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.
I love The Nightmare Affair. It was one of my favorite books that I read in 2012. In fact, it might be one of the best books in 2013. I know that’s a very early prediction and I haven’t read many 2013 novels yet. However, I think that my prediction isn’t too far off. The book is unlike anything I have ever read before. In fact, it’s so original I can’t even think of anything to compare it to. That’s how you can tell an author is truly talented. In a lot of YA books today, the stories seem to all blend together. They have similar plots, characters, settings, etc etc. However. The Nightmare Affair truly stands out in a place all its own. The plot was intricate yet easy to follow. Even thought the book takes place at a school, it’s not your average predictable school story. I was blind sided by who the killer was. I never would have guessed it in a million years. The characters were all well written. They all have a certain snarkyness that I loved, especially Dusty. I don’t think I could pick a favorite if I tried. The Nightmare Affair was an astounding book. Mindy Arnett couldn’t have written a better debut novel. I am dying to read the sequel to find out what happens next to Dusty and her friends. Too bad the release is so far away. The Nightmare Affair should definitely be at the top of your 2013 preorder list.
I give The Nightmare Affair: 5/5.
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