Publisher: Tor Teen
Page Count: 367 pages
Series: The Arkwell Academy #1
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.
3.5 but rounding it to 4 This was a cute and fun read!
What lured me into wanting to read this book was the Nightmare and mystery concept. Dusty, who isn't just a Nightmare, but a dream-seer, can see the future through dreams. Every dream-seer requires a partner, and in this case Dusty's partner is Eli -also her love interest.
Mindee Arnett created an original setting and world of this book. There's paranormal creatures called magickind, and they're divided into three groups... naturekind (faeries, dryads, mermaids), witchkind (witches and wizards) and darkkind (vampires, demons and Nightmares).
Dusty is a funny teenager with full of fierce and sarcasm. And being a teenager, there's always a love interest. Scratch that -two love interests. Eli Booker and Paul.
Eli is the main love interest. But the thing that frustrated me the most was that he and Dusty stayed friends most of the book. Immediately when Eli arrives, he fits in the popular people so he ends up dating Katarina, who is a total biach (yes biach) and a siren. Despite Katarina, Eli is nice character and actually cares for Dusty.
Now for the other love interest. Dusty meets a nice sweet boy named Paul who I actually rooted for the whole book because I was so frustrated with the Eli and Kat thing. But something unrealistic is that he's too sweet. No one can be that nice and caring except for Jem.
The ending was pretty intense. We finally found out who the killer was and I didn't even knew that actually happened. But the last chapter was a little cheesy.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It has likeable characters and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.