The Nightmare Affair (Arkwell Academy #1) (Paperback)

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The Nightmare Affair (Arkwell Academy #1) (Paperback)


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This is book number 1 in the Arkwell Academy series.

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Mystery and Mayhem abound at a boarding school for fantastical creatures. Darkkind, naturkind, and witchkind kids intermix at Arckwell Academy, causing all kinds of trouble. Dusty wants none of it, but as a nightmare she needs to learn to control her abilities and magic. Then everything goes wrong and she is forced to play a more active role at the academy. After finding out that she and Eli are a dream-seeing pair nothing is the same. Human Eli is forced to attend Arkwell, and to work with Dusty, to uncover the secret behind a series of grisly murders at the school. Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted, as these imaginative investigators take matters into their own hands. Arnett has created an interesting world intertwined with intricate politics, secrets, and plots. Arkwell is on the same level as Hogwarts, a place of learning and magic beyond normal fantasizing.

— Sam

The Nightmare Affair is the first in the gripping Arkwell Academy trilogy by Mindee Arnett.
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.

MINDEE ARNETT lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She's addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic and the macabre. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines. Arnett has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She blogs and tweets, and is the author of the Arkwell Academy series, including The Nightmare Affair, The Nightmare Dilemma, and The Nightmare Charade.
Product Details ISBN: 9780765333360
ISBN-10: 0765333368
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Arkwell Academy

The Nightmare Affair is brimming with wit and charm, along with plenty of mysteries that kept me guessing to the very end. Mindee Arnett has created a brand new school of magic to delight and enthrall us, and I'm sure I won't be the only reader impatiently awaiting the next adventure at Arkwell Academy.” —Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder

“Mindee Arnett has a knack for magic. The world of Nightmares, Sirens, Wizards and Demons at Arkwell Academy is wondrous and strange, yet so human and well-drawn that you get the feeling you might stumble into it by accident if you go out wandering too late. THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR is whimsical and wild. I read it too fast. What's next, Arnett?” —Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood