Wednesday, February 20, 2013

{Blog Tour} The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

The Nightmare Affair
Series: The Arkwell Academy #1
Author: Mindee Arnett
Release Date, March 5, 2013
by, Tor Teen
Source: *a copy was provided through the tour host for review purposes*
Pages: 367
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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.


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.{Goodreads}
  This was a book I was really looking forward to in the 2013 year. The premise was really unique and intriguing. The cover was even appealing. I'm normally not a fan of the cartoon-ish covers but after reading the book I had a whole new love for it. The cover fits the story.

  Now down to the nitty-gritty. Did it meet my expectations? Hell yes! This book was fantastic. The Nightmare Affair is extraordinarily unique! Who would have thought about nightmares being part of the paranormal scene? I loved the magical world building Arnett created. She truly has an artistic hand. Her writing was superb! I fell into the story very easily. She just drew me in and kept me guessing. This book is paranormal and magical yes. It is also a mystery. I LOVE mysteries then Arnett has to go and through in all this other fluff that turned out incredible!

  The characters were really cool to read along with. Dusty was fiesty and head strong. She was an outcast who had to learn to cope with her mother's rep being passed down to her. Because she is a nightmare she has to go through a lot of crap. Nightmares are rare and not the most favored paranormal being. They got worse reps than vampires. I think my favorite character would have to be her best friend, Selene. She is super cool and something about her was so charismatic and she totally won me over! Of course...I loved Eli too. What can I say, the boy was down right HOT! But he was also kind. Even though he didn't show it too much he cared. He hated bullying and he there was more to that pretty little face of his. I totally fell in love with Paul for a bit too!

  The whole mystery aspect is what kept me reading. It was so full of suspense I couldn't help turn page after page. The dreams/nightmares added to the spook. Oh and Arnett definitely doesn't spare you some time going in. Right from the get-go you are drawn with creepy dead killings leading to a horrible mystery to solve. Interlaced with that mystery is a history so deep it takes some research to uncover some ancient tales. I can say that one part of the ending I saw coming but the others kind of side swiped me. Through on through this book was captivating. It had me holding my breath at times and trying to figure it all out myself. I liked the expansion of paranormal characters. The way it all came together is what made me fall in love with this series. Now, the book doesn't end on some terrible cliff hanger but it does have you begging for more. It leaves enough questions to let you know the next one has places to go. It shows promise.

  The Nightmare Affair is a refreshing 2013 Young-Adult book you are going to want to check out. I DO recommend you check it out. It isn't filled with gore-mystery or a butterfly-flutter, swoon-worthy, toe tingling romance or anything that you are used to. It is its own work of art. Now, don't go and take a step back. It might now have all those elements as its main core but it has romance, it gets a little graphic and it has some awesome mystery in there! It is well written and super good! I wouldn't recommend any-'ol book ;D

This review was a part of The Nightmare Affair Blog Tour hosted by Itching for Books.

4 of 5 stars!!! <3

~The Author:
Find her at: ~Website~Twitter~
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, the macabre, and outer space. She has far more dreams than nightmares.

~The Giveaway:
(2) Signed copies of The Nightmare Affair (INTL)
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  1. Thank you for reading, reviewing and recommending Decisions

    khao Sok Tree House

  2. Cool review! Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for participating :)


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