Fantasy Book Review: The Nightmare Affair

The Nightmare Affair 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. 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.

Dusty Everhart is a relatable girl – smart and spunky. She often reminded me of Veronica Mars. And I found it funny when she brought up the girl detective in the novel. Arkwell Academy is a magical academy, like in Harry Potter, but with a wide variety of magical beings. As a Nightmare, Dusty must feed off people’s dreams – which in turn gives her magical power.

The Nightmare Affair is the first novel in the Arkwell Academy trilogy. I highly recommend for fans of the Vampire Academy series. With plenty of mystery, danger, suspense, humor, and a bit of romance – this is a fun and fast-paced story that was hard to put down. The characters are every bit as engaging as the magical whodunit storyline. I’ll be picking up the sequel right away.

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