Title: The Nightmare Charade
Author: Mindee Arnett
Series: Arkwell Academy #3
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
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.
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*…
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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!!!
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