Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review: The Nightmare Dilemma

The Nightmare Dilemma (The Arkwell Academy, #2)Author: Mindee Arnett
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Tor
Series: The Arkwell Academy # 2

The second in a thrilling new fantastical mystery series

Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies. 

To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.

The mermaid was lying on the hospital bed, looking distinctly un-mermaidish.

For the most part, Nightmares look like ordinaries, but we’re magical beings who feed on human dreams.

Dreams are symbolic, not literal.

And I knew without a doubt my life was never going to be the same again.

I am so thankful that this book did not have “second in a series” syndrome! I am always skeptical of the second book in a series, especially when I loved the first book. The Nightmare Affair was awesome, and Dusty’s character drew me in immediately! This book was just as good as the first one. In this addition to the series, we get a whole new mystery and all the fun and action that were jam-packed into the first book. A plus with this book is that we get a little more romance thrown into the pot as well. And as always, Dusty never disappoints as an amazing heroine!

The concept of Dusty’s character is what intrigues me the most while reading these books. She is a mythical creature known as a Nightmare. She plays her part very well. I wish Mindee Arnett would explore this creature and the ideas/concept behind it more within the books. Dusty is the only Nightmare I have ever read about in literature. This is why I must separate Mindee Arnett from the rest; she branched out and tried something new. She didn’t stick to the vampires and the witches, but instead she gave us a whole new world and allowed us to see a different side of the supernatural.

There are many changes in this book, specifically to Dusty and Eli’s relationship, which I am seeing that some book bloggers did not take so well to. This is not the only thing that is changing. We get some exciting new changes and are able to find out more about the world that Dusty is involved in as well. We now know some deep, dark secrets that have been revealed, and I would dare say that this book is more dark and dangerous than the first. The pages kept turning and I was heavily engaged in this story the entire way through!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Tor Teen in exchange for my honest review***

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