This is part of the blog tour for The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett, organized by Shane at Itching for Books.
Title: The Nightmare Affair
Series: Arkwell Academy, #1
Author: Mindee Arnett
Published: Tor Teen
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Source: a copy was offered by publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository]
How would you feel when what you saw in a dream came true?
That’s what happened with Eli and Dusty. You see, Eli is the one that Dusty dream-feeds on. Eli is an ordinary human. Dusty is a Nightmare, a magickind. And in order for her to get her magic power replenished, she needs to dream-feed. Usually, nothing much could go wrong with dream-feeding but when Eli dreams of a murder that actually happens on the same night, Dusty learns that things are about to change BIG TIME in her life. And if she isn’t being careful, she could end up becoming the one being targeted by the killer.
While I wouldn’t say I dislike Dusty, I can’t really say I like her either. She seems smart but I find her constantly taking sides with the wrong people. And when the good guys warn her about the bad ones, she rarely listens. Normally, I wouldn’t care about the story too much when I wasn’t rooting for the main character but as I kept reading, I started seeing something about Dusty that helped me connect with her. Just like anyone coming of age, she is searching for her purpose and in the meanwhile, she wants to prove to everyone that she is useful, capable and competent. She wants her mother to feel proud of her and she’s willing to put herself in danger just to prove that she is more than capable to handle unforeseen challenges. While I may not fully agree with her choices, I must say I admire her courage. I also admire how quickly she has grown to adapt and learn to use her imagination to her advantage during moments of crisis and pain. So, while I wouldn’t say Dusty is one of my favorite heroines, I’m happy to say that I enjoyed reading about the evolution of her character in the story.
Do I like Eli? Well, if I’m just comparing him with Dusty, I’d say I like him a tad bit more. I like that he is aware of his limits when it comes to what he can or can’t do to help to catch the killer. I also like that he is a sincere, down-to-earth type of person. While I was a little baffled by his choice of romantic interest, it’s interesting that he somehow manages to focus on what’s important without jeopardizing his relationship with Dusty.
Overall, I enjoyed reading The Nightmare Affair. I don’t want to include any spoiler here but I have to say I was delightfully surprised by all the unexpected twists and turns in the last 15% of the book!
I’ll be looking forward to reading more of Dusty’s adventure in the Arkwell Academy series.
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