Monday, February 25, 2013

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The Nightmare Affair
The Nightmare Affair 
by Mindee Arnett

Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Netgalley
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Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. 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.

Dusty is a nightmare that feeds on dreams. The Will is the power that controls the paranormals and sets her feeding schedule for every other week. While out on a feed run she realizes she will have to feed on one of her old classmates, Eli. Straddling him, she enters his dreams where she sees the death of one of her new classmates. Eli notices her, touches her and she is lifted from the dream. Her magic bounces off him and she takes off running. There is something different about her powers with Eli which is confirmed when the dream becomes a reality.

Once Dusty came into her powers she had to leave her old school behind to attend Arkwell Academy. Now that Eli is able to help Dusty see the future in his dreams, he has to give up his normal life, to also attend Arkwell Academy with a bunch of kids who can do magic except him. This causes some bitterness from Eli and things with Dusty do not start off well. It also made it difficult to like Eli at first even though I could understand his feelings. He wants to avoid Dusty and her freaky powers but The Will commands that Dusty now visit his dreams three times a week. Dusty has an attraction to Eli but believes he hates her. They do begin to build a friendship that I think will make a romance in the sequel really great. I enjoyed their scenes and how they worked to become a team.

The mystery is the heavy focus of the book. I loved Dusty and Eli working as detectives and Dusty even makes a reference to Veronica Mars. I did find part of the mystery to be a bit predictable and cliche but the other half did surprise me. Dusty looked into teachers and other students at the Academy. The Academy itself was fun and reminded me a bit of Hogwarts. There were magic classes and unique teachers. All different types of paranormal creatures attend the school so there was a variety of interesting characters.

Dusty's mom, and nightmares in general, are known for disobedience so she doesn't have a lot of friends besides her siren roommate Selene. I often find the best friend characters in books to be flat and pointless but I found Selene very likable. She is a siren and known for beauty but she really wants to be seen as more. She is very supportive of Dusty.  Selene, Dusty, and Eli often have little Scooby Doo like meetings to help track down the killer. They were a hilarious group at times and kept me turning the pages. The conclusion wrapped up the mystery well without any hanging questions. I look forward to seeing what Dusty and Eli solve next as they grew into a strong pair.

"A fully charged Nightmare can do whatever they want inside a dream. Here, we're like gods."
A chill went through me at her words. It all sounded a bit too much like A Nightmare on Elm Street for my tastes.

"That was quite a show," Lance said. "Do you straddle all your victims even after they're awake, or is it something you reserve for Eli?"

"Hurry up and go to sleep already," I said. "I wanna get this freak show on the road."

Rating: 4/5

MINDEE ARNETT lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic and the macabre. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines. Arnett has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She blogs and tweets, and is hard at work on the next novel in the Arkwell Academy series.



  1. Worst nightmare I have had is the end of the world.. I actually had that last week? also my family getting kidnapped.. every time I wake up suddenly from them I tell my self that thank god this isn't real..

    As for your review, I totally agree about the mystery being a bit predictable.. however the ending WAS a shock, and omg VERONICA MARS! is my all time favorite tv show so I squealed when i found the reference there!

    awesome review ;)
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. I am starting this tonight and hoping for a good read. I love that it has a mystery and I haven't read a book with a character who is a nightmare before!

  3. I def love the premise, and have read so many good reviews. Yours has pushed me to add to my tbr.

    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  4. Yay -- even though my giveaway luck sucks, I am trying for this one because I've heard good things about it!

    1. Oh, whoops. Worst nightmare recently was that I got an early copy of The Clockwork Princess and read it and Will wasn't in it. Or Jem. There were these new guys and I was very irritated.
      Can you believe I dream about books? That's kind of sad...

  5. I used to have a recurring nightmare about my brother trying to stab me. Really, he's a great guy! :)

    I'm very excited about this book. The premise sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. This book sounds really interesting, I've seen the cover but had no idea what it was about. I always love a good mystery.

  7. I am so excited to read this one! I have heard nothing but glowing reviews about it!

    Thanks for the giveaway chance! :)

  8. I dreamed my room was flooding and I had to quickly grab my cats and go! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

  9. I dreamed that I was in the Walking Dead, and was getting chased down my zombies.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I have this recurring nightmare that I am all alone and I can't find anyone. It's incredibly creepy and also sad.

  11. My worst and occasionally recurring nightmare is dreaming that my teeths are falling out. Maybe I drem of this because that's my real fear, to have bad teeth.

  12. When I was around 6 I would have a dream about a woman in white who would attack me. It really scared me as a child.

  13. I had a bad dreams about bugs.


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