Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ARC Review: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Published: March 5, 2013
Tor Teen
The Arkwell Academy #1
My Rating: 
4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: 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 Review: I don't think I've had that much fun reading a book in a long time. Such a refreshing read in a sea of YA books.

The whole concept of Nightmares was something that immediately caught my eye. I got completely caught up in the world that Mindee Arnett created. Especially the mystery.

More often then not, I can predict the ending of books. I love solving mysteries so as I was reading I was trying my hardest to piece together the clues and make a list of suspects in my mind (because that's just something I do). I thought I had it all figured out but then the ending happened and...bam! I was wrong! Well half wrong or half right. I love it when I'm wrong and books aren't predictable.

The cast of characters were very likeable except it took me awhile to warm up to Eli. He was such a jerk but eventually I realized that he wasn't so bad and that he actually was a nice guy. Dusty was such a hilarious main character. I found myself laughing at the things she said. I loved her sarcasm and attitude. Her friend Selene was also great. I loved how she wanted to stand up for sirens and how she wanted to change the siren stereotype.

There was a love triangle, but honestly I didn't really mind it too much. Dusty meets Paul, this really sweet guy about halfway through and they start dating, but he just rubbed me the wrong way for the entire book. The other part of the love triangle was Eli, but nothing really happened to them for most of the book because Dusty and Eli were both dating different people, but it was obvious that there was something between them.

The end was so intense and I really hope that this is part of a series because I need the next book! 

* I received this book via Netgalley. Thank you!


  1. Great review, Erika! I really loved this one too :3 I hated Paul from the beginning and like you, I usually predict the endings but I had no idea for this book at all! My review is coming in March for the blog tour so you should check that out :)

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

    1. I was fairly sure that I knew what was going to happen and then I was only half right! Paul was just one of those characters that I was automatically suspicious of and didn't like.
      I'll be sure to check it out :)

  2. I'm so jealous of you, Erika! I'm just dying to read this book. I'm glad you liked it. :)


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