It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means: another book review! This week we’re talking about The Nightmare Affair, a paranormal mystery by Mindee Arnett.
Dusty Everhart is a Nightmare - literally. The halfling offspring of a mortal father and a Nightmare mother, Dusty breaks into stranger’s homes at night and enters their dreams. She attends Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind teens, where she learns to control her magic alongside fairies, sirens, mermaids, hags, and other magical creatures. One night, while she’s inside the dream of distractingly hot Eli, Dusty sees one of her Arkwell Academy classmates murdered - a dream that quickly comes true. Turns out, Dusty is a dream-seer, someone who can see the future in dreams. There’s a catch though: her psychic powers will only work inside Eli’s dreams, and he’s not too happy about being involved. Dusty doesn’t have much time to worry about that, because evil is descending on Arkwell Academy, and Dusty and Eli could be magickind’s only chance of stopping it.
This book was a lot of fun! The fact that the main character was a Nightmare was really interesting and different, and I enjoyed learning about the other magickind at Arkwell. It reminded me a little bit of Harry Potter (magical boarding school, students fighting evil), but with enough of a twist to be different. I also liked Dusty a lot - she was a funny, snarky, likeable narrator. That said, I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed with the mystery. I figured most of it out well before the end of the book, and I didn’t feel like the author built up enough suspense for me to really care that much about the ending. The Nightmare Affair is the first book in a planned series, so I’ll probably pick up the next book when it comes out to see where the story goes.
Rating: 3/5 stars
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Check out The Young Adult Books Central blog for some great book choices. They have been posting the best of the year in different genres, see the links below for some good reads!
The categories have a winner and runner-ups, so plenty of choices for whatever your reading needs :)
SO MUCH NEWS!
First off, Random House has a new weekly author twitter chat series. Are any of these your favorite authors?
Authors featured in the launch Twitter Author Chat series include Rebecca Stead (Liar &Spy, Wendy Lamb Books), Tessa Gratton (The Blood Keeper, Random House BFYR), N.D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials: The Drowned Vault, Random House BFYR), Daniel Marks (Velveteen, Random House BFYR), John Stephens (The Fire Chronicle: BookTwo: The Book of Beginning, Knopf), Adele Griffin (All You Never Wanted, Knopf), Alyssa Sheinmel (The Stone Girl, Knopf), Mark Frost (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1, Random House BFYR), Anna Jarzab (The Opposite of Hallelujah, Delacorte), Margo Lanagan (The Brides of Rollrock Island, Knopf), Lauren Morrill (Meant to Be, Delacorte), and Christopher Paolini (Inheritance trade paperback and Deluxe Edition, Knopf).
If so, search the #rhkidschat hastag on Twitter for your weekly update! You can also check out the Random House Teen Book Community, Random Buzzers.
Next up, TOR also had an author chat, but don’t worry if you missed it! The women of “Girls’ Nightmare Out” are going on a real life tour! They will be in the Chicago-land area soon. ( Specifically:Monday, August 20 @ The Warren Newport Public Library Warren Lake Forest, IL and Tuesday, August 21, 7 PM @ The Skokie Library, Skokie, IL.)
Authors Lisa Desrochers, Kendare Blake, and Marta Acosta are joining. You can check out what happened on twitter by checking out the #TorChat hashtag.
Can’t make it to see them? You can still enter the Girls’ Nightmare Out mega sweepstakes! 10 lucky winners will win a copy of all three books (Last Rite, Girl of Nightmares, and Dark Companion, respectively) as well as iPhone skins to go with them! Click this link NOW!!!
If you don’t win, you can click on the titles of the books to find them in our online catalog.
Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.
Not this time.
But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.
Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.
But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.
And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.
Don’t forget to read the first book in the series, Abandoned, which you can find in our online catalog right here.
This weekend was the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. There were a lot of actors, artists, and writers talking with fans and signing their work. Here’s some of the interesting things I learned at C2E2:
1.) There are a lot of people out there willing to pay hundreds of dollars to stand around in line and get famous entertainers’ autographs - are you? What are your thoughts on this?
2.) Did you know that Chad Michael Murray and Shia LaBeouf have created a graphic novel and self-published comics, respectively?
3.) A lot of cool projects were announced this weekend - so much that I can’t even remember them all. For a great rundown (and what I think is the best commentary I’ve read in years), check out MTV Geek. This link takes you directly to all their C2E2 articles. Here’s a small sample:
4.) There were also a lot of authors, including some YA paranormal and dystopian writers. Here’s the awesome part - they gave away free books and signed them! Books by Rachel Caine, Mari Mancusi, Veronica Wolff, and David Macinnis Gill are going to be included in our batch of Summer Reading Program prizes this year - so make sure to sign up!!
C2E2 has only been going on for three years, but since it was so successful I’m sure it will keep going for many years. Make sure to get your tickets early and join in on the fun next year!
Check out some of these hot new YA books!
Kiki Hamilton’s debut The Faerie Ring, a fantastical mix of Oliver Twist and Cinderella set in 1871 London.
Cynthia Hand’s second book in the Unearthly series, Hallowed.
Kim Harrison’s third book in the Madison Avery series, Something Deadly This Way Comes.
Kelly Keaton’s second book in the Gods & Monsters series, A Beautiful Evil.
Chris Priestley’s horrifying and suspenseful new entry, The Dead of Winter.
And last but not least, Jessica Spotswood’s highly anticipated first book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles, Born Wicked.
Add some fantasy and suspense to your life - pick up one of these books today!