The Nightmare Affair is the first in a gripping new urban fantasy trilogy 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.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
The latest aspirant to Harry Potter's throne is 16-year-old Destiny Everhart, a sophomore at the Arkwell Academy boarding school for magical teens. Dusty is "halfkind," with an ordinary father and a mother who is a legendary Nightmare. Dusty's Nightmare powers manifested late and seemed feeble, until she fed off the dream "fictus" of hottie Eli Booker, and the murder in his nightmare turned out to be real. Now paired with Eli as a dream-seer, Dusty struggles to navigate the perils of high school while searching for clues from both the waking and dreaming worlds about the killer. Arnett's cast includes werewolves, sirens, and wizards, and she draws from numerous literary and mythological sources (including Arthurian legend), to a somewhat cluttered effect. The scrappy first-person narration and integration of frightening dreamscapes make Arnett's debut a fun paranormal mystery, with a focus on atmosphere over romance. But original it is not: for all the tweaks, Dusty, down to her frizzy red hair, is barely a step removed from Hermione Granger.
Really enjoyed the book
Veronica Mars meets Harry Potter
This book is fantastic. It's an original paranormal YA with a great mystery. Dusty is sixteen and a nightmare. Okay well half-nightmare, half-human. Either way it's awkward. She ends up in more than one hilarious situation as a result on her way to solving a classmate's murder. Set at Arkwell Academy (which is where I would want to go if I had to go back to high school), it's dark, funny, and suspenseful. I can't wait for book two!