Source: Publisher for Tour
Publication Date: march 5th 2013
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): 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.
Wow, I'm part of a book tour. This is awesome. Thank you to Shane at Itching For Books for putting this all together and letting me participate. And an especial thanks goes to Mindee Arnett who created all of this!!
Ever since I read the synopsis for this book I have been very eager to read it. And guys, it's awesome! Such a creative idea with a girl being a Nightmare! Not sure about the rest of you, but that's a first heard for me and I really, really like the idea. Ms. Arnett does a good job explaining what it is the people like Dusty can do, but I'm looking forward to future books were we see her powers expand.
Dusty was a fun character to follow. At first I thought her snark might kind of get in the way of my view of her, but it wasn't too heavy handed and I bonded with her. The supporting cast was creative and you get to know some of them fairly well. Enough information was given to lend the world credence, but more would have helped flesh it out.
That being said, however, the pacing I though worked very well. Enough was happening, either emotionally or as a part of the story arc that I turned the pages easily and ended up finishing it in just a few hours!
My favorite line from the book is "Imagination IS Magic". That is something I agree with whole-heartedly!
While Ms. Arnett's creation does have some familiar themes in it to other magic stories, what really made this unique for me was the fact that Dusty is a Nightmare, and that was enough. I'm excited to see where this all goes (especially the relationship!!!! Gah, can you say tension much?). While there is no cliff hanger, there is certainly room in the story for more and I am optimistic since this is labeled as The Arkwell Academy #1. Yes please!
These are the songs that I think fit the overall feel of the book. Hope you enjoy!!
1. Main Theme = Monster by Bon Voyage
I actually heard the song first and liked it a lot (thanks Pandora!) and so when I first heard about The Nightmare Affair the two were immediately linked in my mind. Don't you think it's perfect!!! I swear, it's almost like one was written for the other, they work so well!
2. Relationships = Counting Back to 1 by Beautiful Small Machines
I won't go into detail on the relationships...but in my mind this could apply to several different people.
3. Sleuthing theme = Tired by Lily and Madeleine
Dang, couldn't find a complete youtube video for this song so you just have the blurb that Amazon has. However, I thought it described how Dusty has to go through a lot of dead ends before coming to a realization of what is actually going on.
4. The Action and In-between themes = The Sorcerer's Apprentice soundtrack by Trevor Rabin
OK, a whole soundtrack may be cheating, but I thought that this one picks up the in-betweens and action sequences so well that if they were to make a movie of this book (which would be awesome) they should get Trevor Rabin to do it.
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