The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

The Arkwell Academy, Book 1

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.

Review: Ah what an original subject, nightmares. I admit that I was immediately intrigued and really wanted to learn more. I never had the opportunity to read a book about something like that and it was very interesting to find out more.

Dusty is a girl different from others, she is a nightmare. Like her mother, she must feed on creeping into people’s dreams. She therefore has to go at night in the homes of her next “victim” to do her job. But when she goes to Eli’s home, the popular boy of her old school, nothing goes as planned. Indeed, the dream in which she is, is far from those she has seen before. Everything is very real, and this dream shows her a murder of a young girl that Eli should not know in a place where he never should have gone. And when she wakes up, she understands that her magic has no effect on this boy without really understanding why. It is at this point that her life took a drastic turn! She has an ability that few people has: she can see things with the boy when no one can and the Senate is determined to take advantage of it. Including understanding the murder she attended. She will have to team up with this guy she does not really know in a school where she only has the support of her friend: Selene. Destiny, however, is determined to find out who the killer is before another murder and to stop him as she can.
By reading this book I thought a lot about the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep. Both books are very interesting and the Mindee Arnett’s writing style is just as effective. It is true that they also have some elements in common such as the fact that Dusty has a rare gift, different from all the other students. Our two heroines evolve almost in the same environment and it is hard not to compare it at first. But there is no more and the Mindee Arnett’s novel is really a great discovery. We follow Dusty throughout the story, trying to understand who could be behind these murders, establishing numerous assumptions with her. I confess that I was really surprised when I heard who was the real person behind all this, but I immediately understood the motivations of the other characters. Our nightmare does not know much about her powers and what she can do with them and it is true that not knowing that kind of character I was very intrigued to learn more her. She will change a lot throughout the novel, realizing that she knows very little about what she is and what she can do. She will investigate throughout the novel, experiment and discover her gift. It was very interesting to see what she could do and the consequences of her actions. Of course there are other characters too, just as fascinating like her mother Moira or her friends and teachers. But I leave you the pleasure to see that for yourself.
It was a lovely surprise and I really loved all the characters we discover. We go straight intothe story trying to understand whatis happening and I didn’t put it downuntil the end of the book. I’ll read the other books with great pleasure!

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