The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
Release Date: August, 2015
16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.
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, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she’ll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends.
Mindee Arnett thrills again in The Nightmare Charade, the stunning final instalment in the Arkwell Academy series.
The first nine chapters were released on NetGalley as a ‘read now’ preview, and I didn’t realise that this was the third book in a series, even though I have the first book here somewhere waiting to be read! So to try to help, here’s the synopsis of the first book:
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.
When I started reading this, I was a little hesitant – not thinking for a moment I’d be able to understand what was going on or be able to get invested in the characters. I can safely say I was wrong – the introduction manages to introduce you to Dusty and Eli surprisingly well, and you’re immediately invested in their relationship.
Besides, it starts with ‘I had no idea that the first kiss would be the last’ – how could anyone resist that?
I’m certainly going to have to unearth my copy of the first novel and dive into this series without hesitation. I can’t wait for this to come out in August!