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Product Details

  • Series: Arkwell Academy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765333341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333346
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—In this follow-up to The Nightmare Affair (Tor Teen, 2013), Dusty Everhart returns for a new school year at Arkwell Academy for Magickind, and it feels like just about everything in her life is confusing and difficult. Her biggest problem is finding out who attacked her friend, the mermaid Britney Shell. Dusty is also falling for her classmate Eli, complicated by the return of her ex-boyfriend Paul. On top of all that, there is the mysterious secrecy of her roommate, Selene. Arnett's novel is well plotted and paced, carrying the reader forward into the ongoing mystery of the unknowable TerraTribe and the impending threat at the Beltane festival. The growing romance between the Nightmare Dusty and the Dreamseer Eli makes their friendship more difficult—and it doesn't help that every night when Eli falls asleep, Dusty has to climb on top of him to enter his dreams. The story and setting are original, and the magical boarding school is impressive for its differences from other famous wizarding academies. Teens looking for supernatural relationships will find much to like here, even if the characters are underdeveloped. This series will keep readers returning for more, with its punchy dialogue and steamy romances.—Pete Smith, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts CPS, South Hadley, MA

From Booklist

In this sequel to The Nightmare Affair (2013), tensions between the naturekind, darkkind, and witchkind at a high school for supernaturals continue to intensify—as does the star-crossed relationship between half-breed Nightmare Dusty and hunky Eli, a supposed “ordinary.” Here the near murder of a schoolmate puts the two amateur detectives onto the track of an ugly scheme to send the magickind government off track. Though the book is waaaay too dependent on urgent but inscrutable dreams and messages, and characters refusing to reveal motives or feelings as tricks for heightening suspense, the racial conflict adds a thought-provoking theme to this steamy paranormal romance thriller. Grades 6-9. --John Peters

More About the Author

Mindee Arnett is the author of two forthcoming young adult series. The first book in her contemporary fantasy series, The Nightmare Affair is forthcoming March 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) while her YA sci-fi thriller, Finding Eden (tentative title) will debut Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). She 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, the macabre, and outer space.

Her short stories have appeared in various magazines, including Happy, and she has received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008. She has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Media. She also blogs and tweets. Find her online at www.mindeearnett.com.

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I loved the first book, and I'll read both again before the third comes out.
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She's also affected by Eli and his careful attitude--maybe she's not perfect, but she tries.
Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog
And story is a captivating mystery with an overlying arc that kept me wanting more.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robertdyne on April 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It was entertaining. Not as enthrall in gas the first book, but i still read it in one night. I'm drawn more to the characters than to the world Miss. Arnett has created. If she could expand on the world a little bit more in the next book while still maintaining her characters, she'll knock it out of the park.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookish Things on April 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I’ve missed Dusty, Eli and Selene so much. They are a group of great friends, and have each others’ backs no matter what.

Nightmare Dilemma picks up not long after the events in Nightmare Affair. I love that we get a small little recap. Dusty grows so much in this book. She deals with things that scare her but she knows she’s the only one that can go through with them. We also get a little more detail about her feelings toward Eli. He’s just an awesome person.

There is a ton of mystery, and I didn’t see the culprit coming at all. I can usually figure out who the bad guy is pretty early on. Arnett surprised me, and I loved it! There’s definitely some romance going on, and it of course messes with emotions.

This is one series that I want there to be more of!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog on April 4, 2014
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The Nightmare Dilemma brings all of the fun from the first book back while adding to the mix a whole new mystery, a bit more romantic angst, and new details to the world.

This series continues to be such fun to read. Mindee Arnett manages to show how dire the consequences of what could happen while also letting you be charmed and entertained by Dusty and her hijinks. Dusty speaks (and acts, many times) before she thinks, only realizing her mistake when faced with the consequences. Even so, she is highly intelligent and works so hard to help other magickind. She's also affected by Eli and his careful attitude--maybe she's not perfect, but she tries.

Here's the thing: There's a lot I will overlook and not even care about because I'm enjoying myself. This is the exact case with The Nightmare Dilemma. I can see people being affected by the change in Dusty and Eli's relationship, which takes on a we-like-each-other-but-we-can't-be-together-for-X-reason element. This is actually something that intrigued me and I want to see how it plays out later--but I can see others not liking it. The same goes for parts of the ending.

The Nightmare Dilemma is a sequel that continues in the same vein of its predecessor. It's a mystery-filled and fun paranormal read that will keep you entertained and will leave you quite ready for the third book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Van @ Short and Sweet reviews on April 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Nightmare Dilemma is the sequel to last year’s fun paranormal mystery The Nightmare Affair. Dusty and the gang are all back in the latest installment. It’s been a month since Dusty and her friends defeated the Red Warlock and broken the Will (rule/law governing magic use) enabling everyone the freedom to use magic without any restrictions/consequences. Since Dusty, Eli and Selene worked so well together in solving the Red Warlock’s identity; they decided to start a private investigation business dubbed ‘The Dream Team’. Their most recent case involves a fellow mermaid classmate Britney who was attacked in the school’s underground alcoves’ and it is up to The Dream Team to figure out who the attacker is. And if that isn’t enough Lady Elaine puts Dusty on another case; to spy on her ex-boyfriend Paul Kirkwood who was just recently released from prison. The last time Dusty saw Paul was when he conspired with the Red Warlock and attempted to murder Dusty. Talk about a loaded job.

I really enjoyed The Nightmare Dilemma. It was so easy to slip back into Dusty’s world as if I never left. This time around readers are given a new mystery as we follow along with The Dream Team as they unearth clues the normal way; by investigating each potential suspect’s background, breaking into teacher’s office or student’s lockers and other times through Eli and Dusty’s Dream jumps. Like the first book Eli’s dreams hold clues to what will happen in the future and it is up to the two of them to make sense of Eli’s dreamscape to prevent it from coming true…for example in Eli’s dream important people and friends are shown dead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Vunderland on June 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I didn't read the first book, so I was a somewhat of a disadvantage reading The Nightmare Dilemma. There was enough information for me to follow the story, but I was a bit perplexed at the very opening when Dusty is so rebellious that she isn't trying to help a friend who has been attacked. Not having read Nightmare Affair, I wasn't sure if there was a reason for her reluctance, or if she was just being immature. Throughout the book, her rebellious nature is often reactive, but as she is a younger teen, I felt it was the appropriate maturity level. However, I sometimes had to rationalize myself through my annoyance. I did like how her character could own up to her shortcomings and how her friends could call her on it. Eli was also typically male reactive in his responses to Dusty and Paul. It was interesting to see that Paul, despite being the bad guy, seemed more mature than the others. The story itself was engaging with a lot of grey areas and unknowns adding to the mystery, and takes a political turn into something much bigger than just the school. It was great seeing how Dusty and her friends had to work together and create alliances. I think Nightmare Dilemma is a terrific book for the younger teen audience as it depicts some of the harder realities of the world that they will just be discovering in their own lives.
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