Book Review: The Nightmare Dilemma (The Arkwell Academy#2) by Mindee Arnett

17910091The Nightmare Dilemma (The Arkwell Academy#2) by Mindee Arnett

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

good good

Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies.

To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Tor Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinionWow is the first word that comes to mind when I think about this book. But it’s not the kind of wow that’s like, wow. This book knows how to pack a huge punch. It’s also not that wow that’s like, wow. This book is pretty great. It’s more like:

From boredom. It seems to be an ongoing thing with this series. I liked The Nightmare Affair enough to warrant it three stars but I can’t give this one anything higher than a two because I was so bored out of my mind that I had to stop reading it for two months. Partially because I had exams and family issues but two months is a very long time. There’s just so much wrong with it that I could hardly care.

The story starts off pretty slow and ends pretty tiredly. The reason for this that there’s so much time spent planning and talking and Dusty pretty much going, “who should I like now? Paul? Or Eli? Who? OOOhhhhh! Aaaaaahhhhh!” Adding onto that, the romance is very dulling. Nothing happens with it yet, for some reason, it plays a big part by never-dying down. It’s unnecessary and stupid. Both guys suck. The characters are still not as well-developed as they should be and many events that take place feel far too coincidental and contrived for me to actually believe them every time.

Surprisingly, I did find that I liked a few things like the writing. For the most part, it’s smooth and I hadn’t actually realized the book was going in close to no direction until the middle. Also, at the end, the very (or second) last plot twist, I was not expecting and I liked that Arnett kept me guessing even if it wasn’t for the whole novel.

The Nightmare Dilemma really let me down. I was expecting more since the first book was so entertaining but I didn’t get what I wanted. I only recommend this book to people who have already read the first book and can swallow down the second to hopefully reach better things. However, I do recommend this series to anyone looking for a fun fantasy that’s pretty funny and entertaining (the first book).

2 Boring Clouds
2 Boring Clouds

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#48

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

15839984Favourite quotes:

1. Don’t look at the shadows too long, or a demon might look back.

2. If you desired someone, if he comforted you, if you thought he might leech the poison out of your hear, was that love? Or only desperation?

Avalon (Avalon#1) by Mindee Arnett

17149396Favourite quote: Was the promise of freedom just something the desperate and oppressed clung to because they didn’t have anything else? Had it always been just a dream, a fantasy built up in the mind of  a boy forced to grow up too soon?

Fake ID by Lamar Giles

12787708Favourite quote: You don’t have to know someone your whole life to know them. Not really. Lonely is the same everywhere.

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

18052934Favourite quote: When you’re little, you think nothing bad can happen to you because if you fall out of that tree, a fireman will catch you, or a doctor will fix it–and if someone brings a gun to school, maybe it’s okay to engage in dangerous heroics because an ambulance will get there soon enough. Now here I am with a sheriff whose first thought after a murder is maybe I can pin in on that guy I don’t like. 

Uninvited (Uninvited#1) by Sophie Jordan

13645645Favourite quote:  Some wounds are deeper than death. If nothing else, I’ve learned that.

The Lure by Lynne Ewing

18052928Favourite quotes:

1. “Four can keep a secret if three are dead.”

2. Sometimes the right choice caused suffering for the people we loved. And that was never a good reason to back down from doing what was morally right.

3. “I think I’ve been looking at my life from the wrong way,” I said. “What if, when fate gives you something bad, it’s not to defeat you, it’s so you’ll see the problem and do something about it.”

Book Review: Avalon (Avalon#1) by Mindee Arnett

17149396Avalon (Avalon#1) by Mindee Arnett

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Genre: Science Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: January 21, 2014

Pages: 432 (Hardcover)

good good

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I have always had a hard time with sci-fi novels, and this one is no different. The book starts off beautifully and kept my attention, but during the middle, the whole story falters and becomes very boring. This also happens for most, if not all of the characters. Their sneaky ways come to a screeching halt, and they are so bland that I would’ve rather eat original oatmeal. And I hate original oatmeal.

The Malleus Shades are known as one of the best thieves in the galaxy, but all I pictured while reading about them was this:

The Malleus Shades fall again and again fall for traps that logical people (me! For crying out loud I am so oblivious, but I saw all of those traps from miles away!) would easily spot. The fact that they’re teenagers shouldn’t be an excuse since they’ve been doing this shit for years. Their leader, Jeth, reminds me of this guy:

They have some many things in common. 1. They both have an intense, menacing aura around them. 2. They both like someone they shouldn’t. 3. THEY NEVER TALK. THEY SAY A FEW FUCKING LINES AND THEN THAT’S FUCKING IT. UGH. The dialogue is a bit tough since Jeth NEVER talks and most things are just in his head. There are certain parts in the novel where there are long information-dumps (near the end, don’t worry) that, albeit better done than other books, is still annoying.

But, I have to give Mindee Arnett props for the amazing world building. The planets that the crew visit are described in lovely detail that left just the right amount to readers to imagine. I have a hard time connecting with sci-fi books and even worse time when they’re written in the third person yet Arnett is talented. She writes beautifully in both first and third person, and I had almost no problems with the writing.

All in all, Avalon is a good book. The romance doesn’t take over the story (though it is a bit annoying), and there’s a nice twist in the book that had me eagerly flipping the pages. I recommend this book to anyone who loves sci-fi stories that’s a bit different and don’t mind bland characters. I can’t wait to read the next book mostly because of Cora and hopefully the characters get better. Especially Jeth because that boy says like, two lines per chapter. I’m not even kidding.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

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Book Review: The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy#1) by Mindee Arnett

12411635The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy#1) by Mindee Arnett

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Pages: 367 (Ebook)
The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy#1)

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.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Tor Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

This story is really cute. But that seems to be all it is. While it didn’t blow me away, I still enjoyed it.

Right off the bat, within the first few chapters I knew too much information. I wish that Mindee Arnett spaced out the information a lot more so that it didn’t overwhelm me. Not only did the chapters have too much information but there are a lot of clichés that made me want to roll my eyes and pull my hair out. Especially when Dusty gets very jealous and pouty over the smallest things (mostly Eli related). Almost every character blends into the book. And this isn’t a good thing. Upon finishing this, I forgot the names of the main characters. None of them stick out nor held my attention long enough for me to remember their names. Which is sad because I really wanted to love Dusty.

Throughout the story, there are many references that Dusty’s mother is, ‘such a badass’ and, ‘a legend’ yet, nowhere in the book is there proof of any of this. And even where there is, it only touches it for a bit and then moves on to the next thing. There isn’t anything that made me believe that her mother is in fact, someone who shouldn’t be reckoned with. I didn’t enjoy the ending either because it isn’t intense at all. It’s flimsy and seems more humourous and weak rather than one of the stronger points in the book.

Nightmares! How cool is that? I’ve heard and read about almost every other kind of fantasy creature out there except for nightmares. This helps keep the story a bit more interesting. The Nightmare Affair is well written. The words flow together and have a cute, sort of humour style to it that I enjoyed. It helps make the clichés and practicableness more bearable.

Although I didn’t like the book as much as I’d like to but it is a light enough read that it didn’t bother me too much. I would recommend this to everyone just because it has a kind of Sabrina the Teenage Witch feel to it and come on, who didn’t love that show?

2.5 Clouds
2.5 Clouds

Favourite Book Quotes of The Week#17

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

16042447 Favourite quotes:

1. I’m no rock star, but I’m definitely not ugly.

2. I wish I knew how to turn the volume down on the sadness in this girl’s eyes. I wish I could take her out of this dark, smelly alley and tuck her away some place safe.

3. “Facing up to this is better than running away.”

Maybe so. But I’m so good at running.

4. On the outside, I’m the perfect kid–like a statue of perfect marble, serene and unreal. Inside, it’s all snakes and maggots and broken glass.

The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy#1) by Mindee Arnett

12411635 Favourite quotes:

1. “Would you prefer me to hit you over the head with a frying pan?”

2. I gaped at his lunacy. It was like listening to the magical reincarnation of Hitler.

3. Despite the terror we faced down in the tunnels, we were okay. Funny how having friends beside you could do that. With friends, you could survive just about anything.

 

 

2013 Book Challenges: February Edition

Alright, SOME progress this month. I’m hoping March will be a heck of a lot better when it comes to books. I managed to kill two birds with one stone (Being Henry David) which rocks!. Maybe I’m not as fucked as I thought.

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 3

Total: 3

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:4

Total: 4

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1) by Heather Brewer

Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

Stoner and Spaz (Stoner#1) by Ron Koertge

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha#1) by Leigh Bardugo

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 1

Total: 2

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 0

Total: 0

 

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!