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Friday, March 22, 2013

The Twins on "Thursday": The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Title: The Nightmare Affair
Author: Mindee Arnett
Format Acquired: PDF
Publication Date: March 5 2013
Publishing House: Tor Teen
ISBN: 9780765333339
Source of Copy: NetGalley


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 sitting on his chest 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 dream and out of them - to stop the killer before people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she's up to and marks her as the next target.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


The Nightmare Affair is an easy read - cute, fluffy with a bit of action and mystery thrown in for added fun.

Dusty is the paranormal Nancy Drew, if Nancy were half as cute as her. Dusty's got spunk and her own set of quirks and it's really no wonder why we fell in love with her. Eli is a nice guy, a bit of a jock but genuinely nice. He and Dusty do make a great team and we thought they were cute together. 

What The Nightmare Affair is, is basically a paranormal boarding school kind of thing - magic, superpowers, evil villains and snotty pretty girls who we loved to hate. It's secondary cast of characters were all lovable and it was entertaining to watch them all fumbling around as they tried to uncover the mysteries surrounding the mysterious deaths.

Well, we honestly thought that the summary was a little misleading, because it gave us an idea that the book had a very serious theme to it. Contrary to what the premise offers, The Nightmare Affair is light, but still retains its interesting and unique points. Romance takes a bit of a backseat in this one, although we did wish there were more Eli and Dusty bonding moments. While the book was generally well-paced, it was only in the second half that things began to pick up and focus more on the murder mystery.

If you fancy light paranormal mysteries spearheaded by a cute female protagonist, you might want to check out The Nightmare Affair. You just might want to keep Dusty all to yourself as much as we do.


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