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The Nightmare Affair


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MINDEE ARNETT lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She's addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic and the macabre. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines. Arnett has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She blogs and tweets, and is hard at work on the next novel in the Arkwell Academy series. Find her online at www.MindeeArnett.com


"The Nightmare Affair is brimming with wit and charm, along with plenty of mysteries that kept me guessing to the very end. Mindee Arnett has created a brand new school of magic to delight and enthrall us, and I'm sure I won't be the only reader impatiently awaiting the next adventure at Arkwell Academy." --Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder"Mindee Arnett has a knack for magic. The world of Nightmares, Sirens, Wizards and Demons at Arkwell Academy is wondrous and strange, yet so human and well-drawn that you get the feeling you might stumble into it by accident if you go out wandering too late. THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR is whimsical and wild. I read it too fast. What's next, Arnett?" --Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood

Gr 7 Up-Sixteen-year-old Destiny "Dusty" Everhart is a Nightmare, a magical creature who feeds on the dreams of others. She attends Arkwell Academy, a school for supernatural beings, and is allowed off campus on specific occasions to feed. When she enters the dreams of Eli Booker, she gets quite a shock: he is dreaming about a murder that is taking place at Arkwell. After she leaves his dream, Dusty finds that the events she just witnessed have happened in real life. Using her talents, she must gather clues and follow signs in order to solve the murder and prevent the killer from striking again. Because she and Eli have a bond that she does not understand, she must do this by entering his dreams over and over again. As a new entry in an already crowded field of supernatural stories set in boarding schools, this addition holds its own but does not stand out. Readers of P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast's "House of Night" (St. Martin's Griffin), Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy" (Razorbill), Lauren Kate's "Fallen" (Delacorte), Rachel Hawkins's "Hex Hall" (Hyperion), and numerous other series will find the setting familiar-and perhaps a bit stale. Arnett offers quick pacing and plenty of plot twists, but the Arthurian elements seem out of place in the novel's magic system. Purchase this book if enthusiasm for paranormal boarding-school stories still runs high.-Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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