Title: The Nightmare Affair
Author: Mindee Arnett
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publishing Date: March 5th 2013
Genre: YA Supernatural Mystery
Series: The Arkwell Academy #1
Source: Kindle version provided by Itching for Books
Dusty is half nightmare and half human. A real life living Nightmare. In the world where Dusty lives there are 3 types of magic kind, Naturekind, Witchkind, and Darkkind. She falls under the Darkkind. She has to feed off of other's dreams. She goes to school at a magickind academy to learn to control her magical powers which recently came about. During one if Dusty's dream feeds she witnesses a death and comes to find out it actually happened a murder. Now Dusty and a really cute human boy have to investigate to find the murder before more happen.
The world that the author created for this book was just magnificent and so very creative. I love the idea of a Nightmare being a creature. The way that it was created and explained made perfect sense to me and fit well into the paranormal world of werewolves, witches, and vampires. I also enjoyed the other elements of the world Dusty lives. It was bunches of fun to see the world of fairies, witches, and more. They all live together, go to school together, and work together. They all have their own places in this magical world.
The plot had all the elements needed for a great mystery and I was able to play the whodonit game without figuring it out. I love it when it that happens. The mystery, the red herrings, the thrills and the chills were all there.
I liked the characters too. Dusty is fun. She is smart, snarky, and kind of geeky. Half kinds aren't accepted in the academy by other students but Dusty gets along ok. She is a normal teenage girl, boy crazy and dumb at times. I liked following her deductive skills in solving the murders. Eli was pretty cool. He was clueless to the world around him and it took him a bit to come around but he eventually did and I ended up falling for him.
The story is paced very well, wonderful writing, and just so much fun. It reads like a classic murder mystery with lots of magical and fantasy elements.
I really fell for this book and can't wait to read more of this wonderful world. If you like mysteries and you like fantasy, you should give this book a try.
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.