The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1)
by Mindee Arnett
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.
Dusty is different from others in her school and that is saying a lot in a school with paranormal beings. She is a Nightmare. She also is compared to her mother and people expect her to live up to her mom. She gets more than she bargains for when she sits on the sleeping hotty Eli's chest to work her nightmare magic. She sees he is dreaming of a murder. A murder that comes true. Now she has to keep going into Eli's dreams to find clues and look around the school. She needs to solve this murder before someone else gets killed.
From the moment I heard about this book I looked forward to reading it. I haven't read anything about Nightmares and I love YA books taking place in schools. This one is a very good read to me as I liked getting to know Dusty, Eli, Paul and the rest of the characters. The author does a good job setting up the world and the book is very easy to follow. Dusty isn't a weakling waiting for a guy to save her and wants to do what she can to solve this no matter. She is put in an odd situation with Eli but she does learn to make the best of it. There is some action as after all their is a murderer on the loose. Moira Dusty's mom I have to say I am not sure about yet. She does many things to make me not like her but she is still kinda a mystery in some ways. i hope in the next book we learn more about her as I would like to see just what makes her tick. There is a kinda romance going on but is not the main focus of the book. I think it's just enough for this type book as it doesn't take away from the story line. If you enjoy a YA paranormal book you may like this one.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam