Friday, April 5

The Nightmare Affair (Arkwell Academy #1) by Mindee Arnett

The Nightmare Affair (Arkwell Academy #1) by Mindee Arnett
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

My Thoughts: This one sounded pretty cute, and it was. We are introduced to Dusty who is a nightmare. She can go into people’s dreams and experience them, and feeds on them.

She goes into a boy named Eli’s dreams one night and he’s dreaming of something not too nice, and then when she gets back to the place she’s living, she realizes what he saw in his dream actually came right true. Weird, right?

So, the school assigns her to keep an eye on Eli and brings him to her school and they have to keep up the arrangement. Her going into his dreams. It doesn’t help that she’s attracted to Eli either.  Awkward!

This was a cute fun debut. I enjoyed it a lot. I laughed out loud, and Eli was so easy to like and fall for. There is also her friends that make things interesting, her mom, and a new boy named Paul.

I had a feeling that some of the bad guys were the bad guys. Ick. But when it happened, didn’t make it any less of a shock. And yes, there is a plot to this one. I just don’t want to go into it, because I don’t want to yank the fun out of it.

This was a fun debut! Give it a try! And if you like mysteries, you’ll probably enjoy it a lot!

Overall: Cool debut. I liked the characters, the plot, and the way she could enter his dreams. I want to be able to do it.

Cover: Like it. Like the purplish to it.

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The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I thought this was a fun book too-I think the concept of Nightmares has a lot of potential and I'm excited to see how the story develops.

Unknown said...

Hm...I've been on the fence about this one, but I'm pleased to see how you enjoyed it! Especially that it's funny, because I would not have expected that. I think I'm going to read it!

Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books


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