Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blog Tour: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett Review and Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on The Nightmare Affair Blog Tour! I have my review and the tour giveaway for you on my stop. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page.

  • Publisher: Tor Teen
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley for review
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Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Literally.

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.

My Thoughts

I loved the idea of a Book about a Nightmare. I have read books that have Nightmare's in them, but have never read one where the main focus is on one. I thought this was a fun and entertaining read with a little bit of mystery. Though with me being such a sleuth, it's hard to keep me confused for very long. That didn't mean that I didn't still enjoy this though. I found the characters to be interesting, and the storyline and all the different paranormal elements kept me turning pages. I think it could have been a bit shorter with a little less filler material, but overall it was a great read.

Dust was a really fun character. She is pretty much the low of the low on the social ladder being that she's not only a Nightmare, but a halfkind too. She is also pretty new at the school since she only recently came into her powers. She has lived with her ordinary dad since her mom left when she was little so she really doesn't know a whole lot about her kind at all. I really loved her personality though. She is a little awkward, funny, and in general just a good person. She has quite the mouth on her, but it's really funny. She is not beyond snark to piss off teachers or other people and I found that to be very entertaining. She is bit aggravating at times with her mother, but I can understand where she is coming from. She's hurt and that doesn't just disappear overnight. It will take a lot more than her mom just finally deciding to step in to fix their past.  She is totally the type of girl I would hang out with.

We have a lot of other great characters too, like Selene, her roomate. She is a Siren, but she hides under a tomboy look. She doesn't like how they are objectified as sex symbols. She is such an awesome friend to Dusty too. She is always there for her, and will help her through anything. I couldn't do this review without mentioning Selene because she is just really awesome and the best friend that Dusty could ask for.

Now the romance is definitely present, but I don't feel like it takes over the story at all. It is woven in very well. Obviously she is super attracted to Eli because he's totally hot, but let's get back to that. The romance isn't with Eli, it's with Paul. He is the first person to ever really show interest in her and she is very into him. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely something between Eli and Dusty, but neither is acting on it. Their friendship is what I consider the real romance of the story though. You watch them go from hating each other, to tolerating each other, to actually caring about each other. Dusty is caught off guard at times by the sincerity of Eli when he wants to know how she is doing and know if she's okay. I found it sweet that he was so different from how she really thought he was, and I loved that they have their friendship and know that they care.

Overall I really thought this was a great book. I loved the paranormal aspects, the mystery, and the characters. I thought that the world-building was done well. I could imagine a lot of the places that they went to or dreamed about. I thought at times the book was a bit drawn out and there were things that weren't necessary to the story, but I did enjoy reading it. The ending left this book resolved, but open for the next book in the series. So for those of you who hate cliffhangers, no worries about that here.







About the Author
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, the macabre, and outer space. She has far more dreams than nightmares.



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24 comments:

  1. Ugh the worst nightmare I ever had was the dreaded go to school in your underwear one. And to top it off, I was in an assembly smh. Talk about terrible.

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    1. Haha!! I have never had that dream, but I have had the scary falling dream. That one always terrifies me. I sometimes have some really vivid scary dreams, but nothing that scares me too much.

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  2. Sounds like such an interesting and original book. I need to get to this book as soon as I can because most people seemed to have enjoyed it. Dusty sounds like my kind of character too! I can't wait to meet her. As for Eli, he sounds like another interesting character. I love a good romance that develops from friendship so that should be interesting.
    Lovely review, Amy!

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    1. I loved Eli and Dusty. It was really natural between them. (Well as natural as being a Nightmare and going into someones dreams can be lol) They were just two people getting to know each other and working together to solve a mystery.

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  3. This one does sound super unique, I am happy to see a much more positive review for it from you because the ones I have seen so far haven't been that good. I like how you describe the progression of the romance, it sounds like it takes its course pretty slowly and I always appreciate that. Great review babe!

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    1. I mean it really could have been a little shorter with less unnecessary stuff, but overall I thought it was a good book and I really liked Dusty's character.

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  4. You know...I just haven't read many paranormals that have captured my attention lately. This one sounds a little different. Glad you enjoyed it overall.

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  5. Honestly... How much do I love that freaking cover?!?! SERIOUSLY!!!

    This sounds really good, although I'm not too thrilled about the drawn out for no reason aspect... Lol!

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  6. Excellent, I *just* started this one myself so I'm really glad you liked it overall. I've read similar reviews saying certain aspects or parts sort of dragged but with everything you mentioned here I think I'll enjoy it overall myself :D Great review!!

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  7. Sounds very unique. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. I love the nightmare concept! I just read a book with a Mara in it. She was deliciously cruel w/the nightmares. Glad you liked this one, despite guessing the mystery so soon.
    Niece review, sweetie!

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  9. I'm so glad to hear this worked for you. I have such high hopes for this book! The nightmare premise is so freaking cool. I'm reading it this weekend and I can't wait to meet Dusty and Eli. Wonderful review!

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  10. I have this one and have been looking forward to reading it. I have heard mixed things so far though so I'm glad it was one that you ended up enjoying quite a lot, now I'm not as worried as I was!

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  11. I agree the mystery aspect wasn't quite as well-done as it could have been, and that the world-building was perhaps a little lacking. But I still enjoyed this book and thought it was enjoyable enough.

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  12. Excited about this one and have entered to win!

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  13. I entered to win this book so many times I know I must win it!!

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  14. YAY! I'm so glad you liked this one! The romance was super sweet, and I ADORED Dusty too! She was just so epically funny and snarky and awkward that I was like "Aww you sweet little thing" because she was just so endearing in that kick-butt sort of way ;)

    Awesome review, Amy! Nightmares are awesome! Well, the paranormal creatures. Not the actual things. Because those are SCARY.

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  15. I've seen this book but I never knew what it was about until now. :o It sounds FANTASTIC, Amy! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the mystery in it, even though you can solve most mysteries pretty easily. You sound a bit like my mom, hehe. ;) She is so good at solving mysteries. She guesses quite early on too at the right thing! Crazy. ;) Anyway, I will most definitely be checking out The Nightmare Affair soon!

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  16. This book sounds awesome and I'm pretty excited to read it.

    My most recent nightmare was terrible and apparently I was whimpering a bunch in my sleep. I dreamt that my horse died and then we ate him (in meatballs). It was sad!

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  17. No need to enter me in the contest--I have a galley and have yet to write my own review! But how awesome you are for giving away a copy to your readers. :) My worst nightmare--hmm, I don't really have very many, is that weird? I'm more prone to having "worry" dreams, like being late to catch a plane without having anything packed, hah. That's kind of a nightmare to someone like me. ;)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  18. This cover just draws me in! I don't think I have ever read a book about a nightmare- at least not the way this book is described. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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  19. I'm very picky about the paranormal type books I read and this one sounds like a winner!! My worst nightmare- Well here's the one I can remember best anyways.... My dad was digging up our backyard (for real) and I had a dream that he dug up a skeleton of someone who was murdered. It was freaky bc I could see that the body had jewelry on it so I knew it was a woman and stuff... just creepy and very realistic.

    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

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  20. I used to have this reoccurring nightmare as a kid that involved my mom and me walking my little brother around the lake at the local community college. There was a monster living in the lake that would threaten to eat my mom and brother...it freaked me out as a kid!

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  21. Dusty was a pretty cool character, and Selene as well but I felt like both could have been fleshed out more. I especially would have like more Selene. I loved her stance on the objectification of sirens. Unfortunately I didn't love this one nearly as much as I hoped I would. It just fell flat in too many categories - suspense, romance, etc.

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