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Title: The Nightmare AffairSixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
by: Mindee Arnett
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teens
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 Thoughts: 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.
On this particular night, when Dusty enters into Eli's dream, it is different than any dream she has ever entered into before. It is in vivid color, very real, and involves a murder. What is even worse, is that Eli ends up touching her and wakes up, causing her to fall off him, and on top of that, he sees her and he recognizes her, and that is just the beginning. As it turns out, this was anything but a normal dream-walk and Dusty finds out she is a dream-seer, someone who has the ability to see the future through dreams. The catch to this ability is that it only works with the appropriate partner, and in Dusty's case, that partner happens to be Eli Booker. Even though Eli is an ordinary, arrangements are made for him to attend Arkwell Academy so that he and Dusty can begin regular sessions to try and see the future and figure out who murdered the person from their first dream.......yes, the murder that Dusty saw in Eli's dream was very real. Even though Eli isn't very happy at first about being there, he does want to solve this murder and the reason behind it, as does Dusty. Eli and Dusty begin their investigation, with the help of a few friends, and find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy of epic proportions.....at least epic for the magickind. The question is, will they find the answers they are looking for before it is too late for magickind and ordinary humans alike?
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.
"I didn't do anything wrong. I swear." He grunted. "Like I've never heard that before. Funny, but I expected a little more originality form Moira's daughter." "Yeah, well, the dog ate my notebook with all my good excuses." 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.
"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.com."
"So what are you doing?" Paul said, tapping the diary. "Oh, um. Studying." His gaze took in the suspect graph and time line, and he raised his eyebrows. "For What?" I blinked, at a loss for a response. I didn't want to lie, but I couldn't see telling him the truth. I'd been sitting her trying to visualize myself as Veronica Mars, all smart and badass. But in reality, I felt more like Inspector Gadget with my go-go button stuck in neutral.
About the Author
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.
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