Friday, August 7, 2015

Blog Tour: The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy #3) by: Mindee Arnet (Guest Review & Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Nightmare Charade hosted by Itching For Books. For my stop, my sister Sammie stopped by to review The Nightmare Charade since this is her favorite series ever! I thought it would be fun to get a high school student's perspective since she is the YA demographic. This is her first review on the blog and I am super excited to have her here.

Release Date: August 4, 2015
from Tor Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
"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 installment in the Arkwell Academy series." 


Sammie's Thoughts:

The Nightmare Charade, the final installment of what is most likely my favorite book series. I remember when I got the first book at NY Comic Con almost two years ago. I quickly grew attached to the characters and Dusty and Eli (or as Teresa named the ship, Deli) became one of my OTPs and after finishing the series, they still are one of my OTPs. They went through so much during the series and deserve nothing but happiness. When I found out about the second book release date, I decided I needed it the day it came out. So after school on the release date, I went to Barnes and Nobles. Now here I am, reviewing the last book and I will most likely be getting the hardback so I have the complete series. Enough of my reminiscing let’s get to the actual review.

I should probably start with a short summary of the book. Dusty and Eli return to Arkwell Academy for their junior year and before they even begin their first dream feeding session they are given a task by a detective in the D.I.M.S. (The Department of Intelligence for Magickind Secrecy **spoilers** to use their abilities to help them find Death’s Heart, which can take the soul, or anima, out of someone to raise the dead. While they use their ability to help find the Death’s Heart, they also use it to help the dream team prove Dusty’s mother innocent after she was accused of the murder of Titus Kirkwood, Paul’s uncle.  Speaking of Paul I would like to spend some time talking about his character in this book.**end of spoilers**

Paul Kirkwood, is someone you never know if you can trust or not. In a way it kind of reminds me of Severus Snape. Throughout the series I was never sure if I could trust Snape or not, much like Paul. Also like Snape, although Paul is redeemed in the sense that he wasn’t exactly a villain, you have to acknowledge that he wasn’t a good person. Though unlike Snape who just was abusive towards his students to the point where one of Neville’s greatest fears was Snape, Paul manipulated Dusty and her friends on numerous occasions to benefit Marrow who is the series’ main antagonist. Which makes both characters people that yes, you should acknowledge that in the end were on the good side, but that does not mean they were good people and should not be called good people because of their redemptions. However, a character that is a good person and needs just as much attention as Paul, but for good reasons is Selene.

Selene is definitely my favorite character in the series. Selene is a siren, but unlike other sirens in the series, she does not use her beauty to her own advantage. She is athletic, quick witted, and all around bad ass. In every book she proves this. Especially, in this last one. First of all she tries out for the gladiator team, motivated by the fact there would be no other girls trying out. At the try outs she does amazing in the solo round and in the teams round. I would call her a cinnamon roll too good for this world, but she’s not what I would define a cinnamon roll. She is however, too good for this world. Which is why she’s in the amazing fictional world of Arkwell Academy and not ours.

This is the part where I say if I would recommend it or not and my answer to that is a thousand times yes! If you have read the first two books this is the perfect wrap up to an amazing series and is definitely worth your time. If you haven’t read the first two, you definitely should. The characters are amazing and there are twists and turns that will have you hooked from the first sentence to the last.  I’m so upset that this series is over, but I’m a hundred percent satisfied with the ending so I guess its okay.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

YA Author of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, a contemporary fantasy coming March 5, 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) 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.
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6 comments:

  1. I haven't read this series. I love that there are twists and turns. Sounds like you really became attached to the characters. That's important to me in a book. I'll add this to my TBR pile. Thanks for the great review.

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  2. Good review. Thanks for participating :)

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  3. Never heard of this series before. I'm a little shy of of the demographic but this seems something I would enjoy throughout. Thanks for the review! I've add book one to my TBR and I'm excited to get to it when I can. =]

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  4. This trilogy was one I had never heard of before but it looks thoroughly interesting

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  5. Wonderful review, Sammie!

    Definitely sounds like a really good series. I haven't seen it before and I do like the sound of it. I might have to check it out!

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  6. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    I've never heard of this series before but it sounds awesome. Thanks for the great review and giveaway! :)

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