group. But mostly the book featured how to do the ritual calling of the elements, as well as multiple tales of vampires throughout history. Circe, Cleopatra, Hercules, the Amazons, and more are all featured, each with their own Vampyric tale - whether it be a warning (usually) on what to avoid as a fledgling, or to talk about the power a young vampyre might gain after their Change.

There are plenty of beautiful illustrations involved, either in companion to the historical stories told, or to more clearly show certain patterns important to the House of Night or Nyx. Also included are several pages where the reader can fill in their own comments - such as their Name, date they were Marked, what changes they noticed from their first marking to their second year, who their mentor is, their roommate, and even their class schedule. A list of offered classes for each year is included, so a fledgling can get an idea of what's in store during their time at the House of Night.

All in all, this book was an interesting read for fans of the series, but it's definitely not something I'm going to rush out to buy. If you're a hard-core fan of the House of Night series, well.. chances are you've already bought it. But if the HON books are just an occasional pleasure read, buy this at your leisure, or maybe just get a copy from the library. I actually found myself skipping through some of the histories as I thought they got a bit tedious.

Final rating: THREE out of FIVE (3/5). Just alright. Recommended for die-hard fans of the series.

Get your copy of "The Fledgling Handbook 101" from Amazon.com! Also, check out "Awakened," the next House of Night novel, releasing 1/4/11!

Are you a fan of the series? Have you read this book? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, aka Morning Glow ~!~

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