Publisher: Tor Teen
Review Source: Netgalley
Reviewed by: Stormi
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
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.
When I read the blurb for this book I thought, now this book sounds interesting. Never heard about Nightmares before, so that sounds like a fresh new idea. I wasn't let down, it was a fun and interesting read. The author is a new one and I will continue to check in and see what else she is writing.
Dusty is a Nightmare, literally. She gets her magic from the fictus that comes from people's dreams. She was an ordinary until she came into her powers, now all of a sudden she is in a new school, Arkwell Academy. It's a place for magickind and they don't really care for halfkinds which is what Dusty is, her mother is a nightmare but her father is an ordinary.
Dusty finds it sort of embarrassing to climb up on sleeping people and feed off their dreams, but nothing was more embarrassing than finding out that the Will had brought her to Eli Booker's place. He is one of the hot boys from her old school and now she has to climb up on his chest and feed from his dream. Dusty thought things just couldn't get worse, until he sees her in his dream and touches her knocking her out of his dream and waking him up.
The interesting thing about that dream was that she seen someone from her school who was murdered. Then she finds out that the girl really was murdered and that she is a dreamseer. With Eli she can see things that will happen in the future, but they might now always look as simple as seeing the murdered girl. She has to write down everything so that the oracle can try and figure out what the dreams mean.
Eli hates Dusty at first because now he has to transfer to a new school, one that hates ordinaries so that she can feed on his dreams. His father is a detective and he wants to be one too so he can't just let a killer kill again so after a while Dusty and Eli sort of come to terms with each other. Eli starts dating Katarina which really gets on Dusty's nerves as she can't stand her, but then Dusty finds Paul.
Eli, Dusty and her friend Selene try and do their best to find out who is killing the Keepers before someone nasty breaks The Will. Dusty hardly knows who to trust and some of those she thought she could trust end up not being so friendly.
Dusty was a fairly strong character with some flaws but I think that makes them a bit more believable. She could be a little whiny at times but overall she was strong. She came though in the end even when she didn't think she had the strengh. I liked her, I liked the whole being a nightmare as it is something I never think of or see as a character.
Eli, is an ordinary trying to live in a magickind world. Most magickind hate ordinaries so I would have thought he would have a hard time adjusting to Arkwell. His good looks help him as well as his roommate being one of the more popular naturekind boys. It sort of makes Dusty upset at how much is is accepted when nobody but Selene want's to be her friend, because she is halfkind. Eli, is hot, sweet, smart and just really adorable.
Although the characters are fresh and new, I didn't think that the storyline was extremely original. I did however enjoy the story and found it to be a fast paced read and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. If you like these types of stories I think you will find this one to be a fun light read and would recommend it.