The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.C. Cast ~ Book Review (2010 new adult paranormal)

The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.C. Cast ~ Book Review (2010 new adult paranormal)Author: P.C. Cast
Title: The Fledgling Handbook 101
Series: House of Night (companion)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 157
Release Date: October 26, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance

Merry meet, fledgling. Welcome to a new life, a new world, and a new you. Welcome to the House of Night!

This might seem like a scary time, Fledgling, but never fear! As you start your journey through the ancient halls of the House of Night, this indispensable handbook will aid you in your transition from human to fledgling. Within these pages you will find invaluable information about the history of vampyres. You will also come to a better understanding of your body's transformation, as well as read words of hope from great vampyres of the past and learn essential foundations of rituals and lore. Now, Fledgling, read on. A new life awaits you; your path to that magickal future begins here!
Format: Paperback
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The Fledgling Handbook 101 is the companion book for the House of Night series by P.C. Cast.


The first thing I want to say is the House of Night series is NOT for young adults under age 18. I don’t know why it has always been promoted as young adult, when the majority of the books are not appropriate for minors. Yes, the main character is sixteen when the series begins, but even then there is too much sexual content for my taste as a mother of a teenager. I might let my daughter read the first book, but definitely not any of the other ones. I think it fits better into the new adult category because of the sexual content, especially as the series goes on, the character ages, and becomes more sexually active.

However, The Fledgling Handbook 101 is okay for readers of all ages. But, if you haven’t read any of the House of Night series, it might not be as interesting to you. I think this book is an awesome companion to the series, but not as appealing as a standalone.

The Fledgling Handbook 101 is the same book that the main character in the series receives when she starts attending the House of Night, which is kind of cool.

The book tells the students everything they need to know to transition from a human to a vampyre fledgling (then later a vampyre).

The school is for ages 9th to 12th grade, but older people are present as professors, warriors, etc.

I enjoyed the illustrations in the book and the mythology that P.C. and Kristin Cast created. The book explains in detail everything that a reader would learn if they read the other books in the House of Night series.

Some of the topics covered in the book are: the curriculum of the House of Night, vampyre biology, rituals, and vampyre history.

I wish I had this book when I was reading this series. It would have been great to have looked up the topics as I read each book, especially when Zoey needed to reference the book herself. At some point, I might re-read the books. When I do, I’ll have to borrow this handbook from Misty again.

If you are a House of Night fan, I strongly recommend having The Fledgling Handbook 101 on hand if you don’t have it already.

About P.C. Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwestern United States, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. With her tour in the USAF completed, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author and a proud member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Her mega-hit young adult series, The House of Night, co-authored with her daughter, Kristin, has transcended the genre and, with over 20 million copies in print, appeals to readers of all ages. Ms. Cast’s young adult, paranormal romance, and fantasy series can currently be found in forty-two countries. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with an assortment of dogs, cats, horses, and one precocious burro.

(bio from Goodreads)

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