Blue Is for Nightmares (Blue Is for Nightmares Series #1)

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Boarding school junior Stacey Brown has nightmares too real to ignore. Her nightmares come true. This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. To try and protect her, Stacey's working with what she knows-candles, cards, incantations, and spells...

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"I Know Your Secret . . ."

Boarding school junior Stacey Brown has nightmares too real to ignore. Her nightmares come true. This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. To try and protect her, Stacey's working with what she knows-candles, cards, incantations, and spells...

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Spells created by You and other keepers of secrets-poems, spells and meditations contributed by fans of this popular series. Extras also include an interview with the author.

Sixteen-year-old hereditary witch Stacey Brown has nightmares of her roommate being murdered and hopes that her magick will be enough to protect Drea--unlike the last person whose death Stacey dreamed.

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Editorial Reviews

Sixteen-year-old boarding school student Stacey has been having many nightmares. These premonitions wake her, leaving her both terrified and having wet the bed. All the dreams concern her roommate, Drea, whom Stacey believes is in danger. Stacey does a card reading for Drea—something like tarot cards but done with playing cards—and the events predicted by the dreams and the reading start to take place just as predicted. Stacey, Drea, and their wisecracking friend, Amber, must then use witchcraft to figure out who is after Drea so that they can prevent her doom. Think Nancy Drew meets Circle of Three with slightly rougher language. The pacing is a little slow for the hardcore horror crowd, but the use and description of spells and their ingredients should endear this book to fans of the genre. The spells help with protection, dreaming, and getting more information, but throughout the book there is a clear message that "It's like what Gram always said about spells suddenly makes sense—how we're the ones who give them meaning, how somewhere deep inside us lies the most powerful truth and will of all." There are some romantic entanglements complicating matters and providing more suspects, but the relationships are not fleshed out enough to recommend this book to romance readers. Although it is not a first purchase, it is a good choice for libraries where witchcraft is an eternal favorite. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Llewellyn, 288p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Melissa Potter
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Stacey's nightmares have proven to tell the future in the past, and now they have returned. The person who is in danger in the teen's dreams is her roommate. Determined to discover who is out to kill Drea, the protagonist performs a series of spells taught to her by her grandmother to ferret out the murderer. Seemingly, all of the girls' friends and acquaintances are suspects. This mystery will initially attract readers who are into Wicca and spells, but may not be successful in keeping their interest. Stacey's bedwetting (at age 16) is a troublesome plot point that remains mostly unresolved at the end. The girls' adventures are unfettered by adults for the most part, and since the story takes place at a boarding school, it is hard to believe that so much could go on unnoticed. Stolarz's first novel is an admirable attempt, but falls short when compared to the works of other mystery-writing greats such as Nancy Werlin and Carol Plum-Ucci.-Kimberly L. Paone, Elizabeth Public Library, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738703916
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Blue Is for Nightmares Series, #1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 171,875
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz (Massachusetts) has a great interest in teen culture, and admires young adults for their passion, energy, and creativity. Blue is for Nightmares is the product of her desire to write a novel that would have appealed to herself at that age, namely one that has a blending of suspense, romance, and the art of keeping secrets.

Stolarz has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Young Adult Literature from Emerson College in Boston. She currently teaches writing and is a member of the SCBWI as well as several professional writing groups.

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They're always the same. Always at night, in the forest,
looking for Drea. The sound of his body lurking somewhere behind me. Branches breaking. Leaves crackling.

Wind whirring in my ears, watering my eyes. And the pain in my stomach-sharp, raw, scathing. Real.

My nightmares make me dread sleep.

I pinch the safety end of the razor blade between three fingers to write. Then I grab the virgin candle and carve the initials D. O. E. S. into the rounded side, tiny flakes of sparkling blue wax crumbling from the surface with each incision and every drag of the blade.

They're Drea's initials, but she doesn't suspect a thing,
just keeps scribbling away in her diary, like any other night,
sitting up in her bed, only a few feet away.

With the last curl of the S, I place the razor to the side and pluck a branch of sage from the drawer. It's perfect for burning, all dried up-the leaves shriveled, twisted and gray. I wind a piece of string around it for a cleaner burn, so it won't be as smoky, so I'll have less chance of getting in trouble. Then I drop it into the orange clay pot by my bed.
"Going to bed?" Drea asks.

"In a few." I unscrew the cap off the bottle of olive oil and pour a few droplets onto my finger.

She nods and yawns, caps her feather-tipped pen, and closes up the diary. "Just do me a favor and don't burn the dorm down. I have a serious history presentation tomorrow."
"All the more reason," I joke.

Drea and I have been roommates for a little over two years, so she's used to rituals like this.

She rolls over onto her side and pulls the covers up to her chin. "Better not stay up too late. Don't you have a French test tomorrow morning?"

"Thanks, Mom."

I watch as she closes her eyes, as her lips settle for sleep,
as the muscles around her forehead loosen and relax. It's sickening. Even after midnight, with no visible trace of makeup, not a smidgen of cover-up, hair knotted up in a rubber band, she still looks perfect-angled cheeks; salmonpink,
pouty lips; loopy, golden hair; and cat-shaped eyes with curled, jet-black lashes. It's no wonder why every guy at Hillcrest wants her, why every girl hates her-why Chad keeps coming back, even after three breakups.

I touch the top end of the candle with my oily finger. "As above," I whisper. Then I touch the bottom. "So below." I
wet my finger with more of the oil and touch the center surface. I drag my finger upward, return it to the center,
and then drag it downward, careful to keep the carved letters pointed in my direction so she won't see.

"Wouldn't it be easier just to wet the whole thing at once?" Drea asks, her eyes, open, watching me.
I turn the candle counterclockwise, blocking the letters with my palm, and continue moistening the circumference in the same fashion. "Probably, but that would confuse the energies."

"Of course," she says, rolling over. "How ignorant of me."

When the candle is fully anointed, I light it with a long,
wooden match and place it on the silver holder my grandmother gave me before she passed away. It's my favorite holder because it was hers and it's sort of dishlike, with a curly handle that winds around the base.

I close my eyes and concentrate on the waning moon outside, how it's an opportune night to make things go away, how the sage and the engraved candle will help. I
light the branch and watch it burn; the leaves curl up and dance in the orangy-yellow flame, then turn black and disappear,
the way I pray my nightmares will.

When the sage is no more than ashes, I carry the clay pot over to the corner sink and fill it with water, watching the blue-gray smoke rise to the ceiling in long and curly swirls.
I return to my bed and position the candle on the night table, Drea's initials facing toward me. Then I grab a black pen from the drawer and draw a capital G across my palm-
G for grandmother, so I will dream of her tonight, so I will dream of nothing else.

I crawl inside the covers and watch the candle burn the letters away, the capital D in Drea's initials already half gone.

Then I close my eyes and brace myself for sleep.


I sit across from my grandmother at the kitchen table,
snarfing down one of her famous grilled egg sandwiches and a stale bag of potato chips. I watch as her hands curl around the English muffin, and admire the amethyst ring on her fourth finger-a chunky violet stone that all but reaches her knuckle.

"Here." She notices me looking at it and tries to pry it off her finger. No go. She moves over to the sink and douses her hands in soap and water to lubricate the skin.
"It's okay, Grandma. You don't have to."

"I want to," she says, finally slipping it off and handing it to me. "Try it on."

I do; it's a perfect fit.

"It's your ring. I bought that for you when you were born. I've just been keeping it for you, until I thought you were old enough. Look at the initials inside."

I take it off and peek-the letters S. A. B. engraved in the gold. Stacey Ann Brown.

"It's beautiful," I say, handing it back to her.

"No," she says. "I want you to have it. I think it's time.
Plus it fits your finger better than mine."

I slip it back on and kiss her cheek. "Thanks, Gram." I excuse myself from the table to go outside for some air. It's already nighttime, the sky an inky black canvas dotted with tiny dabs of light. A long, cloudlike puff of air smokes though my lips, and my teeth begin to chatter.

I can hear someone crying beyond the yard. I start walking toward the sound, and soon I'm past the fence, into the woods. With each step the crying gets louder, more insistent.
"Drea?" I call. "Is that you?" It sounds just like her. I
can just imagine her getting in another fight with Chad and trying to come and find me at Gram's.

Arms outstretched, I run in the direction of the whimpering.
But then I have to stop. There's a singeing pain right below my stomach. I place my hands over my belly and breathe in and out. I have to pee.

I glance back in the direction of the house, but can't seem to see it now with the layering of trees and brush.
Everywhere it's black. Even the dabs of light that I saw before are now painted over with dark branches.

A stick breaks from somewhere behind me. Then another.

I hold between my legs and hobble as best I can toward that faraway voice, dodging branches and brush with my one outstretched hand. I can feel the ground turn to mush beneath my feet. It slows me down until I stop altogether,
try to catch my breath.

I can still hear Drea's voice, but it's farther away now,
deeper into the forest. I strain to hear something else, anything that might tell me if I'm still being followed. But there's only the wind, combing through the frail, November leaves, whistling in my ear.

I take a small step and feel the ground get deeper, swallowing up my foot in a bottomless pit of heavy muck. More sticks break behind me.

I try to step out of the mud, to get out, but when I pull up my foot, my sneaker is gone.

Pain sears my stomach. I struggle to get away; I grab hold of a tree limb for support but end up slipping, landing down against my butt, the muck seeping in through my pants.

I count to twelve-the one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi method-and jam my thighs together, but it will only be minutes before I wet myself.

"Stacey," whispers a male voice from somewhere in the darkness.

I close my eyes and bury my head into my legs. Drea's faraway crying turns into a wail. She's calling me now, by name.

"You can't hide, Stacey," he breathes.

I can't give up. I search the ground for a rock or stick to protect myself. I find a rock. It isn't very big, but it has a nice, rough edge.

I arch my neck back to look up at the sky, knowing that the North Star will guide my way. I squint and blink hard to find it, but it's useless. Any trace of light is hidden beyond the treetops.

I crawl free of the mud completely, wrestle myself up,
clench the rock into my palm, and trek for several seconds with my arms outstretched, brush scratching at my face like claws, until I reach a circular clearing. I look up to where the treetops have parted and can make out the sliver of the moon, approaching first quarter.

A rustling in the bushes distracts my attention. I look over, blink a few times, and see a man's figure standing between two trees a few feet in front of me. He doesn't move and neither do I, just extends his arm, as if to show me what he's holding. It's a bouquet of some sort.
I strain my eyes to see, using the moon as my light. And then it becomes clear to me-the size, the color, the way the petals fall open like a bell. They're lilies.

I know what lilies mean.

I run as fast as I can, my feet like a pair of mismatched ice skates over leaves and sticks.

Then I stop, clench my eyes, hear a full-fledged wail tear out of my throat. My one bare foot. I reach down to feel it-a narrow branch, stabbed into my arch as far in as it will go. I bite down on the skin of my thumb for several seconds,
until I can swallow down some of the pain. I can't stay here. I need to get away. I have to be quick. I go to pull the stick out, but the throb in my stomach won't let me bend.

I clench my teeth, marry my thighs, and pray for all of it to go away. I lick my lips and squeeze my legs tighter.

But it isn't enough. The warmth swells between my thighs. The front of my pants fills with dampness. I squeeze my legs to hold the water in place so he won't hear me, but my muscles ache from the effort. I feel my face tense, my eyes fill up. I can't hold it. The trickling leaks through my thighs, makes a pattering sound on the leaves beneath me.

"Stacey," he breathes, "I know your secret." The voice is slow and thick, the breath so close to the back of my neck that I reach back to swat it.

I open my mouth to scream but my throat is clogged,
filled with dirt. It's everywhere. Up my nostrils. In my eyes.
I grip around my throat to keep from choking, and realize the rock is still clenched in my palm. I dig my nails into its jagged ridges and throw it. Hard.

Crash. The sound of broken glass fills my senses. And when the lights come on I'm sitting up.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    I loved this book. I just, I think it's a great book and I would recommend it.<BR/><BR/>The order of the books is <BR/>Blue<BR/>White<BR/>Silver<BR/>Red<BR/>and soon to be<BR/>Black :)

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

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    I have to say that I was very disappointed with this book. I picked it up in Barnes and Noble and read the first chapter and it seemed pretty good so I bought it. Then I got home and started reading it and it got worse as the book went along. The characters weren't developed enough, it seemed rushed and some parts of the book were just plain stupid. It seemed like the whole book was building up to this one huge secret being revealed and what was the secret? The main character pissing the bed when she had nightmares? Ridiculous. Also, the significance of the bedwetting was never really explained. The whole thing with Stacey and Chad had nothing to do with Donovan's obsession with Drea or anything else in the book. It kind of seemed like it was just thrown in there.

    6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    For once, a REALISTIC depiction of Wicca

    I've read a lot of young adult fiction about witches, witchcraft, &/or Wicca. This is the only series that has a nearly realistic portrayal. There's no zapping things from the main character's fingers, no magically "poofing" from place to place, no telepathy or telekinesis. There's balance, self-discovery, faith, responsibility, & helping others. The heart of the story is a girl struggling to believe in herself, which any teen girl can relate to. Her abilities as a witch depend on her confidence in her own powers...& if she's going to rescue her best friend in time, she needs to find that inner strength first.<BR/><BR/>For anyone who's interested in Wicca or witchcraft (for me, these terms aren't interchangeable)...I recommend this as a fun read to give you a fictional account of what it's really like to be Wiccan & practice witchcraft. That being said, don't take this as an instructional source by any means! It's realistic but it's still fictional :)<BR/><BR/>The only cautions I have are mature themes & language, which actually added to the realism & didn't bother me. But of course, I'm an adult so I'm not sure how a parent would feel about it. I went to a Catholic high school, & just because we were under 18 & Catholic didn't mean we weren't exposed to sex & profanity. It's NOT a dirty book, but keep in mind that, like real teens, these characters occasionally talk about mature subjects.<BR/><BR/>Other than that, a great mystery read worth buying. It bluntly addresses edgy teen issues like catty girls, trusting friends & strangers, crushes, sexuality, & the fact that life doesn't always have a pretty answer to all your problems. Just be warned that none of this is sugar coated in the story!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    I've had better...

    I wasn't as enamored with this book as I have been with most of my recent reads. It was ok. I have the second book in the series "White is for Magic" (because I bought them at the same time) so I will probably give it a try.someday. I thought that the friend she was trying to save, Drea, in this book was kind of annoying/rude/B*$#h. Also the love story aspect of the book was not very well developed and I didn't really like Stacy's little problem (even though I suppose it served a purpose). Overall it was only ok.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    this book is amazing

    i thought this book would be cool when i just saw the cover and i was right. i love Stolarz's style of writing, her descriptions and similes really add to the imagery. this book is really interesting too; it's suspenseful and just really interesting. it's not like a lame book about witches and wizards, its more into Wicca and homemade spells.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    Magic in another sense

    This series is a great preteen-teen summer read. The plot line is a bit mild but it will keep the reader involved.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Awesome book

    I just started this series and I am very impressed. I love that Stacy is brave and not afraid to give up. I enjoyed learning a bit about the spells and the old remedies that Stacy would preform. If you are looking for a good thriller/mystery than pick up this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2007

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    Even as I read the blob on the back of the book, I could'nt really see anything awesome about this book and I was right. The dialogue sounded fake and flat in areas, and the characters were worse. Compared to Edward Cullen, Chad is a nerd and Stacey's friend Drea is shallow and unlikeable. The only ones that seemed to have any cunning personality were Amber and P.J. The end of the book seemed disappointing and guessable, compared to the suspense leading up to it. I still have yet to read the rest of the series, but I lok forward to it as much as I do to wetting the bed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2015

    This is one ofmy fav boks i read it over the summer and right as

    This is one ofmy fav boks i read it over the summer and right as i read the first page it go me hanning i was clipped on to it and wouldent 
    let it go it was so amazing i would definatly reccomend this book to ayone who loves mystery and scary stuff this was the book of the year 
    to me i really cant wait till i read #2 i just bought it and im so excited

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    Saw a book trailer of this and it looked creepy, suspenseful and

    Saw a book trailer of this and it looked creepy, suspenseful and a really good read. After reading the book, I found it to be just that. Really liked this one and didn't want to stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013


    Donovan kidnapped Drea and was going to kill her but then Stacy saves Drea just in time! HAHAHA SUCKERS I SPOILED THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!
    ~ Aquamarine Sandollar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    I read this book years ago too.

    I immediately also thought of my best friend. This series spooked us. I'm so glad it's an e-book i can add to my new nook. Yay me!

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    Thanks to receiving a copy of Emlyn Chand's Farsighted, I am now

    Thanks to receiving a copy of Emlyn Chand's Farsighted, I am now on a Young Adult fiction reading kick. Now that I've seen that it's not all like Twilight and that most YA fiction is actually as good (if not better) than so-called adult fiction, I've been looking for new series to get started on. And unfortunately, for me, I now have way too many books on my &quot;Must Read&quot; list.

    Blue is for Nightmares was a daily deal on Amazon (I subscribe to that mailing list) and was offered for just .99. I read the novel's description and it sounded interesting enough. It's about a private school girl, a Wiccan, and her visions that involve the kidnapping and potential death of her roommate. It's both murder mystery and paranormal and isn't laced with the kind of teen romance stuff that usually turns me off from reading this genre.

    The protagonist, Stacy, is not a normal girl. She has inherited her Wiccan abilities from her grandmother and has begun having dreams that are so intense they literally having her wetting the bed. At 16, this is obviously humiliating, but she also knows she needs to do whatever she can to save her roommate, Drea. I really liked Stacy, mostly because she was flawed, but also because the novel is written in her voice and from her perspective.

    I also liked the mystery surrounding who is responsible for the harassment of Drea, as well as her future kidnapper. And I have to be honest, it was not who I expected. I won't spoil it, however, for the sake of those of you who have not read this book.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    Mystery Who-dun-it w/ Paranormal!

    I picked this book up after reading the author¿s Touch series which I have really enjoyed thus far. (I¿m eagerly awaiting book 4!) I¿m very happy with the fact that this book has the same type of story with there being a self-contained mystery in the book and a bit of paranormal stuff thrown in as well. She doesn¿t overuse the paranormal to make the book great, but relies on a good old fashion who-dunit storyline. I like that the story is based around three very different friends, who no matter how different they are still stick by one another, even when they are fighting amongst themselves.

    Stolarz is great at writing strong female characters who have very realistic flaws. No one is perfect in her stories, which makes them feel all that more real. Her endings make complete sense in the real world as they may not be perfect or end the way you want them to. I love the firm grasp of reality in the midst of a crafty (witch) character. I want to continue reading this series to see what else develops in the lives of the kids at the boarding school. At this point, I¿m certain I¿d pick up anything Stolarz writes!

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Definitely A Great Book

    I couldn't stop reading this. Each page was extremely intense and it pulls you in with each chapter!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

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    Great for a rainy day, but don't go out of your way

    So far, there's nothing pretty about Stacey Brown's junior year at boarding school-not only does she have a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, she's started wetting the bed-always after having a terrifying nightmare that she can't quite remember. The last time she had nightmares, a little girl died. And this time, she's dreaming about Drea, her best friend who's the target of one seriously psycho stalker. A Wiccan through her grandmother, gifted with magic powers she doesn't fully understand, Stacey soon discovers that it's up to her to decide whether her best friend lives.or dies.

    This book was a bizarre fusion of mystery, fantasy and chick lit that I wasn't quite sure whether I loved or hated. And speaking as someone who's dabbled in Wicca herself and known quite a few self-professed Wiccans, blending a real-life religion with fantasy is a risky move that rubbed me the wrong way. But if you're not Wiccan and you like a good time, then Blue is for Nightmares might just be for you.

    An engrossing, good-time page-turner, I was with this book till the finish, though an annoying plot twist at the end ruined the ride a little. Even so, Stacey made for an interesting protagonist, and while her supporting characters were certainly stereotyped, they were all a lot of fun to hang out with for a few hours (which is about how long it took me to finish, almost entirely in one sitting). The boarding school was suitably bland and the subplots suitably cliched, leaving you with a mysterious fantastical piece of chick lit that isn't anything special, but is certainly entertaining.

    My biggest problem with this novel, unfortunately, was that nothing ever really happens, not even in the final, nerve-wracking forty pages. While the suspense level never slackened, I put it down feeling slightly disappointed, like (to use a food metaphor) being given tofu when I thought I was getting a nice, spicy curry. I wasn't expecting high literature, but it would have been nice to get something a little more satisfying. Do I feel like picking up the rest of the series? Maybe, but not really.

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

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    Blue is for Nighmares

    Blue is for Nightmares is the first in a series of four books.
    The book's main character, Stacie, has inherited the 'folk magic' from her grandma, and when she starts getting nightmares featuring her best friend and a crazed stalker, a person who starts calling Drea and sending her "gifts".
    Stacie knows this isn't something to ignore. The last time she did, it resulted in the murder of a little girl she use to babysit.
    With nothing to go on but notes, phone calls, and her own dreams, Stacie has to figure out who-and what's-going on before it's too late.

    While this book was interesting and I'm a huge fan of Laurie Faria Stolarz, I disliked the bedwetting thing. It was weird, since Stacie is a junior in high school. But when you figure out why she was wetting the bed, it all makes sense.
    I just hope she doesn't carry her little 'problem' in any of the next books.

    If you like mysteries, some cool witchcraft, and a main character that is both level headed and 'witchy', be sure to check out this awesome series.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    Blue is for Nightmares is definantly one of the BEST books I have read! I am in to the horror/mystery books so if you like those genres this book is for you! I have also read other Laurie Faria Stolarz books which are just as great! In this book Stacey Brown is getting reacurring dreams about her best friend Drea. She is worried that this will be a repeat of the year before when she had these same dreams and somebody ended up dead. So what is she gonna do to help save Drea? Who is plotting to kill Drea? You'll have to read and find out!

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    Blue is for Nightmare Review

    Magical spells, bed wetting, crazy stalkers, put all those together into one story and you have yourself one interesting book to read. Blue is for Nightmares is book one of now five stories written by Laurie Faria Stolarz. She decided to begin writing this series because of her desire to create a story that she herself would want to read in her teen years.

    Nightmares come and go for most of us and we don't think anything of them. Wake up and shake off the bad dream that just occurred and return back to sleep hoping to never relive the same experience. This is not the case for Stacy Brown. When she has nightmares, they are of people she cares about and loves so when these "dreams" are giving details about these loved peoples death she knows to listen. One mistake made that she will have to live with was doing what the normal person does when these nightmares occur. The ignoring of this in particular one led to the death of a young girl she used to sit for before she went off to boarding school. And now a few years later she begins to have these same dreams, only this time it's about her best friend, and her roommate Drea. Knowing the result of not listening to her nightmares clues last time, she knows that it's up to her to make sure this fatality doesn't come true. Communicating with her grandmother and learning spells is what's going to keep her roommate alive. It is now but a race against time before the nightmare comes true.

    Out of many teen inspired novels, this one made me scared for each character in the story. Staying up late just to read one more chapter ended up an early morning completion of the book. This storyline has you wanting more and also has you second guessing every step you take in life. Being more aware of surroundings and thinking could something like this happen to me. I found this intriguing. The chills up and down my arms as the story unfolds and secrets told. Now only hoping that this will continue in the rest of the series and give the same emotion throughout, I cannot wait to read more from Laurie. She has turned the wicca culture around and put a different spin on it that appeals to more people and for this she has created a great set of novels.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    i liked this book alot. It kept me wanting to read more and more. It was a quick read but it was definitely worth it!

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