Title: The Nightmare Affair.
Series: The Arkwell Academy, #1.
Author: Mindee Arnett.
Expected Publication Date: March 5th, 2012.
Publisher: Tor Teen.
Format: Kindle eBook, 386 pages.
Source: NetGalley Provided By Publisher.
My Rating:

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally.

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.

The Nightmare Affair has to be one of the best novels I’ve read this year! With its fantastic and original plotline to its bold and fascinating characters – The Nightmare Affair is a book I found VERY hard to put down.

Dusty Everhart is a Nightmare – literally. Nightmares live among the other supernatural creatures in the world, such as; fairies, werewolf’s, vampires, sirens, mermaids, demons and more. A Nightmare survives by feeding on people’s dreams, seems pretty simple, right? However, when Dusty is feeding off a boy named Eli, from her old high school - the connection breaks and he wakes to find her sitting on his chest - awkward much? Before the connection is severed, Dusty realises that Eli is dreaming of a murder, and one of her current classmates lies dead in front of her. When returning to Arkwell Academy; a school for the supernatural beings, she finds that the dream has come true – her classmate is dead. Soon after, Dusty finds out why; she’s a dream-seer, and Eli is her seer partner. Dusty and Eli will have to work together through his dreams to gather clues about the murderer before they strike again.

Mindee Arnett’s writing is flawless. She created such an incredible world, taking hold of everyday myths of fairies and witches and transformed them into something completely their own. Mindee also created a whole new mythical being, a Nightmare. There was no stone left unturned when it came to describing the Nightmares, what they do and how they work. I’ve never read anything like this book before.

Dusty has to be one of my favourite characters that I’ve read about as of late. She’s stubborn, smart, witty, funny and kind. All of these characteristics blend seamlessly into Dusty’s personality and make her character very loveable. Although Dusty has only one friend, Selene, and the rest of her classmates in Arkwell Academy dislike her because Nightmare's are dangerous and outcasts – she doesn’t let this get her down. She also has a rocky relationship with her mother, but is very close to her father. I feel that it was a shame we didn’t get to meet Dusty’s father, because I think it would have created the perfect balance.

I loved Eli’s character. He seemed a bit rude towards Dusty at first, but can you blame him? He wakes up in the middle of the night to find a girl sitting on his chest – and is then thrust into a world he didn’t know existed. After he gets over the initial shock, Eli turns out to be such a sweet guy! He’s kind, a great friend and a great guy over all. Even though he’s always been ‘popular’, he hasn’t let it go to his head. He sticks up for the kid being bullied, stands up for Dusty when she needs it and is overall and amazing character that I’d love to meet. He’s cute, too!

Lastly, as for Paul; I liked his character, however, I wasn’t star-struck by him at all the way Dusty was. He seemed like a stand-up guy and is sweet, but I found that he was quite rude and way too forthcoming for my liking. Sure, he’s cute and Dusty goes all fan-girly over him, but he didn’t strike me as a very interesting or amazing with pretty much no depth to his character at all.

I loved how in-depth the world Mindee Arnett wrote about was. There are three types of Magickind in the novel; Naturekind, which involves fairies, sirens and mermaids - Witchkind; including witches, wizards and psychics – and finally, Darkkind; which include, demons, werewolves and of course, Nightmares. A mysterious force called ‘The Will’ prevents the supernatural beings from attacking each other, or using magic to hurt another being. The Will is a strong force, controlled by the rulers of the supernatural world, and keeps the world they know from crumbling apart at the seams. The entire world building was just fantastic and so incredible that I find it hard to put into words.

Overall, The Nightmare Affair was fast pace and action filled; immediately gripping the reader and drawing them into the strange world. The novel was shrouded in mystery and I found it hard to predict what would happen next. All the characters seemed suspicious, as if they had something to hide. The book, although based mainly on mystery and paranormal aspects, had enough romance and romantic complications to tickle my fancy and I loved how it wasn’t the main focus of the storyline. I believe the book truly deserves the 5/5 stars rating and it deserves nothing less. I can’t wait to read more of Mindee Arnett’s writing!

I frowned, less than thrilled at the idea of being the government's shiny new gun. "So you're saying I might predict more than just stuff about the killer?"
"Yes. In the past, dream-seers have identified spies, uncovered assassination attempts, all sorts of things." So much for hoping this would be a one-time gig. I bit my lip.
"So we're like the psychic CIA." - Loc 688, 20%.

"You're a Nightmare," Marrow said as if this explained everything. "Your magic works differently from other magickind. You're the exception to The Will's rule. You just never had occasion to discover before now." - Loc 1338, 40%.

My gaze drifted up from the woman's face to the sky, where a huge bird hovered over the people's heads, wings outstretched. Like hearing the opening note of a familiar song on the radio, recognition hummed inside me at the sight of it. - Loc 2474, 74%.

Hey Book Nerds! ^.^ How are you doing today? The weather here is absolutely terrible! It's so boring and dull. :P Any who, I finished reading The Nightmare Affair last night, and I thought it was an incredible book! I'm currently writing a review of it at the moment, which hopefully will be up tomorrow! :D I also started Light of the Moon by David James last night, I'm not that far into it, but it looks like it's going to be a great book. :)

Title: If He Had Been WIth Me.
Author: Laura Nowlin.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire.
Expected Publication: April 1st, 2013.
Format: Paperback, 336 pages.

If he had been with me, he wouldn't have died.

Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other's sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting. But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years. But she's always wondered what if...

The night she's about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy.

I think this book looks incredible! It seems like this book is going to be a fantastic mystery/thriller book and I can't wait for it to be released! As for the cover, I like it - I really do - but I HATE the font they've used, I don't think it goes with the rest of the cover. I think it looks slightly childish. The picture looks really dark and mysterious, and I love how the girl is sitting the rain. ^.^ Have any of you heard of it before? Let me know what you think of the synopsis!

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! :D Happy Reading. (:

Teaser Tuesday #22

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - remember, no spoilers!

Hey Book Nerds! :3 I hope you're all doing well and the start of your week is going well. ^.^ I managed to pop into town for an hour or so today and FINALLY managed to get my hands on a copy of Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black. I've been trying to pick it up from my local WHSmith for the past three weeks, but it wasn't in stock. However, today I managed to get my hands on a copy - with the added bonus of a 50% off voucher that a twitter follower told me about! :D That's it for today. :)


"You're a Nightmare," Marrow said as if this explained everything. "Your magic works differently from other magickind. You're the exception to The Will's rule. You just never had occasion to discover before now."

- Loc 1338, 40%.
"The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy, #1)"
by Mindee Arnett.

I was lucky enough to get approved via NetGalley for a copy of this book, and I'm so excited to finally be reading it! I'm about half way through and I think it's absolutely fantastic so far! I love the world building and the characters. :) I can't wait to see where the rest of the story goes. The cover is also gorgeous. ^.^ Have you had the chance to read The Nightmare Affair yet? Let me know!

What are your teasers for this Tuesday? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! :D Happy Reading. (:

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngas Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. Including books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hey book nerds! :D How are you all doing today? I'm doing well myself - always I'm always so bored on Sundays.. :P I've nearly finished reading Insatiable by Meg Cabot, and I absolutely adore it! It took a while to get into it - I only started really getting into it after about 100 pages - but it got going and it's so good. ^.^ Earlier today, I announced the winner of my 50 Blog Followers giveaway, and I'm sure It won't be long before I have to do a 100 blog followers giveaway. ^.^ There isn't a whole lot else to say, apart from yesterday, I received an Amazon order for a used book of Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard, it arrived and It was in AWFUL condition, it was ripped, torn, dirty and had been written on. So unfortunately I’m going to sent it back for a refund. D: Gosh darn it!


Photos And Book Information
Hidden (Avena, #1) by Marianne Curley.

Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing UK who sent me this ARC for review! :)

Angel (Angel, #1) by L.A. Weatherly.
Findings Sky (Benedicts, #1) by Joss Stirling.

Blood On My Hands (Thrillogy, #2) by Todd Strasser.
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey.

Haven (Winterhaven, #1) by Kristi Cook.


Witch Fire (Burn Mark, #2) by Laura Powell.
The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hooper.
Falling For Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen.

Witch Fire and The Disgrace of Kitty Grey are both e-Galley's sent to me by Bloomsbury Publishing UK via NetGalley for review. Thank you! :) Also, thank you to Entangled Publishing who sent me Falling For Her Fiance for review.

I'm so excited to start reading all of these books! (I say that every week, but it's true!) All of the eBooks I got seem great and the psychical books look fantastic. :D I'm probably most excited about starting Haven or Blood On My Hands - although I really want to read the others, too! It's such a shame they all have to go to the bottom of my TBR pile, because I have so many other books I have to read beforehand. D: Oh well! Have you read any of these books? Let me know! ^.^

What books did you get this week? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out. ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Friday Finds #21

Friday finds is a meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading which showcases the books you've recently ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list.

Hey book nerds! :3 How are you all doing today? Can you TGIF? :P I started reading Insatiable by Meg Cabot this morning and I didn't realise how big of a book it was until I picked it up! It's nearly 500 pages. ^^; It's really good so far, even though I'm only about 30 or so pages in. I have an appointment later today with my care coordinator and I'm really not looking forward to it, mostly because I'm so tired! I didn't sleep well last night at all. Oh well, that's it for now - I hope you all have a great Friday!

Friday Finds

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen.
What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?
Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

The Cursed Ones (Crusade, #1) by Nancy Holder & Debbie ViguiƩ.
The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.

Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated—and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose. Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself—and her heart.

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate.
A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake. Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead. From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan.
This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it.

The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

Summaries from Good Reads. I really want to get my hands on copies of all of these books - they look fantastic! ^.^ I think the one I'm most excited about getting my hands on though is The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. I LOVE murder mysteries/thriller books :) However, The Vampire Stalker looks incredible as well! As for the covers, I love the typography on The Cursed Ones, it's amazing. I like the simplicity of Boy Meets Boy's cover and my favourite cover is The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove's - because the colours are stunning and the overall effect is amazing. ^.^ Have you read any of my finds this week? Let me know!

What are your Friday Finds for this week? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Title: Fracture.
Series: Fracture, #1.
Author: Megan Miranda.
Publication Date: January 17th, 2012.
Publisher: Bloomsbury.
Format: Paperback, 261 pages.
Source: Bought.
My Rating:

By the time seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell is pulled out of the icy waters of a frozen lake, her heart has stopped beating. She is officially dead. Then she starts breathing... The doctors are mystified. But Delaney knows something is very wrong, even thought outwardly she had completely recovered.

Pulled by sensations she can’t control, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her brain predicting death or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga. Is Troy a kindred spirit who somehow understands her weird and frightening gift? Or are his motives chillingly more sinister...

Delaney Maxwell is crossing a frozen lake one day when she slips and falls, fracturing the ice and falling into its dark and dangerous depths. Unable to find the surface, Delaney drowns and is rescued 11 minutes later from the water by her best friend, Decker. She should be dead, shouldn’t she? However Delaney breaks the odds, lives but is in a coma for 6 days. Technically she’s brain damaged, she shouldn’t be able to speak, walk or do any of the normal day to day things when she wakes up – but she can. Nothing seems to be wrong with her, but something seems to have changed in Delaney. She finds herself unknowingly drawn to the dying – a new found sense that will change her life forever.

Fracture was a really good read; I read it in only two sittings and was constantly being drawn more and more into the story. However; I did find that it was quite rushed at times. I also felt it could have been written a bit more smoothly and less erratically. It often jumped from one thing to another and I found myself confused as to what was happening. I also have to say I was also a little disappointed in it. However, that’s mostly my fault, because I went into reading this book with really high expectations, expecting an incredible, unforgettable read and it came up short slightly with a few faults that really niggled at me.

Delaney’s character was a bit of a see-saw to me. Some of the time I really liked her, and the rest of the time I found her really annoying. She drove me crazy by the things she did and the way she acted. She makes some stupid decisions and says a lot of the wrong things, but putting that all aside she was a very caring and kind character. Decker’s character was great! He was so sweet, kind, sensitive and caring that you couldn’t help but love him. He also makes some mistakes in the books, but you can tell he really finds himself paying for them emotionally. The friendship Delaney and Decker have is rare and wonderful and I can’t help but feel jealous of their relationship. The pair hit some rocky grounds throughout the book, but when it comes to the punch; they’re always there for each other.

Lastly; as for Troy – I have to say, I never really liked his character from the start. He seemed a bit stalkerish and big-headed. How did he have the right to do what he did? He seemed to genuinely like Delaney, even when he was acting like an idiot. In the end his character was alright, but very erratic and unpredictable. I loved how the ending of the book turned out – it was perfect in my opinion. It had enough drama and suspense to keep me turning the pages quickly, and I had no idea what would happen! I felt like the end of the book could go in multiple different ways. The book was constantly surprising me and I could only guess as to what would happen next.

This is one of those rare occasions where I can't decide between giving a book 3.5/5 stars and 4/5 stars. Seeing as I can't decide, and I’m not usually one for giving half stars; I'm just leaving it how it is. Even if the rating was a bit lower, it does not detract from the greatness of this book and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a relatively short but interesting and creative story.

Overall I really did enjoy reading this book, it had its ups and downs but it was fantastic otherwise. It had such an original and unique plotline and delves into some very sensitive subjects such as depression and death. I believe these subjects were handled perfectly and Megan Miranda’s writing was beautiful. I think that it would have stood perfectly as a stand-alone novel, I’m not really sure what I think of it becoming a series – but I suppose I’ll just have to wait and find out what the sequel brings.

My ear was pressed against the surface, so I heard the fracture branch out, slowly at first, then with more speed. Faint crackles turned to snaps and crunches, and then silence. - Page 06.

"I don't know whether you're acting like this because you know I'm going to kiss you and you're anxious or you know I'm going to kiss you and you don't want me too." - Page 138.

Troy looked at me with a slightly sideways expression. He leaned forward and whispered, "You're..." He clenched and unclenched his fists, and I knew what he was thinking. I was the girl who ran when she got spooked. I was the girl who hid in the back of the funeral home. I was the girl who had to be saved from the lake. He hadn't gotten to know me, really. He didn't know I wasn't stupid. I was smart. I knew what I was doing. - Page 240.

Hey Book Nerds! ^.^ I hope you're all doing well. I'm sorry for the lateness of this post, but this afternoon I started listening to the Catching Fire audio book whilst doing a jigsaw puzzle and got completely immersed and distracted by it. ^^; I've been trying to prevent myself from buying more books lately because my TBR pile is HUGE (like, over 30 psychical books and even more eBooks), but only this morning, did I yet again, actually buy two more online! Bad Tiffa... >.> Oh well, I’ll try to refrain from buying any more. :)

Title: Control.
Series: Control, #1.
Author: Lydia Kang.
Publisher: Dial Books.
Expected Publication: December 26th, 2013.
Format: Hardcover, 395 pages.

After the violent death of her father, 17 year-old Zelia loses her younger sister, Dylia, during an abduction at a foster care agency. It turns out her sister Dylia isn’t just pretty and sweet – she’s illegal. In the year 2150, DNA must be pure by law, and anyone with enhanced genes face death.

Zelia’s only allies are the freak-show inhabitants of her new, underground foster home. Along with the unexpected love of a very strange boy, she will need her flaws and their illicit traits to save the only family she has left.

I'm so excited for this book - it's such a shame to have to wait until December for its release! :3 I love dystopian novels and this looks like an incredible book with an awesome storyline. :D As for the cover, it’s simple - but I really like it. It's so awesome and kind of creepy – which just happens to be right up my alley. :P Have any of you heard of it before? Let me know what you think of the synopsis!

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out! :D Happy Reading. (: