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The Nightmare Dilemma (The Arkwell Academy #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  612 ratings  ·  99 reviews
The second in a thrilling new fantastical mystery series

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 everybod...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Tor Teen
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Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Afinished copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way.

This was definitely one of my most awaited sequels for the year and when I got a copy in the mail, you would not believe how loud I screamed. When I finally got around to reading the book, I was so glad to not have been let down. I wouldn’t say it got better or worse, it was just the same level as awesome as T...more
Alex B.
Soon, Mindee, SOON
Sophia C
This book was good, don’t get me wrong, but it was not exempt from “sequel syndrome”. You know, when the second book is not as good as the first? I loved the first Arkwell Academy book, and it was so nice to get into the series again. I also like how, unlike a lot of mystery novels, this was a continuation of the first mystery and added more mystery on top. Meaning: it’s complicated, but I like it. The beginning of the book eased me back into this incredible magical world, and I had no trouble r...more
The Nightmare Dilemma is a solid, entertaining sequel to The Nightmare Affair, beautifully avoiding some of the pitfalls so common in second books of a series and taking us on a complete journey with Dusty instead of leaving us on the final page but only mid-story overall. The synopsis is a bit misleading in a way that doesn’t do this book justice, giving readers the idea that we’ll have to deal with a love triangle when Dusty’s ex-boyfriend reenters the picture to give Eli a run for his money,...more
Alice Liu
4.5 stars. 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...more
I really enjoyed The Nightmare Affair and thankfully The Nightmare Dilemma was even better!

Dusty, Eli and the rest of the Dream Team and for that matters the rest of the hiding magical society, are still recovering from the consequences of the battle with the evil sorcerer with the black phoenix pet and the break of the Will.

If I had liked Dusty before, I simply adored her in this one. She's got this quirky and sarcastic sense of humour and she's beginning to try and learn to put a filter betwee...more
Unfortunately, I didn't like this novel as much as I'd hoped I would. The romantic aspect of the book completely ruined it for me. And no offense to Twilight lovers, but it was like reading another Edward and Bella; and we all know how that went.

I was expecting a great paranormal mystery, but what I got instead was a book mainly focused on the romance rather than the actual plot.

Eli and Dusty constantly acted like a couple of rabbits in heat- they would have random spouts of lust and then st...more
The Twins Read
This review can originally be found at The Twins Read.

Actual rating: 3.5/5

When one of Dusty's friends is attacked and accusing eyes are cast on resident jock Lance Rathbone, Dusty is doubtful of Lance's participation in the heinous crime. She's all set to find out who the real perpetrator is but it's not as easy as it seems. The dreams she shares with Eli are no help either seeing as how they're more nightmare than prophecy. To complicate things even more Dusty's ex-boyfriend is back and he's a...more
Monica Williams
This is the second book in the series featuring nightmare Dusty Everhart. Dusty is a real nightmare, she can link up with her dream partner Eli Booker to help predict the future through the dreams they share. Dusty and friends go to school at Arkwell Academy- a special school for the magically gifted and other supernatural beings. The story picks up after the events of the first book. Dusty is once again summoned to help. Brittany, a mermaid has been brutally attacked and Dusty is asked to read...more
Mmmm. Mmmm again. I had so much fun reading this book! Beside the pillow punching and tantrums I needed to make.

I swear I'm going to legalize the prescription of sequel in the future for mentally-unable-to-wait patients. I so need the next one. I have a feeling about it, and, well, god help us.

I kind of read this one in a single breath. It never seemed to leave my hands today.

Dusty grew so much. Eli grew on me too, but his mood annoys me. Paul was sweet. I always end up defending the villain,...more
The Nightmare Dilemma is the sequel to The Nightmare Affair, a book that I really enjoyed despite some of the tropes that the author used. In this book we check back in with our heroine Dusty Everhart, Nightmare and dream-seer as she tries to get over her trust issues (view spoiler). The relationship between Eli and Dusty's now at this awkward stage where Dusty feels...more
Well, the truth is this book had quite the boring start. Actually, it wasn't exactly boring. The action was just pretty slow, and I like my books eventful.

I don't think I'm going to be picking up the next book in this series however. It's not because I didn't like the story itself, but because the crossed-lovers story-line was somewhat annoying, especially at the end.

Edit: 07/23/14.

Truth is, I didn't appreciate how super-duper-hot Eli is supposed to be simply because hot guys in YA books are get...more
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publicist in exchange for a honest review.

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 i...more
From Children's Literature review:
Dusty Everhart returns in this sequel to The Nightmare Affair (2013). Since high school sophomores Dusty and Eli defeated the evil Marrow and broke The Will, students at Arkwell Academy have been able to practice magic much more freely-- with some disturbing results. Fights between various sects of magickind have increased, and after an attack leaves mermaid Britney Shell in critical condition, Dusty's assistance is requested by a Magi Senate member. As a Nightm...more
Eh bien, c'était fun! Je referme The Nightmare dilemma comme on rentre de voyage, encore émerveillé de ce qu'on a vu et impatient d'en parler.

Ce second tome prend place quelques mois après la fin de The Nightmare Affair, et n'est pas exempt des défauts inhérents aux suites de très bons premiers tomes.

Disons-le tout de suite : il est moins bon que le premier. C'est dit.

Mais il est tout de même génial. So... Let's go!

- Commençons par les rêves : J'aime toujours autant le concept. Et je sais, c...more
Buzzwords: Dreams, amateur detective work, prejudice, romance (a hint of love triangle, a dash of star-crossed romance), thwarting evil plots

When their friend Britney is attacked, Dusty and Eli are again recruited to use their dreams to solve the mystery. With the help of their friend Selene and an unexpected source, they again stumble into a problem that's much more than they expected - and get ready to save the magic-world. Again.

With humor, action, and some serious teenage drama, this book is...more
Neato cover! I like the moon/stars with the branches, plus its blue!

I see some serious drama in this next book! Bring it!
It may be just me, but the style and pacing of the Arkwell Academy series reminds me of the early Harry Potter books. (Even some of the plot elements are similar.)

Still, this series is able to stand on its own merits and I quite enjoyed following the "dream team" as they sleuthed their way through another mystery. The only fly in the ointment for me was the revelation of (view spoiler)...more

Read This: You like detective/ sleuthing? You also like paranormal? This is a book for you.
Movie Adaptation? I want to see more of these kind of books being turned into movies. It's light, fluffy with a touch of paranormal and good plot.

I know the first one was a so- so kind of book but this one was pretty amazing. I really enjoy reading about this world. It's got funny little quirks like the technology having a personality and all the different types of magickind. It just makes for an overall g...more
Actual rating: 3.75
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder

Wow 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 likedThe Nightmare Affairenough 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....more
Ashleigh Paige
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3.5 stars.

After enjoying The Nightmare Affair thoroughly, it took me a surprisingly long time to get to its sequel The Nightmare Dilemma thanks to my moods not being in favor of it and a lot of review copies getting in the way. When I got the time for a free read and I finally felt like I was in the mood for Dusty’s shenanigans with her friends at a secret school for supernatural creatures, I finally got to it and found myself satisfied. It’s not as good a...more
Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
Read to 50% and then skimmed the rest of the book. It was boring, tedious, and I really, really wanted to punch Dusty by the second chapter. Which is kinda disappointing because the first in the series was not this bad, at all. I remember liking it well enough, though I would have to say for the life of me I cannot remember exactly what happened. It wasn’t memorable in any way.

I felt like I was reading a bad impersonation of Nancy Drew. All Dusty and her crew do is wonder around their magical bo...more
Hope Elizabeth Molinelli
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Ta§chima Cullen
Well, I didn't think The Nightmare Dilemma could have been any better than The Nightmare Affair...


Guess I was wrong.

Sophomore reads can sometimes be a downer. It is so nice when they manage to keep up with their predecessor! The Nightmare Dilemma had all the magic that drew me to The Nightmare Affair. Best of all it had Dusty in all her glory. I love this character, she is a smart mouthed Nightmare. Quite literately, she feeds on other people's dreams. Though lately the only dreams she has been...more
I have to admit, I loved The Nightmare Dilemma a lot more than The Nightmare Affair and I was absolutely thrilled to get an early copy!
Writing a review of this is actually going to be pretty hard, so expect this review to be short guys! All you really need to know, though, is that I absolutely loved it.Dusty is a fun character and there was absolutely no limit to her snark and she’s just as smart alack-y as in The Nightmare Affair. She’s a lovable character who brings some comic relief to the st...more
3.5 stars

As far as sequel go, The Nightmare Dilemma was pretty good. Not as good as the first book, but good enough. I love the narration and the humor. Dusty is a great main character. She’s funny and always saying smart-remarks to people.

This series is riddled with clichés of other YA PNR books about boarding schools. But the humor and twists in the story make it more unique. It’s not a vampire boarding school, it’s more like Hogwartz for all paranormal being. You have the nature-kind: fairie...more
Not what I was hoping for :(

I was super excited to get started on this one! I really enjoyed the first book "The Nightmare Affair" and expected this one to be a fun read too. Well, it wasn't that much fun to be honest. I enjoyed the beginning but then it just seemed to drag on forever. I basically had to force myself to finish this book. It wasn't what I was hoping for at all. Not much of a plot and that annoying romance was terrible. Bah.

"The Nightmare Dilemma" had some of the flaws that I did...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
The Nightmare Dilemma is the second book in The Arkwell Academy series by Mindee Arnett.

Luckily enough this book doesn't suffer from the Sophomore Syndrome of being a filler book, instead it is as fresh and exciting as the debut novel that started this well developed and fantastic series off.

Catching up with our favorite characters: Dusty, Eli and Selene, who have had a quiet spell with no drama at all, until their friend Britney is attacked, and they find themselves amidst all the goings on.

I am so thankful that this book did not have “second in a series” syndrome! I am always skeptical of the second book in a series, especially when I loved the first book. The Nightmare Affair was awesome, and Dusty’s character drew me in immediately! This book was just as good as the first one. In this addition to the series, we get a whole new mystery and all the fun and action that were jam-packed into the first book. A plus with this book is that we get a little more romance thrown into the po...more
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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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