Title: The Nightmare Affair
Author: Mindee Arnett
Publisher: Tor Teen
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.
Another debut, but luckily it worked out a lot better than some of the debuts I’ve read recently.
Dusty seems to be a pretty typical protagonist – she hates her red, out-of-control red hair (she automatically changes it into straight, blond hair whenever she’s in a dream world, which is frustrating and needs to be addressed in a future problems-with-hair-stereotypes discussion post), is quite snarky, hates (unfair) authority figures, and is hated by the resident pretty, popular, and mean girl (who actually doesn’t have blond hair, if I remember correctly, which made me much too glad). She’s attending a magical boarding school, is the school outcast because she has a very unique power, and gets involved in a mysterious murder mystery.
This book was a bit predictable at times. I figured out some things pretty early on, but was pleasantly surprised to find that there were more twists that I missed by the end. The book also went pretty quickly and I wanted to keep reading so that I could figure out what was going on.
It seems like I was a bit negaive toward this book, but I really did enjoy it. It wasn’t an amazing debut, more like a typical paranormal book, but that’s not such a bad thing. I had fun reading it and plan on checking out the second book and hope that it’ll get even better.