Friday, October 4, 2013

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett [Review]

The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Series: The Arkwell Academy #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: March 5, 2013
Hardcover: 367 Pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book 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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
First of all, I adored Dusty.  I loved her wit and awkwardness, but also her reticence and intelligence.  Second of all, I also adore boarding school situations.  I think its because I have never ever been close to experiencing it myself (I never even lived in a dorm at college!) and it provides an interesting backdrop to the story.  But, of course, you do end up with all your typical boarding school troupes, which were all present here too.  In fact, the plot is not the strongest element of this book.  The murder mystery is fairly formulaic and I guessed the murderer early on. 

But, while the plot isn't the strongest, the book makes up for it with its imagination.  I wasn't as drawn into the story as I would have liked, but I certainly enjoyed the characters and the premise.  I think there is a lot to like here and I have a feeling that the sequels will be stronger. 


  1. This sounds awesome! And how on earth did you manage not to live in the dorms in college! My school required two years and they were awful haha! Well, the second year was anyway, I actually think it was good for me to live in the dorms for at least a year.

    1. LOL! Well, I went to a large state university with like 30,000 students and commuted from my house. It was about a 25 minute bus ride and a lot of kids did the same. They can't require living in the dorms because there was barely enough rooms for the ones that did want to live on campus. It may or may not have been a good thing for me, but I'm leaning towards a bad thing. Plus all my friend still lived at home. :)

    2. Woaaahhhhh! Yeah I went to a tiny music school (whoever thought having only musicians live in close quarters was a good idea was WRONG. Highly unstable people, I tell you). That's quite a long commute! So on second thought, I don't actually envy you that much then haha

    3. Well, in Seattle, a commute under 30 minutes is considered good. We have a small downtown area and almost everyone lives in the suburbs and commutes. :) In no traffic, I could drive to the UW in just over 15 minutes. It really wasn't too bad. I had a lot of friends that rode the bus or I would read. :D



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