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Friday, May 10, 2013

BBReview: "The Arkwell Academy 1: The Nightmare Affair" By Mindee Arnett

Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Fantasy
Publishing Date: March 5th, 2013
Page Count: 367
Source: NetGalley
Format: E-Book

Description from Goodreads.com:
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Literally.

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:
I didn't really know what to expect from The Nightmare Affair. I knew it was going to be a mystery, but I didn't know how good it was really going to be. The worst thing that can happen to a mystery novel is when the reader can guess the ending and get it right. I kept guessing, but I didn't get close to being right. This novel has so many twists and turns it will definitely keep you reading. I have to give a small mention about the cover, because it is absolutely beautiful. I love when covers are artistic and mysterious. I don't like cover models so I love that it is a shadow person. Very well done and definitely a big part on why I requested this novel.

I really liked the idea of a Nightmare. I never thought about this type of gift and so it was a very interesting read. Definitely something very unique and an area that hasn't been explored. I also really liked that it took place at a special school for people who are paranormally gifted. It reminded me, a little, of Harry Potter. I really love the idea of a school being for special kids. It gives readers a whole different world and experience to explore.

As for the characters, I loved them. I loved Dusty. She was such a cool, misunderstood chick and I absolutely loved her named. You go Mindee for thinking up such a creative name. I love names that are totally out of the box. I also really, really loved Eli. I was rooting for him the entire time. My third favorite character was definitely Dusty's siren best friend. I loved her Siren's are too stereotypical attitude.

This was definitely a very different and unique book and I really loved the adventure. There really isn't another story that you could pinpoint and compare it to, because it definitely one of a kind. Really great story and I highly suggest readers to check it out.

Overall:
I really loved The Nightmare Affair. This is a very unique and new topic of Nightmares and I think it was very well done. I loved all of the characters and I especially loved Eli's character. The plot of the story was very good and I liked that there were so many twists and turns. I hate when you can solve mysteries before the end and I didn't figure out the bad guy until the characters did, so it was great and well planned. I absolutely loved the cover. It played a very key role on why I decided to request this novel. Overall very well done book and I highly suggest everyone check it out.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5



 **The books cover, description, and info was all found and borrowed from Goodreads.com. A link back to it's Goodreads site has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This novel was requested on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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