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The Nightmare Affair (Arkwell Academy Series #1)

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    The Nightmare Affair made me smile all the way through this fant

    The Nightmare Affair made me smile all the way through this fantastic novel. Mindee Arnett didn't hold back on the fun with these wonderful characters, or the intriguing, mysterious supernatural storyline. I fell in love with the main character Destiny (Dusty) Everhart, who is a Nancy Drew mystery solver of the supernatural kind. Dusty is head strong and a little klutzy with a quick, sassy mouth always ready with a sarcastic remark. And I also love her for not taking crap from the other snotty upper class Magickind. Arnett as a writer has awesome writing talent for humor and wonderful characters. She sucked me into this suspense mystery of who did it, and a swoony romance. I’m so looking forward to the sequel!

    Dusty is a dream-walker. She’s the one who feeds off your dreams and gives you scary nightmares. And she just started school for the Magickind at Arkwell Academy after she came into her dream-walking power. Dusty has enough problems in her sixteen year old life, and they just got bigger after she dream-walks into Eli Booker's dream and sees Rosemary (a girl from school) dead. Now the Magickind council is saying Dusty also has the dream seer power and it only works with the gorgeous hottie human Eli who is to be her partner, after his dreams are the only ones she can feed on to try to find the killer. Dusty’s best friend Selene, who's a tough-girl tomboy, is rebelling against her beautiful, alluring siren’s life. Dusty and Selene are great together as best friends, but add hottie Eli and, oh yeah, one more gorgeous guy Paul, and you got one heck of a lot of fun with teenagers trying to solve this mystery and some great romances.

    The Nightmare Affair is a hilariously fun mystery with teenagers who can solve crime with supernatural magic powers and have a gushing romance on the side. I highly recommend The Nightmare Affair as must read!

    My Favorite Quotes:
    "I must say, Dusty, one of these days your tongue is going to dig its way right into your grave," said Marrow.
    I sighed. " I know. I don't mean to. My mouth just works independent of my brain sometimes."

    I'd been sitting here trying to visualize myself a Veronica Mars, all smart and badass. But in reality, I felt more like Inspector Gadget with my go-go button stuck in neutral.

    "I think it's time for you to go." He drummed his fingers on the table, a scowl on his face. "Why? You afraid your date is going to see us and get mad or something?"
    "No, but your is."
    Eli looked over his shoulder. "Crap."

    "Geez," I said, looking back at Selene. "Is being at the top of the social food chain like a universal birthright or something?"
    She grimaced. "I think there's a national registry. It's online at eatcrap-dotcom."

    Okay, so mouthing off to the sheriff wasn't my smartest decision of the night, but I couldn't help it. Smartassitis might not be a clinically defined disease, but it should be.

    Paul came over and gave Eli a hard look before fixing his gaze on me. "Are you all right? I was worried when I couldn't find you. Let me help." He reached for my arm.
    Eli pushed him off. "I've got her.
    Paul glowered, his hands curling into fists, but before he could do anything, Marrow and Brackenberry came over to us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    I loved this book!

    That's it. Read the book to find out. Its definately worth the small amount of money, if you like unscary supernatural books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Great story

    A wonderful read. It takes supernatural YA stories out of the norm with a really great twist.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

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    Dusty Everhart is half human and half magickind, more specifical

    Dusty Everhart is half human and half magickind, more specifically, she is half Nightmare. She feeds on nightmares in order to survive. Other than that she is your typical 16-year old girl with school work and a crush on Eli Booker who ends up being her next nightmare to feed on. But, Eli’s nightmares of murder start to come true. Even worse, he is dreaming of Arkwell, a place for magickind, and a place Eli should not know about. Now Dusty must figure out how to help solve the mystery, help Eli without giving away who she is and hopefully get the boy. 
    The book is face-paced, original and fun! The author has a great voice that holds humor and a wonderful cadence and imagination. This is a young adult novel, but no doubt adults will enjoy this book as well. 
    The author herself has a website that shows off her imagination and sense of humor as well.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    I absolutely loved this book.  It is one of the funnest books I

    I absolutely loved this book.  It is one of the funnest books I have read lately.  Destiny "Dusty" Everhart is 16 years old and she is a Nightmare, well half Nightmare and half human.  Nightmares are magical people who feed on others dreams.  Actually they feed on the fictus - the things dreams are made of.  Her mom Moira was a Nightmare and her dad was human. After her powers appeared, she began attending Arkwell Academy, a school for the magickind.  There are all sorts of magickind at Arkwell - sirens, werewolves, demons, witches, warlocks, etc.  All the magickind are controlled by "The Will," a spell that has been set in place for a long, long time that keeps them from using their magic to harm others and to have them do what is required/expected of them.  One night as Dusty was going to dream-feed, led my "The Will," she just happened to climb in the window of a boy from her old school, Eli Booker.  Eli Booker is the hottest of all hotties from Dusty's old school, with the whole bad boy vibe and everything going on.  When Dusty dream feeds, she sits across the chest of the person she is feeding from, puts her fingers on their forehead, and enters their dream with them.  Needless to say, Eli's hottie status had her a little "anxious" though she wasn't sure if her heart palpitations were coming from fear or something else, as she sat across his chest.  One important rule that must be followed when Nightmares dream-feed is that they must not touch or be touched in the dream by the person whose dream they have entered.  It immediately kicks them out of the dream and the person wakes up.  

    As I said above, this was one of the funnest books I have read in quite a while.  I was sucked into the story from the very beginning and completely absorbed in it until the end.  I loved the plot, which was original, entertaining and creative.  I especially loved the characters.  Dusty was a hoot.  She is funny, sarcastic, very strong-willed, and very stubborn.  I loved Eli to, he is definitely a hottie and I loved seeing the way his and Dusty's relationship grew from hate, to friends, to more, and how protective he was of her.  The secondary characters were just as entertaining, and there were quite a few, all of which were well written and fun to get to know.  The Nightmare Affair has magic, mystery, conspiracy, danger, fun, and romance.  This combination sets the stage for an entertaining and captivating read, which I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend.

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