Published by Tor Teen on August 4th 2015
It’s her junior year at Arkwell Academy, and Dusty Everhart just wants to be alone with her boyfriend, Eli Booker. But fate is literally keeping them apart. See, Dusty is a Nightmare, who can enter Eli’s dreams to find clues to the future, but an ancient curse predicts that any romance between them is doomed to end in tragedy. Dusty and Eli are willing to take that risk, but the authorities disagree—and have assigned a chaperone to make sure their relationship is strictly platonic.
As if that’s not bad enough, they’ve been recruited by the Department of Intelligence for Magickind Secrecy (D.I.M.S.) to use their dream-seer bond to help recover the most powerful object of black magic known to magickind. The Animus Mortem can raise the dead by stealing the souls of the living…which makes tracking it down a genuine matter of life and death.
To make matters worse, one of Dusty’s friends is accused of murder and is counting on her to clear his name.
Dusty has too many dreams, too many commitments, and too many people looking over her shoulder, but a Nightmare seldom plays by the rules. Curse or no curse, chaperone or not, she has to go deep into Eli’s dreams if she’s going to find the truth—and discover a way for them to truly be together at last!
The final installment in a thrilling fantastical mystery series.
Sixteen-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 this stunning final installment in the Arkwell Academy series
I had the amazing opportunity to ask Mindee some questions about the final installment of her Arkwell Academy series, and also read the final book in this amazing series. Once again, I was blown away by Mindees’ work, but also sad about the series ending. I have loved and enjoyed both of her series, and I highly recommend them to everyone I know. Mindee is fantastic at bringing her worlds to life, and they always suck me in, leaving me wanting more.
I got the chance to ask Mindee 5 questions and I absolutely LOVE her answers. After checking out her interview, pop down below to check out the blog tour giveaway, and read an excerpt from ‘The Nightmare Charade’.
If you could sit down with any character from your Nightmare series, and learn more about them as a character, directly from them, who would it be and why?
What an awesome question. I love this question! Let’s see…if I could only pick just one I think it would have to be Lady Elaine. She is one of my favorite characters. She’s so salty and sharp, and I see her very clearly in my mind’s eye. But she’s also a bit of a mystery to me even now. She’s an Oracle who works for the magickind government. We learn a lot more of how her “oracle” powers work in The Nightmare Charade, but I would like to know more. Elaine is also the oldest character in the series. I have a feeling she has a lot of interesting stories to tell about her life. I would love to just have a chat with her about it, a sort of biographical interview. Where was she when Kennedy was shot? Was that event magickind related? Stuff like that.
Who would be your actress of choice to play Dusty, and who would you see playing Eli?
I’ve always said I would love Molly Quinn to be Dusty, and that’s still true, but recently I think Mae Whitman would make an excellent Dusty. I absolutely loved her in The DUFF, and I think she would bring the snarky, klutzy Dusty to life. For Eli I would go with Matt Lanter.
Were there any soundtracks or certain music you listened to while writing?
I am obsessed with listening to soundtracks while I’m writing. If I can’t have silence, then give me a soundtrack or score. So long as there’s no singing I’m good. I do tend to choose my soundtracks based on the genre or feel of the story. For example, the book I completed most recently was a high-fantasy with lots of magic and a lot of horses. My soundtrack choices there were—Pride and Prejudice, The Man From Snowy River, and Outlander. For the Arkwell Academy books my soundtrack choice has always been the Harry Potter films.
What are you currently reading at the moment? What book would you recommend to your fans?
I’m currently reading Uprooted by Naomi Novick. I love this book. It’s completely captivating and I don’t want it to end. My favorite books are always the ones that take me away from myself, like this one. Other books that do that, and ones I highly recommend are The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (check out the audio version), The Raven Cycle series, also by Steifvater, The Lumatere Chronicles by Marchetta Melina, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor, anything by Leigh Bardugo. And so many more!
If you could collaborate with any author, to write a book along side of them, who would you choose and why?
So this is going to make me sound horrible, but the truth is—no one. Writing is my alone time. Whatever story I’m working on becomes my secret world that I get to escape to for hours on end. I just don’t feel like I would be very good at opening that world up to another person. It might be that I’m too much of a control freak. What I would love to do is collaborate with an artist. I have zero artistic talent, but I adore the ability in others. It would be fun to work on a picture book or a middle grade, such as the Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delany for example, with an artist.
I would love to thank Mindee for taking the time to answer my questions. I love all of your work and I can’t wait to see what you have in store down the road. Check out the links down below to purchase your copy of ‘The Nightmare Charade’ and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!