Title: The Nightmare Affair
(The Arkwell Academy #1)
Author: Mindee Arnett
Length: 367 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
Rating: 5 stars
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. -Goodreads
Being 16 is hard enough, but when you add a new school, hot guys, a mother you don't know and can't stand, new powers you can't control, and being a NIGHTMARE into the mix...things can't get much worse.
Or can they?
Readers will love answering this question as they follow Dusty, nightmare in training, through her paces as she uses her powers to solve the mystery surrounding the deaths of teachers and students at the magical Arkwell Academy.
This story is so full of action, snark, mystery, monsters, witches, wizards, and legends that there is never a dull moment; no matter the page. In fact, the sheer volume of myth and legend that is so masterfully woven into the fabric of this story makes it a fantasy lover's dream.
The relationships here are never forced or awkward. There is no rush to romance; the author choosing instead to focus her attentions on crafting a complex and memorable, action packed, story driven by the bonds of friendship that leaves one begging for the next installment.