Published by Tor Teen on March 5th 2013
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.
Looking on Book Outlet one day, this amazing cover popped out at me. Amazing purple with black silhouettes, and I had to have it. ( Once again, the cover grabbed me in. ) and when it came, I curled in bed, and got ready to dive right in! This book was very slow in the beginning, which bothered me greatly. It didn’t grab me in a way other books have this year, and I almost considered not finishing the book. ( That has not happened in a long time. ) BUT I told myself that things could build up, and get better further in and I was right. By the end of the book, I was happy with what I had read.
Dusty (Destiney) Everhart is a young Nightmare who attends a school for Magickind – boarding school Arkwell Academy. A nightmare is the being that gives you nightmares. In order to keep her magic going, she needs to feed from a person while they dream, taking in the fictus that comes from their dreams, and in return causing them to have nightmares. One night, She breaks into a house to feed, and comes across one of the most popular guys from her old school – Eli Booker. Things go wrong that night, and she sees something in his dreams that causes her life to be flipped upside down. Eli, a completely non-magic using boy, starts going to her school, and now because of what she saw, she is trying to help solve a mystery around a murder that took place on school property. Not to mention the relationship she has with her mother as well, who starts teaching at her school.
When the adventure took off in this book, it took off. I wouldn’t put it in my top 10 books for 2014, but as I said earlier I really ended up enjoying it. I will be doing a read/review on the second book, The Nightmare Dilemma. I also want to check out another series from Mindee Arnett by the name of Avalon. It sounds pretty interesting – I only hope it grabs onto me and holds my attention quicker than this one did.