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Jen's ReviewThe Nightmare Affair
by Mindee Arnett
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: March 5, 2013 (US)
Pages: 367, Hardcover
Source: For review via Netgalley/Blog Tour
Rating: 3 Teacups
The Nightmare Affair caught my attention immediately after I read the synopsis for it. The concept of Nightmares, a murder mystery, and taking place at a boarding school completely drew me in. The Nightmare Affair was one of my most anticipated reads of 2013, and it was a bit of a letdown, but nonetheless a good read. This novel had its strong points, like the concept and plot, but things like characters and romance didn't work well for me.
First and foremost, I was not disappointed by the thing that drew me in in the first place: the concept. Arnett definitely intrigues the reader with a unique, never-before-seen idea of yes, witches, demons, and sirens, but also Nightmares. I'll let you to find out exactly what Nightmares are, but it was described very well and I loved how different it was apart from the usual paranormal we see today. It's fresh and a definitive plus side to the book. The way of explanation wasn't done the best; it was a bit in the form of info-dumping, but hidden in the way of a teacher explaining to the main character, Dusty. Not only was the idea of Nightmares fantastic, but the plot was paced pretty well. I always wanted to know more. I was constantly eager to find out who this killer was. The twist in the end was unexpected, unless I'm totally unobservant. Alas, these are the only things I enjoyed in The Nightmare Affair.
One of the prominent issues with my enjoyment for The Nightmare Affair was the lack in character depth. In other words, I had a really hard time connecting with Dusty, Selene, or Eli. They were all fun, entertaining, and exciting characters, but I never felt empathetic towards them on any emotional level. I had no feeling towards them. Surely, they are not memorable in any way. For me, they were just kind of there in the story, nothing more. Along with that, was the romance. The romance wasn’t believable or deep as well; it was a nice touch, but not really… necessary.
On a side note, The Nightmare Affair writes like it's meant for a younger YA crowd, which may also explain Dusty's slightly childish tone and character. She's a bit of a naïve character, but it didn't bother me much (it may for others!). Also, the conclusion of the story felt very similar to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (minor spoiler? Sorry!), and it wasn't all that satisfying. I'm curious to see if there will be a sequel, as it isn't settled very well. However, the ending didn't really leave me wanting more.
My final thoughts: The Nightmare Affair has its many flaws and many imperfections here and there, but thankfully, the original, fresh idea saved it's butt for sure. It's worth a try if you love a lighter mystery with a different paranormal concept that's never been done. If you can look past the plain characters and romance, give this one a go!
3 Teacups for The Nightmare Affair!
*Thanks to Netgalley, Publisher, Itching For Books, and author for providing the review copy!*
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