The Nightmare Charade Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

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thenightmarecharadecoverTitle: The Nightmare Charade
Author: Mindee Arnett
Series: Arkwell Academy #3
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Purchase: Amazon/B&N

Synopsis via Goodreads:

The Final installment in a thrilling fantastical mystery series.

 Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams. 

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, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she’ll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends.

Mindee Arnett thrills again in this stunning final intallment in the Arkwell Academy series.

My Review:

This was my basic reaction to being able to read this book early! I’m really really sad that this series is over but I am also really excited. I get to see how it ends and all my questions were answered! I read The Nightmare Affair a little while after it came out and I just hopped on the Mindee train. If you haven’t read any of her books….

All jokes aside. Mindee is such an amazing writer. I fell in love with her after I read both The Nightmare Affair and Polaris, both such different books but both equally amazing. The Nightmare Charade is the third and last book in the series, Dusty is a nightmare, literally, she along with Eli her partner in crime. Together they help solve mysteries. With the threat of Marrow coming back stakes are higher than ever. Dusty’s not sure who she can trust and who is one of Marrow’s supporters. I thought this was a great end to this series. Dusty is one of my favorite characters in a YA series. She’s snarky and funny and smart. She’s very impulsive and sometimes rushes in to things without thinking it through. Dusty and Eli’s relationship was one I really enjoyed reading about, they trusted each other and told each other what was going on. The story starts with the Arkwell students coming back from summer break. This book immediately jumps right in to things. With Dusty and Eli getting a visit from Lady Elaine and Detective Valentine, asking them to secretly find something that was stolen. God I hated Valentine! He was the worst and not for any specific reason I just didn’t like the way he treated Dusty and Eli.

I loved that it didn’t take a long time for the action to start but I didn’t like that no one would tell Dusty or Eli what was going on. I know that was just part of the story but it seemed like more information was kept from them, even though they were the ones who were putting their lives in danger. I loved this series so much though. I thought the characters, like Selena and Dusty were so amazing and perfect together and their friendship was one I absolutely loved. They worked well together and they trusted each other. The way Mindee writes friendships is awesome to me. There is no backstabbing, no friends hurting friends. Dusty has Selena’s back and Selena has Dusty’s. I couldn’t ask for a better friendship. I also honestly loved Lance. Yeah he was a dick in the first book but he gets soooo much better! Especially in this one!

The mystery was so well done too. There was nothing to obvious and nothing that made me guess where the story was going. You had to keep turning the page to find out exactly what was going on. There was one character I was suspicious of from about the middle of the book, that proved to be true, but the rest of them were a mystery. Now for those of you who haven’t read this series, I would not read this next part, for those of you who have you know that there is a curse on Dusty and Eli. If they fall in love they will destroy each other. This was something that was revealed in book two of the series. While I was a little hesitant, not a fan of curses (looking at you Maggie) I thought this one was ended well and I enjoyed the kind of will they, won’t they of it all. I didn’t like that they had to be monitored and nobody would leave them alone for five seconds, but it did add to the story because the alone time they did get was fantastic.

Overall I thought this was an amazing end to an amazing series. I may be alone in this, but honestly I like endings. I like knowing how everything turned out. Knowing that the good guys succeeded and that the bad guys were brought down. I like knowing that the guy got the girl. This was an amazing series and I thought that Mindee did a great job of finishing it and tying up loose ends. I couldn’t have hoped for a better ending. Especially since *SPOILER ALERT*…

Highlight for spoiler…

Dusty and Eli got together… *Squee* 

Honestly I could go on and on about this series! But since there is a lot more cooler things down below I will let you get on with it! Scroll down for an exclusive Excerpt and a GIVEAWAY!!!

EXCERPT-

Last Kiss
 
I had no idea that the first kiss would be the last.
The last free one that was, the only one Eli and I didn’t have to steal or keep hidden like some terrible secret.
No, I had no idea what was coming as I stood in front of the bathroom mirror and reapplied my cherry lip gloss for the fourth time.
“You know, Dusty,” Selene said from outside the door where she was hanging posters on the wall of our new dorm room, two floors up from our old one. “Despite what the packaging might claim, I don’t think it’s actually possible to increase the size of your lips by putting on layers.”
Suppressing a nervous laugh, I turned and stepped out into the living room portion of the suite. We were juniors this year, and that meant a larger dorm, complete with a private bathroom. Selene and I had plans to burn our old shower shoes in a celebratory ritual this weekend.
I fixed her with the most serious stare I could manage. “Are you sure? This is magic lip gloss, you know.”
Selene snorted. “I don’t believe you.” She held out her hand, and I set the lipstick canister on her palm. She turned it over in her fingers, and then raised it to eye level to read the label.
“This is in French.”
“That’s because I bought it in Paris.” The memory brought a fleeting grin to my face. Despite the emotional challenges I’d faced during my summer vacation spent touring Europe—being cut off from my friends; stuck with only my mother for company; and most especially, going weeks on end without a single word from the literal boy of my dreams, Eli Booker—the physical experience had been fun. The lip balm was an impromptu purchase at a little shop called the Incantorium Emporium. It was the kind of place that only served magickind. Probably a good thing, given its location inside a secret alcove in the Paris catacombs. Nothing said magical and charming like a bunch of skeletons.
“So I gathered,” Selene said with a hint of envy in her voice. Her summer hadn’t been quite as exotic, although I would’ve traded places with her in a hot second. She’d spent the last eleven weeks hanging out with her boyfriend—late-night strolls by the lake, trips to the movies, not to mention hours of kissing, or so I guessed. Even if Selene were the kind of girl to make out and tell, she wouldn’t have chosen me as her confidant. Partially because I wasn’t thrilled about her reconciliation with my sometimes tormenter and regular jackass Lance Rathbone, but mostly because she knew all too well how little kissing I’d been doing lately.
A situation that was about to change.
A flock of butterflies took flight inside my stomach. I fought to keep the tremor out of my voice, my words coming rapidly. “Yeah, the shop owner told me it has an amore charm on it. At least, that’s what I thought he said. His accent was pretty thick, and I don’t think he liked me at all. He was a Mors demon and you know how they feel about Nightmares. I mean, then again, pretty much everybody hates Night—”
“Dusty.” Selene grabbed my shoulders and gave me a shake. “You’re babbling.”
I gulped, trying to settle the butterflies, but they only increased their frenzy, becoming hummingbirds instead, wings on turbo speed. “Sorry. I can’t help it. I’m nervous.”
Selene smiled. The gesture was so radiant it made my head spin, and for a second the hummingbirds froze, stunned by an unexpected onslaught of bliss. That was the trouble with having a siren for a best friend—random moments of dazedness. Not that it was her fault. She couldn’t help being beautiful and mesmerizing. No more than I could help the way my eyes glow in the dark, an aspect of my Nightmare heritage. At the moment, however, I had a feeling Selene wasn’t aware of just how much more dazzling she was being than normal. I suspected it might have something to do with Lance.
“You’ve no reason to be nervous,” Selene said, her smile easing enough to make the radiance tolerable. “You look beautiful.”
I shook my head and stepped back. “It’s not that. It’s…” I broke off, searching for the right words. Looks weren’t the problem. I didn’t feel beautiful, exactly, but I knew I was looking nice, slightly above my average state. My makeup was even and natural, and I’d managed to convince my frizzy red hair to lie flat for once with some help from Magick Madam’s Hair Pomade, another purchase from the Incantorium Emporium. Outfit wise, I’d opted for a pair of low-rise designer jeans and a pale pink knit top, the kind that hangs loose around the shoulders, that my mom bought me from a boutique in Italy.
No, looks weren’t the problem.
 
Time was.
MINDEEARNETT
 About the Author:
YA Author of The Nightmare Affair, a contemporary fantasy coming March 5, 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillin) and Avalon, a YA sci-fi thriller coming Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. Addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space.
NOW ON TO THE GIVEAWAY 
  •  Grand Prize Winner: Signed trilogy in hardback (US) or $50 Amazon Gift Card (Int)
  • Second Prize Winner: Signed Nightmare Charade (US) or $15 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
  • Third Prize Winner: Signed Nightmare Charade (US) or $15 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

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