Author: Mindee Arnett
Series: The Arkwell Academy, #1
Dusty Everheart is a Nightmare, which means she feeds off the dreams of others. Not exactly what Dusty considers an ideal life, especially when you consider that she’s the only Nightmare attending Arkwell Academy, a school for magical beings. This coupled with her mother’s less than savory reputation makes her something of an outcast. Dusty doesn’t think life could get any worse, but then she is assigned to enter the dreams of Eli Booker and she witnesses the murder of her classmate Rosemary Vanholt. Dusty is thrown into a tailspin when Rosemary’s body is found just as Eli had dreamt it. And whether she likes it or not, Dusty and Eli are dream-seers and together they must figure out who the murderer is before someone else falls victim.
“But I didn’t want it to be Rosemary Vanholt. Not just because the idea of someone so young being murdered, especially someone I knew, was so horrible, but because if it was her, then that meant there’d been something about my dream-walk. I didn’t want to be a part of anything special. Bad things happened to special people. Usually failure followed by an early death.”
Despite the high stakes in The Nightmare Affair, Mindee Arnett manages to keep the book light and fun, mostly because of the spunk of her leading lady Dusty. She’s witty, sharp-tongued, and usually doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut. This book reminded me a lot of what high school was like when you’re a little unsure of who you are and hate other people telling you what you are or what to do. This is especially clear in Dusty’s relationship with her mother. They butt heads like only two people very much alike can, and despite what Dusty would like to believe, she is very much her mother’s daughter.
I loved the development of Dusty’s and Eli’s relationship. They’re both apprehensive to work together, in fact Eli down right blames Dusty for pulling him into the whole affair. Both of them misjudge each other and it was nice to see how their friendship developed. There was a lot of talk of Dusty’s father in the book, seeing as she was raised by him, but unfortunately we never were able to meet him. I think his presence would have given the relationship between Dusty and her mother more depth.
I already have the sequel to this one on my bookshelf which I will be reading next. Instant gratification can be a beautiful thing.